Comments by Will1960
Posted on August 25 at 9:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)
This is the first instance that I have heard the claim Obama pays his female staff less than males. Got any source or example to back that up?
Posted on August 21 at 7:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Did you find Elysium's premise that anything was possible by merely downloading or uploading data, distracting? This aspect of the movie was insulting to the IQ of the audience and I for one couldn't suspend my disbelief. Other than that criticism I think your review was spot-on.
From: Watching “Elysium”
Posted on August 19 at 8:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"Yes, drug offenders are lawbreakers and deserve to be punished, but the mandatory minimums are often much longer than necessary to prove the point or to deter."
Your editorial paints with a broad when you lump in all drug offenders, together. Also the editorial doesn't go far enough. Portugal de-criminalized all drugs resulting in lower drug use, drug overdoses and drug-related crime. Our drug policy is a massively stupid one which enriches cartels, gangs and the private prison industry. I wish the Gazette would examine who profits from the drug war and write an editorial about those folks.
Posted on August 14 at 5:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
You make some excellent points and your depiction of "Place Beyond the Pines" was spot on. However, I think that the experience of making that movie in Schenectady was a positive event, overall. First, having this local production of a Hollywood movie might get the attention of other movie producers to make another feature-length film, here. Secondly, that production company spent a lot of money which went into our local economy. Hopefully, the next movie production in Schenectady won't have such a grim narrative but the exposure in its totality was beneficial to our city.
Posted on August 12 at 11:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Don't paint with such a broad brush. I specifically was referring to people who apply for government assistance outside of welfare and those who are more financially affluent. If you have a problem with crooks receiving your tax money, that list is too long to mention here. But what about this wasteful, expensive and unnecessary drug testing program for welfare recipients? Do you have any problem with that use of your tax dollars?
Posted on August 12 at 5:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Great Letter Paul Donahue! The whole appeal of drug testing welfare recipients underscores a mistrustful and denigrating view of the poor. There's no political appetite for drug testing of the upper spectrum of society that receives corporate welfare, tax breaks, student loans or other forms of government assistance. The justification is that there's money to be saved by kicking these folks to the curb, not addressing any drug abuse issues they might have.
Florida's example of this failure needs to be publicized and other states that implement these polices should publish the results. Drug testing this population represents such a draconian treatment of the most vulnerable in our society and society is judged by how it treats the less fortunate.
Posted on August 10 at 11:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)
How is paying fast food employees a reasonable wage an insult to the poor? The real issue is how excessive should the profits of CEOs and upper management be garnered on the backs of the workers who perform the hard labor for these corporations. The CEOS and stockholders of the fast food industry have gotten a pass long enough while the government has picked up the tab for this exploitation. A livable wage is long overdue for these workers so they won't rely so heavily on government assistance.
Posted on August 10 at 12:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"The sad, cold reality of the situation is that workers are paid in accordance with the value they add to a business"
Wendy's had no objection to paying it's CEO, Emil Brolick 21 Million last year, but they have fought tooth and nail against paying a living wage for the workers who do the grunt work that makes their business go? The Minimum wage debate is also tied in with the disparity between the rich and poor. America is the only country where the sky's the limit when it comes to pay differentials between CEOs, upper management and low level workers. Such policies may permeate the grand illusion of the American Dream, however greed and gluttony shouldn't be the cornerstones of our economic polices. Unfortunately, those qualities have dictated the regulations which governor low wage workers.
The proposed increase in fast food workers pay would lead to slight increases in what consumers would pay for product. So you pay a little more for a hamburger, so workers can make a livable wage. That trade-off is fair and just despite the cries from the business community that the sky will fall. It won't.
Posted on August 9 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)
"Though he declined to discuss her toxicology at the time of her accident, he said she never had a history of doing drugs and was more prone to drink alcohol."
That's odd her attorney didn't want to provide the information from the Toxicology report that could have ruled out alcohol poisoning as a factor. Alcohol can be lethal. According the New York State Coroner's Associate there are over 4,000 teenage deaths annually in the USA due to AOD. However, it's rarely reported since the families don't want to disparage their newly deceased and keep the cause of death confidential.
Posted on August 7 at 4:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Kudos to the truck owners for standing by their convictions and not caving into the pressure of those believe they have a constitutional right not to be offended.