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Posted on July 22 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why should Disney be getting million dollar subsidies from the state so people can be entertained. How many sidewalks could people fix if the state gave grants for things people NEED? Damn stupid government.

From: Disney gets $1M grant for 'Newsies' teching at Proctors

Posted on July 16 at 8:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@Jim Moorhead: A+

From: Summer Fun Night is no place for your dog

Posted on July 6 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"The meat is later processed and distributed to local food charities, USDA spokesman Travis Kocurek said."

I doubt it. Let's see the meat on the shelf of a food bank.

In "Goose meat to be given away - Trustees criticized over roundup plan," Daily Gazette, The (Schenectady, NY) - June 15, 2006, MARY MARTIALAY reported, "The village has altered course in its offer to donate meat to food pantries. In January, before trustees agreed to a roundup, McLaughlin said the village would donate meat if found to be safe for consumption. Later, armed with a $3,000 quote for the cost of testing, trustees decided to dispose of the birds without testing them."

The cost of testing still outweighs the benefit of putting this mostly undesirable meat on pantry shelves. It would be cheaper to use the money to purchase domestically raised meat.

Very likely, the government is either lying or being inefficient. Old news.

From: Feds killing Scotia geese for safety's sake

Posted on June 12 at 8:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@William Cox: A++++++++++

From: Why not Rotterdam Mall for casino site?

Posted on June 6 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Bait and switch. Put out a nice design to win the casino then dumb it down to match an industrial warehouse. NOBODY wants to gamble in a warehouse.

From: Reaction mixed on new casino design

Posted on May 30 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is complete and utter nonsense. The lake isn't too murky, THE LAW IS TOO RESTRICTIVE. Damn Government. How about letting swimmers decide if they want to take the risk? How many people will die in the future, from less exercise than optimal, or from drowning, because a perfectly good lake can't be used? Better to avoid the 1 drowning per 5 years that we can see than the 10 death's per year that we can't.

It's time for some civil disobedience by the mayor. Open the beach and let the people swim.

From: Collins Lake still too murky for swimming

Posted on May 5 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The practice should be banned by state law.

From: Schools hide buyout deals from taxpayers

Posted on January 17 at 10:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Regarding the entire Hamilton Hill Library issue:
1) Why is the library being made the "fall guy" for Carver's closing? Why isn't the Gazette doing a thorough investigation into the reasons Carver suddenly shut down and all its inadequacies? Why aren't Carver trustees taking responsibility for their actions?
2) Why can't the Schenectady City School District independently, or jointly with the library, provide computer access to residents?
3) Why is nothing being reported on the County's lack of support for the entire Schenectady County Public Library system and their systematic efforts to completely demolish it? Severe cuts in both the materials and staff budgets and diminished hours have affected the Central Library and all of the branch libraries. The county manager lacks vision, micro-manages and nitpicks. County legislators pay lip service to the library but are ignorant of what's actually going on. How will county residents react when they see headlines about the temporary or permanent closings of other branches in the system? At least the county has a plan in place for Hamilton Hill's replacement. I fear that hours and services at the remaining library facilities will gradually erode until nothing is left--and by then it will be too late to speak up.

From: Officials eye temporary home for closed Hamilton Hill library

Posted on December 22 at 12:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There were 20 children and 8 adults, not 6.

From: Scotia trees honor shooting victims

Posted on December 18 at 7:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Frank Lowe: Thanks for that.


My recommendation is a 10% federal tax on weapons, accessories and ammunition to be distributed solely to PK-12 schools for the exclusive purpose of paying for security.

From: Reflections on guns and the shootings in Connecticut

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