Comments by reader1
Posted on November 17 at 3:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
RE: Moderate Muslims standing up and condemning these actions, I don't know that the are required to make a public statement denouncing actions allegedly committed in the name of Islam. Having said that, there was a news story on last night which quoted members of the group doing exactly that.
And, I have not seen any proof that these acts were planned, conceived inside a mosque. Although, given the content and tone of some of the mosques - it does make sense to pay attention to certain ones and their members.
RE: the President's stance on terrorism - he is taking actions against terrorism; however, even some of his Democratic allies have said that elements of his approach are too cautious. I agree - it is a war and there is no reasoning with Isis or groups like them.
Posted on November 16 at 6:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)
RE: Isis and similar groups, two of their primary goals are to create fear and chaos through their murderous, barbaric atrocities. Another major goal is create a schism between Muslims and those not of the faith. You have to be careful and not let them accomplish their second goal. And, that does not mean you cannot react appropriately and violently to the actions of the terrorists.
Posted on November 15 at 6:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)
You need to educate yourselves, although I doubt that it would help. Your kids go to school with Muslims, you work alongside Muslims. There are Muslims who have given their lives for this country in the war on terrorism. They are all around and the vast majority deplore these acts and are no threat.
Those who are a threat should be dealt with accordingly.
Posted on October 13 at 3:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Posted on September 23 at 7:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Brian did a great job. He lived in Schenectady during the week as he was required by the Mayor.
People minimize the difficulty of him living away from his family.
Crime steadily trended downward during his tenure and by all reports he was doing a very good job of connecting with the community. Rutland will be getting a good Chief and a good man.
Posted on September 15 at 6:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Community Builders has a plan re: the Hometown Health building. They have been pursuing a very competitive grant to fund the project.
Posted on August 18 at 6:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"Too many youths lack a safe, nurturing environment where they can hang out, participate in organized activities and develop relationships with caring adults." FYI: The Schenectady Boy's & Girl's Club Craig Street Clubhouse and Girl's Inc. (located about three blocks away) are places where youth are afforded safe, nurturing environments, with organized activities and caring adults.
On a related note: There were bidders at the auction who had the resources to match the minimum bid for the property. No bids were submitted because they apparently thought the minimum bid was excessive, undoubtedly sharing the same concerns attributed to the Schenectady Foundation Director - building will require significant $$$ for repairs.
gplante - The individuals who were prepared to bid were going to do it with private resources. The local residents were soliciting from private donors.
Posted on August 17 at 6:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
To be clear, it's not a question of those bidders "not having" that amount. The bidders had the resources to make that bid. Rather, the bidders thought the price was too high for the property and they did not want to bid that amount.
Posted on August 16 at 6:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I don't think the Council person brought anyone to the auction. People came there due to their desire to maintain a community center in the neighborhood.
There was nothing stopping "qualified" bidders from participating. The term "Qualifying Bid" ($150,000) meant that it was the minimum bid established by auctioning authority. There were qualified bidders there, they simply were unwilling to have the initial bidding start at $150,000.
Posted on August 9 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)
There is a good deal of evidence that providing resources so that kids can do positive things in their non-school hours is important. Besides, focusing on crime and providing positive activities for youth are not mutually exclusive.