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Posted on July 14 at 10:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Looming teacher shortages because of low salaries? What a joke. First, file a FOIL request with your school district and find out what every teacher and administrator earned last year. Then file a FOIL request with the county to find out what master degree workers earn. Then ask a local private school for its teacher salary range. Don't forget to compare the benefits.

Public education salaries have nothing to do with anything except greed.

From: Misplaced values fuel salary discrepancies

Posted on July 14 at 10:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Additionally, if the county hired an off-duty deputy to patrol the library between closing and daylight, the cost per patron and the cost per item accessed via the Internet would be way, way below the daytime costs. More stuff, lower costs. Not exactly the Gazette business model, but laudable.

From: Why the fuss over limiting Wi-Fi hours?

Posted on July 14 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Libraries should be open 24/7. They aren't because of cost. So, when technology enables them to be open 24/7 at no cost, and to provide vasts amounts of entertainment and information well beyond the physical size of the collection, Gazette editors say, "Shut it down. Shut it down."

Why? Because of security concerns? This is absurd. The library is right next to the police station. If it can't be secure 24/7, what place in the entire county can be? Put up a couple of security cameras tied directly to the police station, a couple of warning signs and turn the library parking lot into an all-night learning and fun zone. Obviously, there is a demand. Why shouldn't government strive to meet it?

From: Why the fuss over limiting Wi-Fi hours?

Posted on July 10 at 9:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In 1990, the Ohio prosecutor's office in which I was an assistant prosecutor, required all police departments in our jurisdiction to tape record every interview. The duty of prosecutors (aka district attorneys) is not just to obtain convictions, but to obtain fair convictions without ever convicting the innocent.

Recordings not only protect the process of investigating crimes, they also provide learning opportunities for police and prosecutors to improve their techniques and to conform their practices to law. They are essential to the highest standards of criminal justice and I am SHOCKED that the FBI doesn't record their interviews, as we learned in Congressional testimony regarding Hillary Clinton.

Justice requires recordings. No exceptions.

From: Interrogation tapings are about fairness

Posted on July 10 at 9:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ditto what muggy said. It is not Government's job to save my life. In fact, it is Government's job, to give me as much liberty as possible so I may live my life as I choose. Your confiscatory taxes on tobacco are quite sufficient to deter smoking.

I do not smoke. I fully support those who do. In fact, if they want to smoke in their homes, their cars, in the parks and on the sidewalks, I'm fine with that. If they want to smoke in bars and casinos, that's great. I'm even willing to pay my share of any collective increase in health care costs because liberty is not free.

There is not end to the argument that we must oppress all people even if it saves one life. Get off our backs. Give people the education they need to make good choices and leave the decisions up to them.

Vote NO.

From: Raising smoking age to 21 will save young lives

Posted on July 10 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's a history test, not a current events test.

From: Sch’dy teachers raise concerns with history Regents exam

Posted on July 8 at 3:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Exactly right, Marty Shanty.

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Posted on July 8 at 1:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Killing criminal suspects by robot is murder. "We saw no other option..." Really? You do what cops did before robots. You protect yourselves. You contain the suspect. You wait it out.

From: Dallas gunman killed by bomb robot, officials say

Posted on July 7 at 3:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's not just the super's salary, it's the salaries of all master degreed workers in schools. They are out of sight compared to master degreed workers in the rest of county government and in the private sector. When people spend other people's money on other people, they neither care as much about how much they spend or what they get for it in return as individuals do when spending their own money. Hundreds of millions of dollars are wasted in the education, government and health care sectors in Schenectady County every year.

From: Superintendent's salary too high for taxpayers

Posted on July 6 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How can you tell the difference between a new job and a job that otherwise would have been created even without the program? Government needs to create a level playing field for everyone, then get out of the way. Metroplex, Start-UP NY, Economic Development Zones -- they all do two things. First, they decide who gets to win and who loses. Second, they spend our money far less efficiently than we would, in other words, they waste money. None of these programs are worth the money, especially if you consider the US economy as a whole.

From: Start-Up NY not worth continuing

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