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March 23, 2013

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Mar-23-13 3:45 AM

The Johnstown Town Council members who choose to exhibit such indefensible behaviors should be ashamed of themselves and their petty squabbles. Using precious meeting time to air such comments publicly when there is much more important business to attend to is a terrible breach of their duties as elected officials.

Perhaps the next election will bring forth candidates whose agenda is the good of the town and its residents, and not their own power trips.

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Mar-23-13 6:20 AM

It seems that the Broadalbin town board is not the only one in Fulton county with members acting like children.

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Mar-23-13 7:50 AM

Funny the name calling, back stabbing and casting blame is now everywhere in politics. I believe that the current mood is set at the national level and trickles down to the local level. Yes trickles DOWN! When our leaders (or not leading heads) do these petty antagonistic acts on a daily basis what is the country to think? The world for that matter! If we clean out the clowns in national politics I believe we will be starting to clean up the "act"!

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Mar-23-13 8:33 AM

About time TOT took Boehner to task

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Mar-23-13 8:59 AM

JEERS to OBAMACARE! Most physicians have a pessimistic outlook on the future of medicine, citing eroding autonomy and falling income, a survey of more than 600 doctors found. Six in 10 physicians (62 percent) said it is likely many of their colleagues will retire earlier than planned in the next 1 to 3 years, With time-running out before the major provisions of President Obama’s health care law are set to be implemented, the official tasked with making sure the law’s key insurance exchanges are up and running is already lowering expectations. Henry Chao, an official at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services who is overseeing the technology of the exchanges said at a recent conference. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” Chao also described himself as “nervous.” A well thought out plan... in the beginning of the failing stage!

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Mar-23-13 9:02 AM

JEERS to the changing times!! The number of suburban residents living in poverty rose by nearly 64 percent between 2000 and 2011, to about 16.4 million people, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of 95 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas. That's more than double the rate of growth for urban poverty in those areas. Show me an American Ghetto and I will show you a democrat controlled area! Because they so know how to run things!!

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Mar-23-13 9:30 AM

Portnoy, I happen to be an acquaintance Of Daryl Baldwin and in my opinion he has nothing but the good of the area in mind. But it only takes one bad "fit" to drag the good ones to the bad's level in the public eyes. Find the problem and eradicate it and all would be normal once again and the drama would subside. The clown that is the problem is not the man that dresses like one for family entertainment. I suggest that anyone that doubts that, contact Mr. Baldwin and have a chat, after a few minutes you will see what I am talking about.

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Mar-23-13 9:51 AM

I'm not too concerned about pictures not being allowed in the court room for sentencing. The important thing, the victims' family memebers were allowed to give statements to the individual who killed their loved one and they were allowed to witness justice being served. Personally, I've seen enough of Ramos' face in the newspapers. Recorder has a colored front page one just about every day. How about saving that spot for those who succeed, contribute, volunteer, risk their lives and trully deserve a front page colored picture!

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Mar-23-13 10:09 AM

"maintain quality" in school lunches? Obviously, none of you have eaten in school for a long while!

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Mar-23-13 10:16 AM

It's decorum, not decor. Sheesh.

TOT, I agree with you about Mr. Baldwin. While our national political beliefs differ, I think he is a great fit as a town councilman and is working to better his community. Good on him.

But so far as your statement "Show me an American Ghetto and I will show you a democrat controlled area! Because they so know how to run things!!"... umm... don't you live in Fulton County? Sorry, couldn't help it.

I've been traveling down the east coast for the past year and a half, and I can tell you that party politics has nothing to do with it. There are slums and ghettos all up and down the coast, as well as mansions and yachts. The US has an economic problem that transcends party politics. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

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Mar-23-13 10:16 AM

I am in complete agreement with ataxpayer in regard to cameras not being in the courtroom for sentencing, as Judge Catena ordered. The victims' families have been through enough, and the public doesn't need visual evidence of their statements to feel their pain and sense of loss. A good journalist can accurately portray those emotions without a camera.

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Mar-23-13 10:29 AM

On the other side of Mr. Baldwin, why would he, at a town meeting, sit across the table from Ms. MacVean holding a video camera on her face? I can think of no other reason but to harass her. And why wasn't his camera rolling when Lois Lane is alleged to have put his hands on the supervisor? It would have gone a long way in proving his innocence or proving that those called to testify were liars.

