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Posted on March 6 at 4:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Might want to review that $60,000 per inmate cost. It is my understanding that cost is based on cell construction and other one time costs. If an inmate enters prison, he is issued some clothes (khakis) and food and a room that already exists. I am not clear on how that ads up to $60,000/year. It is a figure people like to throw around particularly when they lobby against incarceration. Might be worth a blog article to verify the accuracy of that figure.

How about letting regular college students pay off their student loans with community service? How many parents went into serious debt paying for their children to get an education that some want to provide to inmates for free?

My God, why is it so hard to understand that people just want everyone treated equally. Outrage not good policy - how about fairness? And, why is that outrage to be criticized, but the empathy for inmates deemed automatically legitimate? Or how about the citizens who never attend college because they could not afford it, many from the same environmental situation the inmates come from. How do you think someone in that situation feels when they see an inmate get a free education they did not have access to?

Again, it's about fairness and equity. If you want inmates to go to college - provide them with the same loans everyone else is required to pay off. Those who feel so strongly about inmates being afforded the opportunity to attend college - why don't they make arrangement to pay for it and not use taxpayer resources?

From: College plan for inmates has merit

Posted on February 28 at 6:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Gazette and our city leaders, should realize that there already laws and enforcement mechanisms in place for the oversight of the issue at the County, state, and federal level. We certainly don't need another local law, with no realistic enforcement funding.
it'sjust another ploy to justify police overtime and create a law that uultimately will be selectively enforced.
If one is aware of sale of loose cigarettes at retail establishments, they simply need to refer to the Health Department.

From: Schenectady may ban sale of single cigarettes

Posted on February 27 at 6:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Two points. First, what is missing from this piece is a suggestion re: what the proper response should have been. You have a country which has terrorist camps which have targeted the US, 9-11 happens - what is your option if not an invasion to target the people responsible?

Second, a much more compelling argument can be made that it was the way the war was prosecuted that should be questioned. The government disregarded advice on the ground that may very have eliminated Bin Laden much earlier at Tora Bora. And, the invasion of Iraq proved to be a major drain on resources desperately needed in Afghanistan.

Of course, no matter what, some of those protestors would not concede that military action is ever necessary - which to my mind is thoroughly unrealistic.

From: War wanes, protests continue

Posted on February 23 at 7:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's unfortunate that some of those opposed to fracking, have already made up their minds on the issue based on rhetoric and fallacies. The public should wait for the study to be completed. The findings should be used to develop sound regulation, that protects our valuable resources, economy,and quality of life and not used to prohibit completely. Please stop scaring the general public. The creation of good paying jobs, increased tax revenues, and lower energy costs would benefit upstate residents tremendously. Smart and safe regulation not fear and division.

From: Delay on fracking gives time for disastrous effects to be known

Posted on February 19 at 6:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Will he be resigning from his county position? I believe there are laws on the books that prohibit him from holding an elected/ or appointmed position while being employed as a civil servant.

From: Committee OK’s Kosiur to fill Schenectady council seat

Posted on February 2 at 7:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How could they be "unsupervised"? The Chief makes almost $137,000 a year to lead the force. With only 40 something officers they should get all the supervision they need for that price. Maybe they need a new chief supervisor!

From: Teen’s injury leads to lawsuit against Rotterdam police

Posted on January 25 at 5:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Police don't yet know if anyone was injured??????? REALLY...... Did they show up at the scene????? But if there was a gun involved ,every single detail about the make,model ,caliber ect........ would be reported.!!!! Media sucks!!!!

From: Car drives into Scotia house

Posted on January 25 at 6:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ANIMALS!!!!!! What more can, or should one say! This type of clientele is exactly the reason this city is in the crapper!

From: 3 officers hurt breaking up Schenectady fight

Posted on January 23 at 5:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You use a picture of the fire chief, at the funeral for one of his active firefighters, to chastise him about his salary. Classy!

From: Fire chief, cops top list of highest Schenectady salaries

Posted on January 15 at 9:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

what items/goods were collected? were is the rest of this artical? what about revenue from a city run ambulance, when was the last time that was looked at? how about collecting garbage from businesses that contract out? what about the city body shop, leasing the unused space of that? whatever is being looked at they are looking in the wrong places

From: Schenectady class nets cash and goods for rescuers

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