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Be careful with spending

February 17, 2013

For a city with a $15.4 million budget, Gloversville’s $8,500 contribution to the senior center is small....

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Feb-17-13 2:55 AM

While I appreciate the message of this editorial, shouldn't our civic leaders also consider quality of life issues in their spending decisions? Many of our seniors have lived in and dedicated their lives to our city. A small contribution of this amount will not significantly impact the financial bottom line, but it just may significantly impact the lives of our seniors, whose presence in our city is vital to sustaining the small growth we are experiencing. Any other organizations looking for support should be expected to provide a cost-benefit analysis, which should then receive careful scrutiny by the Mayor and Council members. In this case, I believe the seniors are worthy of this measure of support and endorse this decision.

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Feb-17-13 6:40 AM

While this editorial focuses on Gloversville, this same advise is applicable to all government entities whether it be cities, villages, towns county, state, schools or federal. The economy is recovering very slowly. Lately, gasoline has been increasing in price again. It seems that $4 a gallon for regular which is about where it is at now is a level where consumers stop buying other products and services, businesses stop hiring and the recovery suffers a setback.

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Feb-17-13 8:09 AM

Another good, locally written editorial. Keep it up, guys, and tell that editor in the corporate office to stay out of the LH.

BTW, good point, GReader. There are quality of life issues in Fulton County, and the senior center certainly adds to the quality of life in Fulton County. I think $8500 is money well spent here.

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Feb-17-13 8:50 AM

This action is more about Mayor King's re-election efforts, attempting to buy votes from the seasonsed citizens, than any civics. A barage of Letters to the Editor from seemingly "nice" people, most who don't reside in the city expressing their hopes for Mayor King's re-election are all that the Mayor has from a positive perspective.

Mayor King mayoral efforts are only positive when compared against his predecessor, Mayor Hughes. That is not something to brag about.

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Feb-17-13 9:10 AM

Our seniors do deserve the ease of retirement, but many of them are all set as far as money goes. They can pay a bit and if it is worthwhile they can get the already very burdened business to help. kickman has also raised a great point. Fuel as well as the taxes that go into that cost is the burden that we all share. Drive or not it is going to cost the vehicle owners as well as raise the cost of every single purchase that you make. Products do not move themselves. Domestic fuel of every kind is the answer to lower costs.

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Feb-17-13 9:13 AM

Just a note on the complaints about outsiders who do not live in the city who have opinions about the mayor. I for one, own land in the city, but am a part time resident, therefore, I pay the full tax rate. Since I cannot vote in elections, due to not being a resident, I can voice my opinion on issues that affect my tax rate.

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Feb-17-13 10:01 AM

It is an election year and our wonderful part time Mayor has done anything positive in 3 threes so he going to start now. He grandstands as much as he can. For all the supports, "what has he done for the City since he took office?"

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Feb-17-13 10:36 AM

The devil is in the details; what percentage of those property taxes are going to helping those that truly need it compared to those that manufacture a need for it. Property taxes are extremely too high but important to fund current state and local social policies and programs. Reap what we sow; Plant entitlements and watch the debt grow. We have one couple up the road that booted out their teenagers (18) out to free up the bedrooms for foster kids; say with the money the state pays them they won’t have to work any more.

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Feb-17-13 11:30 AM

Non-profits should use fundraising efforts and pledge drives to stay in business, rather than relying on taxpayer subsidies. Those supporting the cause will contribute. If not enough interest is generated through fundraising, maybe it is time for those NPs to offer services that have wider audience appeal. Lack of public interest is a sign that some should close. PBS and NPR have no problem generating support, and contributions are tax-deductible. Scott Sauer and Alen Chartock, are you out there?

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Feb-17-13 12:09 PM

Just because you have a suit that you can't fit in any more, doesn't mean you can be trusted.

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Feb-17-13 9:21 PM

Hilltopper, I totally agree with your first part of your post, but don't you remember the Big Bird debacle during the last presidential campaign? NPR and PBS are heavily subsidized with tax payer monies. The should be supported by their audiences only.

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Feb-17-13 10:38 PM

I consider a corrupt politician one that works more hours at his second job then at his elected job.

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Feb-18-13 7:11 AM

President Obama promised to cut the deficit in his first term... he signed into law the deal that would cut spending and lower the deficit. I say let his law go into effect as it should. He is the one that stood before the US voters and said "we must keep the promises that we already made". I agree keep your promise!

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Feb-18-13 12:33 PM

TiredOfTax, I think you posted that last comment in the wrong section since nothing in this editorial had anything to do with the President.

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Feb-18-13 1:51 PM

Thank you for your concern rschweizer and I do see what you mean, an article about being careful about spending has not one single thing in common with a man that has added so much to our deficit in such a short time. I also see by the disagrees that many others also believe that Obama and careful spending has nothing at all in common. Again thanks for giving me this opportunity to wholeheartedly agree that Obama is NOT a CAREFUL spender when it comes to taxpayer dollars, my mistake!

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Feb-18-13 1:52 PM

PS I am the one that agreed to you post! Great work!!

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Feb-19-13 5:05 PM

rs, said he lost money on a government contract. He should be more carefull.

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Feb-19-13 6:25 PM

taxtired, I most certainly did not say I lost money on a government contract. I'm not sure from which hole you pulled that from.

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Feb-20-13 7:54 AM

rs I pulled that from YOUR statement on 2-15 AT 3:02 PM.

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Feb-20-13 12:13 PM

taxtired, try again. I don't know what you're talking about.

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Feb-20-13 1:51 PM

Did anyone notice that the money that Obama borrowed from China to pay for the pre-existing conditions is out of money? They say that they extremely underestimated the costs of that provision in the healthcare bill. We know for a fact that they EXTREMELY UNDERESTIMATED every cost in the Obamacareless bill!

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Feb-20-13 4:19 PM

TiredOfTax, once again you're off topic.

TiredOfTax: never waste an opportunity to flame Obama

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Feb-20-13 5:35 PM

As far as I can see there are mistakes made by the wonderful one. Your answer to everything has done nothing right and bringing his mistakes to light makes my day nicer. I love returning the favor that the likes of you delivered at every chance you got when the R's were in charge. I love delivering to you every moment of love as much as you loved delivering it to us! O and the democrats have put us on the path to ruin and you are the cheerleader!

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Feb-20-13 5:37 PM

PS On topic to me is YOU and EVERY SINGLE democrat that is doing it all wrong or supporting the wrong doers! You want it to stop... start doing it RIGHT!

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Feb-21-13 7:44 AM

Have you read the new budget proposal that Obama and the senate majority democrats have offered or the cuts in spending or what can be cut to avert the fiscal cliff? That is because the democrats do not HAVE a PLAN! Instead they want more money and they promise to cut the raise of spending that they propose to impart!

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