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Oh Where Oh Where . . . To the Editor:

The article “Is This the Right Place?” [Newsfront, Aug. 3] got my attention as I follow the city’s efforts to locate and build a new Albany Convention Center. We will probably be second-guessing the choice of sites for years to come. I’m inclined to agree with Councilman Casolaro’s comment that there’s nothing there, but for his preferred location, the Washington Avenue Armory, there is just too much there already.

I recently suggested that the convention planners consider a riverfront site. Many popular tourist destination cities have successfully developed their waterfronts for such purposes and our Hudson River continues to attract attention as we work to improve its water quality. Unlike the South Pearl/Madison Avenue site, the waterfront land has no underground historic artifacts to be disturbed. The original boat basin was filled in to accommodate the growth of railroad activity around the beginning of the 20th century. Although there would be some engineering challenges to a waterfront project, it would require no private property acquisition costs and might be feasible by spanning over I-787 highway—state-of-the-art people movers could connect our visitors to places of interest around the city.

A lost opportunity perhaps, it all just seemed like a good idea to me.

Dan Sekellick

West Sand Lake

Go to Your Room To the Editor:

I read and reread your “House of Cards” column [Rapp on This, Aug. 3], and it’s something I will definitely pass along to my 16-year-old son, who knows everything about downloading and what is new, and is interested in keeping up with it. Unlike me. But here’s the real issue about the CDs: People like me are too busy; way, way, way too busy to spend time selecting and downloading to an iPod or any other tool which requires time. Computer savvy people are always protesting to me that it “only takes five seconds” to do this, and that, and this and this, but they don’t get it. I’m a busy woman running two businesses to stay ahead, and I use music for background in one of them, and all I wanna do is buy the damned CD and play it. I’ve got too many other chores on my hands. Yeah, I’m an old geezer now, technically. But a money- making geezer! My son has time because he has no job.

Kelly Kynion


What Did You Call Us?

To the Editor:

I have just seen the best movie of the summer. Now I am trying to understand why the reviewers published in the local papers hate it so [“Scrunty,” Cinema, July 27].

The movie, Lady in the Water, is a multilevel allegory of our present times—a time of crisis when there is a need for all of us to realize our here-to-now unknown potential and to work with other awakening people.

This very personal film of M. Night Shyamalan was previously axed by Disney and picked up by Walter [sic] Bros.

The catalyst is a water nymph called a Narf. Working against her is a demon-dog called a Scrunt.

The movie is a Narf. The critics and local papers are acting like Scrunts. And that makes me a warrior, facing the Scrunts and starring [sic] them down, so the Narf can do her needed work.

Sheldon Y. Carnes Jr.


In Our Own Words To the Editor:

I’d like to thank David King for an even-handed article on the Albany Public Library’s plan for a branch in Arbor Hill [“One Library Short,” Newsfront, July 27]. That said, there is a mistake that needs correction.

Although it’s true that the New Scotland Branch is to be closed in June 2007 to make way for the Albany City School District’s Renovation of School 19, no one from the library said that other branches were “scheduled to be closed.” What library director Jeff Cannell said was that the consultant’s report (in 2003) suggested serving the New Scotland and Delaware neighborhoods with one branch, but when that idea was discussed with those neighborhoods, they strongly objected (put their feet down). Also, Jeff did not say, as the article asserts, that the money saved from such a move would be devoted to a West Hill branch, and that when the library board decided to keep branches in New Scotland and Delaware that meant there was no money for a West Hill branch. I encourage the citizens of Albany to review the draft designs of our citywide library facilities plan, “Libraries for the Future.” They are posted on our Web site: There is still an opportunity for people to share their views on this major project by calling Jeff Cannell at 427-4379 or by sending an e-mail to

John Cirrin Public Information Officer Albany Public Library

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