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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.

From: Editorial: Governor's budget: Flash, but few solutions

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.

From: Panel: Raise NY criminal age to 18, no teens in adult jail

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.

From: Panel: Raise NY criminal age to 18, no teens in adult jail

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

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

From: Put the brakes on red-light cameras

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.

From: Put the brakes on red-light cameras

Posted on January 18 at 8:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Online courses may be a viable solution if the education you get is comparable to one you'd receive in a classroom. If not, poorer students will receive an education that is less expensive and of lower quality.

From: Education issues require better, long-term solutions

Posted on January 17 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There is a significant amount of literature that indicates sexual orientation is not a choice but is involuntarily predetermined. So, are we to believe that some people are just born "sinful"?

And, it was not that long ago that many respondents were against marriage between people of different races, ethnic origins. Fortunately, constitutionality is not determined by means of popular consensus.

And like safny says - it does not compel anyone to become involved in it. I would challenge you to find one case of an individual who upon being afforded the legal right to marry or become involved with someone of the same sex, changed their gender orientation.

From: Supreme Court to hear gay marriage cases in April

Posted on January 14 at 6:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Board stated the reason for recommending three instead of four casino sites was that it would reduce the potential of success for one of the other sites by over saturating the market. Now, for the sake of politics, the Governor appears to be willing to take that risk, and this is after he voiced an intention to stay out of this matter. Hopefully, the Board sticks with its' original decision - this will be a test of its' independence.

From: There’s no need for casino sequel

Posted on January 14 at 6:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Truly an fool's crime, designed to achieve some misguided notion of recognition but in reality is a pathetic cry for attention and demonstration of inadequacy.

From: Stockade neighborhood homes tagged

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