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Posted on May 21 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Taxes have just gotten out of control". It's ironic that Al Jurczinski would make a comment like that. It never appeared that he took that view when he was proposing budgets! Nevertheless, he's correct - we're taxed into oblivion here, and people are simply tapped out. What is the catalyst that will change it?

From: Voters ‘bite the bullet’ on Schenectady school budget

Posted on May 18 at 8:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's really refreshing to know that no hypocracy is exhibited by the Democrats! Someone has to take the moral high ground!

From: Republicans hypocritical over Benghazi

Posted on May 7 at 6:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is unbelievable - debating the state snack? With all the issues facing New York State, they are debating snacks? Oh - I forgot - happy days are here again, and we're open for business!! What a joke. This is further proof we get the government we voted for, not the one we need. It's also interesting that Chuck Schumer is the person you see in a picture of a NYS Senate debate. HIs goal is obviously to be in the media every day (and he's succeeding).

From: Yogurt is the snack choice of state Senate

Posted on April 30 at noon (Suggest removal)

If you want a finacial windfall, you arent really interested in getting people to slow down. If they did, there would be no windfall. This is the same argument the legislature used with cigarette taxes: We need to impose very high taxes to get people to stop smoking. When the revenues failed to meet projections, members of the legislature were wondering where the money went. Perhpas the tax worked as advertised, but not as intended. If you want a windfall, say so. If you want to change behavior, say so. The two goals are usually mutually exclusive.

From: Eyes in the sky for safety

Posted on April 19 at 7:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The price paid for insurance is based on risk, not the risk that someone will be in an accident, but rather, the risk that an insurance company will have to pay. People with higher education and "big" jobs aren't necessarily better drivers, or less likely to be in an accident. However, they are less likely to file a claim for a loss, electing instead to "eat" the loss, reducing their loss experience, and hence their insurance rates. People with lower disposable income are not equally able to do this, so the insurance company pays more claims for them, and hence they pay higher insurance rates. This is the exact same reason insurance companies look at people's credit reports. With a higher score and lower indebtedness, statistically they will file fewer claims. At face value this appears to be unfair for treating people unequally, but it is merely based on who is a higher risk.

From: Base insurance rates on driving

Posted on February 28 at 12:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Really? This is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed? Potholes, taxes, vacant properties, and this is what is front page news? Obviously, we got the government we voted for, not the one we need.

From: Schenectady may ban sale of single cigarettes

Posted on January 23 at 9:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"the district could go ahead with middle schools no matter how the public voted." Hmmm. We've seen this before from our elected school board members. That was an ugly time, and I'd hate to go back there. To say that we can disregard what the voters want, is ill advised, and arrogant.

From: Schenectady board hopes state money sways voters

Posted on December 5 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The oil companies do not "net" anything close to $2.88 per gallon. With crude oil at $97 / bbl, the cost of the raw material to make gasoline before refining or transportation is $2.30 / gallon. The reality is that there is far more tax on a gallon of gas than there is profit for an oil company.

From: Feds should raise gas tax, and cut New York in for more

Posted on October 18 at 7:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Republicans deserve most of the blame for this budget showdown, but the Democrats and Obama do too. The comments Harry Reid makes, and no one calls him on are incendiary, and juvenile. Our dear president displays no leadership whatsoever - he doesn't call, and doesn't write, but rather goes to play golf. His leadership skills would be inadequate for the student council. Moreover, it seems he really likes the trappings of the job - plane, house, and helicopter, but appears to have no interest in the job itself. So the right can take their deserved blame, but to ingore the culpability of the left in Washington's disfuntion is refusing to acknowledge the obvious.

From: Lessons of the shutdown

Posted on October 8 at 11:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This new fee is an excellent idea. It has taken years to get people to patronize downtown businesses, so it seems appropriate that now we should give them a reason to go elsewhere. Bravo! And, for the record, the parking garaage IS NOT always free - I paid $5 to park there to attend a graaduation in June.

From: Schenectady Council vote set on parking fee plan

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