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Posted on September 17 at 2:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Gazette's spotlight should shine on some of the behavior of pedestrians and drivers right here in downtown Schenectady like it was onto Colonie's.
Pedestrians are often seen just walking into traffic, never even bothering to press the button, especially at S.C.C.C., State and Erie, and in the vicinity of the SCCC Center City campus ... many of them college students. Some almost dare drivers to attempt to get through.
Not to be outdone, many of the motorists keep going through red lights when pedestrians have walk lights in each direction, often 1,2 or even 5 cars continuing through AFTER the light has turned red.
While on pedestrian safety, the mayor told us some time ago that he would not be able to do anything about safety on Erie Blve until its multi-million dollars remake was finished. Well Mayor, it's seems finished, but I notice the "no turn on right" restrictions that were in place BEFORE your project was started no longer exist! Well THAT'S a surprise!
We don't need new crosswalks, lights, push-buttons, or any other physical thing as much as we need ENFORCEMENT. Time to put some teeth into existing law.
(as a side note, I've seen nothing at the college reminding it's students to obey the law and present a good empression of the college. It's SCCC's act of building a center-city campus that has generated much of the added foot traffic, and they should accept some responsibility in cleaning up the problems)

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Posted on September 17 at 2:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh poo!
The marquee is nothing more than a BILLBOARD situated outside a theater. Just look at the large electronic billboards along I-90 or on Fuller Rd in Albany and tell me (with a straight face) that those "marquees" are a "symbol of .... a bright future" for those communities. It's no more than a means to advertise!
Why doesn't MetroTax give big bags of money to the owner of the other downtown movie marquee at State & Erie to update his? Why downtown would be TWICE as glorious and have twice it's bright future with TWO of these eyesores!

From: Officials tout Proctors marquee as symbol of city’s bright future

Posted on August 15 at 10:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So, mwbaird, do you consider the panhandlers of most other capital district cities a better thing than street entertainers?

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Posted on July 20 at 12:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Caps key STUCK there, daily?

From: Spring resubmits state aid complaint

Posted on July 20 at 12:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
I have forgotten all kinds of things during my travels. When one sees the treatment given to Joshua D. Usher as he claimed his bag, they why would anyone in their right mind return to claim an item?
Never thought I'd see the day that forgetting something could send me to jail. Get a grip, people!

From: Backpack causes evacuations at Mohawk Commons

Posted on July 20 at 12:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And it's on a bus route (#351) that runs every 45 minutes going to downtown!
Carm says, "Ride the Bus"!

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Posted on July 19 at 11:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Darlene McGraw ("Educate cyclists and drivers on safety") is absolutely correct ((about education the public about the appicability of traffic law to pedestrians and bicyclists, who ARE part of traffic. (Note that it's TRAFFIC law and not "motoring law".)
However I disagree with a requirement to helmet all cyclists. I concern myself more with what we put IN cyclists heads than what we put ON them. Let's do more to PREVENT those collisions instead!
(mandatory helmet laws might save more lives if required for ALL sports, walking, and climbing a ladder to change the light bulbs in your home's lighting fixtures. Do we REALLY want to be that "safe"? ... Save me from those trying to "save" me!)

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Posted on July 19 at 11:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Learn something about physics before using it as an example. The penny, dropped (and not accelerated) does not hurt.

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Posted on July 19 at 11:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey smallvoice: what happens when those cars barrel around the corner and one of your elderly neighbors is backing out of the driveway? Or a kid is walking to the bus stop or to the lady across the street who babysits them parttime?
Seems the problem in your neighborhood is one of drivers, not kids.

From: Editorial: Let kids play hoops

Posted on July 19 at 11:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why waste money on an unneeded advertising campaign when it could better be used for roadways?
There is no better advertisement about EZPass than the long lines of cars at the exits, all waiting to pay cash. If waiting in long lines hasn't convinced them, why would a radio spot do any better.
Maybe the Gazette is just promoting that the Thruway spend some adverting $$ with the Gazette!
I love EZPass, got it the first month it came out ... but I know plenty of people who don't think they use the Thruway enough to justify it, and many more who feel it's a way for the government to track their movements .... and I can't say that I disagree with them.

From: Editorial: Make E-ZPass easier to obtain

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