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Mar-23-13 10:41 AM

Hilltopper is correct on her first post. I really don't like seeing painful pictures of grieving family members facing a killer. Once cameras are in the court room, any picture can be taken. I'd rather see someone doing good for the community than a killer, which we've all seen enough of.

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Mar-23-13 11:05 AM

Dave's last line says it all, the wealthy have seen there standing improve over the last decade, while the middle class is eroding. So let's just keep the tax breaks and the off shore tax shelters in place for the wealthy...any attempt to amend those would be classified as "socialism"!!

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Mar-23-13 11:09 AM

DaveGibson, Yes I do live in Fulton County, it is inside NYS that means that republicans may control a town but that the larger problems are controlled by DEMOCRATS! Fulton county has been set up to be the dumping ground for welfare and low income... nothing the locals can do without being sued, called names and then forced to accept it as they continue to shove that great state aid down our throats!

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Mar-23-13 12:11 PM

REPUBLICAN "controlled" Fulton County has ONLY REPUBLICANS to blame for this !! Anything less is typical Republican tactic of blaming anything and anybody for the screw ups they commit...!Why the lam excuses?????

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Mar-23-13 1:58 PM

TOT, how convienent. You pigeonhole everything so that you can't be wrong. Jim Greer, the disgraced former head of the Florida GOP, is a RINO that should have been a democrat. Fulton county Republicans are not to be blamed for the condition of the county because it's the State Democrats that caused this mess. You're the person that shoots ar arrow, draws a circle around it, and proclaims bullseye

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Mar-23-13 3:03 PM

Can't the 2 school districts combine on their own and save more money by not giving a % of the savings away to BOCES? I am guessing Dr. Michel is only proposing this because there is a benefit to his program. BOCES services just keep increasing their costs and schools don't get a say in it. Its time to cut back on BOCES services and let them pay their high paid administrators on their own. I urge all taxpayers to FOIL a copy of your local schools BOCES bill and you will be shocked at what is in there and how much it cost. Your board members and Superintendents will tell you they receive aid on it but it is still cheaper to not spend the money on unnecessary items to begin with.

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Mar-23-13 3:07 PM

Dave, you are right in that "The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer" and the gap is also getting wider. Either you are making it or you are not, -- not much in the middle

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Mar-23-13 3:11 PM

DaveGibson, haha, I noticed the same 'decor' versus 'decorum' mistake, too. Ya' beat me to it.

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Mar-23-13 4:48 PM

How do you know Dave and rs--maybe they were referring to the drapes.

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Mar-24-13 10:55 AM

'Rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer'. Upper class, middle class, lower class...Jeers on platitudes, made up victims and class envy. Nobody is born offended or 'class conscious'. There is no 'control' gene that makes you automatically responsive to someones demands. Those are all learned traits that you have sole authority over. Therefore, I can be offended at the class envy so many Americans have learned.

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Mar-24-13 11:57 AM

CHEERS to almost! Scientists claim to have found a way to help anyone plagued by earworms – those annoying tunes that lodge themselves inside our heads and repeat on an endless loop. Researchers claim the best way to stopping the phenomenon, sometimes known as earworms – where snippets of a catchy song inexplicably play like a broken record in your brain – is to solve some tricky anagrams. “The key is to find something that will give the right level of challenge,” said Dr Ira Hyman, a music psychologist at Western Washington University who conducted the research. “If you are cognitively engaged, it limits the ability of intrusive thoughts to enter your head. I originally thought that this might help liberals get off their Bush addiction but tying their shoes over the years would have already accomplished the extraction.

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Mar-24-13 2:52 PM

Class envy, huh?..nothing whatsoever to do with the issue. I've worked 2 jobs, retired and live comfortably. It's not envy, it's fairness. Tax codes, off shore tax shelters, absurd oil subsidies...the deck is stacked toward the wealthy, as the average joe/middle class continues to shrink.

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Mar-24-13 11:12 PM

laker - who told you life was supposed to be fair??? It's not "their" fault that you weren't as financially successful as some others. Success is not measured by $$$$$. Success is a journey, not a destination. Your envy and resentment is showing through. The so called middle class has been gone for at least 30 years. The middle class used to -buy a new car now and then, take a decent family vacation during the summer months, own the house they live in, and IF mom worked they had nicer cars, more costly vacations, and ate more steaks than the neighbors. The question is - how do we curtail the current trend of greedy crony capitalism and return to "the good old days" ??

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