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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.

From: Clifton Park should seek higher bed tax

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!

From: No concern for local compressor stations?

Posted on October 27 at 6:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"“Two hotels are definitely what we need here in Schenectady,” Buicko said. “We’re sending people out of the area because there aren’t enough hotel rooms."
3 of the hotels "out of the area" are in Rotterdam: Belvedere, Quality Inn, and Super8. All three collect MetroTax for the COUNTY, but Metroplex seems to pour the bulk of the money collected by merchants INCLUDING THOSE THREE into downtown Schenectady.
Maybe the 0.5% Metro-tax should only be imposed within the city limits? BTW, wasn't Metroplex funds to go to improvements within 1/2mile of Rt7? All three hotels meet that criteria.

From: Work begins on Marriott hotel at Mohawk Harbor

Posted on October 27 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Elected people should make NO MORE than we pay an E-5. Plain and simple.
Our state and federal lawmakers should reside in barracks and eat at the chow hall.
Stop the damn per-diem and travel reimbursements. Start serving the people instead of themselves.

From: Vets should demand Schalmont tax credits

Posted on October 27 at 6:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Daryl Kosinski is "Tired of ‘horse toilet’ spoiling streets, trails".

Weren't the towpaths of the canal once big depositories of horse (and mule) droppings?

Sounds like the waste is adding to the authenticity of the canals!

(I've got a mule, her name is Sal .....)

From: Column minimized hall of fame effort

Posted on October 27 at 6:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Richard Cohen give the PERFECT reason why restauranteers should end tipping at their restaurants:

"The waiter is my guy for the duration of the meal. He’s my agent. He looks out for me and, if he does a good job, I look out for him."

In other words, the employee no longer gives his/her allegiance to the employer. S/he gives it to Mr/Ms BigTips.
"Sure, I'll give you extra sour cream!",
"That dessert is on me!",
"I didn't charge you for the ice cream on your pie."
"This round is on me!"
All acts of theft from their employer!
What would other employers do if their employees were skimming from them? Restaurant owners should pay a real wage to their employees and stop allowing customers to bribe them.

From: Richard Cohen: Give up tipping? Not just yet

Posted on October 27 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Rather than NOT vote for someone who would give up his salary, I instead would ask "WHO *ELSE* WILL FOREGO YOUR SALARY and TRULY serve the people?"

From: Polimeni best for Schenectady council

Posted on October 27 at 5:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hissah! (Sid Gordan) - just because drones are made, and just because people can afford to buy them doesn't necessarily mean they should be allowed. I agree that only government should be allowed to operate them .... NOT corporations!

From: Restrict drone sales to government only

Posted on October 27 at 5:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's another item on which the mayor has dropped the ball:
Pedestrian crossings on Erie Boulevard.
After complaints about how unsafe it is to cross, we finally got red lights in each direction for vehicular traffic during pedestrian cross signal "green lights". McC said that's all he could do until the MillionDollar Makeover of Erie was done.
Well, the makeover is done, and the signals are back to how they were before, with exception of State & Erie, cars still have green lights while pedestrians try to cross at Liberty and Union.
Thanks-a-lot, mayor!

From: Why didn't McCarthy take action on issues

Posted on September 23 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe the windows at City Hall could be painted black?
Seems apparent that the administration hates transparency, so make them opaque!

From: End secrecy over Schenectady casino sign review

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