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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

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

More importantly, who is the person who is "programming" the machines to count the votes? And why isn't this information and process transparent? Given how small the turnout is on primary day- there is no reason to not hand count the ballots in public view before they are allowed to leave the precincts. How do we know the machines are counting as voters intend? Only hand counting in public can assure elections are honest. We should not trust elections without such verification.

From: Low primary turnout expected again

Posted on August 31 at 12:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Green Party Candidate Matt Funiciello (Owner of Rock Hill Bake House- that makes that incredible brick oven Italian bread) is running against Woolf and Stefanik in 21st District- people should know there is a 3rd candidate as an option.

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Posted on August 26 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

getting rid of multi-family dwellings that are beyond repair and turning those lots into drive ways or yard green space is a huge quality of life improvement-
$5,000 grants to people for new facades/siding -is probably going to be the biggest bang for the buck. This issue is blight vs beauty. Any beautification will help stabilize neighborhoods- its just common sense that nicely kept houses make a neighborhood feel safer. Hopefully, the City doesn't turn around and increase the taxes on these houses. Exterior general repairs and maintenance should not result in an trigger that increase the value and taxes. Unaffordable taxes are the root cause of why people don't have the money fro upkeep and repairs to begin with and reason for so many of the forclosures .So this is all good- but goal has to be to cut the taxes

From: Schenectady land bank eyes Eastern Ave. revitalization

Posted on August 26 at 8:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Tasers are lethal and inhumane. The gross militarization of police across America is becoming apparent in the killing of Michael Brown-. Police tactics in full SWAT riot gear in itself is TERRORIZING - for Adults as well has children. This is not the America we are led to believe is supposed to be so much better and humane than the rest of the world. And this is all done in the name of Freedom and security? There is no freedom in living under a police state. Its shameful. The solution to reducing crime in general is to take all that money they use for war, and militarizing police, for profit prisons, and put it to better use improving schools, improving neighborhoods, skills building, and simply combating poverty. Violence, drugs, theft is all rooted in poverty and desperation.

From: Editorial: Reserve judgment in Taser case

Posted on August 23 at 7:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Brava Ms Payette,
- I would add that its prob more about the billing/coding- In Europe, where its mostly govt controlled-and where Doctors are paid a flat annual high salary- and get an incentive for keeping you healthy- its a better system for prevention- people are healthier there and have less need for meds or intervention/surgeries-
The solution is improved Medicare for All, where you choose your Doctor, and can cross State lines. Also known as Single Payer- a Green Party priority.

From: Why is left afraid of opposing viewpoints

Posted on August 23 at 6:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Gee, I wonder if this will bring more attention and questions to the World Trade Center Building 7 (that was not hit by a plane) but came down in 10 seconds by only office fire..according to the govt..???????? - which has never ever happened in American history. So why the need for explosives anymore- when you can simply set a fire? if true?? So if you watch this today, I challenge you to then google World Trade Center 7 and architects and engineers for 911 truth- and compare the 2 collapses.

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