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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

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

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