Comments by jjhehir
Posted on December 7 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)
In the past five years, employee benefits (pensions and health insurance) in the Niskayuna School District have increased 43 percent, from approximately $12.9 million to $18.4 million. That is a $1.1 million increase each year. A $415,000 or $568,000 savings is not going solve a very serious fiscal problem created by the Legislature. Hopefully, citizens will realize this and write their legislators to pay for the very generous pensions they have created, which account for the bulk of the increase in employee benefits.
Posted on December 3 at 10:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)
No employer or person should be forced to participate in the taking of the life of a baby.
Posted on November 20 at 7:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)
What's a substandard policy? What a standard policy?
Posted on November 18 at 10:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Pain or not, it's still killing a baby
J. J. Hehir
Posted on October 23 at 12:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The speed in Old Niskayuna is much too high; 25 MPH throughout Old Niskayuna would be appropriate. In front of the Co-op, it should be 20 MPH. The police could do a much better job of enforcing existing speed limits in Old Niskayuna also.
Posted on October 8 at 11:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I was in the middle of the street with a child in my arms at that crosswalk, an the young driver just drove right by me. I sensed he wasn't going to stop, and he didn't.
Posted on September 11 at 11:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The main trouble with this country is not unions, taxes and regulations, though they could always be improved. It goes much deeper than that. I suggest that you two guys stop listening to Sean Hannity and read a book some day. You might find out what is is.
Posted on September 10 at 1:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Wmarinic, I am not a taker; I worked for every penny I have.
I too have never met a person on welfare who has opened a business, but that doesn’t mean there are not any who did.
The reason that there are not that many makers in New York anymore is that all they are in China and other third world countries. The major problem in this country is not the many takers. The problem is the lack of makers whose jobs have been exported to other countries by owners of companies whose main objectives are to increase profits and remain competitive.
Posted on September 10 at 12:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Phils2008, in 1983 the top 20% in this country owned 91.3% of the wealth; the bottom 80% owned 8.7%. In 2010, the top 20% owned 95.6% of the wealth, and the bottom 80% owned 4.7%, a reduction of 46%. At that rate, it will take a very long time to tax the rich into poverty.
We, the bottom 80%, do not have “the right to take every penny [the rich have] made over the years to pay for what we want.” We do have the right to expect that our representatives in Washington, DC represent our interests and not be bought by lobbyists (sent there by the rich) when they make laws. For example: after World War II, when every country in the world except the U. S. was on their knees we allowed them to trade freely with us while they set up barriers to trade when we traded with them. Those trade agreements are still in effect. The result is that millions of US jobs have gone to China and other third world countries. Apple computers, i-phones, i-pads, etc. and Vice-Grips are products now manufactured exclusively in China. Millions of US jobs have gone to China because our legislators have not protected the jobs of US citizens, while owners of companies with productions in China have made billions.
Social Security, if it is a “Ponzi scheme” was made so by our legislators, who over the years, raided it to balance the national budget, instead of exercising fiducial responsibility and investing Social Security receipts responsibility.
Posted on September 9 at 9:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Irene, in 1980 the average CEO was paid about 42 times more than the average factory worker. Today, the CEO’s pay is 325 times more, according to investigative reporters Donald Bartlett and James Steele. Ever since President Johnson raided the Social Security system, followed by raids by every president and congress since, it has been in jeopardy. The rich have made money hand over fist over the years, especially since President Gorge W. Bush was elected. Now someone has come up with a bright idea to bail the system out on the backs of the Social Security recipient. I say, tax the rich to bail the system out, and if they squeal, tax them more.