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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

Posted on June 10 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The headline used, "Union, SCCC will be affected by casino", for the letter by Carol A. Hyde is so true, but not as she would have intended.

Now there will be a nearby venue for the students at SCCC taking courses in casino management to take their internships and even to work NEARBY after graduating!

We can't wait forever for a zero energy - non-polluting, environmentally friendly granola factory run by it's employee-owners to provide great jobs for the kids and grandkids of old hippies. Move forward with it.

From: Barnes & Noble is a loss to community

Posted on May 22 at 3:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

May Mr. Buzzo also return the sidewalks surrounding his building back to the public. The actual cement sidewalks from the corner of Church and State (101 State St.) back to Church and Liberty and up Liberty to a point past KFC have all be paved with blacktop, and the owners seem to feel that those public right-of-ways are theirs to use for private parking.
End this encroachment of pedestrian right-of-way immediately.

From: Growing tile business locating in Schenectady's Stockade

Posted on May 7 at 2:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gee --- if you don't want the supervisor YOU hired to do the job YOU hired him/her to do -- at least get the (overpaid) services of him/her as a custodian, groundskeeper, or bus driver for your quarter million dollars!

From: Don't accept secret deals

Posted on May 7 at 2:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

ALL kinds of things COULD have happened, but in the long run, NOTHING did. That should be the end if the story, rather than concocting "what-ifs". ("What-if" the mom had taken her kid out of the car and dropped it while the parent slipped on the steps? .... see how "what-ifs" can mutate?)
It gets a little tiring of OTHER people telling us how WE should or should not be raising OUR children. If you do/don't want your kids doing something, then direct them to (or not to). I won't correct you -- and meanwhile, you allow me the responsibility to make my decisions too.

From: Mother no criminal for leaving child in car unattended

Posted on April 30 at 4:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not enjoy a windfall WHILE modifying their behavior?
No one HAS to pay those fines, since they always have the option of obeying the law.

From: Eyes in the sky for safety

Posted on April 17 at 7:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Build dorms for them.
Nothing any better, nor worse, than enlisted barracks the military has.
Build mess halls to feed them. Three squares a day.
Nothing better, nor worse, than volunteers in the armed forces are provided.
After all - they're ALL volunteers.

From: Even legit per diems too lavish

Posted on April 17 at 7:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

give those employees that need to travel around town:
1-a bicycle and
2-a bus pass

From: Careless, if not reckless, driving in Schenectady

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