Comments by Will1960
Posted on November 29 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
tues8capt touches on an important and enormous problem with our young people disconnecting from society by engaging in their electronics of convenience 24/7. This perpetual activity kills their curiosity and hinders their ability to problem solve on their own. If parents don't make a concerted effort to educate their kids on using this medium responsibly, the disconnect will only grow and we will all lose as a result.
Posted on November 16 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I wonder why Ken Schott's column is no longer available in the Saturday print addition of the Daily Gazette? I used to look forward to his listings of the NFL and College Schedule of announcers and TV times. What's the deal, Ken?
Posted on November 16 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
With the Drone attacks, Wmarincic raises an issue that deserves more attention than its been getting in the media. As the Noble Peace Prize winner, Obama shows breath taking hypocrisy with his unfettered and non-transparent use of Drones. They are a dehumanizing force that reduces the horror of war to a video game. Medea Benjamin wrote a book, "Drone Warfare", which documents the carnage this program has reaped on innocent people and even American Citizens.
Obama has exploited the public's disinterest in the fact that these drones create more terrorists and have killed hundreds of unintended targets. Through Obama's secrecy of this program, the public is unaware of its consequences. However, once this technology starts to used against us on American soil, the question will be how did we ever allow Obama to open this Pandora's box?
Posted on November 14 at 7:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)
From 1990-1993, NYC averaged over 2,000 homicides annually. My apartment faced Needle Park on 110th street. I was right in the thick of it and life was cheap. It seemed that during that time period, a week didn't go by when someone in my neighborhood wasn't murdered. The homicides began routine. You could feel the tension in the air when you walked the streets. The Mayor, David Dinkins and the police had an ongoing feud which further fueled the mistrust and corruption in the city. I know what life was life then and I hope nobody has to re-live such anarchy. Schenectady of 2013 and NYC of 1990s are very different situations although people like to revise history to make their political points.
Posted on November 14 at 5:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Wmarincic, I lived on the upper Westside of Manhattan in the 1990s. It was total chaos. You can't compare what was happening in NYC then to what is going on in Schenectady now. If your tough-on-crime mantra would solve or even reduce the crime rate in Schenectady, don't you think some aspiring politician would run on the platform? Appearing tough-on-crime is the easiest platitude for a politician to embrace. If they were serious about solutions they would start a conversation to end prohibition and put the gangs and drug dealers out of business for good. The question concerning prohibition is a good litmus test for a politician's ability to be honest. If they admit it's failures, they are being realistic. If they deny it's failures they're being dishonest and have no backbone for solving all the problems associated with the drug war.
Posted on November 14 at 4:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I would much prefer exchanging barbs with someone like Daily, where I might learn something from debating this story with him. The first two bloggers don't appear capable of discussing or contributing to an issue as complex as crime. Boots on the Ground? You might get the police state you wish for and still be plagued with the same crime rate you sought to end. Section8tady. How does your clever play on words forward any thoughtful solutions?
Posted on November 1 at 7:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic, the article also went into depth about Jack Welch destructive decisions for Upstate New York while he was CEO of GE. That's what I was referring to. Must you always view everything through a democrat/republican prism?
Posted on October 31 at 7:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Readers of this blog ought to check out the link Dianemed posted above. http://www.buffalobeast.com/81/toughallo.... The decline of Upstate New York was directly related to the decisions Jack Welch made as CEO of GE. Since he departed from GE, I think that corporation has taken steps to help revitalize Schenectady with it's green energy production and battery manufacturing. When Welch was cutting back jobs in Schenectady on a massive scale, his biggest critic was Mayor Al Jurczynski a Republican. Welch had two priorities; enrich the stockholders and screw the Union workers. Schenectady suffered as a result.
Posted on October 30 at 9:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I hope that Big Papi's amazing performance in the world series is the result of his hard work ethic and formidable skill, not the result of his use of some PED. A lot of baseball fans don't want to consider this possibility. They just want to enjoy the moment. After the manner in which Baseball went after A-Rod no holds bar its odd to me that they show no interest or concern in scrutinizing Big Papi's sudden heroics.
Remember when MLB Commissioner Bud Selig made a business decision to ignored the steroid use during the home run chase between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire in the 1990s? Well, there might be a parallel here and if the Red Sox win the world series with Big Papi continuing to put up these insane numbers, I just hope that its not a case of history repeating itself. The steroid era could have been nipped in the bud 20 year ago, yet it continues to cast its ugly shadow.
From: World Series Scenes
Posted on October 29 at 7:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I agree with Cheeseburger's take regarding the employment consequences of these cases. These felony convictions for minor pot offenses occur more often then one might suspect. Some seventeen year old in Schenectady County is currently facing that situation now on pot charges. These convictions aren't considered newsworthy by the media unless a prosecutor screws up the case then we hear about it. As someone in law enforcement once told me, "You can overcome an addiction, but you'll never beat a conviction."