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Attitude toward fans by police not welcome I could not believe what I saw on April 13 on Channel 6 News about the Union College hockey win. A Schenectady police officer was being interviewed about the crowds near the campus, celebrating a very precious and notable win for Union. His attitude about the crowd control was disappointing. “Babysitting” was his exact word, and he didn’t mind displaying a negative attitude about his comment. I’m surprised ...

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April 16, 2014
7:26 a.m.

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Public Employees- Brian: To use your example that just because many corporations stopped providing pensions to long term workers, so why should governments. I agree with that premise provided that governments stop allowing “pension padding” during an employee’s final years of work.

Further using your corporate vs. gov’t example, when corporations experience a decline in revenue, what is one of the things they do? They look for ways to reduce cost. So the State has reduced revenue to these municipalities. State funds come from many revenue sources that include taxes paid by the residents. Why should the taxpayers in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, etc. pay to support these little village, town and school local governments when these governments do little to reduce their costs? If people really must have their Scotia or Sodus or Hamburg or Rhinebeck or Manlius or Minerva, or their little Niskayuna, Schalmont, Ballston Spa, Guilderland, Shenendehowa, Galway school district, they should pay for it out their own pockets, and not expect people who don’t live there to support their inefficient local government. If they do not want to pay for their little town or village or school district, they should take the governor’s offer of millions of dollars to eliminate it.

State funds should be used to support the common good, like infrastructure and education, that benefits the state as a whole. Local government should provide that what the people within a geographic area want, and pay for it with locally generated funding.

Maybe if the State continues to reduce revenue to the inefficient local towns villages and school districts the people will finally wake up and realize that this is 2014, not 1814, and organize their local government to serve today's population.

April 16, 2014
10:10 a.m.

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Dianne Burns
I guess it is alright that multiple fans were throwing unopened bottles and cans of beer at police officers which injured at least one. As usual the Mayor and City Council did not plan ahead and block off an area for the Union Students to party. Win or lose everyone knew that this would get out of hand. Well everyone except that moron Mayor, who egged the crowd on. What an idiot.

April 16, 2014
11:12 a.m.

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BABYSITTING is exactly what the police were, and should have been doing. The old saw about college being a place to learn, applies directly to this situation. The revelers could have learned much about RIGHTS OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLIES. They learned for one thing, they have boundaries. This is exactly what BABYSITTING does in safe humane ways. If your mindset is GUARDING rather than BABYSITTING you get KENT STATE.

April 17, 2014
4:16 p.m.

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When two top administrators are retiring, is this the best time for the Board to accept the resignation of the superintendent also? That's like throwing the rudder overboard just to see what happens.