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Snowden hardly a traitor, should be considered a hero Even if [NSA leaker] Edward Snowden broke some laws in revealing the existence of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) vast snooping of our telephone and Internet communications, he has not — contrary to what the Obama administration asserts — committed espionage [June 17 Gazette]. The Obama administration has reached the point where it equates reporting the news with treason. This is unacceptable. The Obama administration appears ...


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muggy
July 1, 2013
7:04 a.m.

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Ditto Wanda. The Governor could also have said the same thing about the prostitutes roaming our city streets. "It's her body, it's her choice!" He could say the same thing about bestiality. Or incest. Or the use of narcotics. The Governor is wrong. We have many laws prohibiting certain illegal activities that one could perform on themselves to their bodies. The problem with Roe v. Wade is that abortion is not in the Constitution. It is an issue that should have been left to the states to decide.

sammey
July 1, 2013
9:26 a.m.

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"That works out to about $65 per student for Niskayuna and $10 per Schenectady student."___THAT IS RACISM AT ITS WORST - Should have been N=0%, Schdy=100%____

That is so blatantly unfair and discriminatory against the deserving, (relatively) impoverished students of Schenectady schools as to be contemptible.

Why are these people returned to office if they are not looking out for all the constituents of their districts?

Will1960
July 1, 2013
3:31 p.m.

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Correcting this disparity of educational funding ought to be championed by the assemblyman or Senator representing Schenectady. Whether the disparities exists in our criminal justice system or education funding, our elected leaders appear to shy away from confronting these unfair, unjust policies or ignore them or dismiss them. Obviously the people whose ox is being gored have no little juice to correct a system which routinely screws them and the fat cats that benefit from the status quo are rarely scrutinized or exposed.

ronzo
July 1, 2013
3:39 p.m.

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Unfortunately, people get what they ask for then complain about what they get. When you have 6 school districts in teensy weensy Schenectady County instead of just one, all competing for the same financial resources to fund the duplication and replication among them, and you vote 18 terms for a politician who lives in the school district that he ensures get the bigger piece of the pie, why would you expect the result to be different that it is? What is the term for doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time?

wmarincic
July 1, 2013
6:07 p.m.

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There should be one school district in Schenectady County. They should then equally divide the resources and revenues taking into consideration the saving in school boards alone would be huge.

ronzo
July 1, 2013
8:13 p.m.

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And there should be one police department, one fire department; one water, sewer and other municipal services, especially in such a tiny county like Schenectady. But the people there love their little towns and their 6 school districts, their little police and umpteen fire departments and are willing to pay a high price for them. So really, regardless of their complaints and rants, they don’t mind paying for all of that duplication and replication. Because if it really was a financial burden to them, they’d do something about it. It’s hard to believe how people here accept, condone and actually vote in favor of tax increases that provide so little in return for the taxes. This is an unusual state in which to live, with so many people favoring so high taxes. It's hard for an outsider to comprehend this mentality. And it has nothing to do with political ideology. Both sides LOVE their big local government and the high local taxes to support all of it.

wmarincic
July 2, 2013
6:47 a.m.

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You can combine the Fire department but you can not combine Sheriff with local Police, they have different jobs and duties, and patrol outlying areas. If local areas like Niskayuna shut down their Police I guess they could pay Schenectady to patrol there. It is up to the smaller towns to make the move and consolidation. It would actually be a win win for Schenectady Police as their budget and manpower will increase and they will have the ability to use manpower where it is needed, when it is needed and having the ability to deal with quality of life issues.

ronzo
July 2, 2013
7:01 a.m.

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Many states have a county police department and a sheriff's office. The sheriff operates the jail, serves warrants, etc. The police provide public safety. Often the county police are deputized so there's mutual support. Nassau and Suffolk Counties in NY have county police departments. Why not the rest of the state?

sammey
July 3, 2013
2:26 p.m.

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Until we have term limits our complaints about the idiots in office__FEDERAL,STATE & LOCAL__will be in vain_______They will just keep on voting for themselves & the money that keeps them there

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