Comments by robbump
Posted on April 29 at 6:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The college should do something about their Casola "employees" (students in uniform, whether waitstaff or kitchen) smoking on the front "portico" of the college. Not only is that area NOT a designated smoking area, but it just looks like hell when the "staff" are enjoying a smoke break in front of a restaurant ... especially when it's a supposedly swanky restaurant.
Posted on April 29 at 6:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The military doesn't want society's rejects.
Schools should not be in the business of transportation. Give kids CDTA passes instead of expanding school transportation programs.
Posted on April 29 at 6:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I doubt downtown Schenectady is any more dangerous than Crossgates or Rotterdam Square Mall. Although I live in Rotterdam, I work in downtown, take classes at SCCC, and spend a lot of night-time in downtown. I'm 60+ and feel no threat nor danger. It's more peoples' perception than reality ... mostly opinions from people who never come down anyway. BTW, I am seeing more police presence, plus there are more and more cameras around as well.
The most dangerous part of downtown are the speeders on Erie Boulevard & Nott Terrace/VedderAve.
Posted on April 18 at 9:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
To "billnech": I also doubt the teacher was trying to turn the kids into Nazis as well. I think the kids were being given a seemingly "impossible" task: defend something you personally find abhorrent.
I'm sure many of the Germans found the Nazi actions abhorrent, yet had to convince party members of their "loyalty" to the party ...many of them were undoubtedly part of the "underground" trying to destroy the party. Lawyers must find ways to defend clients whom the lawyers aren't too pleased with. Heck, some of us even have had to defend our employers' actions even though we disagreed with them. Those are real-life experiences and the kids will find themselves in similar positions some day.
Posted on April 16 at 3:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Are 3 days (in a row) and 6 days (total) of 90 minute tests too hard on the kids?. Well, MAYBE hard, but not TOO hard. I doubt any of the little cherubs will die, or even be hospitalized over the "trauma" of taking the tests. Parents protesting are really proclaiming their kids' poor work habits, evidently taught at home.
If any district does lose federal Title I funding causing local property owners to pick up the tab ... or if the state comes in to dictate how things are run, I wonder how many will proclaim, "Go parents!" then?
There are laws (neglect, promoting delinquency, etc.) that could be used on parents keeping non-sick children home from the tests.
Posted on April 13 at 3:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I often shot a BB gun AS A CHILD ! So what's the big deal about the children being "in the home"? If they were shot AT, or in danger of ricochet, that's a different story, but otherwise, the authorities use the "child endangerment" card just a bit to often trying to trump up charges. (as a child, I lived just a few doors away from where this took place)
Posted on April 13 at 2:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Nursing homes generally employ a lot of lower-paid people. People who need public transportation to get around. Similarly, many friends of the patients/residents no longer drive either.
Put it where the employees & visitors can get to residents,... instead of sentencing them to what amounts to solitary confinement.
Posted on April 13 at 2:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)
And most of the (largely unused) parking spaces will probably be the ones closest to the business.
With all taxes and fees, my energy cost is about $0.15 per kwHr. Wonder how much the fee will be on these?
I think it's a good idea to build some infrastructure for electric cars. But not with my tax dollars: it should be a privately funded endeavor.
Posted on April 1 at 6:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Shop-Right would never take the Grand Union site on Hamburg St. The property is not big enough for the typical modern ShopRite, and then, with only septic tanks for sewage, they're going to look for a place with city sewage.
Since schools are primarily a daytime operation, while town courts are primarily a nighttime operation, they should make a deal with the school system. Bring down the costs of both the school district and the town.
Posted on April 1 at 5:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Too many times companies are not faced with not enough qualified workers, but in reality their problem is NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE willing to put up with the job for the compensation offered.
Allowing foreign workers to enter the country to "alleviate" those companies' worrys is simply a disruption of the laws of supply and demand.
Most of those same companies would call "foul" if foreign companies brought lower-priced (competing) products into the U.S. It's "foul" too to toy with the natural laws of supply and demand.
Pay what US workers determine your demands are worth! ( Maybe we could import some CEO's willing to work for less than many US CEOs think their time to be worth! )