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Posted on November 29 at 12:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good work, Professor Harlow.

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Posted on August 13 at 10:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yagielski doesn't seem to understand that he reports to the board, not the other way around.

From: Niskayuna school board impressed with code of conduct

Posted on June 18 at 10:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"The company is back — with the same excuse." "the company isn’t even beginning to meet the city’s minority employment goals."

Ms. Moore, why did you use the loaded word "excuse" instead of the more objective word "reason"? And why did you use the hyperbolic phrase "isn't even beginning to meet" rather than simply saying "isn't meeting"? Could it be that you are trying to manipulate our emotions?

How about if you simply report the news in a more objective fashion, and leave it to the readers to make their own judgments?

And Gazette copy editors, are you asleep?

From: Hiring goal still not being met by Sch'dy company

Posted on January 16 at 7:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Never went to Latimer's Tavern, but 868 Eastern previously was a bar called Joe's Rainbow. If memory serves, there were 25c beers (small ones, but still) back when the drinking age was 18. The bartender was an old heavyset woman named Teddy. Here's to you, Teddy, wherever you may be!

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Posted on January 6 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It was a great show

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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.

From: Voters shouldn’t care what Eliot Spitzer did in his private life

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.

From: Crunch time for Niskayuna schools

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.

From: Crunch time for Niskayuna schools

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?

From: Workers exposed to chemical at College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering

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