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Posted on August 3 at 8:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If kids a truly hungry, they will eat the healthy food offered them. Does't make sense that portions could be too small yet food was being left on plates?
Clearly, if they are not going to eat that apple offered, then kids/teens should not be required to put it on their tray only to be dumped. But it also means the kids who are provided with free lunch, can't be hungry if food is left on plates. What's important, is that the healthy food is offered. 1/2 the battle is changing taste buds, and you can't accomplish that by going back to fatty, salty, greasy unhealthy food. Adding protein to the salad bar is a no brainer. How did they miss that? Vitamin water? That is a luxury food fad most can't afford. Basic water and protein rich milk should be free. Back to basics is what gets kids healthy and fed

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Posted on August 1 at 1:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know that much about the Israel/Palestine conflict-
but it seems to me Israel should have stopped the land grab and stopped building on Palestinian land and instead created 2 separate States which they refused to do- if they had- they would have peace if they really wanted peace. I don't think Israel wants peace. If digging a tunnel is only way Palestinian people can get out for commerce/jobs/food/- then of course they would build a tunnel. what disturbs me, is that you don't drop bombs and kill civilians and destroy infrustucture to stop people from entering Israel from the tunnel- I guess Israel has not heard of blocking tunnel exits. And as far as we know- Israelis could be using those tunnels too.

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Posted on July 29 at 6:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The overtime and pension abuse has to stop- Schdy poverty is overwhelming- middle income and elderly residents are under serious economic stress. The City cannot improve while paying for the outrageous salaries and benefits/pensions of Police and other over paid officials. Public employees should not be getting rich off the backs of poor and low income people they are paid to serve ( especially since they are not required to live in the City that pays them. If there was a residency requirement and the police had to live here, you would see how quickly the quality of life would improve because then they would have to pay the same property taxes and would have a real incentive to reduce crime and improve quality of life for their own children .

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Posted on July 29 at 6:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Schdy homeowners cannot afford any increase in property taxes- Every residential
home needs a decrease. Commercial property should have a higher tax rate, GE and Union College should be paying more and the Mayor and City Council needs to focus laser light on reducing the costs that are the biggest burden of City Budget- Police salaries, all overtime and trash expense, City owned vehicles etc. All perks should be eliminated. What is being done to significantly lower these expenses?

From: Editorial: To reval or not reval: City faces tough decision

Posted on July 10 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

DITTO: We don't need flashy tacky distracting signs on State St- Schdy needs curb appeal with class.

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Posted on July 9 at 5:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I love the idea of brunch on Sunday !!! a cozy fireplace for winter would be ideal !

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Posted on July 9 at 4:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

More Rt 9 Development will not be good for the area- RT 9 is already a nightmare to navigate- and we don't need to look at more paved parking lots. At the very least,
I hope they have the forsight to put parking behind and out of site- Capital District
needs to look to New England and their walkable Town Centers for appealing redevelopment. We don't need more Central Ave and a return to strip malls. Unfortunately, its always profit before people and asthetics. The Playland is at least a family friendly and community building activity.

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Posted on July 6 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Courtesy notices is clearly the best approach. But, Mayor and Council should revisit and remove small items that most would agree should not be violations and stop adding such outrageous penalties for small issues. There are too many impoverished people too many elderly. Clearing the sidewalks of snow should be a city obligation and they should use those small sidewalk bulldozers you see many well run cities use. Most in Schdy don't have any place to put snow other than in the street to allow it to melt quicker which is common sense. Instead, the City is giving out violations for this? Residents cant control how much snow falls. And we cant expect our elderly/disabled to shovel or pay others.. Sometimes it's safer to walk on snow than shoveled sidewalks that tend to be more slippery after shoveling. So Code needs to make sense and fines need not be so high.

From: Editorial: First honey, then vinegar for violators

Posted on July 5 at 8:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hitting the nail right on the head- we need more of this exposure so citizens wake up and start voting for real reformers- starting with term limits and requiring full Time Senate and Assembly for their high enough pay- with no jobs or consulting on this side allowed.

From: Editorial: Big money follows the powerful

Posted on July 4 at 5:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear Ann Wood,
Your savings at Walmart are at the exploitation of their workers who work for slave wages and poor benefits. This is why their prices are lower and your "income taxes" are higher. Your income and property taxes are used to pay for welfare programs because those working at Walmart full time- still cant survive- But the owners and major stock holders earn BILLIONS per year profits. think about that. While their workers still need food stamps. So you really aren't saving anything but hurting the locals by shopping there vs Price Chopper and Hannaford who pay living wages with good benefits. Also, setting electronics aside, if you are shopping for food at Walmart and are really researching the pricing- many items are higher cost at Walmart vs
Hannaford brand My Essentials is great quality and costs less. Also, every dime you spend at the more local grocery stores (PC, Honest Weight, Niskayuna COOP, Hannaford, the Farmers markets)-
stays in the local community circulating- VS every dime you give to Walmart goes to line the pockets of the already disturbingly wealthy stock owners- Walmart never invest in their employees or the community. So if you shop there, you are reinforcing a bad business.

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