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Recycling issues must be priority

Editor:

Recycling in 2019? It appears that area haulers are no longer keeping trash and recyclable materials separated, so one must assume that the combined loads are all headed to the burn plant in Hudson Falls. Apparently the transfer stations are the only entities still recycling? As someone who has been an ardent practitioner of reusing, recycling, composting and the like, I find this situation to be sad and outrageous. It has been nearly 49 years since the first Earth Day, 47 since DDT was banned and this is how far we have progressed? The Pacific Ocean has its giant eddy of plastics, and Third World countries have our toxic waste from electronics and batteries, and we all are amassing toxic materials within our bodies from the air we breathe and the water we drink. Know anyone with some formerly rare form of cancer? We all do. We put a man on the moon 50 years ago, and this is how far we have progressed in an area that most would assume is a bit less complicated.

Someone in the U.S., in Silicon Valley, some think tank or university can’t figure out how to have a profitable system for recycling the materials we now toss with the trash? Please tell me that, as a society, we care more for our children’s future and the planet that provides for and protects us? I don’t have the answer, but we certainly do have plenty of elected officials, at the local, state and federal levels, who seem to spend a lot of time on far less important issues. I’m all for LED lights and electric cars, but if we are burning (or trying to) all discarded household materials, then “Houston, we have a (much bigger) problem.”

Thomas B. Harvey,

Queensbury

Glens Falls Hospital fit needs perfectly

Editor:

I know that there have been many opinions published recently about our community hospital, so I thought that I should share my experience. I recently had a colonoscopy at the GI Center and had a wonderful experience (if having a colonoscopy can be described as wonderful). All kidding aside, the nurses were outstanding! They kept me informed regarding every step of my procedure. They were respectful of my privacy, and the staff made me feel comfortable throughout the entire experience, from check-in to check-out. When I was originally called to schedule my colonoscopy, I had to specifically request that I have the procedure at Glens Falls Hospital; otherwise it would have been performed at the doctor’s office. Everyone has a choice as to where they have their health care services performed. I chose the hospital, and I am glad that I did.

Noel Harding, Queensbury

Schumer’s silence a sign of party bias

Editor:

Where is Sen. Chuck Schumer when you need him to stand up? Any other time, he couldn’t get to the podium fast enough to call Republicans on something.

But Ilhan Omar makes derogatory remarks about the Jews, whom she is one of, and suddenly he’s nowhere to be found.

It’s obvious. She’s not a Republican. Sad.

Rhea M. Greene,

Queensbury

Anti-smoking ad sends bad message

Editor:

It literally gags me, although it is “supposed” to be a good message, that the Glens Falls Transit System would put a life-size picture of a child grabbing cigarettes out of what is a 64 count crayon box. In two different places, in very small lettering, it says, “There is something wrong with this picture,” and in an even more discrete manner, “Take action now @ seenenoughtobacco.org.” I said to myself, “Wow, this is the first cigarette ad I have seen in a long time, I wonder what it’s all about.” Then I realized what was going on and was immediately sick to my stomach. Who in their right mind thought this wouldn’t send the wrong message?

I have a brilliant child who thinks smoking is absolutely disgusting. Her question is, “Daddy, why is that kid reaching for cigarettes in a crayon box?” This clearly doesn’t send the right message. She can read too! So, what is the real message here?

Then, as an educator, my mind immediately switched toward all my students. An ad, especially one that is supposed to have such a strong message, shouldn’t have to be explained by anyone!

Yes! We have seen enough of tobacco! In fact, we were doing quite well not seeing any cigarette ads whatsoever! This ad is completely disgusting and needs to be removed! Shame on the GFTS and its advertising team!

Jeff Allen, Queensbury

Grant helped with historical project

Editor:

In response to your editorial of March 2, “Preserve the past but respect the present, too,” I would like to share the efforts that the town of Lake George has done exactly for that purpose.

The town of Lake George, with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake George Battlefield Park (Fort George) Alliance, was awarded an American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) grant for our project, Analysis of Military Campaigns associated with Fort George and Environs. The project was completed in June 2018. The priority purpose of that grant was to systematically identify and catalogue historical resources within the town of Lake George utilizing maps, period diaries and other sources including local interviews. Hartgen Archaeological Associates was chosen as consultant to research and produce a comprehensive analysis of these historical resources. This has never been done before, and one of the prime purposes for this project was to assist the town and developers when new projects important to the growth of Lake George were being considered. This report is available to the public on the town website. While this report is extensive, there are likely historical resources that remain unidentified. For example, while we knew there had to be a cemetery associated with the American hospital for the Northern Campaign in 1776, its location was elusive despite extensive research. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Ruben Ellsworth for doing the “right thing” for these bones of our American patriots, at great cost to himself. We are hoping in the future the research available in the American Battlefield Protection Program report will assist other developers to avoid delays in necessary town development.

Lynda Karig Hohmann, MD, President, Lake George Battlefield Park (Fort George) Alliance

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