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State can’t run canal system right, so should abandon it

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State can’t run canal system right, so should abandon it Re the Dec. 5 article on the high cost of repairs to the state canal system due to damage caused by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee last year: First of all, who is responsible for the incredible incompetence in canal operations that led to all of last year’s damage? As demonstrated by the preparations for Superstorm Sandy, raising the gates at the locks can and ...


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FrankLowe
December 7, 2012
7:41 a.m.

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Carol Ramundo, I agree. Yesterdays front page pictures were in very poor taste, and showed bad judgement on the part of the editor.

gina99
December 7, 2012
7:46 a.m.

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What are you talking about RW Gatley? The Canal Corp is run by failed former Schenectady Mayor Strattton. He is doing to State taxpayers what he did to Schenectady taxpayers for 7 long years.

newyorker65
December 7, 2012
11:29 a.m.

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Carol Ramundo... I respectfully disagree. If nothing else, it sends a message home to students, young people, old people, everyone... that exceeding the speed limit, driving recklessly, drinking, texting, etc. will result in this! When I was young, they would put the damaged car right smack dab in front of our high school for all to see... and I applaud that! Although the 2 young people who were killed in last weekend's crash were not at fault (as far as we know... I believe the investigation is still on-going), still and all people need to see what happens when you drive recklessly... and that applies to old as well as young! I'll admit it must have been terribly hard for the parents to see the car, but maybe their friends and family wouldn't let them look at the paper... for for the rest of the world, I believe it's essential to show what can happen.

newyorker65
December 7, 2012
11:38 a.m.

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To: R.W. Gatley... I was at the lock in Waterford last week and walked around the entire area without seeing one single, solitary worker! And of course, no boats going through the lock either! Wonderfully historic spot, but I wondered why on earth we are keeping the system open.

ljordan
December 7, 2012
11:19 p.m.

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Peter Frank,
There's no question that the cost of our social safety net must be reduced, but exempting anyone, especially the rich, from paying a fair share simply because it doesn't fully solve the problem is silly. Our situation will only be solved through shared sacrifice. The Bush tax cuts and two wars put us in a hole, and everyone needs to do their part to get us out. Unfortunately, there are many who are simply unable to do more. They live hand-to-mouth. So for them I would say they're already doing all they can. But, there are many who could do much more without any adverse impact. And an even larger group that could do a little more with some belt tightening. This problem needs to be attacked from both the revenue side (shared sacrifice) and the cost side, and no one should get a free ride.
Larry Jordan

wmarincic
December 9, 2012
7:15 a.m.

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ljordan

Thge top 10% pays 70% of all taxes while 47% pay no taxes and 20% pay no taxes and get huge EIC checks.

It's official. Taxpayers are no longer simply helping the poor, they're subsidizing the lives of welfare recipients at a better rate than their own. The Senate Budget Committee has released a report showing households living below the poverty line and receiving welfare payments are raking in the equivalent of $168 per day in benefits which come in the form of food stamps, housing, childcare, healthcare and more. The median household income in 2011 was $50,054, totaling $137.13 per day. The worst part? Welfare payments are equivalent to making $30 per hour for 40 hours a week. The median wage for non-welfare recipients is $25 per hour but because they pay taxes, unlike welfare recipients, the wage is bumped down to $21 per hour. From the report:

So tell me again about those poor people living hand to mouth

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