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Posted on November 29 at 12:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is what makes a city healthy, not casinos.
Thank you Dr. Spring and Mr. Farley.

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Posted on November 29 at 12:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The excitement at the DG is palpable.

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Posted on November 23 at 8:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you fnb05, couldn't have said it better.

From: CDC fights rumors, urges all to get flu shot

Posted on November 22 at 3:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Say hello to the gated community mentality.
Say good-bye to the American can-do mentality. I guess it's time to change the message on that pesky Statue of Liberty.
Find out what happened when Alabama decided to boot all the illegal migrant workers. It didn't go so well:
There's other ways of handling illegal and refugee immigration than simply barring the door.

From: Americans don’t turn away those in need

Posted on November 21 at 12:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We've seen it all before. Right, Westerlo?

From: A bribe by any other name ...

Posted on November 18 at 5:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Arguing that because NY's cost per student is twice the national average, our students should be twice as smart is insulting to any thinking adult's intelligence. You know very well NY's standard of living is very different than most of the rest of the country's and that 19,800 has a very different meaning here than in, say, Missouri.
Too bad, there may have been something else worthwhile in the Editorial and the reader's response, but thinking that that argument has any merit undermines anything else that was written.
The fact is we work with finite resources and we do the best we can, and make adjustments when needed. And right now our educational system needs profound adjusting.

From: Aid hike is a step in the wrong direction

Posted on November 17 at 9:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims"

Sure hope the ATF/FBI is monitoring all those upstanding "patriots" who are stockpiling weaponry and ammunition.

From: Paris attacks lead Americans to wonder about US safety

Posted on November 16 at 7:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Far be it from me to question Mr. Wharton's love of the wilderness. He's written extensively on Adirondack forests and wildlife.
But on this letter I'm calling BS, and further, I question his motives.
While I'm not a forestry expert by any stretch, I was blessed to have spent half of my life from the time I was born to well into my teens with an Adirondack forest as my only playground. A forest that had never been "managed", or trimmed, or thinned, or logged yet was as vibrant and alive and diverse as you would ever find. Following Mr. Wharton's logic through, one would have to be shocked that Saranac Lake isn't surrounded by an apocalyptic wasteland of biomass with it's thousands of acres that have never been "managed" (and yes, I'm very aware there was a thriving logging industry, but it didn't log every square inch, and logging, especially by 19th and 20th century standards, isn't management). I seriously question the whole notion of "forest management" outside of the Western US' need to manage forest fires, for the sake of the humans who foolishly chose to live there.
Further, Mr. Wharton's use of hyperbole such as "a pine forest that is stagnant, dying and decaying and, except for a few woodpeckers, a biological desert as wildlife habitat" is a very disappointing choice for making his argument. Really Mr. Wharton? A "biological desert"? I've never set foot in Kinns Road forest, never even seen it, but I'd like to now to see this now nearly sterile world, by your description anyway.
No disrespect Mr. Wharton, but BS. The trees will be felled by Saratoga Land Management Corp. who will be well paid I'm sure, and who will then turn that into revenue by selling to sawmills, I predict. Your arrogance is out there on your sleeve and I question your motives. Forestry shouldn't be mistaken for landscaping, and honesty should be your first concern.

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Posted on November 15 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

FrankLowe, hows about we look to someone who would know more about Islamberg than you, I, or a Right Wing echo chamber; Craig Dumont, deputy sheriff of Delaware County:
Dumont told Klein his office has been inside Islamberg on a number of occasions and that he has been “perplexed” by recent news media reports of alleged jihadist training camps.

“It’s kind of perplexing to us,” he said. “All this recent media attention in regard to potential terrorist training camps and things that are going on there. We don’t see it. We just don’t find any of that to be valid at this time. … There are no active threats that we are aware of at this time.”
Guess that makes him part of the vast Sharia conspiracy, eh?

From: Conference held to fight Islamophobia and all hatred

Posted on November 11 at 7:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Schneiderman said the daily contests are “neither harmless nor victimless,” and carry the same social and economic costs of other forms of gambling.
Normally I've admired Mr. Schneiderman's work, but this statement reeks of hypocrisy and makes me wonder who he's really protecting.

From: Attorney General pulls plug on daily fantasy betting

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