Letters to the Editor for Friday, April 19

first_imgThe plant is currently discharging excessive nitrates onto our sand beds in the effluent that finds its way to the lake. Nitrates area prime source of algae blooms that degrade the water and create problems for users.Our residents drink the water from Lake George as well as many of your readers who come here often to swim, boat, fish or just plain enjoy “the Queen of America Lakes.”Our plant must be sized to accommodate the millions that visit annually and will cost over $22M resulting in an annual debt of $427,000 for our taxpayers.We have been seeking a partnership with the state to fund our plant. Thus far we have received $7.5 million in grants and need another $6 million to $7 million to make it affordable for our small tax base.The state owns the lake. We are the hosts that generate millions in tax dollars to the state coffers from our visitors. A new treatment plant will insure Lake George will be a pristine, popular destination for the next century.Please call your representative and ask the governor to include additional funding in the 2019-20 budget. Thank you!Robert BlaisLake GeorgeThe writer is the mayor of Lake George.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Lake George needs new treatment plantThe village of Lake George (pop. 990) is under an Order of Consent from state Department of Environmental Conservation to replace our 85-year-old Wastewater Treatment Plant. Curb diseases by getting vaccinatedI would like to express my opinion about the measles outbreak in Rockland County concerning Ultra-Orthodox Jews (Chassidim).They should definitely get their children vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease. If they don’t get vaccinations, they have a good chance of getting measles, rubella, flu, etc. Even though the rabbis say they shouldn’t get the vaccinations,  they should disregard the rabbis, as they don’t know everything.Without vaccinations, diseases can spread from one person to another.Steven GoldbergSchenectadycenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn Niskayuna, pray for dry, warm winterThe front-page story of the April 8 Daily Gazette reports the 2019-2020 school year calendar of the Niskayuna School District does not have snow days built into it.If nothing is done, it’s expected that closings due to snow will cause one or more days of spring recess to be lost to students (and their families) as make-up days in school year 2019-20.To avoid this, the people of Niskayuna need to start fervently praying believing now, in the Name of Jesus, for a supernaturally low-ice, low-snow, and warm Winter 2019-20.If you yourself don’t believe in this praying about the weather stuff (Even most Christians don’t.), then please find people who do (They are called Jesus believers and are easy to find.) and ask them to pray. And it certainly wouldn’t hurt for other school districts around here to do likewise.And don’t worry. That this sort of praying does work has been proven by the several nice winters Jesus has given us recently in answer to people praying for mild winters.Thank you in advance. Please stay safe, happy, and warm this next winter; by praying, and continuing to pray, now.Joel NelsonSchenectadylast_img read more

Camp Randall game lessens pain of series split

first_imgThe Wisconsin women\’s hockey team was all smiles after a 6-1 over Bemidji St. in Saturday\’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic.[/media-credit]Saturday was simply unforgettable, but Sunday followed with nothing but frustration.Wisconsin played a once-in-a-lifetime game at the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic blowing out the Bemidji State Beavers 6-1. After the thrilling win, however, the Badgers were unable to keep the momentum rolling and suffered a frustrating 2-0 defeat.Despite a frustrating end to the weekend the team feels as if nothing can take away from its first outdoor game.“It’s something I’ll never forget,” forward Jasmine Giles said of the Classic. “It’s just unbelievable, I can’t even describe it to tell you the truth.”Forward Carolyne Prevost shared similar feelings and the need to embrace every moment the game offered.“You don’t know how many times you’re going to get this opportunity so you just have to embrace every moment of this; be excited and positive about it — have fun.”While it certainly was an event the squad was looking forward to all season, it came sooner than any of them really expected.“We’ve been talking about this game since probably the very beginning of the year and it came by so fast,” Prevost said. “I think the warm-up — seeing the crowd, feeling the ice and just feeling the energy of this whole stadium was unbelievable.“Getting the first goal was really crucial in the game, putting them on their heels right away and I think from there we just took off.”The Classic did show a dominant Badger squad.In the 6-1 contest the Badgers outshot the Beavers 42-14, displaying a strong offensive line coupled with solid defense.Yet, the Badgers, despite consistently out-shooting their opponents, have had issues actually finding the back of the net. At the Classic, however, everything was finally coming together.“Today just everything was clicking. We were passing it off to each other… it just hasn’t happened as much for us this year,” Prevost said. “All the hard work has been paying off.“We haven’t had six goals in a while, it was definitely great to see that from our team today. We just came together and passes were just clicking, lines were just clicking and it was unbelievable to see.”Playing outside also brought out more fans for the team, something they fully embraced. Normally playing in front of meager crowds, the 8,263 fan turnout was thrilling for Wisconsin.With the larger-than-normal crowd coupled with the outdoor excitement, the squad thrived in the unique atmosphere.“I think I’m taking the crowd with me,” forward Brianna Decker said. “That was great, having all of them out here, to hear them cheering for us — we don’t really get that in Kohl. It was great to have them.”Although the game was unforgettable, it was more than just an exciting outdoor game; It was part of an important WCHA series for the Badgers.Before the series the Badgers sat ahead of the Beavers by only one point. The Badgers could not let the Beavers walk away with the series.When it was over, Giles was more than thankful for the win.“I think a lot of fans forgot about the fact that it is a league game; if we lose it, then that just puts us in fourth or fifth place in our league, so if we came out with a win today we still stay on top, thank God we came out with it.“We didn’t want to come out today and lose this game — not only for the outdoor game but for statistics as well. We had to win it. We have to win this series. We came out excited but also focused to take the win,” Giles added.With the win Saturday, Wisconsin had the chance to pull farther ahead in the standings, but just could not get the job done on Sunday.“[It’s] very frustrating,” assistant coach Peter Johnson said. “The tone of the game was we needed to score first… the worst thing that could happen to us was for them to score first, and they scored first and got a lead so it was an uphill battle from there. As good as yesterday was, as frustrating as today is, it’s two ends of the spectrum.”Despite the frustration, the Badgers won’t forget the Classic any time soon.“It’s a unique, once in a life time opportunity,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “[The Classic] is now is my favorite moment from this season. I give credit to the players for coming out prepared and just finishing strong.”Giles also added how no amount of practice could have prepared the team for the experience the Classic brought.“It’s something that you can never really prepare for,” she said. “Just to be out there with my teammates — we had a really fun time, I guess that’s all that really matters.”last_img read more