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Posted on December 21 at 11:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

SUV's are just as dangerous as being impaired or texting- they are so big, drivers cant see people walking on the side of the roads. Sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes are desperately needed not only for safety, but for more sustainable, walkable future.

From: Pedestrian, 57, dies after being hit by SUV in Schenectady

Posted on November 17 at 8:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't believe more cops are needed. They need to be better coordinated in responding to calls. I made a non emergency call requesting help in diffusing a dispute with another person. I understood I would wait longer for a response- but
when the same cop drove by me 2x in the same hour, the first time I flagged him and he told me another would be responding to me shortly, (which did not happen) then the same cop drove by me again without stopping, so you have to wonder why he didn't respond to me and who was coordinating the calls. He did not have his lights on or appear to be in any rush to respond to a more urgent call- so why not stop and address my call since he was right there- closest to me? (I was also visibly upset but he claimed to be going to another call further away. Made no sense and clearly shows lack of efficiency and coordination. I waited another hour then called back in to the dispatcher and cancelled my call because I couldn't wait any longer. 3 hours had passed. My issue was not an emergency but a dispute and quality of life issue I did not want to see escalate. It was a Saturday, 12pm-3pm- sunny. No sounds of any sirens to indicate it was busy day for fire, police, or ambulance -

From: Schenectady residents unsure of safety in numbers

Posted on November 17 at 8:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There are plenty of highly qualified people who would perform her job for half the salary and probably even more equally qualified people who would take the job for 1/4 of this salary. Anything above $150,000 per year salary plus generous family health and pension benefits is an abuse of taxpayers and students.
Poor people with little education or any job prospects, disabled, elderly on food stamps/social programs to keep them from being homeless are made out to be cause of high taxes in NY when Administrator's high salaries are the root cause- Absurdly paid dministrators across all levels of NY Govt are the true Welfare Queens and it has to stop. The Trustees need to CUT the Chancellors base salary in half and such highly paid State workers in general should not receive any public Pension Afterall, earning $150,00 plus is plenty of money to able to save for their own retirement security. Why do they need a taxpayer pension? 1/2 of the residents of NYS will have NO meaningful Social Security or pension to keep them out of poverty. Why should NY Taxpayers pay for luxury retirements of those who have such high salaries and ability to save for themselves and who least need it? Lets not forget their high pensions then pass to a spouse after death. A spouse who did not earn that pension. Its a gross and unjust system and Zimpher and the Trustees should be ashamed- making themselves rich on the backs of taxpayers and struggling students.

From: SUNY chancellor paid well enough

Posted on October 20 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Make no mistake -FRACKING CANNOT BE PROVEN SAFE-as Gibson would like you to believe. If you care about the health of your family and tired of loved ones dying of cancer- then you will be voting for candidates opposed to Fracking - That means voting for Eldridge for Congress and Howie Hawkins for Govenor. Cuomo and Gibson cannot be trusted to protect our health and put people before their own ambitions and the profits of their corporate Oil/Gas donors. Fracking is already poisoning drinking water in PA and Ohio. And, causing earthquakes that are damaging foundations. If you care about your health and safety, you will vote for the Green Party candidates where they are on the ballot and if no Green Party choice, then vote for the andidate who supports a ban on fracking.
We need Reps who support green and safe energy and to move away from polluting fossil fuels asap.

From: Eldridge, Gibson a study in contrasts in race for 19th Congressional District

Posted on October 6 at 6:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you for writing this, It should be on the front page of every newspaper!

I am going to print and share -perhaps place in Christmas cards ..perhaps mail to clergy....I personally think dropping bombs and using drones that massacre people - and children into tiny pieces is much worse- and cowardly I might add for those pulling the triggers sitting a desk, then go home to a comforts of a home- without a second thought about what they just really did.

From: Beheaded or bombed, which is worse?

Posted on October 5 at 7:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Alfred Mauer- Collateral damage be damned? so you have no problem with your tax dollars being used to kill children?

American Drones are killing innocent children and their use along with other types of bombs are just as evil if not worse.because WE are Supposed to the better country with higher morals----but we are not
- its Endless War for oil -and the reason people in Middle East are naturally rebelling against the West for stealing their natural resources- without an Army I might add- What a fair fight
Wake up to the propaganda- You don't see the WEST dropping bombs on Saudia Arabia do you? or on Mexico where the drug cartels are killing people daily...or on nearby Pennsylvania where the ARMED Survivalist (Terrorist) who killed State Troopers and is against our Govt - is still at large - Why no Drones used here ??? Think.

From: GE balancing budget on backs of weakest

Posted on September 12 at 8:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I would like to challenge a few of the best teachers in Niskayuna to swap out with Schenectady high teachers for one year and study what effect The top teachers) actually have on Schenectady High Students. Is it the teaching or the wealth?
How sad to have such a divide only a few miles apart. Or what would happen if a few students along with the teachers "swapped"? I would like to see such an experiment and then the results.

From: Niskayuna High School among nation’s best

Posted on September 11 at 8:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

these are kids- 16? this girl looks 12- its bad enough boys are caught up in this path of gang violence but what is happening to girls? We need to do more to protect girls- something really bad must be going on this girls personal home for her to lash out with such anger to point of stabbing someone else- self defense from abuse?
no stable family home ? Neglect? Drugs? The schools need to add a special class that focuses on addressing the emotional and psychological needs of todays kids-
since they clearly do not have a safe home life to turn to- something is forcing them to turn to gangs and violence.

From: Schenectady brawl leads to four injuries, two arrests

Posted on September 11 at 6:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry, I think Steve Greenberg is wrong. Principled Progressive Dems do not take corruption lightly. I think they will vote for Howie Hawkins, as anyone who truly wants a break in the corrupt 2 party system should. Green Party is most honest becuause they are not connected to big money and wall street, gas companies, or casino gambling. I fyou want to restore honesty back to Albany and have leaders who truly represent the 99%- will invest in schools, green jobs, and cut property taxes by butting corporate tax breaks and making the sickly rich pay their fair share of taxes, then start voting Green Party

From: Capital Region voters favored Teachout, Wu

Posted on September 9 at 8:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I think more people do not trust the new electronic vote counting machines-
who ever programs the machines controls the vote, and if the votes are not counted by hand in public view before ballots are allowed to leave the precinct- Why should you trust the machines? In the big money politics of NY- its even easier now to pay to have an election rigged without anyone being able to detect it. Yes- we have a right to cast a vote in private- but COUNT must be transparent to public. E-Voting is not transparent and easily hacked by a simple programming done by one person in secret- like the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain.

From: Editorial: Primary voting a chance to make a difference

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