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Posted on February 8 at 6:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am a teacher. In my opinion, the pedagogy associated with Common Core is good. The top-down approach is not. Most lessons are apolitical (full disclosure - I consider myself a conservative republican). The nationalization of education is not mentioned in the Constitution. The 50-states were intended as incubators for those details, like education. Common Core represses competition amongst the states and institutionalizes it instead. The strength of America does not come from a top-down bureaucracy, issuing demands of the states. Here's the 10th amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people." The Federal Government has become ubiquitous. Therein lies my problem with Common Core.

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Posted on February 4 at 6:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great letter to the editor Don Steciak.

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Posted on February 2 at 7:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

NYS spends millions each year advertising "NYS is open for business." We give away even more $ in PILOTs and other tax related incentives for businesses. But the recent news involving corruption completely ruins any impression that NYS is business friendly. Instead, it suggests that if you pay to play, you can come to NYS. Classic crony capitalism. It's sort of akin to what's going on nationally. This isn't a free market economy. It encourages flight from NYS, from both citizen and businessman.

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Posted on January 20 at 6:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hmmm...a female clerk at Country Wine and Spirits on Mariaville Rd was robbed by a white male at gunpoint Friday night, dressed in black.

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Posted on January 17 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Am I the only one who finds it completely inappropriate to use these young children to advance a political agenda? Were the kids allowed to opt out? If not, these kids are being forced to support their own economic suicide. What is going on in this country? The U.S. is committed to spending over $100 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities (medicare, medicaid, social security, debt, etc.). There isn't enough money on the planet to satisfy this unbelievable mountain of debt. These kids are doomed. My kids are doomed. My father was from the "Greatest Generation." Mine should be renamed the "Worst Generation." Our actions are nothing more than Economic Child Abuse.

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Posted on January 14 at 5:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Trail cameras (used to take video of deer, turkey, etc.) cost about $50-100. They work in the dark too. It might help identify the culprits.

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Posted on January 2 at 6:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not raise the minimum wage to $100? Now THAT'S a living wage. Right? And how about a maximum wage? If we're going to manage the free market, let's go "all in." There are over 92-million people out of work in this country, and the Gazette's answer is to raise the cost of employment to businesses. There are numerous studies confirming the negative consequences of raising the minimum wage. (see The poor and entry-level employees are the ones who get hurt the most. This is where the real "job training" programs exist. People learn how a business operates, prove themselves, and advance up the job ladder. This editorial reflects the leftist ideology of this paper. Are there any conservatives working there?

From: Editorial: Time for a real living wage

Posted on December 18 at 6:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The exodus from this "Utopian" state will continue with vigor. Hydraulic fracturing has a sterling record in this country. It's an example of the ingenuity of America's free market system which rewards dynamic least it used to. To those who warn us about Armageddon from tapping our energy reserves, I say that no energy production is 100% environmentally pure. And purity is the standard they hold the "evil oil companies" to. It seems that any advancement of the human condition in this country is attacked by environmentalists, which is the new home to the Communist Party and its totalitarian mindset.

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Posted on July 13 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does anyone else find it strange that the 3-conservatives on the legislature find their "ideological home" with the liberal Democrats, and not with the two Republicans, Jim Buhrmaster and Brian McGarry?

From: Editorial: Don't fall for phony 'caucuses'

Posted on July 9 at 7 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..."

Citing the 9th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals, the most overturned Appeals Court in America, is a weak argument.

A religious message, imbedded in a student's graduation speech, hardly means that the school is establishing a religion. Prohibiting free speech, on the other hand, is expressly forbidden.

Message to Ms. Izzo and future grad speakers: tell the "state" what they want to hear and then give your original speech.

From: Editorial: School was right to edit grad speech

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