Law change will let criminals walk
Starting Jan. 1 of next year, a new law is going into effect that will devastate the criminal justice system and put the lives of millions at risk thanks to Governor Cuomo and the downstate Democrats. There will be no more cash bail in this state, meaning that when someone is arrested, they will be released after given an appearance ticket and a promise to come back except for violent felonies. What most people don’t know is, the majority of crimes committed are not violent felonies, as we’re finding out thanks to the tragic death of Joseph Turcotte.
According to NYS penal law, the manslaughter charge filed against the man who hit him isn’t a violent felony, and had this happened next year, would have been cut loose. Think about that. Think about this as well, say someone gets arrested for harassing his ex-girlfriend, well, he isn’t going to jail. The judge cuts him loose thanks to the new law, he harasses her again, it could be a case of rinse-lather-repeat all night long because there’s nothing the judge or the police can do as criminal contempt for violating an order of protection is not a violent felony.
Those drug arrests where someone from NYC gets picked up with a huge amount of pot or heroin, what’s the incentive to come to court, even if he does get a warrant, there’s no bail to revoke so he’ll walk again. How many corrections officers will lose their jobs as jails slowly empty and counties will need money for staff elsewhere chasing down warrants? I urge every man and woman to write Governor Cuomo to repeal this law before it takes effect, because there will be no deterrent for criminals if they’re allowed to walk away over and over again.
David LaPell, Pottersville
Shot at Cobb was needless distraction
I have let Thursday’s Sept. 26 Post-Star sit on my desk as I debated about writing and sending this letter in response to a quote from Ms. Stefanik. Having given it time to simmer, I have decided that she needs to be called out on her words quoted in “Stefanik, Cobb call for transparency on Ukraine call.”
In the article, p. A4, Ms. Stefanik deflects the attention from herself and aims at her former opponent, Tedra Cobb. I will not repeat the nasty, mean-spirited and misleading words used by Ms. Stefanik toward Ms. Cobb, but it reveals for us her pettiness and loyalty to the Trump playbook for discourse.
How embarrassing for those of us in the 21st Congressional District who are represented in Congress by a person who speaks of others in this way. Can’t she just run on her record, or is there nothing to say about it?
Katherine Verbeck-Lobban, Lake George
Strong column, weak jab at Stefanik
I thought Mr. Tingley’s column in Sunday’s paper was, for the most part, excellent. Like you, I was at the cusp of being drafted for Vietnam. I fully supported President Nixon, especially for his efforts to get us out of that terrible war. I was also disappointed that he resigned. His only crime was that he got caught doing the same thing that all politicians do.
I agree that many today are far too influenced by the media, which slants information to suit their needs. The same holds true with too many politicians, who choose to fulfill their own wants and needs instead of properly representing their constituents. It is beyond time for the people to get the truth and to make decisions based on such truths. But I fear that won’t happen in this political climate.
As I said in the beginning, I agree with most of your column. Unfortunately, after you lectured your readers on the value of getting the truth and the fact that “citizens and representatives have not lived up to” our and their obligations to our country, you concluded with an attack on Rep. Stefanik. In fact, you used her as the only example throughout your column.
I object that you chose to single her out. In all fairness you should have either left her out or included comparisons of one or some of the opposition, who are making a circus out of our government and country. So, as you said, “Just do what is right,” Mr. Tingley.
Tony Trello, Hudson Falls
Exit 18 road work must be made safe
The road work being done at Exit 18 on the Northway continues to exhibit dangerous conditions for drivers utilizing both exit and entrance ramps. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the north bound ramp does not exist. You have a direct merge into the now narrowed roadway. Looking back to see if the inside lane is clear is blocked by the barrels placed on the shoulder. Someone needs to address this issue before there is an accident there.
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Dave Shepherd, Chestertown
Energy plan pales when compared
In an earlier letter to the editor, (Post-Star, Sept. 10, page 6A) I calculated what would be needed to build a solar-electric power plant (SPP) to replace the soon-to-be-closed 2000 MWe Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester County.
A consortium of foreign companies has proposed to build a large-scale solar power farm in India. Coincidentally, this plant has the same nameplate capacity as my hypothetical SPP, that is, 4000 MWe. The estimated price tag is $4 billion. A 2000 MWe pumped-storage hydropower plant would be needed to provide power and energy at night from excess energy produced during the day.
The 1000 MWe Blenheim-Gilboa (BG) pumped-storage plant cost about $230 million to build in 1973. Using a very conservative annual inflation rate of 3 percent, two new BG plants would each cost about $1 billion and allow the proposed SPP in India to run as a baseload plant. Once again, I’m assuming that a pumped storage plant is 100 percent efficient to simplify the calculation so that there is no difference between daytime and nighttime capacity (it’s actually 73 percent).
Excluding the costs of land acquisition, transmission system upgrades and environmental mitigation, the price tag for this SPP works out to be about $6 billion, and the SPP yields only 360 MWe of baseload capacity given solar power’s low capacity factor.
Multiplying everything by a factor of six provides a snapshot of the SPP that would fully replace the Indian Point Energy Center: the price tag would be $36 billion up front and its land area would be about 200 square miles, excluding the footprints for 12 pumped-storage plants.
The governor’s energy plan is just self-serving hyperbole. For the ratepayers, it is a losing proposition.
Charles F. Heimerdinger, Edinburg
Neighbor helped out dog in need
I would just like to commend Matt A., my neighbor, for his commendable actions having come upon an injured dog in the middle of the road on his way to work. He was concerned enough to visit houses in the vicinity to find the owner and refused to leave until the owner eventually showed up. A Conklin Plumbing truck was in too much of a hurry to even stop and drove around, but Matt stayed. Thanks to Matt I hope the dog is OK; the owner said the pup just beat cancer.
Eric Wappett, Argyle
Kibling twists facts of Granville protest
This is in response an article written on Sept. 20.
I live across the street from Veteran’s Park in Granville. In the article about the pro-Trump rally on Sept. 14, I noticed a few things that were incorrect. They included the quotes from Mr. Mike Kibling of the North Country Deplorables.
First, Mr. Kibling states that the protest was disrupted by a counter-protest. This counter-protest was a group of approximately six 10th-grade Granville students who waved small rainbow flags from across the street. In response, Mr. Kibling and his fellow pro-Trump Deplorables came across the street onto the sidewalk in front of my house. During this entire time they were shouting vile and homophobic slogans. These grown men and women attempted to intimidate the children who disagreed with them. It was at this time that I stepped forward and strongly advised Mr. Kibling to go back across the street to the park. He refused.
Second, Mr. Kibling states that he was shoved into the road and had a gay pride flag placed over his face. What Mr. Kibling doesn’t state is that there were three Granville police officers present during this encounter. I’m pretty sure if I physically assaulted a pro-Trump Deplorable that the police would have intervened. The truth of the matter is that I asked these police officers why they weren’t stopping Mr. Kibling and his fellow Deplorables, and I was informed that they had a permit to protest until 7 p.m. and it was 6:45. I was advised to let it go and they would disperse.
And third, Mr. Kibling states that this encounter was recorded. Yes, Mr. Kibling, it was. And, nothing you said was true.
Donald C. Cartmell Jr., Granville