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Posted on January 28 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Some people need to grow up. It is very rare for the forecasts to be this far off the mark. It is a scientific prediction based on computer models. And, we still wound up with a respectable amount of snow. In fact, the Albany area reached the bottom limits of snow predicted. My God, people just sit around waiting for something to be outraged about. RE: the school closings - at the least, the schools should have been let out early because the road conditions got bad pretty quickly.


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Posted on January 26 at 5:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Online schools often provide college credit for military service. She probably already has some credits.


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Posted on January 26 at 8:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The basic qualification is 30 credit hours. Age requirement being 21-35. I seriously doubt there are "barely" any minority candidates who meet that criteria. Again, the bottom line is getting people to take the exam. You can tell by the attendance at the tests the interest is not proportionate to the population numbers.

While master's degrees are rare, bachelor's degrees are fairly common. Applicants having master's degrees are fairly uncommon for most occupations. I suspect the average educational range of recruits is somewhere around 2.5 - 3.5 (maybe a little lower) years of college.


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Posted on January 25 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The notion that there is not a large enough pool of minority candidates who can meet the qualifications is inaccurate. Anyone with actual knowledge of the situation knows that the problem is getting minorities to take the examination. Very few minority candidates are taking the exam. It is not that the screening process is eliminating all the minority candidates.

And, what constitutes "better"? Policing is an opportunity to help people, make a difference in people's lives.


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Posted on January 22 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

FYI: Pension system, while still a financial burden, has undergone some significant reforms.


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Posted on January 20 at 8:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree about not housing juveniles and adults together, but, this would mean that a 17 year old committing burglaries (burglaries are typically prolific offenders) would be referred to Family Court. Just last week, we read about an incident in which someone committing the "non-violent" crime of burglary was caught on the act and suddenly became violent.

Sounds like a reasonable idea for some offenses; however, I would like to see what the track record will be for the judges trained in "adolescent development and effective treatment". The Governor's goal is to close down prisons. Wonder how much attention he will pay to the issue once that political goal is achieved.


From: Treating teens as juveniles is better


Posted on January 20 at 7:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Correction: Read through it too quickly - only applies to non-felonies.


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Posted on January 20 at 7:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great, now 16-17 year olds who commit residential burglaries will go to Family Court = probably a sentence of probation.

And any burglary committed up until the age of 20 will be treated as if it didn't happen, as long as the offender stops offending or does not get caught again.


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Posted on January 19 at 7:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, the specific weight of the car really changes the point being made.


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Posted on January 18 at 8:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Don't usually run redlights" "Fragrant runner of red lights" - how many lights do you need to run before it causes an accident? It may very well be the first one. There may be problems re: these programs, but minimizing the danger of running a 2000 pound vehicle through an intersection with similar type vehicles entering that intersection on a collision course is very, very dangerous.

And, re: the generation of revenue. Seems fair to me to use this "tax" on people creating dangerous situations to lighten the load on taxpayers.


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