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Obama’s tone at top has invited scandals In every organization, be it a small family business, a large corporation, an educational institution, a military unit or a govermental/political entity, the person in charge sets the tone. This translates to the “corporate culture,” to use a business term, or to the “command climate,” to use military terminology. Thus, the goals, objectives and standard operating procedures are established for the organization, by the person in charge. I ...


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wmarincic
June 11, 2013
7:40 a.m.

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Michael R. Van Patten this is probably the most concise letter I have ever read in this paper and so true. A great business or organization starts from the top down, in my business the owner has always said, "give the customer a dollar for a dollar" and in my business there is also a lot of turnover but where I work almost everyone has been there for at least ten years, we eat lunch together and we are more like a family. There is an old saying that a fish stinks from the head down.....Thank you for you're service sir.

ronzo
June 11, 2013
8:12 a.m.

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School budget vote: The comments and attitude expressed by this letter writer is a reason why property (school) taxes are out of control. Instead of voicing ways to contain runaway school costs, she encourages throwing more money to a problem that cannot be solved unless the people take control of the reasons why the costs are out of control and do something about it. Outrageous comments that avoiding $16 per month will result in tens of thousands of $$$ in lost property value is symptomatic of the reason why people here in NY not only don’t mind, but encourage the escalation of property taxes.

wmarincic
June 11, 2013
11:33 a.m.

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The highest taxes in the country and the highest cost per student in the country with a graduation rate around 60%. Personel income tax around 8% plus federal income tax, $4 a gallon gas, high heating and electrical fees plus taxes and fees on everything in NYS. Too many school districts, too many teachers unions and too many people not paying any taxes at all. What did you say about $16?

ronzo
June 11, 2013
7:53 p.m.

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Renae Semione is THE example of why NY is the highest taxed state because people like Renae are not willing to "give up" their ties to a past that cannot be sustained in the economic world that we now live in. Hanging on to "the way it used to be" might make one feel good, but the reality is that change MUST occur in order for everyone here to get out of the "live in the past" rut that seems to prevail in the minds of people here in upstate NY.

gina99
June 12, 2013
7:49 a.m.

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What about the many retirees and those on fixed income Renae? No one can afford just another increase. Just another $276 on top of a 6% Countywide property tax increase? Try consolidating the superintendents down to one per County. It works in Florida and would save millions in Schenectady County alone.

ronzo
June 12, 2013
4:13 p.m.

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It's not just reducing to one school superintendent. In tiny Schenectady County, that can fit inside many cities, it also means ONE set of administrators, ONE fleet of school buses, ONE of everything else that school districts NEED to operate effectively to educate the children. How many million $$$ in savings is that? Apparently people like Renae are wealthy enough to not care about cost. So why don't those people offer to pay a higher share of the tax, instead of stuffing it to those on fixed incomes or those who have less than that.

jjhehir
June 15, 2013
10:21 a.m.

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Ronzo, combining school districts is not a solution. Pension costs, which are increasing at about a 7% to 8% annually will still have to be paid by taxpayers. The State, seeing that the combined school system is saving money, will most probably decrease aid further.

jjhehir
June 15, 2013
12:21 p.m.

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You nailed it, General.

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