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Cancellation of organic chem class leaves a foul smell

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Cancellation of organic chem class leaves a foul smell In response to Ms. Jane Slezak’s March 30 letter, I would point out that as an outsider, she is missing pertinent information. She states that before taking organic chemistry, students should have a prior AP [advanced placement] chemistry course. As stated in a previous editorial and subsequent letter, there are no AP science courses at Duanesburg. The organic chemistry course was the students’ one chance at ...

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April 9, 2013
7:39 a.m.

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Gene Milone, well said.

April 9, 2013
11:41 a.m.

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While I believe there ought to be a robust debate concerning the use of fracking in this state, the public appears to be divided by political ideology, not science. When did Yoko Ono become an expert that New York should base its policy on fracking? Any study that favors one side is dismissed by the opposition as bias, financially motivated or politically driven.

Is it possible for the government to appoint a truly independent panel to evaluate the pros/cons and make a definitive determination? Not in today's partisan world.

April 9, 2013
12:51 p.m.

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Here’s another local politician who blames every one else for their situation. Most states pass unfunded mandates onto their local governments, so Schoharie is not alone. Local governments have control over how they will implement the mandates. They control the local tax rate. Most take the easy way out – raise taxes instead of implementing efficiencies and blame every one else for their reasons. What due process is provided their residents before local taxes are raised? Are their residents given a choice?

The sheep being led to slaughter are the residents, who accept the excuses and put up with the tax increases.

If he wonders why Schoharie County is what it is, view it from an outsider’s perspective.

There are 16 towns, 6 villages and 6 school districts in Schoharie County that serve a population of only 35,000 residents, and declining according to the letter writer. So why don’t they start there? How much does all that cost? What is the local cost of mandates compared to the high cost of their multi-layered local government?

They seem to be very willing to blame the legislature for their woes – mandates, SAFE Act, and everything else they don’t like. But don’t seem willing to accept responsibility for what they do control - the amount of local government and the local taxes they impose to support all that government.

It is absolutely correct to inform the higher government of your concerns. It is absolutely incorrect to brag about your intention to not enforce a law.

April 9, 2013
1:48 p.m.

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Seriously, Yoko Ono?
She married rich, and that's about it.