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Posted on December 21 at 5:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I must not see the same page as pnotto. I never saw anything in the article that Larry Lewis hated America. I didn't see that he had any love for our enemies either.
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The great thing about our country is that someone CAN hold an idea or thought that may be unpopular, or even repugnant to others, yet be free to express it. The writings of pnotto would suggest just the opposite, that we have an American Taliban mentality in this country, where those that have minor objections to occurances whould go to some other country.
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Thankfully the Constitution protects Lewis and the rest of us.


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Posted on December 12 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Agree about NOT changing the name of the park. Nothing like taking property on tax roles and converting it into un-needed park space.
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Wanna make lower downtown more inviting? Start enforcing the laws about clearing snow from the sidewalks. ESPECIALLY THE 100 BLOCK, BOTH SIDES. Like the owner of the former city parking lot next to KFC. For 5 years has NEVER cleared the snow, yet how many students must walk there, as well as a bus shelter located there.


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Posted on November 29 at 6:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lee Miller - you wrote " this siren sets a tone of fear, imminent danger and agitation."
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We once were a nation of warriors, with fear of nothing.
Now we're a nation of worriers, fearful of everything!
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I lived a block away from Thomas Corners for a number of years. While it would have been sweet to hear church bells like I might have in a city, the sirens had no ill effect on me; but then, I'm a warrior.


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Posted on November 29 at 6:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Craig Wright: (re: "Run anti-smoking ad when kids are asleep") - the best time to run those commercials IS when your little cherubs might see it. It will have the exact effect on them as it should.
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If you don't want them to viewing it, then stop using the TV as a baby-sitter and then wanting the government to act as the nanny to supervise "appropriate" content.


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Posted on November 29 at 6:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Take away per-diem. Give them a UAlbany dorm and a UAlbany meal plan if they want lodging and meals there, otherwise let them pay their own way.
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These people should not earn more than we pay our military to put their life on the line! Their benefits should be LESS -- maybe equal, but NEVER MORE than we give armed forces personel
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Posted on November 25 at 3:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Probably most of the demonstrators will be people who try to avoid jury duty!
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Yup, skip out on your own civic responsibility but protest the actions of those that didn't! The new American way!
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Posted on November 18 at 4:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To some December 25 may seem completely arbitrary, but in fact it was a calculated choice that reflected the importance of winter solstice festivals for the cultures of pre-Christian Europe and Asia. To abolish these festivals in favor of strictly Christian forms of celebration would have been extremely unpopular. Though many early Christian leaders such as Gregory of Nazainzus spoke out against combining pagan and Christian ways, it became clear early on that rather than trying to beat the pagans, Christians would be wiser to join them in their own game – to incorporate their most deep-rooted traditions into Christian worship and celebration.
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So we made it that date to appease pagans. So why not change it to February to appease groundhogs? .... Founding principles also favored treating humans as property; was that right?


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Posted on November 18 at 3:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

C.L. Page asks, "But if you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, why would you object to a request".
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Did you ever think that while they may have legally done nothing wrong that they just might have something in the car they would not have wanted disclosed? Something not illegal, but only to be kept private?
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I doubt the founders of this nation added this provision "willy-nilly". There's a reason.
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Had the men been CARRYING the gun out of the woods, I could give the officer some slack - but they weren't, were they. Why use the constitution as toilet paper?


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Posted on November 17 at 3:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Similarly, I don't get offended either if someone tells me, "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Good Kwanza to you", or anything else. No one says any of the greetings to piss me (or anyone else) off. With the commercial rush of the season, we're lucky the clerks aren't saying "F U !".
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When someone offers a greeting -- ANY greeting, say "Thank you" and let it go at that.


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Posted on November 17 at 3:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

David Buckbee ("No reason Christmas has to be on Dec. 25") is absolutely correct.

We move the date for Christ's death around every year ... and we should be more certain of that date then the date of birth. We also move other holidays around too - so why not Christmas? Make it 3 day weekend, always.


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