Comments by tplansing
Posted on November 20 at 1:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Ms. Baum, I have to agree with your article on the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA). You have hit the nail on the head.
It is my impression, that our present president of the United States (POTUS) is trying to play God, by limiting the length a person's life by their health status. That is to say that if they are suffering from any disease, handicapped, or any combination of both, the "ACA" would target them as no longer useful, and prevent them from getting the advanced medical care they need to sustain life.
No! I don't know about you and your family! I know that I would not want anyone to discontinue the healthcare for my wife or I for any reason, just because some jackass in Washington said so! And that would go especially for my wife of 39 years. I would fight that one tooth and nail to keep her alive whatever it took, unless it could be proven that she was beyond curing, and would be a vegetable for the rest of her natural life, and not medically inducted!
There are too many items in this so called Affordable Care Act that: 1. was never read by the Congress prior to their signing this piece of garbage. and 2. was never put before the public prior to the its signing. That was a smooth move by Nancy Pelozi and her regime of Democrats who would jump into a pool of acid if she told them too!
This entire bill is built on a bunch of lies that the president and his family, congress, and their assistants do not have to take part in. Why is that? Is it because Congress and those who in the know, know that the ACA is really a way to bilk more money out of the middle-class citizens? Tell me? Who else is going to pay for this? You can't be seriously thinking that the Rich and Famous or the Poor are going to be paying for, now do you? That would be ridiculous to even think of! The only one who is going to really make money on this bill are the President and those Democratic Congressmen and women who supported the bill to see to it, it was pushed through in the darkness of night. Paying your fair share? Why doesn't Obama pay the bill for us? He can afford it! My 2¢, not that it means anything!
Posted on September 18 at 2:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I agree with everything that has been said so far in these comments. I would also like to add that if Mr. Cuomo had taken the time to re-read the Penal Law of the State of New York, he would have found that there are laws already on the books that cover everything that he covered in the SAFE NY Act. Except, those laws do not take it to the extent that the SAFE NY Act takes things! He would have found that, those who would want to purchase a handgun would have to apply for a New York State Pistol Permit, which required a thorough background check, fingerprint, photograph, to be sent to the FBI, and the State Police, and the issuing agency. These records are kept on file until such time as the owner/issue/permitted person, moves, dies, or leaves the state, and such records are transferred to the person's new state of residence. He would also have found that if said person who has the permit was involved in a domestic dispute, and even if that weapon was not used in said dispute, the police could confiscate said weapon until any charges have been adjudicated in court. If that weapon is used in the commission of a crime, it can be confiscated and the permit revoked permanently! If the weapon is stolen, that theft has to be reported to the police as soon as possible. And those laws go on and on and on. As far as the number of rounds that the weapon can hold should be immaterial! A trained competition shooter could be able to change magazines in a matter of seconds, and fire those magazines in that same amount of time. The same with a revolver. A shorter amount of time if the shooter is using speed-loaders. The same thing goes for someone shooting a "semi-automatic" rifle. The only difference is that shooter will not be as accurate as someone who is shooting in a single fire mode, and taking time to aim and fire! Like a sniper would. Rapid-fire or automatic fire is only as accurate as there are targets within range of the projectiles in the way of those fired! Good for mowing down brush, or columns of troops, but for single people no-good! As for the appearance of the "assault-rifle". Those kinds of toys have been around since World War II! Usually in the configuration of the 1928 Thompson (Tommy) Machine Gun, in water guns, cap guns, medal, or plastic. Now they are the AR-15(M-16), AK-47, MP 5, MAC-10 11, and that list can go on. All assault weapons, and all are made in the form of toys for kids too! The real ones are now illegal to own! Because they are scary to those who don't know what to do with them, or how to use them. It should be everyone's duty to learn as stated in the 2nd Amendment. The section about the Militia???
Posted on August 13 at 12:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I have to agree with both biWemple and Robbump, although trains are not the only way to see natures splendor. Horseback is another way, but I won't get into that here.
I think that traveling by train is one of the more satisfying modes of travel around today. I find that flying is a pain in the rear, with the security check-points, the pat-downs, and x-rays, I feel like my private life has been invaded, and I just have issues with the methods that are taken to ensure my security inflight. I also find it difficult to try to identify places from the air to show my wife. Sort of "Oh look, Honey, there is where Andersonville Prison was!" As I have by now a crick in my neck from looking out those little windows that are mounted where no one can look out of. Al least a train you can see out of the windows and identify places you know about. Like as you head south on the east side of the Hudson, the Hudson River Lighthouse, Castleton State Park,Claremont Historic Site, Bannerman's Island, West Point, Sing-Sing Prison, Places like that to those who have never seen them before.
