Comments by biwemple
Posted on February 27 at 12:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Get rid of the Thruway toll plazas in the Capital District (exits 22-26) and we'll relieve a LOT of congestion. Radio stations could practically use a recording for the traffic report every day ("backups at the Exit 24 toll plaza and twin bridges on I-87").
Posted on February 21 at 10:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Non-violent cons on shorter sentences with good behavior should be allowed to EARN the privilege of taking online courses only and they can pay off the minimal costs of these online courses by doing work for the community while incarcerated. The public always needs work crews to help clean-up roads, plant community gardens, etc. If they can't be let out on work crews find something that can be done for community inside prison like repairing state office equipment, building office furniture, painting road signs, etc. Basically earn enough inside to pay for these college courses just like regular people. College education opportunities should not be GIVEN to inmates, they're sentenced to prison for a reason - to pay back society with a loss of freedom because of their actions. They need to EARN anything extra back while locked up. Prison should provide basic food, shelter, and reasonable medical care, everything else is a privilege that is earned or lost for the duration of a sentence based on their behaviors.
Posted on February 19 at 5:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Put a couple old donated e-scrap computers in a prison library where inmates can connect ONLY to a specific set of online courses, and reward only those inmates with good behavior the chance to take online courses. It might not lead to a degree, but at least they might enroll in college AFTER release to complete it having learned some of the fundamentals they could do online. This should not require much if any real expense at all and I have no idea why it should cost $5K a year to do that for an inmate! Where do these figures come from?
If they fail to behave in prison, they'll miss their coursework dates and fail the courses too just like the outside and then they can lose those priveleges. I'm all for punishment in prison and true rehab does not occur until after release, however we've locked up a lot of non-violent offenders over the years with mandatory sentences (esp in Federal institutions for relatively minor drug offenses), and those are the inmates who might make a difference if they learned something other than getting schooled at becoming a 'better criminal' by other harder inmates during their sentences.
What might make a bigger and better statement would be if we started locking up some of the white collar offenders who've stolen trillions through the stock market, ponzi schemes, bad mortgages, and junk bonds, etc. Toss them into the general population of hardcore cons and see how fast these felons wearing suits on Wall Street clean up their act. When persons on the lower ends of society get locked up for 20 years for stealing from a convenience store to feed a habit, then see a guy in a suit get 90 days in a country club prison or just probation after stealing millions, it's no wonder they don't respect the law anymore. Its not an excuse for unlawful behavior, but it surely does have an influence.
Posted on February 14 at 1:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Use to be able to fly to other cities from Albany pretty cheaply in order to get to long-range destinations. Now I just take train to Penn Station and pick up flight at JFK, or rent a car to Newark. Saves a lot more than $200, try several hundred sometimes. Tickets from Albany seem to be incurring a penalty these days.
Posted on February 11 at 4:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I'm thinking the snow emergency was related to a critical lack of road salt perhaps? Yes, we also have way too many 'Weather Emergencies' too. When every weather event becomes an emergency, then perhaps people will tire of hearing about it and begin to ignore the news, then what happens when there really is a TRUE emergency?
Posted on February 5 at 10:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Most newer cars have a chip in their ignition key. I think you could link a code in the chip to one in the phone, and if car is running, then phone texting features, keyboard, and screen is disabled. Allow only voice-enabled Bluetooth perhaps until car is turned off or in Park. Could be setup so it activates when phone is within arm's length of ignition so other passengers can use a phone, but driver could not.
Posted on January 14 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Tunnels don't rust out like bridges from all our road salt, get covered in snow & ice, or closed due to high winds. It might be a better alternative to get some boring machines going and put a set of tunnels under the sound. They have lots of experience boring tunnels under the city for water and subways already.
Posted on December 20 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Firefighters have to ask permission to use a fire hydrant? Something needs to be changed here in the name of public safety.
Posted on December 12 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Pollywog: I work for a company that has dozens of people who've immigrated here from all over the world. They applied for the job, obtained a visa, then over time they eventually became citizens via the legal route. They did not sneak in, have children as 'anchor babies' once across, nor applied for public assistance while here. They busted their humps to earn a chance at a job here and got it legally, and they were not privileged kids in their foreign lands either. There are paths, but its gotten so easy to take the illegal route, many don't bother with the process anymore. No illegal alien has taken a job from me personally, but they sure get exploited as a cheap labor source in order to keep wages and prices low.
Posted on December 11 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Most democratic countries in the world typically do not have armed troops on their borders, but they do enforce their immigration laws more stringently than the US does for sure. I'm all for immigrants taking a chance on getting the 'American dream', however, it has to be legal immigration, and if you are here illegally you need to be sent home and try the legal route. It's not impossible, I have relatives who immigrated legally and are very productive citizens here now for decades. Previous immigrants only asked for a chance to become a citizen when they arrived in the early 20th century en-masse and they earned their citizenship through hard-work, education, and sacrifice at their own expense. It definitely was not easy, but it was earned, not given to them, and they cherish that citizenship all the more so.