Comments by ronzo
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.
Posted on November 24 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
daily: my point is that the people of Niskayuna pay extra taxes to have a Mayberry RFD police department that is not equipped to handle a situation like this and must call in outside support. Who pays for that? But they refuse to consider a county-wide police agency that could dispatch a specially trained team to anywhere in the county when a life threatening situation arises. And how much do all the Mayberry RFD police agencies in the county cost everyone? Especially in this case where those who's taxes support the agency that has the expertise does the work for others outside their jurisdiction. Mutual aid is great. But what's the actual expense to everyone?
Posted on November 23 at 6:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)
So I'd like to know why a Schenectady City police team dealt with this situation outside their jurisdiction? Why not the Niskayuna police? Or the Sheriff?
Posted on November 21 at 7:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Mandate marriage: or, ban divorce. Then maybe people would think seriously about it. But really, government should not be in the marriage business. Marriage is between two people and no government should dictate who and how people choose to commit their life to another person. For those associated with a religion, those beliefs should dictate how in that faith, people believe what is right for them. For those with no religious belief, it is totally between those two people with no outside influence.
Posted on November 18 at 10:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
A typical scheme to keep the taxes high. He should be developing ways to eliminate costs by merging his town along with the other towns and villages, into the county. Instead, he’s dreaming up ways to add more cost to a place of only 30,000 people. Are seven separate governments, each with its own bloated departments, plus a total duplication of all that in the county government, in a county of only 155,000 people really necessary to serve the people? Obviously the people don’t mind the high cost of local government because if they did, they’d do something about it. I’ll bet that the number of people who show up for the Wednesday meeting proves exactly that they support their high taxes. The irony is that so many of these people are outwardly critical of bloated government - except theirs.