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Posted on July 16 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I just looked at crime statistics for another "one-casino town": Uncasville CT

It looks like for all the fears of a casino in this town that Uncasville is a LOT safer than Schenectady .... maybe adding a casino might make us safer.

On prostitution ... we talk about being competitive. What could be more competitive than making NYS the only OTHER state than NV to have legalized prostitution? With the controls over the workers' health and all, the chances of crime and the deseases of doing business with the streetwalkers should be reduced while with more visitors attracted by legalized prostitution combined with the sales tax revenue could help to clean up our town.

From: City and state will pay high price for casino

Posted on July 8 at 4 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., both ARTIFICIAL PERSONS CREATED BY LAW, really have any opinion on this? When was the last time Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood went to church? Are either of them married? Do they have kids? Where did they go to school?
Well none of the above, obviously, since they both are ARTIFICIAL. Yes, the primary stockholders, REAL persons, might be able to answer each of my questions .... but the company itself cannot.
When those INDIVIDUALS who used the advantages of incorporation to shield them from financial disaster, did (or should) all those rights we have as individuals be granted to the artificial monsters the law allowed those individuals to create?
I would argue that the signers of the constitution never intended the rights be granted to other than living, eating, breathing, breeding, bleeding and dying REAL persons.

From: Court steps into a religious quagmire

Posted on July 8 at 3:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Andrea Manion tells us: "We in Ballston Spa value our community. Big-box development does not belong here."
I wonder how many times Ms. Manion and those of her ilk go to the big box stores in neighboring communities? Maybe she feels they belong in MY community or YOUR community, just not in hers? Does she feel we value our community any less? Where does she and her compadres make their purchases, and how much pollution and traffic problems does she create in OUR communities while they visit here?
If the stores are a financial success, they'll prove her wrong. If they are a failure, the Ms. Manion can work to create a pollution-free, fair-trade granola factory to replace it.

From: No desire for a big-box store in Ballston Spa

Posted on July 8 at 3:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No "moving images" .... and limit the number of "screen changes" occur per minute.
"Changing messages" is a distraction to drivers who should be minding the road, not Proctor's screen. We don't need another "attractive nuisance".
BTW, will MetroTax provide funds similar to those given to Proctors to update the marquees at State and Erie, and the Scotia Cinema???

From: Editorial: Sign of change at Proctors

Posted on June 28 at 4:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The President (see "Observe Memorial Day with decorum") never served in any military branch, let alone died serving, so what affront would it be to those that did if someone criticized him?
I would call him lazy for the same reason that I did GWB: we read about his travels a lot more than his accomplishments. About hime being at home each day to see his kids home from school. He seems to be a "groupie" for any sort of celebrities. Probably the letter-writer was referring to one local talk-show host who calls the Commander-in-Chief" a "thirty-five hour president".
Agree with mezz3131 post too. Does Uncasville CT have a big prostitution problem?

From: Casino will attract prostitution rings to Schenectady

Posted on June 28 at 4:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I have bicycled around in Atlantic City, and while it is not the nicest city, it still looks a heck of a lot better than Schenectady does now.
But I will agree that we should not develop the Alco site as a casino...
If we can FRACK it instead.

From: Rotterdam mall fate is a lesson for casino supporters

Posted on June 28 at 3:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

pollywog: You are wrong! I've worked in IT for almost 40 years old and that "old" tape technology is still in use by government and business alike and magnetic media has never been priced lower than it is today. It's no longer stocked at your local Staples, but it remains easily available.
When IRS says things were unretrievable, who did they have looking to do it? The guy 2 desks down who is the local office "guru", or a real specialist? IRS would never lack for talent and would quickly recover data from MY crashed drive if they were pursuing a case against me.
They should be using the same technology and zeal to recover their own missing data.

From: IRS's lost emails case justifies big penalty for guilty

Posted on June 28 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Will Vining wrote above "The city should improve its walkability because that is one of the reasons people live here."
That is so true and I'd bet most of that traffic is NOT created by city residents.
For years the mayor has dragged his feet on making Erie Blvd safer for pedestrians, even claiming that nothing could be done until a multi-million dollar revamp of Erie Blvd.
Well, the revamp is now done, and I noticed yesterday that the "No turn on Red" signs at Liberty and Erie that existed just months ago are now GONE! I saw drivers actually challenging pedestrians (crossing WITH a walk light) for right of way.
Mayor, I've seen many pedestrians spend money downtown, but have never observed a CAR making a purchase. Get your priorities right.

From: Property owners earning praise for preserving land

Posted on June 28 at 3:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hmmm... what ever happened to COMPETITION?
A casino (ca-SI-no! Si! Si!) would mean more competition for restaurants too, yet local dining establishments have endorsed it, instead of creating some organization to ensure a casino would have to cough up dollars in order to open.
Any theater or other entertainment venue should make sure their product is of the right value:cost ratio that people will WANT to patronize them rather than try to strong-arm potential competitors.

From: Fair Game evens the odds

Posted on June 10 at 8:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't have any problem with the red-light cameras.
However, just how many car-pedestrian collisions in the area of Brandwine between State and I-890 are there where the pedestrian stepped into the path of motor vehicles? I've had many a walker who showed me a "screw-you!" type of contempt while stepping in front of me or nearby drivers ... almost daring us to strike them.
How about something to discourage (and ticket) THAT kind of behavior???

From: Schenectady council seeks OK for red-light cameras

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