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Posted on July 26 at 8:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Younger people often don't know that a few decades ago the term "dago" was considered very offensive. Older people remember. The Facebook poll can be misleading because more younger people use Facebook than older people. So the poll results will not really reflect the local population. If I were the owners of the business I wouldn't use the term "dago" when there are much more positive expressions to reflect Italian heritage. In business, you have to be very aware of customers' opinions and feelings even if you don't always agree with them.

As the owner of a local business that grew into a significantly larger one, I would NEVER use a term that even a tiny number of people objected to. Every customer counts on the way to success.


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Posted on July 23 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

For older generations, the term "dago" is very insulting and not to be used. I was a kid in Troy during the 1950's when the city had distinct pockets of mainly Irish, Italian, and Polish neighborhoods with a sprinkling of Germans, French etc. If you called an Italian-American a "dago" you were asking for trouble, just as if you called an Irish-American a "mick" or a Polish-American a "Polack." Younger people are so removed from the era of insulting ethnic slurs that they don't even recognize these terms as insulting. That is a very good thing! But I can still see how older people (including myself) might crings at the use of "dago."


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Posted on July 8 at 12:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Move. Schenectady is hopeless.


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Posted on March 22 at 12:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is unbelievable that a fundraiser in honor of vehicle crash victims would have a motorcycle as a raffle prize!!! Motorcycles are one of the most dangerous types of vehicles and this super high power one is a true menace! Angelo Mazzone, why are you doing this??????


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Posted on April 12 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As a long time Colonie resident I am still trying to recover from shock and disappointment at the years of mismanagement by the former supervisor and former town board. Mary Brizzell should hang her head in shame for her years of deceptive handling of town finances.

I agree with the editorial. The one-time payment is the best option. We've had artificially lower taxes for years and now we've got to make up for that. Hopefully there will be payment plans for lower income people. It is really unfortunate that an unexpected bill will hit town residents at the same time as the cost of living is skyrocketing.

A real issue is how to make sure such mismanagement doesn't happen again. How do we assure proper fiscal practices in the town?


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Posted on April 6 at 8:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Look at it another way. Why should judges be about the only group that hasn't received a raise in the last 10 years? Even the minimum wage and Social Security benefits have risen!! Mr. Weaver, is it a fair comparison to lump judges with the "average taxpayer?" Judges must have an arduous and expensive education and years of experience in order to do their job. The average Joe does not. You seem to want to reduce justice to the lowest common denomintor. If you are ever before a court, do you really want the judge to be a clone of the average Route 30 Povery Corridor resident?


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