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Gardner appointment is latest power grab by Democratic Party

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Here we go again! A group of individuals, a very small group of individuals, masquerading as the Democratic Party in Schenectady County, is consolidating its power. This time it is in the form of Chris Gardner’s appointment to the Schenectady County Industrial Development Agency. If you were to ask 100 Schenectadians about the most recent flexing of so-called Democratic power, at least 99 would yawn, if they even knew about it. They should not yawn, ...

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January 12, 2014
1:54 p.m.

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What is the answer? A different party appointing officials to shadow governments? Or the blossoming of a true democracy where officials that have the power to tax, and grant tax exemptions are elected? A system where people have the right to bring referenda to the polls or officials deciding what is best for the people? Empowering the people to vote on budgets and the recall of officials or limiting democracy to once every 4 years per official? Political committee appointments to open legislative seats or mandated elections? Polls only open for one day or week long voting via internet? If we allow true democracy to blossom governmental outcomes will be optimized.