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As Sch’dy Museum turns to science, don’t forget its past As the Schenectady Museum takes its final steps toward becoming a science center, it seems fitting to stop a moment and reflect on the many ways the museum has contributed to the cultural life of this area over the years. Though the change from a general museum has seemed inevitable for some time, financially speaking, that should not diminish an appreciation of past accomplishments. From ...

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August 3, 2012
3:13 p.m.

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Hey Stephanie,

Who you callin' "uneducated middle class"? People that believe the government should stop taking more and more of our hard earned money and giving it away to their favorite cronies? Or maybe your talking about unemployed men down in the southern part of the state who would love to have a job with a natural gas drilling company but can't because people like you do everything in their power to stop progress in this state and country. Or maybe your talking about folks that go to church most Sundays and have a belief system you don't care for.

You should be more specific so we don't have to read between the lines to find out your nothing but a democrat shill.

August 3, 2012
7:58 p.m.

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So protecting medicare,medicaid, and social security, protecting food safety and the environment, spreading the tax burden to the 1% is a collective mentality.
Give us a break,please. Nearly everything Obama has done was the Repubs agenda until he got elected. The real agenda is unwinnable by landslide so they stoop to collective mentality and other outrageous lies. Same as every election since Nixon.

August 3, 2012
8:07 p.m.

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By continuing to grow the government while putting roadblocks in the way of private business? NEWSFLASH; The government is a waste and a drain on the economy, government unions own Obama and the democrat party. Obama is the worst President in the history of the U.S.

August 3, 2012
9:14 p.m.

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Wmarinic, you probably weren't born yet when Nixon was president, right?

August 3, 2012
9:33 p.m.

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Michael Decker, there are a couple of considerations you missed, although I agree with the general premise of a ban enacted is hard to repeal.

The Second Amendment specifically does not say that limits can't be placed on the arms "guaranteed". The writers were pretty sharp about leaving room for reasonable restrictions that are in the best interest of society.

Also, there are already firearms bans in place. For example, ordinary citizens cannot own automatic weapons or explosives. These are reasonable restrictions which don't effect our daily lives. It has not led to unreasonable restrictions on firearms for hunting or target shooting.

The only reason for a firearm like the AR-15 is to shoot people - or pretend you're Rambo. It's also true that the Colorado killer could have done the job with a shotgun or Molotov cocktail; look at the explosives he left in his apartment.

There has to be a middle ground, Michael. Your opinion is of no more, and no less, value than anyone else. Hurts, doesn't it?

August 4, 2012
7:24 a.m.

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I remember the day Kennedy was shot, what's your point?

As far as Nixon goes, minus the watergate scandal he was actually a very good president. he started the EPA, negotiated SALT, opened up relationships with Communist China and is the reason we are trading with them to his day, used detente to help ease tensions with the soviet union, started the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam, and almost won the war also with his frequent bombings of North Vietnamese bases. He was a good man with bad people advising him.

It is just like the Chicago politics that Obama came from only on a larger scale. So again what's your point?

August 5, 2012
5:50 p.m.

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Nixon? A good man with bad people advising him? He was a paraniod soul that used the government power at his disposal to punish all of his enemies from liberal reporters, like Daniel Shore to peace activists like Tom Hayden. The most flawed President to hold the office.

Millions of Americans are still suffering from a policy that Nixon started, "The War on Drugs". He dismissed the reccommendations of the Shaffer commission which he appointed to study pot when the Commission favored the decrimialization of pot. His "law & order" agenda was code for locking up his opponents and anti-war protesters that smoked pot. His dirty tricks can be traced back to California in his election for US Senator against Helen Gahagan Douglas.

Nixon! Many still bear the burden today of his intolerance for freedom and politicizing a health issue by criminalizing drug use over 40 years ago. We have Nixon to thank for listing pot as a schedule I classification.

August 13, 2012
10:48 a.m.

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Newsworthy....agreed on your comments about the 2nd Amendment.
Michael....I am all for the right to bear Arms for our military,, hunting, protection, etc. However, assault weapons are for one thing and one thing kill. Also the 2nd Amendment was written December 15, 1791, there were no assault weapons back then. If there were, I believe it would have been worded differently.