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Death and taxes inevitable, so why complain?

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People complaining about a doubling of the $10 photocopying fee for vital records in the city clerk’s office need to get a life. The city is broke, or haven’t they heard? How do you balance the books when you’re broke, your contractual expenses are rising, you’ve whacked away at your budget and you can only raise taxes so much (thanks to political realities or a state-imposed cap)? You start getting creative, coming up with new ...

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October 17, 2012
9:33 p.m.

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Don't waste your time with Gazette editors. Go read the ultra liberal Times Union editorial on this issue at

"Sure, an extra 10 bucks isn't so much money. But the insult is that a death certificate or a birth certificate tend to be records that people typically have to have when they have to have them. This idea reeks of taking unfair advantage of people."

It's flat out unethical to take advantage of the dead and the mourning, especially when death certificates are required by other levels of government. What a scam.

October 18, 2012
7:52 a.m.

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"Thanks to political realities or a state-imposed cap". Neither of these things matter, because as our elected officials have shown, in a non-election year, they will vote whatever increase they want without listening to opinions of the electorate, and as long as a the legislature has a voting block majority, the tax cap is easy to override.