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Posted on August 16 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What's with the "pristine wilderness" argument?
The railroad has existed since long BEFORE the Adirondack Park.
The railroad has OWNED tracks, on which it has run and stored trains.
They aren't doing this on public land.
They have a bigger right to put tankers on THEIR tracks than individuals have to park their privately owned cars on our public streets - which were created to MOVE traffic, not to STORE private property.

From: Adirondacks no place for rail car graveyard

Posted on August 16 at 2:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"since 1795 .... under the presidency of George Washington" -- is that correct?
I believe THAT 1795 market was at the site of the current law office just east of the statue of Lawrence.
Arthur opened his market (where it still is) just south of the statue about 1952. Arthur P. seems to be the only one who has been financially successful at that location, maybe because he'd paid off the mortgage years earlier (before SUPERmarkets) and could operate the market almost as a hobby.

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Posted on August 14 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm just going to ask the question, and I'll let readers use their figures and calculate the results:
Given the number of man-hours this place is likely to create divided into the total $ benefits it is receiving ... then how many dollars per man-hour are these companies receiving?
$20, or more? Hell, every business in town would hire a couple of people if the government would give them $20 and hour towards the workers' pay!
I'm all for economic development DONE RIGHT, so instead of giving corporate crooks a big bag of money, use calculations like I've shown above to disburse the money out over time, as the company actually makes good on its promises.
If the company PROMISES 1 million man-hours but only delivers 100,000, they only get 10% of the money promised to them.

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Posted on August 14 at 12:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@ayeastman: I'm sure the other two cases have not even come up yet.

I'm glad he's still behind bars, but the $2000cash/$4000bail bond is still too little.

This guy has repeatedly shown his distain for the public's safety and others' lives. He should be held without bail.

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Posted on August 14 at 11:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am in complete agreement with Judy Peck ("Cyclists must act to protect themselves") but would go a bit further and include pedestrians & skaters in the group.
We need to get "traffic education" (back) into schools, starting with grade schools. Notice I did not write "motor vehicle education".
Many non-motorists (part of traffic too) seem to think that the laws, rules, and even common sense practices of using roads, streets and sidewalks do not apply to them. Many motorists think that non-motorists are interlopers of their private space. Of course, both positions are wrong.
If we taught traffic education starting at an early age, hopefully we would see better pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists as well. Instead we worry about helmets and stripes of paint to protect us. How about worrying more about what's IN the heads of those using our roads than what's ON their heads?

From: Cyclists must act to protect themselves

Posted on August 14 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There IS an official CDTA Park & Ride designated at Wilton Mall, near Bonton Shop, as well as the Amtrak parking lot.

Bus #472 runs between Amtrak and Wilton Mall, crossing Broadway at Lake.
Bus #50 runs between Wilton Mall and Schenectady, driving along Broadway from Lake to Circular. Both run hourly. Bus #473 runs from the Casino along downtown Broadway, as well as the Trolley #875.

As long as parking is "free", few will use the bus. Of course the bus is not free, but if a frequent and inexpensive (25cents?) bus/trolley ran, people might use it.

But most people still want their god-given right to FREE parking: where they live, where they work, where they shop, wherever.

From: Consider paid parking in Saratoga Springs

Posted on August 2 at 9:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If our leaders are so clueless about current events ("I didn't KNOW about the meeting"), then maybe they don't deserve to serve their offices. They sure as heck aren't serving their constituents!

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Posted on July 13 at 2:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In "Moral responsibility to pay a livable wage", Rev. Aline G. Russell writes, "Raising the wage for fast food workers to $15 would make an enormous, immediate difference in the lives of those 180,000 workers".
Right you are, Reverend.
>People who do a lot of technical work but are paid less than $15 will start looking to work at McFastfood.
>Now the fast food will have qualified applicants that can read, can follow directions, have a work ethic. The jobs of those who don't will then be on the chopping block
>Fast food operators will turn to technology to reduce labor. Customers will ring up their own orders, both in-store and at the drive-thru kiosks. Cards only. Don't have a card? Buy one from the vending machine!
>The in-house dining sections will be reduced in size, again to reduce labor. Customers will primarily be expected to eat in their vehicles
>The baby-sitters for fast food workers will feel "What the heck? SHE'S got a raise, I want one TOO, so cost of living goes up for the fast food worker.
>Prices go up. Customers (like me) decide we may as well go to a REAL restaurant, with REAL service and REAL food, for the small price difference.
The truth is, fast food workers don't deserve $15. In fact, look at the want ads and see the prevailing wages for MANY jobs that require degrees and specialized training.
Does your church pay ALL its employees $15/hour, or are you paying them a big ZERO?

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Posted on July 13 at 1:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In "District was right to prohibit Marine sash", Frank Longo supports a school district's decision to prohibit Marines' sashes.

One big difference between the military sashes and other is that it is the work of the Marines and the other military branches that MAKES this a free country, with free schools and the right to criticize our government. The problem with zero tolerance is that it's often coupled with zero common sense.

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Posted on June 25 at 9:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Mural", "landscaping element", "Sculpture"
No matter what you call it
It's still whizzin away the money!

Here's who will use it: drug users too far from a cop that it will be easy to ditch the drugs before the cop can get to them!

From: Mural million a big waste of tax dollars

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