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Posted on March 21 at 8:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If raising the minimum wage is good for everyone - workers, businesses, and the overall economy, we really should raise it to at least $15 per hour. After all, if a little is good, a lot must be better.

From: GOP justice: help for all but the neediest

Posted on March 20 at 10:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The State's response to the floods of 2011 have nothing to do with the discussion around the SAFE Act. The only thing this legislation does is provide politicians the ability to say they are doing something to make people safe, which is really just an illusion. People are no safer now than they were before this act was passed in the dark of night. If this is good legislation, how do you explain the massacre last week in her Herkimer?

From: Schoharie County's 'insurrection'

Posted on February 27 at 9:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Carl Erickson has more intelligence and ability than any other person in City government. The fact that he is capable of independent thought is a huge benefit to the tax payers in Schenectady. It's obvious why the party wants him out - he thinks for himself. Hence, Erickson is not the problem, it the rest of the leadership that has to go!

From: Schenectady councilman may face opposition from his own party

Posted on February 21 at 3:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

C.J. Guare's letter is a good one. He cites good examples of why passing new laws to regulate public behavior is a waste of time and energy. Prohibition and the War on Drugs have been abysmal failures that as he notes have only created other crime. It's curious how seemingly intelligent people can think that these new laws will actually have a positive effect. Criminals by definition do not obey laws, and a person that is willing to kill will not be dissuaded by the threat of severe punishment. When will our legislators try some common sense?

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Posted on February 13 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There's not going to be any fracking in NY - it simply doesn't play we'll with the Governor's base, even if the studies support it. They just haven't yet figured out a way to tell us yet.

From: Fracking rules facing further delay

Posted on January 16 at 8:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A "can do legislature"?? The majority of these legislators didn't even read the bill before voting on it - they didn't have time. This is NOT something to be proud of. The idea that we are all instantly safer because of this legislation is an insult to anyone that has a brain. What's the next move when tragedies such as the Newtown massacre continue to occur?

From: New York's can-do Legislature does right

Posted on January 10 at 4:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

After passing gun control laws, even national ones, what will be the next legislative move when these types of crimes continue to occur? Take for example our national war on drugs. That valiant effort has been fabulously successful in ridding the country of illegal drugs. I'm confident that new gun laws will be just as successful. The problem is, only law abiding citizens obey laws, and whether you ban drugs or guns, demand creates its own supply - and all the attendant crime related to the sale of banned items, and so the gun supply will not go away.

We need rational thought and action, not reactive legislation that will make people feel safer, but won't provide the safety that's promised. This simply won't work.

From: Good gun plan, with one caveat

Posted on December 17 at 7 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Dems control nearly everything in this state, and based on the way the govern, it would be a stretch to call it democracy.

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Posted on November 30 at 12:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Anything political from the NYT is suspect. They are far from objective in their coverage of political issues.

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Posted on November 15 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It was only a matter of time.

From: Ex-Schenectady school head pulled from latest position

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