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Posted on February 5 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A typical upstate NY story: Let's keep all those things that make our property taxes as high as they are, because this is how we like things here. Joe Villano would be run out of town if he was truly serious about what he said about eliminating their police department. But then again, upstate NY Republicans are all about maintaining and perpetuating large local government, while hypocritocaly criticising the Fedaral Government for its largess. And the Democrats in NY have no solution to the high tax problem as well.


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Posted on February 3 at 3:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Carol: My observation from living in many different parts of the U.S. is that where there is more ethnic diversity there seems to be more effort in language pronunciation, especially non-Anglo name pronunciation. In the DC area where there are many people from other countries, is a good example of people taking the effort to not insult someone by butchering their name. There is a Kosciuszko bridge on the BQE between Brooklyn and Queens. Guess what that bridge is called by everyone including the TV and other media? Why? B'klyn and Queens have many foreigners living there. Here it seems that people, including the mass media, just don't want to take the effort to try not to offend someone who's name is not "normal" to them.


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Posted on January 8 at 6:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wmarincic: The hateful words that you spew toward some people via this venue seem to indicate the frustration that you might have about your life. It's understandable that you may resent how some people live, who are different from you, who have values they believe are important to them, but not exactly like yours. But the hate toward our society, government and political leaders that you continually indicate in your comments here can make a person concerned about your well being.


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Posted on December 24 at 7:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Phils2008: Are you having difficulty comprehending my statements? I am totally against public worker unions and how they scam taxpayers. I have not bashed firefighters and policemen, even though some of them are part of the taxpayer scam through their strong unions. I am totally against their worker union, not against any of them and the jobs they perform. And the right wing government leaders? I am not aware of many right wing city leaders, since cities tend to lean liberal because of the makeup of the populace. I'm referring to all the layers of government in a county in addition to cities. Villages within towns, towns within counties, multiple fire and police departments, multiple school districts, highway departments, layers and layers of government and burearacracy within a single county; in most of upstate NY governed by right wing politicians who gladly slam the taxpayers with their bureaucratic government largess, then bash the "liberal" Federal government for doing the same. You sound like a city dweller who might want to better understand government administration in New York State outside of cities, and how that byzantine form of government negatively affects the taxpayers.


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Posted on December 23 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

BROBERTS1: I do not believe that all firefighters and cops scam the system. I do put firefighters and cops in the same group as other municipal workers relative to unions in response to wmarincic's statement about public employee unions that scam the taxpayers. And they are allowed and even encouraged by municipal leaders to get away with it. That's the hypocrisy about the right wing local government leaders and their followers here in upstate NY who create, sponsor, perpetuate and refuse to give up their big bloated multi-levels of local government, have no problem stuffing their bloated government cost to the taxpayers, yet loudly voice their opposition to the largesse of the Federal government. Hypocrites.


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Posted on December 23 at 8:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So you guys favor an exception to the pension system scam. It's OK for cops and firefighters to scam the taxpayers, but not OK for anyone else who performs a municipal job. And those unions. They're OK for cops and firefighters but no one else? That's a double standard. All municipal workers are equal in that regard. No exceptions. No wonder why we disagree. You are inconsistent.


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Posted on December 23 at 7 a.m. (Suggest removal)

wmarincic: the top 10% pay 70% of the taxes because they earn more than the bottom 70%. And there's all those corporations that are on welfare - they pay NO taxes but receive government services that you and I pay for. I totally agree with you about giveaways to foreign governments, cable TV in prisons, and ALL municipal worker unions including fire and police workers. What makes cops and firefighters so special? It's just a public service job. They scam the pension system the same as the ditch digger. I'm all for cutting wasted spending not only at the federal level, but especially at the local level, where the duplicate and crap programs are everywhere and the waste is encouraged by people of all political affiliations, especially here in upstate NY which is mostly hypocrite Republican. Since I agree a lot with you, what does that make you? A liberal by association?


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Posted on December 21 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Phils2008: The cost of health care for all should be born by EVERYONE. And that includes all the corporations and multi-billionaires who hide their assets in places outside the USA, avoiding their share of contribution that you, me and others, are responsible for, and pay willingly or unwillingly, because our tax laws favor them, and not you and me. As a result, that burdens people like you and me. We make our contribution while just trying to scratch out living, while paying our unfair share of the cost to keep EVERYONE in America somewhat like our Founders might have hoped we could all be. So the single payer is US – as in the U.S.A. – all of US.


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Posted on December 21 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Daniel: The ACA was passed by a feeble Democrat controlled Congress, and a weak White House that didn’t have the guts to legislate Medicare Part E, as in "E" for everyone in this country. That's what made it truly a poor piece of legislation. I am angered that the Wall St. oriented insurance companies have no problem making a profit from my health or lack of health, at my expense, to feed their profits that deny me and my family medical services, allowing only services that they decide I will receive, for their egregious premiums. Hopefully these “glitches” and ACA implementation missteps will be for the good, and Americans will realize that healthcare for all, what the no backbone Democrats couldn’t accomplish is in the best interests of America and will come to fruition. It would not surprise me if all these faux-pas are intentional as an after the fact realization that the dumb Democrats and dumber Obama administration finally realizes the consequences of not passing a single payer health care law.


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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?


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