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Posted on February 1 at 6:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You are absolutely right about this. We need a lot more outcry, and maybe ganging up on Verizon and other internet carriers. They must be making money the way it is or they wouldn't have taken up the business.


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Posted on December 15 at 7:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good column Fred. It's interesting that Obama has made insurance more expensive for smokers even though statistics show their average lifetime medical costs are less than non-smokers. But those who engage in stupid, unproductive behavior that carries more risk of aids than smoking does cancer will pay nothing more for their unhealthy high risk behavior. Nor will gluttons and all those reproductive righters catching and spreading STDs. Who would have thought in America we all would have to pay for others recreational sex.


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Posted on December 14 at 6:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Since the property required no repairs--it was the city's main and valve portion--there is no justification for making him replace the line in, unless the city goes to every homeowner with a 3/4 inch line and makes them replace it. The city owes him the cost for their incompetence, and perhaps beating up a Republican by the working-together-works gang.


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Posted on December 10 at 8:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The idea that people are using brick and mortar as a showroom before buying online is little more than an anecdotal conclusion. I'm sure it happens, but what happens more is the brick and mortar carries a pathetic sampling of products--they all have the same thing as well--and one is driven to the internet to find the selection they are looking for. I'd much rather buy at a local store and take what I need home with me right now, instead of the pain in the neck order filling on line and waiting for delivery. As for saving on sales tax, the delivery costs remove any supposed savings there; many things cost as much or more when shipping is added in. Adding in the sales tax will make internet sales more expensive than brick and mortar.


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Posted on November 11 at 11:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This notion of moving to center I so often hear is really a taunt to move to the left. Liberals have gone so far left today that what they think is conservative center is actually pretty far to the left. The euphemism in the writer's letter, "women's reproductive freedom" is a prime example. Conservatives support a women's right to choose to reproduce any time she wishes and they support her choice to say no at any time. That is center. What is left is forcing everyone else to pay for recreational sex or to allow late term abortions that are not due to threatening medical issues. New York Republicans are not going to balance the left wing extremists with left wing conservatism--or some such oxymoron. Two reasons the Democrats are winning: Few good conservatives will blow the money to run and -- the reason for the first -- Conservatives are fleeing the state to center and right states. There aren't enough real Republicans left here. We are becoming a continent of nations, divided by progressives rushing to the least common denominator.


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Posted on October 26 at 6:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am astonished to see this being done now. As if traffic isn't snarled enough with the ill timed Erie Blvd and Scotia bridge work, which has been made worse by shutting off lower State St. I didn't think those in charge could be any more stupid. Do these people ever think about what they are doing?


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Posted on October 25 at 6:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Judith must live on another planet for her letter is not only a twist of truth but mostly absence of fact. There must have been a letter more veracious than this one in the paper's mailbox.


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Posted on September 7 at 2:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It smelled rotten right from the start. To give Dimitriadis a choice between caring for her father or keeping her job is about as mean spirited as I've seen, just plain nasty. And I haven't heard complaints about Dimitriadis' work as I used to hear about some other assessors we've had. So we have an assessor who has kept the peace, one of the few employees with an excuse to live outside the city that any considerate person could live with, and McCarthy wants to play by the letter of the rule (for the first time?). And he wants to overpay--compared to our neighbors--an unproven replacement. If I were writing this book, the next chapter would have the mayor telling his new yes-man to raise property values. This can be done by picking the highest values in the range of value developed in an appraisal. That has been a problem in the past, basing value on sales that were statistical outliers. The higher property values will lower the tax rate, which will make it easier for McCarthy to raise taxes. His only hope for a city with few prospects.


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Posted on August 12 at 11:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If a person is seen the way they see their-self, then that person sees honestly; if you have to play charades, then that person needs to adjust, not everyone else.


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Posted on July 28 at 7:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Rev. McLeod Should opine sans the Rev. as he does a disservice to many by attaching that tag to his opinion. The question is: If the person who turned on Zimmerman and began to beat the snot out of him had been white, would he have shot him in self defense? Besides the evidence that Zimmerman isn't a racist, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't lay there and allow the person to beat his brains out just because the person was white. So, same outcome regardless of race.


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