Feeling gouged by Spectrum pricing

first_imgSince Charter Communications purchased Time Warner Cable late last year, I have seen by monthly bill increase by 22.3 percent, even though my scope has not changed. I do have cable, internet and landline phone services furnished in a bundle, but that hasn’t changed in years. I see the “low-ball” pricing being offered by Spectrum to new customers, but not their existing customers. I’ve tried to negotiate with Spectrum, but they will not lower their monthly pricing in any significant way. I have complained to the state Public Service Commission and attorney general’s office to no avail. I tried the FCC, but they only assigned my complaint a case number. Short of unbundling the services we have purchased for many years, I don’t have an answer to Spectrum’s “gold standard” pricing practices. Does anyone else?Douglas N. McFaddenNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Democracy needs more critical thought

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently I read two pieces in the April 29 Gazette which stand in stark contrast — one by an area teacher, Suzanne Schuffert, and the other by a senior editor at National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru (“Why aren’t liberals outraged about Alfie Evans case?”).Ms. Schuffert’s is the far superior work. She argues that: “Not all learning happens at a desk,” and she clearly defended student protests as growing out of accepted social values, concern for their safety and a right under the First Amendment to speak out. They shouldn’t be labeled political, but value-based and part of critical thinking which is useful in a democratic society.By contrast, Mr. Ponnuru ruined an otherwise good column by not stopping when he made his point which a columnist of his stature should have done. His column noted that the British state appeared to be reacting in an irrational and nearly incomprehensible way against an innocent citizen.Enough said. But he went on to quote The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, and cast divisiveness by labeling those with one persuasion as social conservatives and asked why liberals aren’t horrified as well. This muddled his argument that all people should be appalled when any government actions overstep deeply held values for life, liberty, parental authority and rational choice for the welfare of their children.That’s the stuff of authoritarianism and dictatorship. It’s not conservatives and liberals we should fear, but irrational thinkers and powerf-mongers especially, when they co-opt our governments to pervert democracy that has been so hard-earned.Betty PieperScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

NFL anthem stance is unAmerican

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Congratulations to the NFL. They have decreed that a piece of cloth (i.e., flag) which represents an image of America is more basic than the ideals (i.e., freedom of speech and expression) which are the essence of what it means to be an American.  If they claim that they took this action to protect the NFL’s appearance as patriotic, I suggest they reconsider.Forced patriotic expression is perfidious — and fundamentally unAmerican. Denis BrennanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 23

first_imgTime for America to resume rule of lawIt’s over America. The land of law and order and civility is gone. We are left with idiot Democrats who are trying to ruin our country because their chosen leader, by her own faults, was not elected president. In Mr. Robert Dufresne’s April 16 letter, he seemed to present a strong case to suggest that replacing some power sources with “green energy” was “irrational and impossible.”But I’d suggest that’s a pretty strong statement to make based on real numbers. His numbers are certainly questionable.For example, he says that “natural gas, coal, oil, and nuclear power plants generate 82.8 percent” of the energy used yearly.He doesn’t say where those numbers come from.I checked the National Grid website and learned that in the National Grid service area, those same sources represented 59.4 percent of the energy in 2017, and probably lower now.He also states that “wind accounts for only 6.3 percent … and solar 1.9 percent.” The National Grid website says those numbers are 8.6 and 4.6, respectively (2017 numbers; probably higher now).Website sciencing.com distinguishes turbines’ direct land use from total wind farm area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionReality reveals green energy is possible There is no end to what they are trying to do in state and federal houses.Locals also seem to neglect usual rules of law. A Gloversville car hits a man in a wheelchair and does not stop. You couldn’t feel the impact of something so severe? They find the driver, but as of a few days ago at least, he hadn’t been arrested for leaving scene of a fatal accident? There is more punishment if your parked car is an inch over a yellow line. Oh the horror. Lawmakers in New York offer $2.7 million in college aid for children of a Gold Star parent, but 27 million for Dreamers or opioid users or thugs whatever you want to call them. A misplaced decimal point for sure.Sanctuary cities are above the law and protect illegal immigrants. We are sending some to you. Foul play. They do not belong in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Albany because many do not have jobs, said an Obama aide on TV. You give them what they want, and they make an excuse for what they know is an untenable situation. Let us hope some of these stupid supporters wake up.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga Springscenter_img Keep neon vest in car as a safety measureWhen police or people need to get out of a car in the dark, they should have a paper or plastic neon vest they can wear.If they don’t have them already in the safety boxes people buy for their cars, include a neon color vest that can we worn. It might save a life. Just a thought.Peg LapoDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: 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 census Mr. Dufresne seems to be confusing the two.He quotes a huge acreage required and says it assumes “wall-to-wall turbines.” Well, the aforementioned website states that in direct land use, “a 2-megawatt wind turbine would require 1.5 acres of land,” well below the 100 acres Mr. Dufresne would have you believe.And then of course he makes the dubious claim that without wind, there is no power. Has he not heard of batteries? Their development for power systems continues.There are just too many erroneous and/or disconnected statements in the letter to justifiably conclude that green energy is “irrational and impossible.”Jerry BoehmAlbanylast_img read more

Industrial: Eastern promise

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Call to force BID-shy businesses to pay up

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The final curtain?

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Inner City

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Pawns on a chessboard

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Security group leads race to take over Chesterton

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