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Posted on December 20 at 9:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, concussions are serious injuries. They should not be taken lightly. So are broken bones and dislocated joints. You cannot completely eliminate the risks associated with sports. These are the same risks that make sports fun.
We should avoid going overboard with our efforts to keep kids safe. Too much regulation takes the fun out it and turns kids off.
How about better training for coaches and officials? Equipment is only part of the equation for keeping kids safe in sports. Take a balanced approach.

From: SAFE Act foes back entire Constitution

Posted on December 20 at 7:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Be careful what you wish for. If you want a preview of what Schenectady will look like in twenty years, take a ride to Dover, Delaware.They have a failing mall and casino there too.
Where is the economic diversity? Balance tourism with manufacturing. Short term benefits will not outweigh the long term costs. Time will tell.

From: Schenectady got what it deserved

Posted on June 13 at 8:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well said Marsha. I could not agree with you more. We have been fooled by big developers before. Just look at Rotterdam Square as an example. Let's use the ALCO site to develop the good things that the county already has. SCCC, Union College, Ellis Medical and Golub Corp. We need economic diversity on that site. An expanded campus for SCCC is a great idea.It will help them compete with HVCC. Updated athletic facilities for Union College, it will help them compete with RPI and other schools.Office, lab and research space for Ellis Medical, it will help them compete with St Peter's. Additional warehousing and distribution for Golub will help them compete regionally.What about a chip fab plant similar to what is being done in Luther Forest? There is a lot of real estate on that site. It is a great location to put the principle of economic diversity to work for the county. The casino idea is just too risky because it is placing all our eggs in one basket.
Let's not let another developer sell us something we don't really need. REMEMBER WILMORITE(Rotterdam Square's original developer). WHERE ARE THEY NOW??? They left us with a mall that can't compete with Colonie Center and Crossgates. We have seen this before. The last thing we need is a boarded up casino 20 years from now.

Great letter Marsha.

From: City should find a better way to develop Alco site

Posted on December 11 at 3:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree. This app should be an individual choice not a government mandate.

From: NY AG pushes ‘kill switch’ for cellphones

Posted on December 3 at 5:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

While I find this legal attempt to free these animals interesting I also find it misguided. The history of the United States along with various Supreme Court rulings sets several precedents. Namely equal protection under the 14th Amendment is an entitlement for citizens of the United States. I am not aware of any US Supreme Court decision that has granted citizenship to chimps. In addition due process rights under the 5th Amendment are also reserved for citizens of the United States. While I respect the goal of preventing potential abuse to animals I feel an attempt to define chimps as humans is a bit extreme.

Robert VanHoesen

From: Animal rights group wants chimps freed

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