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Posted on October 26 at 4:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I should have said - managing "some types" of companies, because I suspect leadership positions in some companies may not require a 4 year degree.

From: Editorial: Expanding high school graduation is the right path

Posted on October 26 at 4:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Seems like a good idea but would really need more information to form an opinion on this change. I'm fairly certain it entails more than the flexibility to re: one social studies requirement. And, there is a fairly significant difference between IT skills and changing the oil in a car. I suspect that kids more likely to go to college would also be more likely to choose the former, while others would take the latter path.

I guess my concern would be that would we make it easier for kids who have the ability to attend college to choose the vocational path because it is quicker and most certainly cheaper. And, on a side note, I think it's the kids who obtain college degrees who will wind up holding elective offices, managing companies, - simply put - running our society. There are indirect consequences re: educational choices.

And, it's not just HS curriculum that determines why some kids do not graduate. There are demographic trends to those patterns, so, something is else is going on. And, I think some of that something else has to do with - being prepared to start school (Pre-K and K), attitudes towards education, and support systems outside of school for learning.

Bottom line - it would seem a good idea to make a HS education (and college) more relevant re: preparation for the working world. Just curious as to how this idea gets implemented.

At the same time, need to adjust the system so kids who choose to go to college can finish in three years and lower the costs so they don't spend three decades paying off student loans.

From: Editorial: Expanding high school graduation is the right path

Posted on October 22 at 6:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A few omitted facts: The window and boiler grant had already been received prior to Cooper becoming Director ($20,000 grant).

HHAC has always received grant funding from CDBG and Schenectady County Youth Bureau.

Cooper also failed to mention that previous Executive Directors routinely worked without pay or donated their salaries back to HHAC.

From: Things looking up at Hamilton Hill Arts Center

Posted on October 18 at 8:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Schenectady PD has a program that analyzes these statistics and has been using it for a few years. In fact, it is a NHTSA program.

From: Editorial: Stats help solve unsafe intersections

Posted on October 18 at 8:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Condolences to Mr. LaJuett and the families and friends of this young couple. And, Thank you to everyone who helped with their wedding. The people who facilitated the wedding demonstrated the best in us.

From: Schenectady's hospice bride dies of cancer

Posted on October 9 at 8:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just because you support a team does not in any way entitle you to information regarding issues such as these. And, to suggest not providing the information to the fans is indicative the college and team do not care or appreciate its' fan base is simply wrong, in my view. Organizations have the right and the authority to deal with internal issues such as these privately.

On a side note, providing this information would benefit the Gazette because it might interest some readers, which in turn, helps the paper's bottom line. So, I view the Gazette's righteous indignation re: the lack of access to this information with a bit of scepticism.

From: Editorial: Union owes supporters an explanation

Posted on October 5 at 8:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am pretty certain that Americans are tired of war, but, might be more tired of the idea of groups launching unprovoked attacks against us. Iraq invasion aside, the bombings of Isis, the invasion of Afghanistan were not unprovoked attacks launched by a war mongering nation. RE: Isis - some of the people killed by the terrorists were in that area for purely humanitarian reasons. The journalists were killed there while trying to inform the world about the horrific events occurring there.

I would be interested to hear what the activist's solution would be to the Isis problem. a bunch of animals (apology to all animal species) who use Islam as a justification for murder and rape.

From: Activists still selling peace, but is public still buying?

Posted on October 2 at 5:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Based on the article, it would seem the dispatchers (I'm assuming that is the 24 employees they are referencing) are no longer city employees, which carries with it the implication they are not on city payroll, and/or the County is paying their benefits? Or, maybe the county benefits are cheaper? Doesn't the city have to pay to be a part of the county dispatch? And, those payments formula can change in the future. It would be interesting to see the numbers on that.

From: 3-percent tax hike in proposed Schenectady budget

Posted on October 1 at 6:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Up until a few years ago, whenever they posted these numbers - the police and fire departments were evaluated individually. Most of the minorities work for the PD.

A significant part of the problem is getting people to take the examination.

From: Schenectady affirmative action board formed

Posted on October 1 at 5:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The one issue that may surface is if some companies received tax incentives to move here.

From: Tax foreclosure may spell end for iconic Schenectady hot dog stand

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