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Posted on October 3 at 8:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A beautiful, heartfelt piece, Kathleen. Thank you!

From: Op-ed column: Teen tragedy not that simple

Posted on August 15 at 8:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's enheartening to see all these folks with such confidence in our Law Enforcement officials, especially in the face of so many scandals over the years in Schenectady alone. I can only assume they never bore the brunt of the weight of the law enforcement community's authority and influence when suspected of a crime for which they were innocent. God Bless them and keep them and their loved ones from that experience.

From: Muslim case and the fruit of caring

Posted on July 21 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually, it's not sufficient to determine that an applicant's degree comes from an accredited college. Background checks should require verification from the college as well. I worked for four years in a state institution with a gentleman who claimed to have a B.A in English from a prestigious college. After he was promoted twice, and was being primed for a third promotion, it was found that he presented a xerox copy of a friend's degree, with his friend's name whited-out and his name written in its place. What hurt the most was that anyone who'd ever read one of his log entries or reports could see the man was functionally illiterate.

From: Editorial: Buy bogus degree, be a cop in Schenectady

Posted on November 12 at 4:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope you're right, that these new warnings will at least help keep some young people from starting to smoke; but they won't really have any effect on people like me. If $10.00 a pack doesn't turn us away, it's not likely that a more graphic warning will do it - those warnings aren't telling me anything I don't already know, or haven't seen among friends and family.
On the other hand, I believe a ban on tobacco products would make a great difference. One of the hardest things to deal with during the many times I've tried to quit is the easy availability of cigarettes, and the fact that it's perfectly legal to smoke. I believe a ban would be MUCH more effective than prohibition. There's a big difference in being able to walk into almost any store to satisfy your cravings, as opposed to having to make some shady, illegal contact to do it. I know it would be more than I would be willing to do; and not having cigarettes readily available, unable to ignore all around me, would make quitting much easier. In the meantime, all the restrictions, taxes, price hikes, etc., really only serve to torture the tobacco addict, not deter them.

From: Editorial: New cigarette warning labels welcome

Posted on February 25 at 4:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Weaver, you stated, "Zealots who persecute, kill and who are themselves deluded are not confined solely to religious groups." I think if you re-read Mr. Strock's column, you'll find that he made no assertion that zealots are confined to religious groups, or that religious zealots today are worse than anyone in history. He was merely commenting on the fact that there seem to be some very destructive, deluded, religious zealots commanding our attention these days, and that this level of religious zealotry should qualify as a mental disorder.

From: Disorders are updated, but one is missing

Posted on January 22 at 3:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Is there any independent scientific opinion on these reports? We always see what GE and the EPA have to say, and they frankly seem to have their own agendas, neither of which appears to involve being honest with the public. If I remember correctly, both GE and the EPA said that clamshell dredging would NOT cause this significant re-suspension of PCBs. Aren't there some environmental scientists out there that have an opinion about how this cleanup should be done and whether this level of re-suspension is a significant problem?

From: GE eyes change in dredging standards

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