Comments by Niskyboy
Posted on November 11 at 10:48 a.m.
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Posted on July 19 at 8:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"Voters shouldn’t care what Eliot Spitzer did in his private life." Really? The position of NYC Comptroller, the chief financial officer for the city, requires someone who shows good judgment and who is honest. Spitzer's private actions allow us to judge whether he has these essential qualities. His private actions actually tell us he is deficient in them. For example, in terms of judgment, he was willing to engage in activity that not only betrayed his wife and family, but if exposed could lead to their public humiliation. That is what happened.
And in terms of honesty, in the pursuit of his affair he paid cash. The prostitution ring was a $1 million+ operation. It didn't pay taxes. Spitzer, the former NYS Attorney General, would know this yet he went along with it. In other words, the former top prosecutor for the state paid money under the table to an operation whose managers later were convicted of money laundering charges, among others.
Mr. Elfland, I can understand you may feel prostitution is not a big deal but that is not the relevant discussion. The relevant discussion is, do Spitzer's private actions give us insight into whether he has the personal qualities that render him fit or unfit for public office. Yes, they do, and that is why we should look at them.
Posted on May 23 at 11:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)
By the way, "falling state aid" -- where do you think state money comes from? Out of thin air? It's not free money, it comes from you and me, too, just as does the local school budget.
Posted on May 23 at 11:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The Niskayuna school budget is a bucket with many holes in it. The administration keeps saying we continually need to add more water to the bucket to maintain the desired level but the voters have just said, "First fix the leaks." (It's worth noting almost a supermajority of voters said that.)
Some signs the administration is getting serious about fixing the leaks might include:
-- letting some highly paid administrators go
-- asking efficiency experts to come in and review operations
-- outsourcing janitorial and other functions wherever it makes sense
-- refusing to bus students who live within 1 mile of the school (this might help with the obesity epidemic, too)
-- and any other idea that naturally would arise if the administration truly valued the concerns of the people who pay its bills.
Nobody is against funding a good education, we just want the administration to fix the leaks first.
Posted on April 15 at 12:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)
"According to an online search, the 30 percent hydrogen peroxide solution is 10 times as concentrated as the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide generally sold in stores."
You had to do a search to figure that out?
Posted on March 13 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This is OUTRAGEOUS. A nearly similar situation took place a couple of years ago at the Niagara County Animal Shelter. The incompetent politically connected son turned the shelter into a disaster which was finally brought to the public's attention by the director of the Erie County SPCA. The hue and cry from the public was amazing. Unfortunately, animals had to suffer for over a year before that happened. Let's not repeat the mistake.
Posted on February 28 at 7:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)
In the case where someone dies and leaves an estate, I don't see why their student loan obligations shouldn't be paid out of that estate just like their other obligations. Does Schumer's bill address this?
Posted on February 14 at 8:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Notice how there's no discussion of cutting administrative staff? I guess that means each and every generously paid administrator is absolutely, unequivocally essential to the functioning of the school district. Nope, there's no fat there that could be cut, forget about it -- come on, say they were to cut the third assistant principal in charge of picking up locker room lint -- the school would simply collapse! Much better, instead, to cut a teacher, it's obvious. Trust us, we know what's best.
Better yet -- let's move to online learning, then we can get rid of even more teachers, yeah, that's the ticket.
Posted on November 30 at 1:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Actually a third man with area ties was honored by the organization, too. Rich Templeton, CEO of Texas Instruments, is a Union College graduate ~1987:
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Nov. 29, 2012—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that Rich Templeton, chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments, has been named the 2012 recipient of SIA’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made significant contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology or public policy.
Posted on November 26 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)
As I recall, Steve Schonwetter was a terrific runner in high school at Linton High. Seems to me he was the fastest schoolboy miler in the nation one year in the late 1960s, with a time of ~4:10. Anyone remember?