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Posted on May 4 at 9:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, when the coroner rules the death of Freddie Gray to be a homicide, they need to be criminally charged. Let a grand jury determine if the case should go to trial. For the 52% of the Gazette poll who think the cops should get off scot-free, how do they think this tragedy happened? That Freddie Gray caused his own death?
Well, the coroner has already answered that question. The Gazette poll reflects the general public's desire to show cops deference when they are charged despite even when there's strong evidence suggesting their guilt.

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Posted on April 29 at 11:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Your right Marc. However, Hillary's campaign will never be about her achievements, its about the notion of having the world's most famous woman becoming president. Her gender is her biggest asset as she has avoided doing any interviews with serious journalists. Unfortunately, this hide-and-seek strategy will probably win her the office in the end.

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Posted on April 23 at 11:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To inflict that much damage in a relatively short period of time, these vandals had have committed their crime from the vantage point of a car. Hopefully, security cameras will identify the vehicle but that process to review all that footage could take awhile.

From: Schenectady shooting spree damages over 100 cars

Posted on April 15 at 11:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@Vincent Pelliccia

Great letter! You have inadvertently mentioned one of the biggest roadblocks to legalization. The jobs, padded budgets and asset forfeiture laws which law enforcement depends on won't be lost without a fight. Proponents of prohibition will go all out to protect this sacred cow. In addition to politicians supporting legalization, they also have to be able to articulate the tons of data which proves how wasteful, destructive and racially biased in its enforcement, the drug war has shown that policy to be over the past 43 years.

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Posted on April 11 at 8:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Camp Bisco has demonstrated that it cannot, on its own, prevent drug use at the event,” Dagostino wrote.

Preventing drug use at an event that attracts over 20,000 people is an unrealistic standard to apply to the promoters. Perhaps there are other legitimate reasons to deny the permit such as failure to deploy the proper crowd control measures or failure to compensate home owners who's property has been damaged by concert goers.
No other venues in the Capital Region such as SPAC or other outdoor festivals are held to a standard of putting on a drug-free concert. So why is Camp Bisco being single out, here?

From: Return of Camp Bisco in doubt

Posted on April 7 at 9:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Great point Lawrence! I thought exactly the same thing when I read Sid Gordon's manifesto on retaining prohibition. Thankfully, Rand Paul will force the media to engage the legalization debate during his presidential campaign. There are enough of his republican colleagues seeking office that will put forth the status quo argument, which Paul should destroy. Paul has the pulse of the nation firmly on this sea change.

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Posted on April 4 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The police may have had a legitimate reason to stop Ivy. However, if they had engaged him in conversation as a first step, the police might have been alerted to the fact that this man suffered from mental illness and handle the situation differently. In any case, hopefully this tragedy will result in policy changes and training in how police interact with people who have serious mental issues.
Tighter guidelines on when the use of a taser is appropriate or warranted should also be adapted for the safety of the police and public. The police appear to use tasers as the default response in too many encounters with the public.

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Posted on March 28 at 11:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This new owner has the bar set quite low following Mr. Kohan's tenure as owner. That being said the new owner has demonstrated a willingness to invest capital into his properties, that reflects a short but successful track record in revitalizing Malls. Kohan was so distant and disengaged to the point that he ran the Mall in a neglectful manner. I wish the new owner success in turning the RSM around. Good Rid dens, Mr. Kohan.

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Posted on March 21 at 8:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"If he truly presented a threat to public safety, then the officers were just doing what they had to do to mitigate that threat."

Officers should definitely have guidelines that avoid using their tasers multiple times on someone they're trying to get into custody. If the taser policy is left to broad interpretation by the officer, than tragedies such this one are likely to occur. The solution is better training. The police should have training on techniques of how to take down a suspect that mitigate any injuries to both parties. Even before the Eric Gardner case, NYC had implemented the re-training of their officers. Hopefully, this case will lead to such training in Saratoga County.

From: Taser death case shows need to be transparent

Posted on March 10 at 8:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Migos arrived hours late for a show that was scheduled to start at 10:30PM. This blatant unprofessional conduct played a major role in riling up the crowd, yet its hardly mentioned as a factor. Migos dissolved themselves of any responsibility but the media should find out what led to the delay.

From: Violence shouldn’t be part of the show

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