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Posted on December 31 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ever been to Northern Idaho? Its really conservative. Listening to talk radio there makes guys like Sean Hannity seem like liberals in comparison. Firearms in that part of the country are a way of life and it's no big deal for people to carry firearms openly or concealed. If you're living 50 miles from the nearest town and far from any local law enforcement, you need to be self reliant and able to protect yourself and your family. There are lots of big critters in the region to contend with too. Its quite different than living in the Northeast as a comparison. This is a tragic incident for sure but don't stereotype these people as all gun nuts aligned with the NRA and in self-denial. Seriously, how often do you really see anything in the news from Northern Idaho or Montana? This is a local tragedy being used as a tool for political gain - nothing else.

From: Idaho boy, 2, accidentally shoots, kills mother in store

Posted on December 29 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why is this article informing readers to call some local number? If this perp is found in the region, just call 911 and describe his appearance and location.

From: Scotia police search for alleged slasher

Posted on December 15 at 5:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Darn, My golden retriever really wanted a nipple ring and tramp stamp! <sarcasm>
Seriously, do people really do this stupid stuff to pets?

From: NY bans cosmetic pet tattoos, piercings

Posted on December 15 at 8:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If a public entity is budgeted for X number of dollars to cover costs of fuel when it was much higher cost, and the price then drops for an extended period of time, where are those savings going? If at the end of the budget year, prices of fuel remain low as they are now, I would certainly hope that allocated money goes toward this needed infrastructure. But then again that might make sense. Go after that money and stop even thinking about raising taxes.

From: GE retirees can find other health coverage

Posted on November 24 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So if all the retailers simply pay the $100 fine mentioned above for not opening, I would think it would send a huge message to owners after shoppers go visit a mall full of closed stores on Thanksgiving Day. A hundred bucks is probably nothing to one of these mall chains. All it takes is just one store in these malls to start a small 'shopping rebellion' to get this holiday back.

From: Some see red as Black Friday becomes Black Thursday

Posted on September 8 at 2:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Give away a free SUNY education? Seriously? These same students, once they realize just how much it costs to live in NYS, will take that free and portable degree right back to Texas or elsewhere smiling all the way for getting a free education from NYS taxpayers! Only way to beat Texas or other states is to foster a business and tax climate that makes businesses want to come here to NY like these other states obviously have done already. Many out of state parents send their kids here now because they aren't shouldering a $10K+ school & property annual tax bill from their communities and can more afford to send their kids to an out-of state school.

From: Lure best from Texas schools to boost New York economy

Posted on July 17 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I called the town and found out simply you have to buy a yearly dump permit for $20 (cash only) and bring it over to the county waste transfer facility on Hetcheltown Road. Residents can then get rid of these TV's and other electronics on their own without waiting for the annual pickup.

From: Parents must serve as good role models

Posted on June 26 at 9:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I wish Wegman's would get a presence here as well.

From: Price Chopper chops 80 corporate jobs

Posted on June 12 at 12:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wish they would finish this pick-up in a shorter period of time. All those couches & mattresses I see around town must weigh quite a bit more after being soaked with several days of rain. If someone wants something that was put out, stop & ask first during the daytime - I'm pretty sure the owners would say yes in most instances. Just don't go skulking around scavenging the neighborhoods every June, or picking stuff up in middle of the night - that could be dangerous. No one wants to find people in their yard in the middle of the night.

From: Glenville police to ‘proactively’ enforce scavenging law

Posted on April 24 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Most parts of NYC sit on a wetland that requires pumps running 24/7 to keep water out of subways, and other buildings. It costs a huge amount of money each year to constantly unclog the pumps & lines when these cheap plastic bags get sucked into drainage and sewage systems. These bags are tossed aside with no regard for where they end up and it is an expense that has to be passed on to taxpayers with higher city maintenance costs every year in their budget. I find several of them in my bushes every year up here in the 'burbs, so I can't imagine how many of them are floating around a big city. Perhaps this bag fee will deter people from accepting these cheap bags and carry their own, and merchants will not have to use so many of them that end up in landfills, sewage systems, or strewn all over the landscape. Is it a bit of a money grab? Perhaps. I also see it as a bit of social engineering to get consumers to stop accepting so much waste that all of us have to pay for when it needs to be disposed of later on.

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