More wolf protection is wrong for U.S.

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the March 18 letter to the editor, Jacqueline de Witt pleaded for [continued] federal protection of wolves to help them spread into New York. She indicated that this is needed to “perfect the ecological order.” In the western United States the reintroduction of wolves has decimated elk herds, taking hunting opportunities away from a wide variety of humans, from professional guides to lower income individuals for whom a freezer full of elk meat (or lack thereof) has a substantial economic impact. Federal protections continued long after wolf numbers far exceeded the reintroduction targets. Further spread of wolves will further decimate game animal populations.Human hunting is regulated by seasons and limits designed by wildlife biologists to maintain healthy herds. Wolves are not regulated, and unlike humans, wolves feast when new calves or fawns are born. Omitting a description of canine hunting, does anyone claim that a wolf kill is ever as humane as a well placed gun shot?Wolves avoid human contact in proportion to the threat that humans pose. Predatory attacks on people were once common in Europe and have happened sporadically in North America. “Child lifting” by wolves is still a problem in India. Protected wolves will be emboldened and risks to our rural margins will increase.I must ask Ms. de Witt: in a world with many hungry humans, is your aesthetic sense of ecological order so important that we should ignore those risks and squander a fully sustainable supply of organic, free-range protein to canine predators?NORMAN PERAZZOGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Mets not getting a fair shake in pages

first_imgAs of April 13, let’s compare the Mets’ vs. the Yankees’ records. One team has six wins and seven losses; the other team has 10 wins and one loss. One team is in third place; the other is in first. One team is leading the majors with a .909 percentage, while the other isn’t playing .500 ball. The Mets win in every category except one: The front page of the Sports section. What happened to fair and unbiased reporting? I guess The Gazette is one of those newspapers that prints fake news.Joe KaczynskiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Area needs grocery, place to do laundry

first_imgThe East Front Street, Stockade and downtown areas are in desperate need of two important businesses.The first is a grocery store. The last market we had in our area was the Trading Port on Lower Union Street that closed many years ago.The second is a laundromat. The former laundromat on Front Street closed in December after the water pipes broke. I urge anyone who is thinking of opening either (or both) businesses to consider our area.It’s a food desert and lacks a place to wash your clothes. Many people who live here don’t drive and would appreciate and support both businesses.Elizabeth VolpicelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Retail Streets ahead

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Terminating in good time

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Continental conquest

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Planning: Liverpool and Manchester firm up ties

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The new world order

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Fasten your seatbelts

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Office sector returns hit 10-year low

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