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Posted on July 8 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

After reading the article and seeing their changes, I have to agree with the district. They just wanted her to say how her religion affected her, rather than her telling the graduates they needed to follow her religion. I think the biggest mistake of the school district was choosing a salutatorian who openly rejects proven science like evolution. No student of mine would receive a passing grade in science class if they couldn't understand something as basic as that.

As far as some of the other comments here, it's mind-blowing how little people understand America. I'll go through them one-by-one.

Pro-tech: There is not "Killings/Shootings everywhere." I looked all over my house, couldn't find a single killing or shooting. Not even in the couch cushions where things tend to hide. We do not "all lean on God". In fact, I barely know anyone who does. We've moved past that. And if you read the article, the school district said that if Rebekah wanted to give "thanks to God", she could. She just couldn't preach that the graduating class do the same thing. The district made the right choice.

Angelo: It's well-past time to go back to the original pledge of allegiance before the "under god" was added out of fears of communism in the 1950's. As far as "worse opinions that could be spread"… those would have been edited out as well. Freedom of Speech and the first amendment is alive and well, that's why we're able to read this article. You do understand that Freedom of Speech has nothing to do with salutatorian speeches, right?

From: Amsterdam High graduate still upset about censored speech

Posted on May 5 at 1:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They are fascinating animals. Last month I learned about their "horaltic pose" when I saw one standing on an abandoned house in Glenville with its wings outstretched. Creepy and fascinating at the same time. I shot some video of it.

From: Man charged with trying to kill turkey buzzard

Posted on February 26 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It feels somewhat related, even if it's not about the homeless, to share the page of my friend Ethan who moved from Schenectady to northern Vermont and built himself a tiny house. He made a Facebook page for it and is now in the process of writing a book

From: Tiny houses help address nation's homeless problem

Posted on February 5 at 12:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm curious about the technology needed to block text messages while the driver is behind the wheel. I can't think of any way that that technology could exist. It would have to be something the driver would have to enable themselves… and if they go that far, why not just not text?

From: Stop driving while distracted

Posted on December 12 at 10:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For those who want to see the clip, go here - and skip to the 7-minute mark.

From: Nation twice makes sport of local cable Christmas show

Posted on November 25 at 2:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not sure why the web address wasn't included… for those looking for it, here ya go -

From: New 'Pride of New York' website a winner

Posted on November 15 at 10:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just to clear up any confusion people may have. Celebration 2013 is on Saturday, November 16. It's a little confusing when the article says "today" and today is November 15, and the dateline is November 15.

From: Celebration to shine spotlight on Schenectady school programs

Posted on October 29 at 12:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This sounds very similar to the "reverse identity theft" XKCD from last week -

From: Offensive ‘mjoyce’ email threatens Princetown political campaign

Posted on October 18 at 12:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

NBC just had a good piece about gerrymandering the other day -

From: Honor Flight’ honored the heroes of WWII

Posted on October 12 at 9:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Isn't this the same intersection where an accident killed a guy two months ago?

From: Two hurt in Glenville crash

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