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Posted on February 27 at 7:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm guessing Mr. MacTiernan wrote with tongue firmly in cheek, but it's a rant I empathize with. The southern states are clearly the crazy states (and I've been a resident of the South).

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Posted on February 26 at 9:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hooray! I can't wait to take a bike ride down on a sunny summer Saturday with my wife and enjoy some quality riverside time, because it will be publicly accessible, right? Our city government trusted them when they said it would be (but while they push 'deletion of the requirement of an easement to permanently guarantee “public access and enjoyment of the waterfront,” - credit: And I trust our city government to use good judgement.

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Posted on February 26 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The "horrible winter" hasn't prevented folks from going to work, going to the library, schools, shopping, church. You sound like you hibernate in your basement for 4 months of the year. Out here there's lots of activity.
Sorry reader1, normally I respect what you post here, but your response to my post is borderline insulting if you expect anyone to accept your 'reasoning'.
So I'll keep it simple: Why do cops log so much overtime?

From: Schenectady police staffing trimmed for winter

Posted on February 26 at 12:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This sounds a lot like staffing based on widgets.
So if there are less calls, there's less need for cops? Seriously? There's nothing proactive that 'idle' cops could be doing? Community outreach maybe? Addressing law enforcement at the root cause?
Help a lay person understand how most of the year we see cops rack up mega overtime hours, in some cases doubling their salaries, and hear the lamentations about the lack of officers, but when the calls allegedly go down to where it might better match staffing, more positions are removed. A cynical person (not me of course) might suspect it's an attempt to protect those so-called overtime hours. Help me understand that's not the case. And saying 'that's the way it's always been done' doesn't qualify as a grown-up answer.

From: Schenectady police staffing trimmed for winter

Posted on February 24 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

cdj01 makes a valid point although a poorly insulated, and ventilated, roof system accelerates and exacerbates the effect.
What's not mentioned, and what I'm seeing on my own properly insulated and ventilated roof, is the situation of frozen rain gutters starting a dam by preventing the proper runoff of snow melt.

From: Roof ice dams a growing concern

Posted on February 9 at 2:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Gettin' crazy with the Cheez-whiz!"
Had to be there, I guess...

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Posted on February 8 at 12:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

+1 beagle. The so-called "Right" are the only ones deconstructing education in America. Apparently the plan, overt or otherwise, is to allow the states to establish a 'safe' curriculum and it will sweep the country till pretty soon the whole country, and the world, will understand that bible was true.
Good luck with that muggy!

From: Common Core has appeal to some locally

Posted on February 8 at 12:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Definitely agree there's no need to identify individuals, but certainly post positions' salaries, anonymized. Anyone paid by the government needs to remember that they are "public servants", they truly are employed by the public and it follows that the public is entitled to know how much they're paid.

From: Editor's Notes: Publishing salaries of public employees puts spotlight on government spending

Posted on February 8 at 12:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

At my child's one year check-up at a mainstream pediatric medical facility, I was told there would be 7 vaccinations administered in that session alone. Forgetting for a second the madness of 7 new chemical formulations introduced at once to an infant, the trauma of 7 pokes with a needle alone was to us, insanity. I'm definitely not an overly protective parent having grown up as a very rural, outdoors-oriented kid but I'm not going to be a stooge either.
Our child is mostly up-to-date with vaccinations because basically we believe it's a good thing. We've seriously questioned the need for Hep B though and withheld it. So does that make me an "anti-vaxxer".
It's deeply insulting to listen to the accusations, from the right and left, about the skeptical being indifferent to the rest of society. Let's stop obsessing (again) on the noisiest parts of society and their far-out theories, and focus on the reasons that trigger that behavior. Why aren't we discussing the absolutely corrupt FDA/pharmaceutical relationship that we're supposed to be putting our trust in? That's not a conspiracy theory, it's publicly available knowledge. It really is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room.

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Posted on February 2 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And you're grasping at straws das. My points were in refutation of your fairly specious theory about why we should be an armed society. Very much on point. And name calling? Ok, I'll give you that...gun nuts. Mea culpa. Lovers of guns are tragically tone-deaf to the trauma that broader gun ownership is causing.

From: Better places for drug rehab than old bank

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