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Posted on September 16 at 9:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks, Gazette. How can you write a story about the group (of which I am not a member), and even refer to its website, but not give its address? It's http://scotiasewagecac.com/. This project is a complete waste of money, as Jerry Moore proves at http://scotiasewagecac.com/jerry-moores-...

Moreover, this issue is absolutely political. Politics is how we get the best results possible for the community. Tom Tiberio and Maria Peterson, Republican candidates for Scotia Trustees, need to rub their opponents noses into this $14 million boondoggle. It is completely unethical to use $14 million to solve a tiff between two mayors who can't agree on a fair price for sewage treatment. The problem here is political, not a shortage of wastewater treatment capacity. You don't spend $14 million to build a risky plant that costs more to run than Schenectady's plant just because politicians can't get along.


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Posted on September 11 at 5:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

May I ask how many of you have had tractor axles broken by groundhog holes?


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Posted on September 11 at 5:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My apologies. And condolences to the groundhog's family.


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Posted on September 11 at 11:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Groundhogs are pests. It's perfectly acceptable to shoot them on sight in rural areas, and the people who live in these areas generally agree with that. They aren't harmless and they certainly aren't defenseless. If I had a large enough database over a long enough time, I'm sure that I could prove that people who write editorials against shooting groundhogs are equally cruel against people and have no business running newspapers.


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Posted on September 5 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm saving all the glowing endorsements of Tedisco to compare to his actual accomplishments, if he wins. He is, in my opinion, the consummate establishment candidate who fiddled while corruption surrounded him.


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Posted on September 5 at 9:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Adventure Park is a perfect match with the land and community. (I have no affiliation with the park, its owner or any employees). Any disruption of the rural ambiance is far less than that caused by the relatively new homes that were built there.


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Posted on September 1 at 12:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While I'm thinking about it, the Schenectady School District scores at or near the bottom of almost every academic achievement measure used in the state for the past 20 years. If equity and excellence are consistent goals, this school district certainly hasn't proved it.


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Posted on August 31 at 10:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ideologies have consequences, schdyres1. Equity never produces excellence.


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Posted on August 31 at 10:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's easy ChuckD. If all students can only get to the same place as the slowest, least capable kid in the class, then only 1 student achieves excellence -- the slowest, least capable kid in the class. Everyone else has to be at the same place which is no where near an excellent outcome for them. This is true not only as a matter of logic, but as a matter of 20 years observed practice and measured outcomes. Facts and truth, which you belittle as chips on a shoulder.


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Posted on August 30 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A perfect explanation of why public schools are terrible. Do you want equality, equity or excellence? You can't get to excellence through equality or equity. Equity--getting every student to the same place--depends on the abilities of the worst student. If you can get to that place in 5 minutes and it takes the worst student 50 minutes to get there, guess what you're doing to the education of every other student.

Teachers have a special word for excellence. They call it privilege. Yeah, they turn a worthwhile goal into something evil. Then they say because it's evil, they can't and won't pursue it. They will pursue equity.

But equity is even worse than pursuit of the mediocre. It's the pursuit of the lowest common denominator -- which teachers love because it makes their jobs easier. It's easier to set low standards because it takes less work to reach them.

Most parents with means will do everything they can to get their children out of schools of equity. They look for schools of excellence, where students are all taught as if they are the brightest student in the classroom. Everyone gets as much of the best as they are capable of acquiring and willing to work for. Every student reaches his/her highest potential. Public schools are not the least bit interested in this, and that's why they are terrible.


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