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  • Coyotes need to be kept under control

    first_imgMost significantly, the eastern coyote is no longer a pure coyote. East of the Mississippi, coyotes generally have some level of domestic dog in their genetics, and all have some level of wolf.The increasing predominance of those with more wolf genetics has given us a larger, stronger, smarter and bolder coyote.I had observed one coyote in open daylight over many decades of hunting, but have now seen four in the last two seasons. One of these followed my footprints to within 25 yards of me.The current coyote lives more on beavers, turkeys and deer (especially fawns in summer), and less on the smaller rodents that were coyote staples in the past. They also suppress smaller predators that live on rodents.Since rodents provide a step in tick life cycles, the “new” coyote is a factor in the spread of tick-borne illnesses. I agree with The Gazette article that we won’t (and shouldn’t try to) wipe out coyotes.However, when facing a passive human community, coyotes are known to become increasingly bold in asserting their dominance and exploiting food sources. I’m not a wildlife biologist, but have been interested in the development of the eastern coyote for some time. I believe that the Dec. 26 Gazette article on coyotes was missing some essential facts.  This starts with killing pets and livestock out alone at night; it can graduate to attacking pets on leashes in daylight. Human deaths are rare, but injuries have occurred. Only some level of hunting and/or trapping keeps coyotes shy of humans. I hope that landowners will consider this if someone asks for permission to hunt or trap. The article didn’t discuss safety. I urge all hunters to fully understand and rigorously comply with all legal (e.g. setback distances) and safety requirements.Norman PerazzoGlenvilleThe writer is a licensed hunter safety instructor.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristscenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

  • Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 1

    first_imgMueller report is a trumpet for changeWell now that the Mueller report has dropped, I guess we can anoint Trump as the virtuous choir boy he has always been.Yes, the Republican-led investigation, by the Republican- appointed Republican special counsel, which has been interpreted by the Republican attorney general, has found “not enough proof” to rise to the crime of collusion.  Flooding highlights the need for actionMother Nature has given us another warning, a sign that things are not alright on planet Earth.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwo ideas would save state moneyHere are two suggestions for cutting the cost of government in the state:If we replace all taxes and fees (taxes by another name) with an income tax keyed to federal tax payments, we would dramatically lower both the cost of administering and complying with the state’s many processes for collecting money from its citizens. The ongoing flooding in the Midwest is historic in scope. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and the water continues to rise. Whether or not you believe in human-induced climate change, our planet is warming and we are already seeing the effects.If we continue to use fossil fuels at our current rate, natural disasters like this will become more frequent and widespread. Last Friday’s Youth Climate Strike in Albany shows that the students get it, and they want to see change now.There is legislation at both the state and national levels that would address climate change. Please let your elected officials know that this is a priority for you.Nancy StuebnerDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?center_img Some might contend that this approach would exempt corporations from taxation. That, of course is true. However, since in the end all taxes, no matter where they are levied, are paid by individuals, this point is really an objection to having a more transparent system of taxation.Such a change would, besides producing a more attractive economic climate, give the voters a clear statement of the cost of the choices that are open to them at the polls.Thus, it has considerable appeal for those who value informing the citizens of their options.Since as a group we have a tendency to be more liberal with other people’s money than our own, my second suggestion is that local projects be funded exclusively by local taxes. This change would force local governments to carefully prioritize their activities. Therefore, we can expect that local school administrative structures would be replaced by a countywide, and thus, a lower-cost administrative system.Fred BarneyAlbany Unfortunately, they couldn’t vindicate Trump on the obstruction allegations. I guess that was too far a stretch even for this partisan side show.It is now the American public’s turn to read the Mueller report and come to our own conclusions. After all, we paid for it.I’m sure there is nothing in there that could diminish this president in the eyes of his lemming followers.But to the remainder of free-thinking America, we might just find it interesting enough to help us decide on a candidate in the 2020 election.It’s not like this president has ever lied, right? And if you believe that, I am sure Trump has a bridge, or better yet, a casino, he’d like to sell you.Michael WinnSaratoga Springslast_img read more

  • How to .. Grapple successfully with property software

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  • A scientific scramble for space

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  • Portfolio trading topped £6bn in 2000

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  • Manchester offices – Mad for it in Manchester

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  • A tale of two developers

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  • Planners hold key to Tyne Soccer Dome

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  • Sitting pretty

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  • Crown outperforms IPD in bright year

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