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Posted on December 17 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In 2009, alcohol killed 114 people on Connecticut highways. See

From: Too high a price for a freedom

Posted on December 17 at 8:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Where's the editorial demanding the prohibition of alcohol, which kills far more people every year than guns do.

From: Too high a price for a freedom

Posted on December 16 at 12:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I can't believe the Gazette is turning in freshman-level editorials. You guys are college grads, right? You owe us the duty to present a fair economic comparison of energy alternatives. Picking and choosing only the facts that support your conclusion is disingenuous and unworthy of graduate level writing and analysis. I don't know what's happened in the editorial department, but it has surely gone downhill.

From: Government must push solar power more

Posted on December 15 at 11:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Folks, there is no injustice being done to Schenectady. You have to look at state aid plus federal aid. Compared to other school districts in the area, Schenectady has more total than all except perhaps Albany. You can't look at a half-truth and get the whole story. While I'm no fan of Farley, he is not wrong.

From: Farley's argument on school aid equity doesn't cut it

Posted on December 14 at 11:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

TOID: You can read Spring's lame argument for more money in the Dec. 12 TU. Spring has done the same thing that all superintendents do. They find a point of unfairness and cry and protest and pump up public angst. All while concealing all the facts that completely undermine their position. They don't want the public to know the whole truth. They want to manipulate the public and create false impressions so they can have more money -- a large percentage of which is used to raise salaries faster than inflation. Kathleen was right to exclude an explanation from the article.

From: Farley rebukes campaign seeking more aid for Schenectady schools

Posted on December 11 at 10:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd like to know how far you're willing to go, Sarah Kraemer. Does tobacco smoking get an R rating while pot smoking gets PG? What about drinking alcohol? Shouldn't that be R rated, along with bullying and showing fat people? Obesity now prematurely kills more USA citizens than smoking.

From: Yes, include special ed kids in regular classes, but for right reasons

Posted on December 9 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

L.D., you're wrong. It's not either-or but both. Public education must provide a broad education encompassing the arts, humanities, history, philosophy, and the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. It must also serve the needs of local businesses so students can earn a living from their education. Public schools need to be able to turn on a dime as the dynamics of the local economies change. This is why every public school needs to be different. Making them all the same is a recipe for stagnation and disaster. The more diverse the public school system, the stronger the nation. Forming partnerships with local businesses is not only prudent, it's essential.

From: Letting business shape K-12 curriculum is terrible idea

Posted on December 6 at 8:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I find very little compassion in releasing terminally ill prisoners without the means to pay for the medical care, food and housing they need. That sounds more like cruel and unusual punishment than compassion. I'm in favor of their release but only if they are provided with the same level of support that the prison system is required to provide them while in custody. In other words, they must be given the funds to purchase all their medical care, to rent a tiny apartment and to pay for their food and transportation. If the former inmate has the means to pay for some of all of these, then, of course, s/he must use the funds first until they are exhausted.

From: Release sick, dying inmates

Posted on November 24 at 1:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Re photo:
Who's the bully, here? Who's the racist? Why it's the school district, of course.
Notice that school districts have been given the power to punish students not just based on the feelings of others, but based on how the district believes others SHOULD or COULD reasonably feel in the situation. When government takes the power to punish citizens based on real AND reasonably imagined feelings, anything and everything can be punished. It's an abomination, flatly Un-American and unconstitutional. Citizens, including students, are entitled to reasonable notice before they can be punished for their actions. No such notice was given, here. The punishment is unlawful.
Moreover, the punishment is an insult to the student who consented to be in the photograph. It implicitly charges the student with using poor judgment and with conspiracy to create an inappropriate and racist advertisement. What do you think of that?
NOTE TO GAZETTE: Please fix the "line feeds" in comments. Writers cannot make paragraphs, at least not with a Firefox browser.

From: DOT needs to put ‘drivers first’ not just on the Northway

Posted on November 11 at 9:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We built near oceans and rivers during a relatively cool period in our climate history. The waters were no where near their peak levels. Whether or not the planet is warming now due to man is irrelevant. It is almost certain to warm again for reasons having nothing to do with man, and that means at some point in our future, oceans, lakes and rivers will be a lot higher. The only rational response is to begin a retreat from the waterfront with the assumption that oceans will be 20 to 100 feet higher sometime during the next several hundred years.

From: Ferocity from the sea, part 1

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