As far as using rail beds for bicycle paths, who is going to do all of the initial work to get those rail beds ready for the bicycles and their riders? How much is that going to cost? You are going to have to have the road beds graded every year is they are dirt because of other users during the winter months unless they are strictly patrolled! And both you and I know that isn't going to happen. There just aren't enough State Troopers and EnCon Officers available to patrol all areas 24/7/365 to catch the snowmobilers, and ATV's, and possibly some 4X4 trucks trying to do the impossible. And there will be some nut who will try.
Are you going to remove the old ballast and/or cinder bed? That is gong to cost money! Then you will have to grade(level) the bed, more money. Are you going to provide shelters for those who may want to camp over night? Those shelters aren't cheap, more money! Waste facilities(outhouses) are a good idea, more money and good for personal hygiene. I mention this only because most people don't know how deep to dig a latrine. So maintenance on that is going to cost more money. (lime and pine sol). Lord, I forgot about the old rails and ties. There is some big bucks! Those rails are heavy, and spiked to the ties. The ties aren't exactly featherweights either. If memory serves me, they are 8"X8"X8'long, and treated with creosote. So the creosote makes them un-burnable, because of the chemicals in them, that is dangerous in itself.
So I would opt for keeping the railroad and making a go with that. Yes you can get the money for eh scrap iron of the rails, plates, and spikes, but that is about all that is salvageable.I think the rest would have to be considered expenses.
Posted on August 13 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)
You say that those old rail beds would be a good way to provide bicycle trails in the Adirondack Wilderness. The one thing you never mention is the expense to remove the old cinders and road ballast and then to pave the railroad bed so the cyclists who are using the rail bed won't be getting splashed with mud while riding. Also, how are you going to keep snowmobilers and the ATV'ers off the road bed during the winter. If the rail bed is left as a dirt trail, the snowmobilers will tear up the trail on you, and you will complain about what they have done, and those who use ATV's will turn it into two useless ruts! Then who will be responsible in the repairs? Who will you expect to do the grading of the trails? That is going to cost money to grade and roll the trails flat. Who is going to pay for that work to be done?If you leave it as a railroad, and use it as a railroad and ferry those who want to go from Utica to Plattsburg without driving themselves, then by all means, what better way then by rail? Yes, it is going to cost 43 million to bring the rail system up to date, and put the trained staff into place. But you may find that there are enough oldtimers who are live steam buffs, that many of them may jump at the chance to run the engine(s), depending on how it runs, back and forth. It is scenic, if done correctly, it can be an enjoyable ride, all you have to do is ask many of the commuters from Albany to New York City!
To make it an experience to really remember, get an old steam engine that runs on fuel Oil! There is something about the Chug of the steam engine, the blast of the steam as the brakes are released, and the cry of the steam whistle on a quiet day or evening. Yes, there is going to be some pollution with the oil, but no sparks as you would have with a coal or wood fired engine that could start a wildfire during the dry spells in the summer time. But that pollution is probably no more than what your house would put out during a really cold winter.
Posted on July 26 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr. Barlyn, It would sound like you work for the private sector, probably for some company like Global Foundries, General Electric, or one of the many sub-contractors for those big business corporations. Just exactly how would you feel, having your retirement benefits posted in the press for all to see? Especially if you are in upper level management, where you receive stock options, better health benefits, and other little benefits that your employees under you might not get? Do you think that might put you a little on the defensive? Do you think that your employees might be a little distraught about how much they get when they retire, compared to what you would get when you retired? How about having your address being published for the world to see? Put yourself into the shoes of a judge, or police or fireman. Do you ever think what that information might do down the road? What kind of harm might occur later on down the road to those people and/or their families? Or are you one of those no minded liberals who has his head stuck in the sand thinking that this could never happen in this peaceful world we live in.
Well, pull your head out of the sand and wake up and smell the coffee! Our world as we have known it is changing! Crime is on the upswing, believe it or not, and not because of guns, but because of lack of jobs. Jobs that were performed in this country that are now being performed (outsourced) to a foreign country to save "money" and eliminate the jobs of American jobs. Instead of worrying about what public employees get for their pensions, why not close down your foreign plants, and reopen the American Plants, and put the American Worker back to work. And keep the American Made product, American Made! What a concept!
