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Posted on June 16 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I suggest the purchase of several noisy peacocks and a loud tractor. Neighbors who object to the ropes course will soon lament their rural ambience and discover ropes to be a decent alternative. Here are some nice peacocks to watch:

From: Ropes course inspires spirited debate in Glenville

Posted on June 15 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Regarding "Schenectady tax rate an unfair comparison," people who live in more expensive neighborhoods tend to have more resources to pay taxes, on average. Is the higher tax amount more or less difficult for Niskayuna residents to pay than the lower amount in Schenectady? My guess is Niskayuna residents have greater disposable income, on average, than Schenectady residents. Consequently, it is likely that the lower tax amount paid in Schenectady is actually a much greater burden to its residents.

All this aside, NY property taxes are outrageous. In general, Ohio has a 1% constitutional cap on annual total property taxes. In Sun City West, near Phoenix, the property tax is 2/3rds of 1% of the full property value. However, there is a mandatory recreational fee that brings the total up to just over 1%. In return, residents get access to lots of free and low cost recreational activities and clubs, including several swimming pools and golf courses.

NY is not a high cost state. It's a high government cost state. The 3.5% (give or take) of home value that we pay in annual property taxes means, in effect, we repurchase our homes from the government every 29 years, compared to 100 years or more in many other places in the USA. Many people in NY seem annoyingly happy to pay it.

From: Trump held to higher standard than Clinton

Posted on June 15 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ralph Pidgeon, thanks for the letter.

From: Trump held to higher standard than Clinton

Posted on June 14 at 7:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Which cause, among many, are we conveniently forgetting? See, e.g.,


One thing is certain, it wasn't initiated to end slavery -- which needed ending. "Lincoln was an avowed opponent of the expansion of slavery but said he would not interfere with it where it existed."

None of that really matters in the context of whether the USA will honor the First Amendment and grant tolerance to persons flying the flags of their choice in public.

From: Focus attention on solving real problems

Posted on June 14 at 3:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Regarding "Confederate flag not welcome at parade," we all need to defend the right of everyone to freely express themselves. The Confederate flag has more meanings than the few selectively picked.

As for being offended by a flag, my great, great grandfather fought in the Civil War on the Union side. He and his generation, both male and female, white and black, paid a terrible price for the war. Neither my great, great grandfather, nor my great grandfather left any record of being opposed to the Confederate flag. I never heard my grandfather or my mother complain about it. If those who paid the price took no offense, who are we to do so?

Finally, go look at the Mississippi State flag. What are you going to do about that? Write letters to the editor about the flying of the Mississippi State flag in parades.

From: Focus attention on solving real problems

Posted on June 14 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you, Corinne Cazer.

From: Focus attention on solving real problems

Posted on June 10 at 8:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Higher minimum wages means fewer jobs.

From: Owners elect to not rebuild Dairy Circus

Posted on June 10 at 8:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A perfect example of business-unfriendly NY.

From: Glenville, ropes course owner at odds over permit

Posted on June 9 at 4:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Really? Three letters to the editors about the Girl Scout float? The culture warrior bullies need to thank the Girl Scouts for their initiative. As far as I know, free people don't need to run their float ideas by apparatchiks for offical approval.

From: Ali's racist comments not worthy of praise

Posted on May 26 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Paul Donahue,

Thank you for writing this letter about my first cousin. I will pass it along to Sharon's brother and sister.

From: Honor the victims of Agent Orange on wall

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