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Posted on February 8 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Seriously? It's common sense time. The cab driver went to get help...and the library was a logical choice. I listened to the 911 archives and the library personnel called 911 to say he was "not doing well". Clearly they were assisting him in the library, and they're not going to move him next door to the police station to finish treating him just because library patrons will be inconvenienced. Moving a victim like that could be fatal.

From: Cabbie stabbed in Schenectady expected to survive

Posted on January 12 at 4:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What a nice story. Congratulations to Officer Palmerino--what an amazing young man. And welcome to our new Saratoga Springs officers!

From: Police academy grads celebrate achievement

Posted on August 14 at 11:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm so done with citizens and the press trashing the police. They have seconds--if that--to make decisions that impact multiple lives.

Anyone with half a brain knows that if you aim a weapon at police you're going to get shot! Who put this neighborhood in danger? Not the cops.

It's easy to armchair-quarterback these situations, but until you're in their shoes day in and day out, you have NO IDEA what they have to deal with and what their jobs are like.

They get criticized if they do their jobs and they get criticized if they don't. They just can't win. Good cops are paying for the mistakes of a few.

I think they deserve a big thank-you from the neighborhood for saving the "kids outside playing" from a crazed man with a handgun!

From: Residents wary after Schenectady shooting

Posted on November 19 at 8:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And how do the firefighters being laid off feel about the chief's $100k+ pension?

From: Stratton says he was trying to be fair to Schenectady fire chief

Posted on January 6 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am a homeschooling mom of three middle-schoolers in Saratoga County and just wanted to clarify some items in this article.

This particular family was not complying with New York State Department of Education regulations regarding homeschooling. The vast majority of us do.

The article made it sound as though New York is very "loose" when it comes to regulating homeschoolers. Nothing could be further from the truth. New York is one of the most highly regulated states when it comes to homeschooling.

The Department of Education requires us to:

--Submit an annual letter of intent to homeschool
--Submit a full academic plan at the beginning of each school year to our district superintendent, which includes subjects covered and materials/books used
--Submit quarterly reports per student with hours of instruction, subjects, and progress reports
--Submit an annual assessment, which is either a review by a certified teacher/approved person or standardized test, depending on student's grade level (by middle school students are tested every year)

District superintendents cannot "approve" curriculum content. They simply ensure it meets basic subject requirements.

In November, NHERI (National Home Education Research Institute) published the results of a recent study showing homeschooled students perform, on average, 30 points higher than average public school students on standardized tests. Careful review of study results should help dispel many myths regarding homeschooling, including little to no statistically significant differences between homeschooled students that have parents...

--with/without teacher certification
--with/without college degrees
--in high/middle/low socioeconomic status

You can visit to learn more about this study.

It's quite clear that homeschooling, on average, is not detrimental to students, families or society in general. Homeschooling parents are achieving high levels of success at a fraction of the cost of public schools, simply because they offer one-on-one tutoring that public schools just can't provide. Public school and homeschool are two completely different educational models--apples and oranges, so to speak.

Finally, I'd just like to say that the biggest myth regarding homeschooling--socialization--is also completely refuted in this study. My children are out of the house participating in sports and the arts 4-5 evenings a week, year-round. Most homeschooled students are very confident, self-assured and comfortable moving into the "real world" once their studies are complete.

Regardless of how children are being educated, parental involvement is probably the most important ingredient to their success. Kudos to all parents who work with educators to help their kids learn!

From: Parents charged in home-school probe

Posted on November 4 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"This is for parents who believe they are obliged to guide and control their children’s educational direction."

This literally took my breath away! If parents aren't obliged to guide their children's education, then WHO IS? The state? Teachers' unions? WHO??

It is precisely because of this arrogance that I choose to educate my children at home, carefully guiding and (I guess) controlling their current educational direction. Shocking, I know.

I don't anticipate contacting their college professors because I would hope that by the time my kids enter college, they will be educated and mature enough to handle their own academic career.

But until they're mature enough to do so, I gladly accept my responsibility to guide them in the way that I see fit, according to my ideals and values.

Colleges shouldn't be job factories, and teachers shouldn't be politicians/social workers/engineers.

I love my kids and want what's best for them. If liberals are so pro-choice when it comes to having kids in the first place, why can't they be pro-choice when it comes to letting parents decide how to raise those kids?


From: Critic at Large: My father wasn’t so ‘foolish’ after all

Posted on September 1 at 9:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While I respect Mr. DiNicola's opinions, I submit that the "morals" he is referring to in this commentary are his morals, which are not necessarily shared by the other 50% of America. Some of us don't think our involvement in Iraq was "shameful" at all. Neither liberals nor conservatives can lay claim to morals and values, so both sides should just stop it.

I don't think Ted Kennedy was one of the greatest senators of all time, and I certainly don't think he was "moral". I think he was a hypocrite, albeit a nice guy (which is often said about the Bushes, I should note). I don't care what a politician does in public. I think a person's private life says a heck of a lot more about their "morals" than anything they do or say in front of the cameras. In that respect, Sen. Kennedy left a lot to be desired, as do the vast majority of our elected leaders, on both sides of the aisle.

If Kennedy really wanted to help the poor, he could've given away half his fortune and fed an entire town. He still would've had enough left over to keep the staff at the Hyannis compound. Instead, he decided to spearhead legislation that forced other people to help those less fortunate (the other 99% of America living on smaller incomes than himself). And Chappaquiddick? Absolutely criminal.

The only reason the Kennedys are more "beloved" than the Bushes (a family with years of public service as well) is because the media that lionizes them is liberal versus conservative.

And that explains it all. If Kennedy had been a Republican, I doubt Mr. DiNicola would've written a commentary like this.

No Republican ever helped anyone less fortunate? All of them are evil and mean? Come on. This stuff is juvenile and insulting. Please stop putting down the other half of America that doesn't vote Democratic. They aren't mean, uneducated rednecks.

These types of attitudes are what's wrong with America today.

From: Critic at large: Stalwart Kennedy used influence for good of all

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