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Posted on November 13 at 10:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm surprised a Gazette news article makes the judgment (repeated twice above) that a phrase is "tasteless", and doesn't even bother to put the word in the mouth of a fictitious passer-by. Supermarkets in poor parts of cities have been dubbed to be "ghetto" locations of the various chains for many decades. It is verbal shorthand: an adjective used to indicate that inner city stores are often much smaller than other local supermarkets, with fewer choices and services. (Nowadays, of course, many chains simply pick up roots and refuse to have any markets in poor neighborhoods.) In Washington, D.C., people of all races and social classes in a slowly gentrifying part of the City where I lived in the early 1980s used the phrase "Ghetto Safeway" for our tiny nearby Safeway. Sometimes, the food we bought there was virtually "tasteless" due to it being less fresh when it arrived or simply on the shelves too long.
Phrases like "Ghetto Price Chopper" or "Ghetto Safeway" can be used with affection, frustration, or outrage at the inequality foisted upon people living in poorer parts of town. Often, it was used to explain to our friends from wealthier neighborhoods why we did not have the low-fat version of a product or the latest trendy coffee to serve them.
Mr. Owens makes some pretty good points, which I will not repeat. I'm not sure I would have chosen to use a gun in the logo, but I have not been able to come up with a suitable substitute object that is shaped so much like the PC hatchet.
By the way, I've been more than satisfied with the selection at the Eastern Parkway Price Chopper in Schenectady, and would conclude that the word "Ghetto" isn't tasteless, but is inaccurate for that store.

From: 'Ghetto Chopper' reference sparks online controversy

Posted on November 12 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The public deserves to know about the commission of major felonies when they happen, not when it happens to suit the image-control purposes of City Hall. If SPD can't write a press release about a crime without endangering the progress of its investigation, it needs a new public relations team with stronger English language skills.
Of course, this is all about public relations, as was stifling news about the assault inside the Bow Tie theater last year. Do Mr. Gillen and Mayor McCarthy control the timing of SPD press releases? Are they afraid to spook the Casino Facility Location Board by reporting on a Crane Street gunpoint robbery and a Nott St. knifepoint robbery in the same week?
One more question: Why does it take the only Independent on the City Council to raise these issues?

From: Schenectady police elect not to publicize bakery robbery

Posted on November 12 at 10:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No one re-brands in order to charge lower prices or to maintain their current price strategy. The branding process is all about making customers willing to pay more for your product.

From: Price Chopper out, Market 32 in

Posted on November 9 at 3:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope the Gazette and the Race coordinators will survey runners to get their impressions of the course changes.

You will find about 70 photos taken at the Stockade portion of the Stockade-athon at

From: Josh McDougal wins 2014 Stockade-athon

Posted on November 8 at 11:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for letting us know who is returning and what new talent is expected, Mike. Prior Camps Davidson, Krifchin and Fout were the first from their divisions to reach the Lawrence Circle halfway point the years they won. It's disappointing that the new course by-passes Lawrence completely and the entire Race field will spend maybe 12 minutes total in the Stockade neighborhood. It's also worrisome that bunched up runners will have to deal with a 10-foot-wide path for the whole length of Riverside Park so early in the race.
For photos of action at Lawrence Circle over the years and of the path in Riverside Park see

From: Stockade-athon men's field loaded again

Posted on November 1 at 9:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The money spent at print shops tells us something about the usage, not the utility (usefulness, benefits) of the mailers. (It also makes us wonder whose brother-in-law or cousin owns the print shop.)
It would have been useful if this article told us what it costs to design, print, and mail the typical political mailer. Also, the effectiveness of mailing 6 rather than 12 or twenty for a particular candidate is a good question. Do Mr. Kosiur and Mr. Ferrari, and all the other candidates whose names I cannot remember despite the deluge of mailers, really think that seeing their faces and similar slogans more often makes us more likely to vote for them?
I think I'll mail a few of these political flyers to the casino Location Board, so they can see the same politicians who told the Board how destitute Schenectady is take credit for the miraculous revitalization they have produced.

From: Mailers provide politicians precious seconds with voters

Posted on October 28 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Many thanks to all the volunteers.
To see a Before-and-After collage, go to

From: Stockade ‘somebodies’ paint over eyesore

Posted on October 23 at 9:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

P.S. I sent larger versions of the photos taken by the DEC engineer to Don Rittner (former City and County Historian, etc.). Don replied:
"The bottom line is a professional archeologist should have been hired to document the site before destruction. This was such an important part of Schenectady history that we may never know what those tunnels were for. Could they have been secret passageways in case of war, later used for other purposes, hence the small pipes that obviously were not part of the original purpose?
"If it was something special to Building 332 then what was it? This should have been part of the EIS from the beginning."

From: Metroplex OKs Alco site environmental review

Posted on October 22 at 10:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The "tunnels" or "utility corridors" were discovered on August 5, prior to Metroplex opening the comment period for the approved supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The site's DEC remediation engineer told me on Tuesday that the "corridors" were large enough to be called tunnels, and are far larger than needed to protect the narrow pipe running through them. He also said the contractor could not have known in advance that they were there.
Perhaps they were simply utility corridors despite their size, but we now will never know, as they are demolished and the location covered with tons of fill.
Go to the following link to see a collage of six photos taken by the DEC engineer of the "apertures".
Construction of Building 332 was completed in 1905, but was apparently built over the foundation of an earlier building. If a professional archeologist had the opportunity to examine the tunnel-corridors, we might have learned what their original purpose could have been under a building that played a significant role in the history of ALCO and Schenectady's industrial and wartime past.

From: Metroplex OKs Alco site environmental review

Posted on October 6 at 9:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A lot of us would like to know where the candidates stand on the Schenectady casino proposal. Did your reporter forget to ask or did the editors want to avoid the issue? I have heard that Ferrari is strongly for the casino, even though most Democrats in the City are against it. What does Mr. Barnes have to say?

From: Barnes, Ferrari face off for three-year term on Schenectady Council

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