Comments by tonijean613
Posted on November 14 at 8:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Why are Absentee Ballots counted behind closed doors and in secret instead of in public view on election night? Why aren't they feeded into the "secret vote counting machines" with the rest of ballots on election day? Voters need to start demanding
transparency with the VOTE COUNT- How do we trust that the "insiders" didn't add in a few extra "absentee ballots" or manipulate the ballots behind closed doors?
The system cannot be trusted as is. The old lever machines were actually more trustworthy because you would be able to see any "tampering"- We the public cannot See how the "programmer" has programmed the machines to count the votes- so you can vote for X but the Computer can say- a vote for X really equals adding or subtracting a Vote for Y. If they can COUNT Absentee Ballots behind closed doors after election day- Then we can HAND COUNT ALL BALLOTS ON ELECTION NIGHT in Public View and POST results at the Precinct Door. Google BlackBoxVoting, ElectinDefencealliance.org, PeopleCount.org, Center For Hand Counted Ballots-
They Hand Count (thus Verify) Ballots in may towns on election night with a fresh team of counters in a few hours.
Posted on November 14 at 6:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Dear Sandra Govenor-, The suicide rate in the military is staggering!! A shameful stain on our country. But the solution is not to "Thank" veterans but to Apologize and feel sorry that they chose to go at all. I personally cringe at the thought of our country dropping bombs and utterly destroying another countries entire infrustructure physically and emotionally traumatizing the entire population and with the killing of innocent civilians women and children- which our country refuses to recognize. Of course the veterans returning from such a horrific ordeal will be equally effected and emotionally traumatized- They were "sold and marketed" into service that they would be liberating and doing good- There is nothing good that ever comes from war. And I feel bad for those too poor and not other job options than to enter the military- Rich , educated and upper middle class never go or would encourage their children to go.
Imagine if those truly concerned for the Veterans well being instead worked to END senseless war and worked to convert our so called "defense budget" to more productive and humane industries. Amzing how there is always money for war but not for education, or local jobs, or social mental health and overall wellness programs.
Another sad part is the LOSS of our Freedoms since 9/11- the total opposite of what we are sold is the point of war. No Thank You ! I want my freedoms back and soldiers whole!
Posted on November 6 at 8:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Gina99- so "GOP pensioners" are better? hmmm- doesn't change the taxes unless you eliminate this level of govt and cap ALL salaries. PS check out Times Union today and lead story of SUNY President David R. Smith getting paid on the side $349,295 kickbacks- IN ADDITION to his taxpayer funded salary of $625,000.. meanwhile this money should be funneling down to schools and kids which it is not- so they increase property taxes to line pockets of already grossly overpaid Administrators. Its not the teachers!!
Posted on November 6 at 7:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I would like to see Ellis open a Semi-Urgent Care facility so people who just feel sick can be seen by a primary care doctor quickly and not have to wait days or weeks for an appt- and if their health situation is urgent- they can be easily transferred next door without needlessly clogging the ER.
Posted on November 6 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The reason taxes are so high is hugely related to police/fire dept and pension padding and overtime and health benefits- School taxes have nothing to do with City Council- (but new Super Larry Spring is trying to correct that-thank goodness)-
So I could see supporting Kelleher as a "change agent" but Lazarri??
I don't think so- he is no Vince Riggi who is taking a common sense outsider approach- which I think Erikson has been doing which is why he won re-election. Porterfield won bec she understands the most challenged communities and Mootooveren I equate to being like Mayor Duci back in his day represented the "Italian" community when they were the big ethnic group. He is also from the Mont Pleasant area which needs help desperately. So instead of complaining- let's feed them good ideas.
Posted on November 5 at 12:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr Brown- I could almost believe the solution were that simple but you need to first let us know - Where exactly are the "fish" and how do you get the pole?
It seems to me the only people who have "poles" and "access" to the fish are in a different socio-economic group, are most likely white, and most likely wealthy enough to obtain a college degree, in order to have the "connections" to that big fish tank. So until "employers" who have "fish" available are willing to give "fishing poles" to applicants that you are referring to- Im not exactly sure why you would think all you need is the skill to fish, but not the pole or access to to the fish?
Posted on November 5 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr Rob Dickson -- hmm "paternalistic rule by elites" ? wow ! "crammed this M down our throats" ? WOW- How sad that we have people like this who come to conclusions before the evidence is even in- the program hasn't even had the chance to take root. Yet he is calling Rep Tonko "Unenlightened despot" - Gee I say take a look in the mirror and then take a look at Massachusetts to be "enlightened" for a little evidence if you don't want to wait to see how ACA pans out across the country. "ObamaCare" seems to be doing quite well in MA for about 6 years now- PS- Progressive MA believes in the greater good and being ones brother's keeper, not profits before people- which is the sad health system we have now.
Posted on November 4 at 5:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)
5,700 families? What is the make up of these families? Why the great need for diapers? probably a direct connection to Schdy having one of the highest teen pregnancy rates- which shows why Free BIRTH CONTROL and SEX education in schools , and access to safe abortions is so critical. The thought of starving and deprived children in this country due to unwanted pregnancy makes me so sad! Yet the religious right prefer starving and deprived babies, without any consideration to traumatized girls who are forced to give birth- vs common sense prevention with free birth control and abortion. This why the cycle of poverty does not end. Then the same "conservatives" want to cut food stamps and social support programs to these desperate families.
Posted on November 3 at 9:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)
You can't get more common sense than to keep a beautiful river view Open for locals as well as visitors - it's a tourism "no brainer" a quality of life "no brainer".
Who ever was responsible for this shortsighted design debacle- needs to correct it ASAP- Schdy needs to showcase all its attributes with beautiful improvements- not cement walls that will invite graffiti.
Posted on November 3 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
One Party Rule in Rensselear County has not worked well either at reducing taxes-
so why would replacing Dems in Schdy County be any better? It wont. The greater issue is the purpose of County Level govt and why its needed at all.