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Posted on October 14 at 12:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Would, that when you pass on, your body be preserved and displayed in an auto-icon at the Gazette for all to marvel at the greatest opinionator in the whole of Schenectady, likely for all time. Best wishes, Mr. Strock. Adieu.

From: Good-bye, au revoir, adios

Posted on October 13 at 5 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The fence was illegal but an ugly pile of dirt isn't. Swell.

From: Dirt piled in city lot to halt prostitute traffic

Posted on October 11 at 8:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just do an economic study to determine the value of the externality and compensate the village for its loss.

From: Trucks the price of progress

Posted on October 7 at 10:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The ONLY appropriate role for government concerning personal health choices is to EDUCATE the citizenry and to leave the decisions up to each of them as individuals. The is the ONLY approach that respects the autonomy and dignity of each person.

From: Op-ed column: Food for argument

Posted on September 29 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why no mention of the city's responsibility to provide services for costs that homeowners can afford? Lower the cost of government and more people will be able to afford their homes.

From: Editorial: Schenectady must show taxpayers it means business, too

Posted on September 28 at 9:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People don't respect the freedom of speech because the public schools that "educate" them teach them that the government can punish all kinds of speech PLUS they do practically nothing to teach students about why the freedom of speech is a fundamental human right that no government has the right to infringe. That our own courts have repeatedly failed to protect the freedom of speech is not just reprehensible but traitorous.

By the way, the metaphor is that you can't FALSELY shout fire in a theater. But that's clearly not true, since "FIRE!" has been shouted in theaters around the world when there was none. See, e.g.,

From: Commission form of government isn’t very democratic, or smart

Posted on September 23 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for staying on top of the issue, Elmer. The Gazette should really follow-up.

From: Op-ed column: County taxpayers need to know how much PILOTs cost them

Posted on September 18 at 7:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How about taking up the fight against stupidity?

Suppose you want to sell a 32-oz version of the 16-oz one. What do you do? Offer a buy 1 get one at half price and viola, nothing changes except you now have a second cup.

Or how about this? Get a full 16 oz in one cup and your ice in another!

Or this? Design 16 oz cups that can be joined together as one, 2-compartment cup.

Finally, sell a 32-oz cup of carbonated water (permitted under the law) and throw in a syrup vile for free sufficient to flavor the super-sized water.

I note that this law may result in increased obesity as people switch from buying their drinks to bringing them with them. They may choose to bring even "worse" drinks than the ones they were buying.

NYC isn't fighting obesity. It's at war against liberty.

From: Editorial: New Yorkers should suck up Bloomberg's soda ban, and suck down less soda

Posted on September 16 at 11:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Smoke, drink and make babies with reckless abandon ... Ah, those were the days, eh Carl?

From: Sex ed: Still a lot to fight about

Posted on September 6 at 10:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Those that cause the damage should pay the cost. No more freeloading.

Poor Price Chopper. What does $250,000 translate to in increased costs? Well less than a penny per item. Let's see the data.

From: Truck toll hike opposition cites harm to state recovery

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