To the editor:
On behalf of the Historic Amsterdam League (HAL) I would like to thank everyone that supported our recent "West End Story" tours. The public response, despite the early June heat and humidity, was most gratifying, and HAL is pleased and honored to have had the opportunity to relate a portion of Amsterdam's story to you.
In 2011, the Historic Amsterdam League instituted a program of free annual tours as a gift and public service to the residents and guests of the city. These tours were conceived as a means of highlighting specific areas of Amsterdam and aspects of its history and culture in order to promote a better understanding of and appreciation for what our city once was, the path which led it to today, and what this city can become tomorrow with the commitment and support of her people. That first tour, the "Heart of Amsterdam," covered the Church Street corridor. "Amsterdam's South Side" was the subject of the 2012 tours, and the city's West End was addressed this year. Planning for and selection of the subject of the 2014 tour has already begun, so mark June 7 on your calendar now and plan to join us for next year's tour.
The presentation of the Historic Amsterdam League tours is only made possible by the hard work, dedication and support of very special people and groups that deserve everyone's recognition and thanks:
* Our HAL members and friends that plan the tours, provide the work force, and handle the hundreds of details required to keep things running smoothly.
* Our sponsors who remain quietly in the background but are always there whenever we call upon them. Special thanks for making this year's tour possible go out to Liberty Enterprises, St. Mary's Healthcare, Tailwind Associates, West End Wine & Liquor, Stewart's, SEFCU, Hannaford, Price Chopper, and the Century Club.
* You, the HAL supporters who buy our booklets and postcards and calendars, and attend our events -- thereby supporting HAL's efforts to provide a voice on behalf of the history and heritage, and future, of our city. Thank you.
Gerald R. (Jerry) Snyder,
The writer is president of the Historic Amsterdam League.
Pay attention to bicyclists
To the editor:
As a cyclist, I am outraged at the death of Ed Lakata; it was a senseless accident and could have been avoided. In Article 25 of the NY Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1122-a -- overtaking a bicycle -- it states: "The operator of a vehicle overtaking from behind a bicycle proceeding on the same side of a roadway shall pass to the left of such bicycle at a safe distance until safely clear thereof." According to the Gazette, Sheriff Lorey says they investigated the crash and claimed "the accident happened very near the white line," which begs me to ask -- did the driver give Ed a safe distance and move over? Did anyone check the driver's cell phone to see if he was using it, or was he tested for any drug use?
I can't begin to count the cars, trucks and even police vehicles that don't move over at all when I'm out riding, even when there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction. As cyclists, we do our best to stay to the right of the fog line but many shoulders are dangerous to ride and we are forced to ride on or inside the fog line. In a traffic safety guide produced by the NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, it says, "The motorist must always remember that bicyclists and in-line skaters have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles, and motorists are required to exercise "due care" to avoid colliding with bicyclists and in-line skaters. As a safety measure, motorists should make scanning for bicyclists and in-line skaters second nature, and give them plenty of clearance when passing them and the right-of-way when appropriate."
There are too many unanswered questions regarding this accident and I hope they will reopen the investigation. In the meantime, please people, pay better attention to the "other" users of our roadways.
Jeri Lynn Bursese,