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Posted on March 11 at 12:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whether it's Chad the Democrat or another Republican, its time for Hugh Farley to retire. We need some serious term limits on our politicians. Twenty terms is is about sixteen terms too many.

From: Democrat challenges Farley for Senate seat

Posted on March 11 at 12:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why is the manufacturing and sale of these kinds of drugs only a misdemeanor? Trying to get others hooked on drugs for profit should be a felony as these scumbags are predators on society. I have some empathy for users, but none for dealers. They're basically killing our children with pushing this crap.

From: Moreau man charged with selling heroin

Posted on March 4 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There are some things that these countries do better than the US and some things they don't. Each has their good\bad qualities and we should not assume that the US is better at everything than the rest of the world or vice-versa. I can emphatically state though that pretty much all European nations have much better public transportation than the US by far. Our train\bus system is a travesty. Ever try going to\from JFK and Penn station? This should be one of the easiest things to do for visitors entering or departing the US through one of our largest cities, but this connection is pathetic. You can travel almost anywhere in Europe (and much of industrialized world) without a car, but a visitor to the US without a car is virtually stranded.

From: Politicians have their priorities mixed up

Posted on February 17 at 7:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It would seem like a good idea to hang one of those bars from the bridge and it probably wouldn't hurt to do it, but those trucks are hitting the bridge(s) at highway speed, not the speed one would be using at the entrance to a parking garage. I think by the time they hear that noise it's too late unless the bar is hung well before the bridge entrance near the top of the hill. The bridge is really no higher than it was before (just wider) and I don't recall many trucks hitting it over the years that I can remember. With all the signage in the area too, if a truck gets down near the bridge and has to call Glenville PD to help it turn around, the driver is obviously not paying attention and needs a ticket.

From: Install safety bars to prevent overpass hits

Posted on February 3 at 4:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Where is he going to get $80K for restitution?... Adding several years to an already existing Life sentence too? I thought he was ineligible for parole so what are they going to do, keep his coffin in a cell for an extra few years after he dies in prison? This was a colossal waste of money. They could've handled it all within the prison walls as he never needs to leave there again except on a gurney.

From: Prison escapee David Sweat sentenced

Posted on January 22 at 1:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Feds have all kinds of information (e.g.: Dept of Labor statistics) where they know reasonably well the salary potential of someone with a certain degree working in a related field and calculate ability to repay a student loan before issuing it. Why on earth are they issuing student loans (at such high rates too) to people where they should already know the recipient will not be able to carry that debt? I'm all for students getting a chance to go to college, but sometimes you might have to hear the words 'No, that school is too expensive, pick another one'. Do all your core and electives at a community college then transfer to a four year school for remainder also works wonders for cost cutting. Perhaps if the Feds start slowing down the flow of easy cash for colleges and universities from these guaranteed loans, these colleges are going to have to cut tuition prices, or perhaps start dipping into their huge endowments to bring these tuition costs down. These Higher Ed places have little interest in cutting tuition costs with a steady input of federally backed loans. Perhaps we're headed for a similar replay of the 2007 housing bubble crisis except with student loans this time?

From: Bills could ease college loan crisis

Posted on January 22 at 1:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, and don't eat yellow snow either...

From: Study: Eating snow can be hazardous to health

Posted on January 13 at 8:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Northway is seeing constant growth along that corridor, but when has a new exit been added to the Thruway because of growth along that route, especially upstate? The Thruway is an economic SUPPRESSOR for NY and should have been gone 30+ years ago!

From: Propping up Thruway must end

Posted on January 12 at 7:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That part of the Constitution really ought to be amended as its pretty archaic for the 21st century. When it was written, a person coming to 'The New World' was pretty much making a permanent commitment to come here and leave their homeland forever. It took month(s) to make the journey and there was very little possibility of ever going back to the Old World. We obviously needed some rule for Presidential eligibility then but I think its long overdue for a change. In this century, a child can be foreign born to non-US citizens and as a newborn be flown around the globe in less than a day, be raised in this country, naturalize to citizenship, pay taxes, even serve in military, etc., and still not be eligible to be President. Another child can be born in this country mere minutes after their non-US parents arrive and be granted citizenship because of principle of 'Jus Soli' - a right to citizenship simply because they were born on US soil. It would seem the former is more deserving than the latter, but that is not the case. Does not seem right anymore.

From: Eugene Robinson: Trump, Republicans shift birther craze to Ted Cruz

Posted on January 8 at 3:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This gun was probably stolen from some homeowner and fenced on the street. One of the ways we can help prevent 18 year old criminals and the like from getting handguns is have owners keep them locked up when not in-use, and if not, levy a hefty fine for allowing them to be stolen so easily if basic security measures are not in place. Criminals will obviously take anything of value that's easily accessible, especially a gun, so please don't make it easier for them to get one by theft and put others in danger with it. The right to own comes with an even bigger responsibility to keep your arms secured. Help prevent more accidental shootings in home as well.

From: Schenectady man arrested in July gun case

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