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Posted on May 3 at 4 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm wondering if Pamela Terlaak-Poot is equally outraged about "attacks on American culture" such as St. Patrick's Day, Columbus day (did he ever set foot on USA soil?) or Valentine Day? How about religious holidays?

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Posted on March 5 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's another change about a year old:
On-street parking fees increased 400%.
That's right. It costs just as much to park down in that area as outside the courthouse or Proctors. That was the added insult to injury after the old West Liberty Parking lot was sold to developers of the old MVP HQ for $1 - taking away convenient parking for dozens of local stores, restaurants and offices.
Thanks, Mayor and Metro-tax officials!

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Posted on March 5 at 4:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't think that so few a group of people should be able to stop a project like this. But at the same time, why should only those residents living on Hamburg St. have to pay for these improvements, which will benefit the entire town?
Maybe all the increased sales tax revenue as a result of new businenss, and a portion of the wages of new jobs created should pay off the project instead of a levy on home owners?

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Posted on March 5 at 4:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No one HAS to have pay-tv shows. There should be no requirement for what the pay networks program except that of customer demand. Requirement of certain programming, regardless of the intent, is like demanding an author write in a certain manner, or an artist paint more diverse images on his/her canvas'.

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Posted on March 5 at 3:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Imagine going to your doctor concerned about a recent gain in weight, and your doctor prescribed larger clothing! You'd call him a quack, or worse.
Yet Jane Weihe, and others of Saratoga Springs think, similar to our imaginary doctor, that building more parking spaces will help the parking problem in downtown Saratoga. Downtown spaces should be inviting places for PEOPLE, not their machines. Parks, shops, cafes, green space.
Weihe and her cohorts should instead look towards better (eg: more frequent and longer hours) PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION to BRING people to downtown and back to outlaying areas, rather than aiding vehicle owners in their quest to fill public space with their privately owned property (cars).

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Posted on February 25 at 8:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Reminds me of Tawana Brawley & shyster Al Sharpton.

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Posted on December 16 at 6:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't often see animal hospitals that don't board dogs (in addition to other services) ... so I think that practice would be expected of a pet facility, whether or not it was done prior to 2006 or not.
"it wasn't something that was apparent at the exact times I was here" -- I found out years ago when RENTING to check the environment I might be moving to at all kinds of hours. You can bet I was even more diligent when BUYING a home.

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Posted on December 16 at 6:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"and we really want to ask our ticketholders to consider arriving at the arena earlier,” said Belber, general manage"
Right! And $SPEND MONEY!
What's with the camera ban? Any ban should be on USING a camera to photograph performances, but I doubt terrorist is going to hit me with his camera.
Only 12 detectors?? Too few!!

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Posted on December 16 at 6:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Gazette argument for the bed tax is flawed. Largely flawed.
First, just as all other business in Clifton Park (or elsewhere), the hotels generate sales tax. Quite a hefty sales tax as most rooms are over $100 a night.
Yes, there will be traffic; but no more traffic than existing restaurants and mall stores generate. Would the Gazette want a special tax added to restaurant bills and purchases of perfume at Boscovs to offset the traffic, and all the water the area restaurants use?
And finally but most important - because we fought a war over this issue: it is a form of taxation without representation! Yeh, let's tax those out-of-towners! Never mind that those who have no say about the tax are created jobs at the hotel, at local stores and restaurants, purchasing gasoline, and even looking to buy a house for the new job that brought them to the hotel.
You know what, Gazette? A 1.5% tax on NEWSPAPERS would generate a lot of income for the town too, and would help offset the expense of disposing of your ill-informed opinions printed on the trash. And it would be a self-imposed tax by those who are paying it.

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Posted on November 13 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Rev. Dustin Wright feels that because Jesus said we should help the poor that he would have felt we should give today's poor $15 an hour wages.
While Jesus may have felt that way, he did tell the people to go out and take the money from the purses of others. He did not command people nor government to STEAL money out of the pockets of those that worked hard to educate and better themselves, and that toiled hard to make a business. In fact, did he not make a statement on teaching a man to fish, rather than giving him a fish?
The reverend seems to think that business owners are bottomless pits of money who can easily afford an over 50% increase in labor costs.
I would ask the reverend if he and his flock is willing to pay 50% more for various services provided to the church and its building? -- You ARE paying everyone who helps out, right? -- or maybe you cannot AFFORD to -- just as many employers cannot afford the increase.
"workers earned a stepped increase of wages to $15 an hour through the New York Wage Board" -- no they did not EARN a damn thing extra. Let the members of the board along with other bleeding hearts pay the higher wages out of their OWN pockets, and THEY can be the truly blessed for their altruism. Let others decide their own level of charitable giving. Let those who don't earn as mush as they would prefer to improve their position in life, go fish, rather than come and steal my fish.
Strange how many know the best ways to spend OTHERS' money!

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