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Posted on February 6 at 6:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Other states such as Illinois, which jumped in the medical marijuana pool with both feet, have experienced an unexpectedly low demand due to the slow pace of patient approvals. Theirs is a cautionary tale."

A cautionary tale? Really? This Governor dragged his feet in passing the Compassionate Care Act, then added ridiculously cumbersome provisions in the bill that caused an 18 month delay in patients getting access to medicinal marijuana, some who where children that needed MM to treat life-threatening ailments. As a result, several of these sick children died while waiting for MM to become available. That is the cautionary tale here, which your editorial failed to even mention. If there's an oversupply of pot, what so! No one is going to die from it as a result.
The priorities expressed in this editorial concerning medicinal marijuana are backwards and antiquated. Cuomo got a free pass from the media the way he mishandled implementing the CCA. Evidently, the Gazette is more concerned that there might be an over supply of pot, while ignoring Cuomo's stupid policy procedures that ended up getting children killed.

From: Wait and see on marijuana expansion

Posted on January 20 at 7:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's quite refreshing and admirable that Rachel wants to adopt children of her own and provide them with the same opportunity that changed the course of her life. She's conscientious, selfless and wise beyond her years.

From: Schenectady student overcomes adversity, lands select scholarship

Posted on January 15 at 3:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The closings of all of its store is a necessary first step toward Chipotle reclaiming its credibility. They could help their cause if they publicly stated what specific measures they plan to incorporate in insuring that such a catastrophe doesn't occur again. So far Chipotle's lack of transparency has also played a huge role in their demise. A lot of multi-million dollar corporations make this damning mistake.

From: Every Chipotle in the country will close briefly next month

Posted on January 6 at 9:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr., in an email sent to parents as the search started this morning, wrote that the search was not precipitated by any specific information but was a “precautionary measure, and an effort to show how serious we are about keeping (illegal items) out of our school.”

This effort was a massive, waste of time, which is more reflective of an arrogant superintendent who has no respect or concern for his students' 4th amendment rights. Conducting a search of the entire school should be predicated on some hard evidence and limit the search to the area where the information is based. Spt. Tangoora's search of the school was a huge overkill for the sake of making a tough-on-drugs statement.

From: No illegal drugs found in search at Niskayuna High

Posted on January 4 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Pension reform for NYS's politicians should be a no brainer. The public isn't demanding it, so there's apathy on there part as well. If Chris Gibson runs for Governor, he would be wise to make Dean Skelos and Shelly Silver the poster boys for pension reform. Both democrats and republicans could be united on this issue.

From: Skelos, convicted ex-N.Y. Senate leader, files for $95K pension

Posted on January 4 at 9:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I may be in the minority here. But I find Mayor McCarthy's understated, behind the scenes style of governing quite appealing. We tend to forget his predecessor, Brian Stratton spent a lot of of his time and energy getting in front of the cameras for every single trivial event associated with the Mayor's office. What significant accomplishment can anyone point to which Stratton achieved when he was Mayor?
While Some disagree with bringing the Casino here, one can't deny that McCarthy was instrumental in the application process leading Schenectady toward its success in winning the coveted bid. He has remained focused on removing blight which progress has been a slow but steady process. His management of the city's service providers has been smooth and transparent, in contrast to Stratton's tenure in that department. Mayor McCarthy has rightfully earned his second term to govern Schenectady.

From: McCarthy plans to make Schenectady a ‘smart city’

Posted on December 21 at 9:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Last season, The Bills were a top-notch defense led by Defensive Coordinator, Jim Schwartz. The new owner ditched Schwartz to hire Rex. The Bills demise is a classic example of what happens when an egotistical coach takes great talent away from the scheme that was a natural fit which allowed them to excel and then tries to cram them into his own scheme where they become totally ineffective.

From: Bills will miss playoffs for 16th year in a row

Posted on December 16 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"It’s true that the no-fly list isn’t foolproof. Sometimes people are on there by mistake."

Estrich failed to elaborate on this point. There's no explanation as to how someone gets on the no-fly list or how they can get off it. Rather than just excoriating republicans such as Estrich does in her column, she should address the haphazard manner in which the no-fly is applied. Then list the steps for fixing it through a fair and transparent process.
The government couldn't even vet the two terrorists in San Bernadino but Estrich wants us to have faith they could handle this problematic issue. Denying citizens their second amendment rights without any clear mechanism to challenge the process is the main reason behind the resistance to banning those on the list from being able to buy guns.

From: Susan Estrich: GOP lock-step with NRA on letting terrorists have guns

Posted on December 13 at 3:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The fact that this property is having millions invested to make it a commercially viable property is a huge plus. Who wants to have that eyesore of toxic dump site that been plaguing Schenectady for decades. Even if the casino should fail to have this land developed shouldn't be overlooked. And if the casino fails, then the naysayers can no longer complain about the societal ills of having gambling in their community.

From: Dire casino report can be overcome

Posted on December 9 at 4:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Gazette editorial failed to mention how gun-free zones have worked in favor of the criminal shooter and against the innocent people who become sitting ducks. The police can only react to these situations. Their response time can widely vary. The biggest benefit of an armed citizenry is it discourages criminals from engaging in violent gun crimes as they don't know who is packing. The book "More Guns, Less Crime" by John Lott has plenty of data that proves this significant, yet often unreported point.

From: Do we really want armed civilians?

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