Comments by steveleary1
Posted on January 31 at 5:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)
My daughter was recently granted her Ph.D. She is a graduate of Elmer Ave. School from back when it was a National School of Excellence.
We moved to Burnt Hills, where she went to Middle School and High School, but she learned the basics at Elmer. When she was in 6th grade,
after transferring to Burnt Hills she was accused of plagerizing a paper because it was so well written. She wrote an essay in class to prove that she had a good vocabulary and knew how to write above her grade level.She received an Excellent Elementary education, which helped propel her through her academic career with stops at Cornell , Parsons School of Design and the University of Rochester.
I understand that there is more poverty and more single parent families then there were in the 1980's. Some students are going to need after school help ( My daughter used to stay after school in a program run by the YMCA ) where they can get help with their homework if the parents are unable do so. Volunteer parents and Grandparents can also be used to assist in reading and tutoring. Elmer used to have a lot of parental contact. Back then the message was to limit TV and video tapes. Today maybe restrict gaming, Facebook and texting. They made sure that you were doing what you could to help your child and other children. A longer school day or school year may be needed, but it is essential that students learn the basics in elementary school.
If students don't learn how to read, write and understand arithmetic , they are lost in Middle School and High School.
I used to use a stack of tuna cans from the cupboard to demonstrate to my children that you have to start with the bottom can and build on it.
None of them were ever able to get that 3rd or 4th can to float in the air without the base of the first, second and 3rd can underneath as a foundation.
The problem students in Middle School and High School are not typically the honor students, but the students who never got it in elementary school.
Today's Students may also need more Gym time to burn off excess energy and anxiety.
A personal finance course in Middle School and High School should be mandatory so that students understand budgeting, credit, savings, compound interest, credit card debt ,Checking accounts, mortgages, investments and the difference between wants and needs. ( Should we get that new tattoo before we pay the rent ? )
If we want to stop poverty the 3 essential pieces are to get a high school diploma,
have a full time job with benefits and don't have children until you are married.
Posted on January 30 at 8:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Can Old Dominion buy affected residents some light blocking shades and drapes ?
Posted on November 21 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
There is a difference between the immigrants coming from Syria and our forefathers.
ISIS has stated that they will send terrorists with the immigrants as they did in France. Prejudice ?
How many Syrian Immigrants are going to Saudi Arabia, a wealthy country with the same religion, culture and ethnic background ? ZERO. They think that it is to dangerous.
Did you see what happened in Paris ? We don't have a way to screen the refugees to know the good from the bad. Only 8 bad ones killed 130 people and wounded many more.
We need to eradicate ISIS ( with the help of other nations ) and let these people stay/ return to their own country. We should help with food, shelter etc until this an be accomplished.
Posted on September 15 at 7:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Agreed, Why not raise the Minimum Wage to $ 100 an hour then everyone will be rich ? It is easy to see the problems this would cause , your burger would be $85. The effect with a $ 15 minimum wage will be the same, just not as pronounced. No more goods or services will be produced by raising the minimum wage so prices will go up. Purchasing power will actually go down, as the government will take a higher percentage of what is earned in taxes. That is why people on minimum wage could purchase more when minimum wage was $ 1.85 per hour, then they can today with a $ 7.45 wage.
Posted on September 12 at 7:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I guess I am not seeing a lot of difference between "I will make America Great again, I'll just do it" and "Hope and Change". Mr. Trump inherited the equivalent of a couple of Billion Dollars from his father, Fred Trump. This doesn't qualify or disqualify him from office. It is a long time until the Primaries. Mr. Trump needs to come up with some policies that match his rhetoric. You can't govern a country with insults and quips. When Mr. Trump was going to build a building in Manhattan, He had plans to present to the Building Commission and the Banks for Financing. He never walked in and said, I am just going to build it, you'll see. Let's hear what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.
Posted on September 8 at 6:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr. Monte, you are close as to why we have an Electoral College, it is to prevent to large states from overpowering the small states. Part of the balance of power that helped the Colonies get together and agree on a Constitution. Today it is more important than ever as it limits voter fraud to one state at a time. It is not going anywhere.
Posted on August 17 at 7:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr. Thompson, what exactly did we "negotiate" we gave in to every demand the Iranians made. We had Iran at a point where the sanctions worked and they came to the table. Rather then press them for verification which would make the treaty viable we caved so that we could have a piece of paper saying that we did something. If we were unable to get the verification that we needed, we should have walked away and let the sanctions continue to work until we could get a better deal. This "Treaty" will be a duplicate of the North Korean "Treaty" which enabled them to develop Nuclear weapons and threaten their neighbors. Iran is also working on ICBM's. Why ? Give enough enemies nuclear weapons and sooner or later one of them will use them. All we will have then are the burned fragments of well intentioned wishes.
Will Mutually Assured Destruction work against people who want to be Martyrs and Bring about end times ?
Posted on June 19 at 7:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr. Day - get rid of the Electoral College ? Surely you are kidding. The electoral college is what contains voter fraud to an individual state. What happens if California for instances lets every illegal immigrant living and dead vote, and a candidate comes out of that state with a 10,000,000 vote majority? The election would be over. Now no matter how many votes are cast ( even if there are more votes then people,) they are restricted to the same number of electoral votes. The founding fathers from the small states did not trust the large states. That is why the electoral college is in place and why we have a 2 house congress.
Posted on May 15 at 8:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr. Winn - Climate Change ( Formerly known as Global Warming and for those of us old enough to remember the 1970's Global Cooling) is a Theory. The Theory has changed and so has the name of the phenomenon in the last 40 years. The "tipping point" was to be 1986 originally.
Definition of SCIENTIFIC METHOD. : principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and TESTING OF HYPOTHESES. The temperature last Tuesday is merely an observation, not proof of anything. It is ok to question a Hypothesis ! Even for those who adopt Climate change as their religion, Faith without Doubt is not faith at all.
The fastest way to cut green house gases ? Replace Coal fired power plants with Natural Gas or Nuclear. Replace Diesel Trucks and Buses with compressed Natural Gas.
This could be accomplished in 10 years and carbon footprint could be reduced far below the targets in the Kyoto Accord. This would give us time to develop practical solutions with renewables such as wind, tidal, cold fusion, hydrogen and others .
This is not a secret, why don't those who see the "Tipping Point" coming again pursue
this logical course of action ?
Posted on May 8 at 6:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I applaud State Sen. Kathy Marchione for calling on Dean Skelos to step down. It is important that we all stand up against corrupt politicians regardless of party. This type of corruption is why the NYS Budget is DOUBLE that of Florida, even though Florida has a higher population. Just think what we could accomplish if our politicians were looking out for the best interests of the people of the State instead of their own.