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Posted on October 20 at 10:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If Jennifer Lawrence had used a BlackBerry Q10 phone hackers wouldn't be able to get her photos in the first place. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was hacked by the U. S. a while back, so she went out and got one. In fact she went out and got 5,000 BlackBerrys for all her friends in government. President Obama has always used one.

From: More women should fill Black River seats

Posted on August 3 at 8:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Generally, governments interfering with markets is not a good idea. President Nixon tried it in the seventies; it ended badly.

From: Boosting food service pay will decimate labor market

Posted on July 30 at 9:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The trouble with Medicare is that it is underfunded and overpromised; the same with Social Security, and you can throw in mismanaged. It is a shame that they are going broke.

From: Medicare anniversary a time to reflect on value of program

Posted on July 8 at 11:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bill, that sounds like the Bronx VA.

From: Glens Falls VA must be more responsive

Posted on June 23 at 10:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you want to know what a casino will do for a city, go to Atlantic City, NJ. The casinos there are dumps. Promised economic development from casinos in Atlantic City did not materialize and it too became a dump.

From: Rotterdam mall fate is a lesson for casino supporters

Posted on June 20 at 3:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't watch violent TV shows and they will stop making them.

From: Nothing being done to end the gunfire in Seward, either

Posted on May 19 at 10:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great idea, Assemblyman Santabarbara. Who's going to pay for it?

From: Remember heroes who gave for country

Posted on May 17 at 8:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hamelot, that is specific enough for me. In Niskayuna, the Niskayuna Teachers’ Association is endorsing two of the three candidates for a seat on the Board of Education. This fall, negotiations will begin on a new teachers’ contract. It will be very difficult for a person endorsed by the NTA to do his or her job and advocate for the students and taxpayers of the school district in those negotiations.

From: Oriola, Apkarian for Nisky school board

Posted on May 17 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Anne and Michael, the purpose of a union is to fight for increases in salary and benefits, and for better workplace conditions for its members. That is it.
The Niskayuna Teachers’ Association is a union and has no place endorsing Board of Education candidates. It should not be encouraged to do so.
The Niskayuna Teachers' Association will be negotiating salary and benefit increases with the Board of Education soon.
When persons at the other side of the bargaining table are beholding to a union that endorsed them, their ability to negotiate in good faith for the interests of students and taxpayers is diminished.

From: Politics prevails again in Niskayuna school district

Posted on May 16 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hamelot, I see many instances of short-term thinking by the board: close this school, no, close that school, no, fire the superintendent nine months after extending her contract, etc. Do you have any specifics on the teacher's union exerting influence on the board?

From: Oriola, Apkarian for Nisky school board

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