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Posted on September 23 at 1:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

540 Taser deaths 2001-May 2013

Full article at

More training needed for officers. To the media, please continue to put the spotlight on the Taser Company - something is wrong here. Clearly the taser can be a lethal weapon, unlike pepper spray. And when you add an existing heart condition to the mix, then what?

Excerpts from article, noted above.

Dr. Douglas Zipes:
“It’s obvious to me that Taser electric shocks can make the heart stop,” Zipes said. He said a tasered person’s heart can race from 400 to 600 beats a minute and send them into cardiac arrest.

Mr. Jon Firman, research director, Association of Chiefs of Police:
“The bottom line here is that anything a police officer can do to avoid the use of lethal force is a good thing,” Firman told. “It’s the most effective tool we have.”

From: Probe continues in Ballston Spa man’s Taser death

Posted on September 16 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Third trimester abortions would only be allowed if a doctor determined the mother's life was in danger. I suppose the mother's life may not be valuable to some.

Below is from Ms. Tkacyzk's Times Union commentary:

Members of the state Senate Republican Conference who are opposed to a woman’s right to choose have been presenting their own distorted facts about the Women’s Equality Agenda.

They say this provision would lead to an expansion of abortion in our state. They say it would allow partial-birth abortions and abortions in the ninth month of pregnancy. And they say the WEA would allow non-doctors to perform abortions.

None of this is true.

The WEA, in fact, has four specific provisions:

1. Codifying Roe vs. Wade in state law, allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy up to 24 weeks or when necessary to protect the life or health of the mother;

2. Reinforcing the federal ban on partial-birth abortion in state statute;

3. Reinforcing a medical provider’s right to refuse to perform abortions, and

4. Ensuring providers cannot be prosecuted for lawfully obeying these laws.

That is it.

The fact is that the WEA would not change how abortions are provided in New York or who can perform them. It simply mirrors current federal law to ensure women’s health is protected as needed. It does not lift the ban on partial-birth abortions. It does not allow abortions in the third trimester unless a doctor has determined the mother’s life or health is in danger.

The conservative Supreme Court majority is demonstrating that it may overturn federal recognition of women’s reproductive health care rights and allow states to determine their own statutes. And, because New York’s abortion law was written in 1970, three years prior to Roe vs. Wade, women in our state would be subjected to an outdated law that does not include the protections women are currently guaranteed under Roe vs. Wade.

Perhaps the most disingenuous and disturbing lie being perpetrated by anti-choice Senate Republicans is that the WEA would reduce the standard of care for women and seriously jeopardize their health and safety. In fact, just the opposite is true. The WEA would protect women’s health as well as their right to choose.

From: Tkaczyk, Amedore debate to be hosted by Daily Gazette

Posted on August 15 at 9:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Myself and fellow voters welcome a primary challenge to Governor Cuomo. It's called democracy. Efforts to disqualify Teachout (or other challengers) come off as defensive and paranoid, and fit nicely with Mr. Cuomo's reputation as a bully. That surely is not the outcome supporters want...

From: Cuomo backers try again to disqualify liberal foe

Posted on July 27 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you SICM.

From: Thanks for those who celebrated food programs

Posted on July 22 at 8:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you for this wonderful piece of writing. The humor and personal details elevate it beyond the typical Gazette article. More please!

From: Here's your chance to hike up a nose: Vroman’s Nose

Posted on June 29 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Congratulations Schenectady Class of 2014!

From: Schenectady High Class of 2014 packs them in

Posted on April 17 at 6:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you so much for the Jesse Winchester youtube link. Gorgeous. Not familiar with him, but familiar with Mathiessen. Loved Far Tortuga. Great idea to mashup art forms in your column, since they're all kissing cousins anyway. Thank you.

From: Winchester, Matthiessen memorable voices

Posted on January 24 at 7:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We are incredibly lucky to have had Edward Durrell Stone design buildings in Albany and Schenectady (along with designing the Museum of Modern Art and the Kennedy Center for the Arts in New York City!). To an architect, proportion is as important as words are to a writer or color to an artist. Altering the proportions of the pool is akin to making some color adjustments in a Monet.

From: Commission balks at plan for smaller lagoon

Posted on December 26 at 8:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed columns, Ms. Atchinson. And for your caring.

From: Donations wanted for a needy family

Posted on December 15 at 9:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I echo ChuckD's comment. Thank you to those who care for our society's homeless and less fortunate, and please remember these organizations with your donations.

From: Season brings cold, hard realities of homelessness

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