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Posted on November 30 at 11:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's a lot easier to make a film about unhappy lives than to rise to the level of the music that ostensibly inspires it. Where's the beauty that gives us something to love? A wasted opportunity...

From: ‘Late Quartet’ is beautiful but feels unfinished

Posted on October 6 at 9:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I love his approach both to the competition and to his career. I hope I can hear him sometime—I can't this Wednesday. Wonderful article, Gerry!

From: Polish pianist gained impetus at international competition

Posted on July 29 at 11:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with Carl that it's wonderful to be able to exercise such freedoms as owning a semi-automatic rifle and stocking up on ammunition. It's too bad New York impinges somewhat on our full ability to exercise the freedom of buying more than ten rounds at a time. Too many liberals in this damn state! It's a small price to pay, after all, that mentally disturbed people can legally arm themselves to become mass killers. I can't understand the wimpy attitude that sees anything wrong in that. Our founding fathers were tough realists who would hardly have let themselves be swayed by specious arguments concerning the public good, with their pathetic whimpering about the lives of innocent children, etc. Thanks again, Carl. Some of your readers apparently thought you were being ironic.

From: Buying a gun to defend freedom

Posted on July 15 at 8:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Another winner of a column (didn't mean the pun when I started to write it)!

From: If this is development, leave me out

Posted on July 11 at 5:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unless the reporter has misled us with her pronominal references, it was John Tattersall who made the remark about sexing up manufacturing to make it more appealing. The point of the article as a whole is that applicants either aren't well enough educated for the kinds of jobs available or have poor work attitudes ("aren't ready for work"). That assessment might lead to a lot of finger-pointing at the schools, but I think it's less the schools than the media culture we live in and the values associated with it: instant gratification, playing with buttons and icons, wanting to be cool like the dudes (and dudesses) whose images get flashed at us constantly. There is a genuine problem. The popular media on the whole tend to dumb us down in terms of what life skills we need to have in order to thrive either individually or as a people. We can't keep going on like that. But I don't mean to accept Tattersall's statement at face value. Industry could do a lot more to help educate the work force it needs, and as tonijean613 says above, there's nothing like a good job with decent pay and benefits to make you feel good about yourself.

From: Immelt, leaders: Jobs available

Posted on July 10 at 8:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I can't believe a theater on this scale will really work. And as for more office space (not to mention condominiums): are you kidding? We're saturated as it is. We've still got several new buildings still mostly untenanted on Phila, High Rock, and Railroad place (above the new Price Chopper—which I love). I think we need to think smaller and more tastefully. I admit it's a humble opinion, but I feel compelled to say it.

From: Tax breaks key to new Saratoga Springs cinema

Posted on July 3 at 7:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Right! the left turn signals at that intersection are for traffic already on Lake or Church. Guess you have to be in the in-club to know you should make your left earlier, on Washington or Division (which don't have left turn signals either but are easier to negotiate) and then cut across.

From: Long delays expected at busy Saratoga Springs intersection

Posted on July 1 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm sorry too. Your column is actually the main thing that keeps me subscribed to the Gazette. Whether one agrees with you or not, your voice is clear, direct, intelligent, good-humored, and without jargon, name-calling, or vulgar insinuations. And it's always independent——pragmatic rather than ideological. All these things are pretty rare in contemporary 'opinion' journalism by my impressionistic estimate. I'm glad you'll still be there on Sunday, but I'll really miss you those other days. I hope you find equally good use for your freed-up time. Thanks for all the behind-the-scenes views and common-sense judgments you've offered.

From: If you lost your license, keep waiting

Posted on June 29 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why the smart-ass tone? Who do you think you're talking to, a bunch of tea-partyers?

From: About those secret teacher evaluations

Posted on May 2 at 8:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's great that so many people with absolutely certain knowledge can respond to Carl Strock's columns and educate those of us who think there might areas of grey in political issues.

From: Standing your ground, or not, in N.Y.

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