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‘Free’ lunch to be offered in Sch’dy schools far from free I take exception to your Aug. 21 editorial, “The tradeoff for getting kids to eat in school.” Right after the celebration in my kitchen rang out: “Free french fries!” I had to remind my teenagers that these are not free lunches, but rather lunches paid for by taxpayers. Why should the goal be to get 100 percent of students eating a government-provided, taxpayer-funded lunch? ...


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wmarincic
August 23, 2013
6:39 a.m.

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Nancy Spencer, you live in a Liberal City, in a Liberal County in a Liberal State. These moves are to desensitize our children to government handout. Democrats have gone the way of Communism with big government, look how the Welfare and Food Stamp programs have grown under Obama. Just like our children are being taught to be anti-gun. Did you see that California passed a law that says if a person feels that they are another gender that they may use any bathroom or locker room in school. How would you like your 14 year old daughter to be taking a shower after sports with a bunch of 14 year old boys? This country has gone insane.
http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_...

gina99
August 23, 2013
7:37 a.m.

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Rick Berle-the entire Erie project makes no sense. The street lights are also too tall to help any nonexistent pedestrians. Erie Blvd is not the Champs Elysee. Meanwhile, State Street below Erie continues to totally implode with Bangkok Thai joining the dozens of shuttered business. Total City assessment are collapsing while clueless Democratic "leaders" help their old buddies. Unless major changes are made in both the County and City this November call in the State Control Board.

muggy
August 23, 2013
9:48 a.m.

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French economist Frederic Bastiat talked about the "seen and the unseen." This applies to the $15 million dollars being spent on the Erie Blvd renovation/restructuring project. It's the brainchild of masterminds, lead by Ray Gillen, to revitalize downtown Schenectady. It will look pretty and nice. It will also drain millions from the private sector. We will be able to see the pretty, empty sidewalks. What we won't be able to see is the private sector output that would have resulted from that money being spent by businesses, making real-world decisions in a free market. But we'll see the ribbon cutting ceremony, with all the politicians taking credit for "helping" Schenectady. What a farce.

Santino
August 24, 2013
6:12 a.m.

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Thomas J. Walsh, perhaps you should be paying more attention to your driving and less time on "enjoying the view".

robbump
August 24, 2013
6:33 p.m.

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While I agree that Thomas J. Walsh should be watching the road, not the river, I do question the construction of the bridge. The old one had ... well basically fencing at the edge of the bridge to keep pedestrians from falling into the water, and guardrails to protect pedestrians from cars.
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It would seem that per linear foot, a fence and a guardrail would be a lot cheaper than one solid concrete barrier, and offer better protection to all the users of the highway.
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Come the winter, snow will be dumped onto the sidewalk, and just where will the pedestrian walk? Even if he attempts to stay on (above?) the sidewalk, he may easily slip down the mountain of snow ... directly into paths of cars.
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It's poor design, whether the view is important or not.

jjhehir
August 24, 2013
11:19 p.m.

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Yes Nancy, the next goal for the compassionate do-gooders who thought this up will be to fight child obesity, so your child will not be allowed to bring extra food to school, but a more important goal will be to insure that Democrats are re-elected. Their battle cry will be, "Elect Republicans, and they will take away free lunches from your children.”

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