Posted on July 17 at 4:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Some one brought it to my attention that Spitzer was running for New York City Comptroller. Well folks! That is only the beginning! Once we let him in the door of politics again, then he can go anywhere he wants. Look what happened to Teddy Kennedy. Once he got in, he had an affair with Mary Jo Kopechne, went off a bridge on Cape Cod, and she drowned while he "tried" to get help, or was it he tried to help her out? We never did get that straight...did we? Then there was John F. and Marilyn Monroe. But who wouldn't have liked to be with her? And William Jefferson Clinton with Monica Lewinski? All just as embarrassing are the next, probably all politically motivated, or it could have been some young thing looking for a chance at a rich man. Still a black eye to the families and/or the offices held by those involved.
Posted on July 13 at 5:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Roses, In my opinion, and I know what they say about opinions, after what he did to the state, he should stay out of politics for the rest of his life. Not that anyone would trust him, except those who signed his "petition". One has to rebuild their reputation once they have destroyed it publicly. And having been Governor of the state, then to admit that he committed adultery, a crime by New York State Law and misdemeanors are crimes not violations.
That would take longer than the, what ten years or so? He made his bed, now he has to sleep in it!
Posted on July 12 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Think about this! We have a man who embarrassed the entire State of New York and his family (is he still married?), by Patronizing a Prostitute in the Third Degree. A violation of the New York State Penal Law, Section 230.04, provided the prostitute he (Spitzer was with was over the age of 18 [eighteen] years of age, which is a Class "A" Misdemeanor. But little does anyone take into account that Mr. Spitzer is also guilty of the crime of Adultery, a violation of not only section 255.17 of the New York State Penal Law, but the laws of most religions in the free world that I know of, The Ten Commandments! Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery! The New York State Penal Law defines Adultery as: "A person is guilty of Adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a time when he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living spouse." Adultery is a class "B" misdemeanor.
So are we to believe that Mr. Spitzer has seen the light, and has made his mends with God Almighty, that he will sin no more? That he will not give the Monies that are in the State's Retirement Fund away to our spend thrift Governor to squander on some ridiculous project that will only spend the money and do nothing for the people of this state to relieve the tax burden each and every citizen already has to endure? That our Governor, Lt. Governor, and representatives and Senators will not use those funds to give themselves enormous raises which they don't deserve for what they don't do for their constituents? Or that Mr. Spitzer himself will not be caught dipping into those funds to pay for his little swarays with the next hooker that smiles at him and winks her eye at him, while dressed to the nines and leaving nothing to the imagination? I was always taught, when the cat is away, the mice will play! That is how I see our retirement funds going! Andy, and Eliot, just a playing with those funds and having a really good time with our money! It is up to us, the VOTERS of New York State to keep this Cheap Trash out of Office! We can do it! On his record alone!
Posted on July 12 at 4:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Do we want Love Client #9 to be handling our state's business affairs? and other affairs? Also remember all of us Retired State Employees, He is also going to be working with King Cuomo, and will be in control of the State's Retirement's Funds. Spittoon will be handing the retirement funds over to Cuomo, like it was Cuomo's daily allowance. Remember this is just fair warning! A vote for Spittoon is a vote against your State Retirement Benefits now and for all state employees. The money will be wasted on things like state parks on the moon, and improvements on the Governor's sleeping Quarters or paid to the Comptroller's madam's. SpitZer should just give up politics and find a job pimping for his hoe's!
Posted on June 17 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Mr. Leib, As a citizen of this great country, I do not believe that the government, Federal, State or Local should be financing the election of any candidate for office. Yes, I said ANY! From the President down to the Town Tax Collector. Elections have gotten way out of hand in this country! Our politicians are using the Campaign funding to fund gain the votes by out pricing their opponents.
What has ever happened to out witting your opponents by proving you are the most appropriate candidate for the position, by actually doing some research and finding the real Pros and Cons to a topic of Debate about who is going to honestly do the job that is being asked by the constituents, and not fall into the lies told by political advisors, lobbyists, or any other advisors who may tell the candidate that his idea is a better one to screw the people, when it is the people who put the candidate into the office in the first place. No longer the popular vote! "Who cares about what the people say!"
I am sorry, but having the public fund campaigns over and above what is actually donated, should be illegal! Yes, the candidate is raising funds through fund drives and such, but then to tap the State and/or Federal coffers for funds provided by the public? That is all ludicrous! What makes any candidate so special that he/she should be allowed to gain access to those government funds for their campaign? If they want that office, they should have to work harder to get that office, not go to the State or Federal Government and beg for a handout!
I am sorry, in our present financial times, I cannot, in good conscious condone any sort of campaign funding for any candidate in any election through government funding of any kind! That should be totally up to the individual candidate to get his own funding through his own fund raiser(s), not from the government. Especially with the governments as broke as they are, or would lead us to believe.