first_imgGrateful for support of suicide memorialWe would like to thank the persons who attended and supported the recent tribute to Suicide Awareness Month coordinated by St. Mary’s Healthcare.More than 100 people attended the first viewing of an oak tree specifically planted on the walking path at the Memorial Campus to honor, respect and recognize those who have been lost to suicide.The tree is easily identified by a beautiful stone marker engraved with the words, “Be the Voice – #stopsuicide.” Handwritten tiles remembering the names and memories of those most impacted are placed at the base of the tree, and a bench is located nearby, inviting guests to stop and reflect.This meaningful tribute would not have possible without the following contributors to whom we offer our heartfelt thanks: Bob’s Trees for donating the oak tree; Letter Memorial in Johnstown for donating the stone marker; Best Tile in Schenectady for donating the tiles to be personalized; Timothy Barnes for planting the tree; and our community for offering their support.The loss of a loved one to mental illness is devastating and confusing to survivors. The dedication of this peaceful space is to raise awareness of the struggles many around us are enduring. We would also like to let the community know that a support group, Survivors of a Loved One’s Suicide (SOLOS), meets every other Wednesday at the St. Mary’s Healthcare Memorial Campus. For information call 518-669-8229.Mary GilstonJenn BrundigeBob MartinAmsterdamAbortion is between a woman, her doctorIn her Oct. 30 letter (“Writer has no right to discuss abortion”) Diane Hombach states that Wendell Neugebauer has no right to discuss abortion because he is a man. I disagree with both of them.I think he has every right to his mistaken opinions as anyone else.Even though I am a male, I believe this is a matter between a woman and her physician, and no one else should be involved. Before July 1, 1970, a woman had to be suicidal in New York, and I well remember a case in 1968 when a woman who had visited Israel was raped by an Arab man. It is certainly hoped that we will not go back to the tragic events of 60 years ago when women risked their lives with non-physicians. I would suggest going to YouTube and putting in “Carlin-abortion.” He died recently, but his comments are amusing.Jack L. Underwood, M.D.SchenectadySch’dy shouldn’t do energy choice aloneKudos to Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and the Schenectady City Council for voting last month to enable the creation of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) energy program in the city.CCA is an energy procurement model endorsed by the state Public Service Commission and NYSERDA, and it enables local control over how our energy is generated.CCA gives us the power to choose to source clean energy that does not contribute to climate change. CCA works because of the power of aggregation – a big aggregation can negotiate favorable energy rates, and we get clean energy at or below what National Grid charges. Win-win.But the size of the aggregation matters. Even a city the size of Schenectady isn’t enough to have much clout in the energy marketplace.So, it is important that Mayor McCarthy and the city join the CCA that has already formed an aggregation with 10 local towns and cities, including Niskayuna, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls. This aggregation will be large enough to deliver on the promise to bring cheap, clean power to the whole region.Joining this CCA would make the Electric City part of one of the most exciting energy programs in the state. Striking out alone, Schenectady will be unlikely to offer nearly the same level of benefits.Jeffrey CorbinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionServed honorably with no political agendaI volunteered of my own free will to serve this country and to protect it from all enemy’s foreign and domestic.I endured working and living conditions beyond belief which would be illegal to subject prisoners to, all so you could enjoy the freedoms that you take for granted without even a second thought.I tolerated serving this country trying to spread freedom to oppressed peoples who cared so little about me and what I was doing for them that they spat on my uniform and their women threw their night pots out windows at me when I walked their streets.I enlisted with no promises or expectations of reward from anyone but myself, that my dedication and resolve was enough to carry me through for 21 years of service.I remain steadfast that my service was honorable and just to all that I came into contact with and hold forever the memories of those I served with.I answer to no one but myself, with a clear conscience and not to some twisted religious dogma or self-centered egotistical political agenda.I need no reassurances that I was right or just in what I did for you and this country.But this country and what I believe in is not for sale or to be freely given away for any reason by any political party, to those who have not earned it or to those who have stolen into its borders illegally or under the cloak of darkness.Jason A. BareGloversvilleThe writer is AMC (AW/MTS) U.S. Navy (Retired).How could voters not re-elect Vince Riggi?It’s a sad day for Schenectady when the best member on the City Council fails to be re-elected.How in the name of God did Vince Riggi not win this election?He was a constant voice of reason and the one check to the Democrats on the council. I can only assume that his placement on the ballot was what did him in, since it could not possibly have been his performance in office.And that brings up another question: Are there that many people in the city who just vote for the first four people in the lineup, without giving a thought to who they are? All I can say is that if Vince Riggi can’t get elected in the city of Schenectady, I am glad I no longer live there.Tricia MargasScotialast_img

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