Comments by ronzo
Posted on December 3 at 7:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Health Act: If the Supreme Court rules in favor of this challenge, this could lead to other religious based restrictions by business owners on employees. Jewish owned businesses could require their employees not eat pork products, Muslim owned businesses could require that their employees pray to Mecca every day, Mormon owned businesses could require that their employees not consume coffee or alcohol, Christian Scientists could demand total exemption from providing health insurance to their employees based on their beliefs, etc. When will it go too far? How would the Constitution affect this ruling?
Posted on November 30 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic: since many of your posts have a military orientation, and since folks like you want less government, why don't we get rid of the defense department and privatize the military especially since it is causing some states such financial hardship? Then those states could tax military paychecks that are issued by private corporations. After all since private business can manage better than government management, military spending would obviously go down if it was privatized (no more $500 hammers). Since less government is better, where better to reduce it than the defense department which, as you state, consumes the majority of federal and state spending. Who is Krugman?
Posted on November 30 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic: and these southern red states that enticed the manufacturing jobs from the unionized rust belt with their right to work laws giving their people the right to work for lower wages. Why aren't they prospering? Is that why their people are so poor that they take so much welfare from the Federal government? Exactly what industry are you referring to in NY? The ones that existed in the pre-Reagan years? NY lost its industrial base long ago and still takes care of its people by yes, taxes, much of which goes to Washington then on to the Red States of the south.
Posted on November 30 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
tonijean613: what you describe are some of the fundamental tenets of a single county based school system. But instead, the little individual school district turfdoms that have their own singular interests prevail over one that benefits everyone in a county, not only for educational reasons but also for cost to the taxpayer reasons.
Posted on November 30 at 9:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Phils2008: Your statement is very true. The number of takers IS on the rise not the decline. Red State welfare is running rampant, taking more federal dollars than what they contribute. The high taxed Blue States are forced to support those who'd rather take than contribute; the epitomy of socialism. Is Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, etc. just a bunch of lazy people causing them to be poor, or do their leaders plan it that way knowing that the socialist Federal government will take care of them, willingly distributing wealth from the giver states to them. They, the Red States should give thanks for what we ALL have and give thanks to the states that share our blessings with them via the Federal government.
Posted on November 30 at 7:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Who are these people? Are they the ones who resist merging their school district with others to gain efficiencies and provide an equal education opportunity for all students in the county? Are they so uppity to think that opening their schools to everyone will allow the seepage of rif-raff from other places into their schools – as exemplified by the fortress-like black fence that secures the school grounds on Balltown Rd.? But they advocate the cherry-picking of students from wealthier families in the county and want to “invite” them into their schools for a hefty fee? And that's not only OK but condoned? Who are these arrogant uppity snobs?
Posted on November 27 at 6:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Rob Dickson - Your statement has truth when stated in another way. Using some of your words: I think it’s just disgusting that even though “our dear leader” knew that “Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction” and it would cause turmoil and death to our brave American military, of historic proportions and, yet, he continued to lie to America, by telling us that we should like his “national security” policies and we should keep him, over and over again. 4000+ Americans dead for what? Mission Accomplished. How many are now dead from the Affordable Care Act, that doesn’t start until January 1, 2014?
Posted on November 26 at 4:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Tax incentives: a scam to get for some people what they want at the expense of others. Just look around Malta and the “build it and they will come” brand new buildings along Rte. 9 that are empty, waiting for the hundreds of businesses that will locate here because the State “gave away” the people’s money to entice a business to come here. Drive through Luther Forest and witness the vast expanse of “roads to nowhere” built for all the Global Foundries suppliers to bring their business and thousands of jobs. The entire scam is a bad deal for everyone. Especially us taxpayers who foot the bill for the multinational companies that are here on a free ride. Some of the jobs are here, and at what cost to New York taxpayers?
Posted on November 25 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
reader1: that's exactly my point - salary and benefits. How much salary and benefits for duplicate police chiefs and command staffs within a county can be saved and applied to more effective use of police resources. Like maybe deploying more police officers per shift within a county. This is the only place where I have lived that does not have county based services like schools, fire and police protection, etc. And has THE highest tax rates. I just cannot understand why people here are so resistant to efficiencies that can result in lower property taxes.
Posted on November 24 at 3:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic: There is a huge difference between an entire county police department and a SWAT team within one police agency that gets called to support other departments in a county. With a county police department there would be ONE chief, one set of command and one set of support administrators and a SWAT team that is funded by the county to serve the entire county. In little Schenectady County there are five police chiefs, five commands and five administrations, and five of everything else that is necessary to support a police department. Who pays for all that? The only part of Balltown Rd. that is in Schenectady city is the west side from along the golf course to just past Shirley Dr. This event was no where near there and clearly within Niskayuna.