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May 25, 2013

CHEERS — To a great example. The Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of University Women hosted the 14th Sister-to-Sister event. That itself deserves a loud cheer....

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May-28-13 12:25 AM

or a new law

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May-27-13 10:23 PM

In New York every solution comes with a price tag.

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May-27-13 12:05 AM

All without government intervention. Somehow we knew where that "edge" was, and if we knew it was getting close we knew there was going to be pain. But we didn't blame anybody for our misdeeds.

Enough with "protecting the children" my granddaughters are 5 1/2 and 9, do I want to see them get hurt ? H-e-l-l NO, but bumps, scrapes and other childhood injuries make kids smarter. That is how you learn to say to yourself -"this is going to leave a mark"

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May-26-13 11:57 PM

laker, sad as it is that is not the role of government. It is unfortunate that you don't need any special training or certification to be a parent. Currently(and here is where we agree) there are too many "parents" who are nothing more than egg and sperm donors.

How did so many of us survive to get to be adults?? Seat belts weren't even an option, we didn't have child safety seats,we even rode in the back of pick-up trucks, never even saw a bicycle helmet, everybody smoked in closed cars, soda contained real sugar, and a plethora of other unsafe acts were committed and unhealthy foods consumed. BUT we made it.

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May-26-13 9:45 PM

Yo drugs, I have no problem with a State or Fed gov't trying to protect kids from parents too dumb or ignorant, or who simply don't care.

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May-26-13 12:14 PM

JEERS to not yet ready to comment! Yet he didn't condemn... New York senator Chuck Schumer was given the opportunity this morning on national TV to endorse his one-time protege Anthony Weiner in the New York City mayoral race. Schumer refused the offer. "I'm not commenting on the mayor's race or on Anthony Weiner's race at this point, no," Schumer said, when asked whether he'll support Weiner. Weiner announced his bid for New York City mayor last week.

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May-26-13 10:39 AM

yo, laker- what other stupid behavior should we pass laws against????Texting and driving will get you a ticket, if you don't crash first. In the safest country in the world you get a ticket for not using an antiquated and unsafe belting system, but if your car is new enough you hook up to shut the alarm off. If you have "one for the road", it may be the last one for a while. Instead of disciplining kids, let's strap them in their seats in the car.

Not much chance for common sense to prevail. We need climate change laws too Who is responsible for this nasty weather on a holiday weekend??? And somebody needs to outlaw those devastating tornados and hurricanes.

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May-26-13 9:57 AM

Parents with common sense won't have to worry about this smoking law. Parents whose nicotine fix is a higher priority than their child's health will have to worry, they can and should pay the penalty for their selfish ignorance.

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May-26-13 9:46 AM

Lets give voters that IQ test too! Then we may stand a chance to get things turned around... add drug testing and it would be a lock!

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May-26-13 9:19 AM

Hmmmm, another law dictating what you can or cannot do. It's ALL about control. This is what you get when you have people in power who do not believe in the Bill of Rights, they believe in rights of equal conditions, circumstances and outcomes. Pick any activity and progressives want to control, regulate and tax it then penalize you for not towing their line. If tobacco is so dangerous, why isn't it illegal? Rocky nailed it: cash cow. Sure, smoking is dangerous but apparently not as dangerous as depriving Big Govt. the tax money the Tobacco Ind. generates.

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May-25-13 5:53 PM

Yes Drugs, sometimes members of the press can get pushy and obnoxious. You must realize that it is a competitive business, every reporter wants to get the scoop on the next reporter. Law enforcement is not a competitive occupation. This profession mandates that you act professionally, be firm, but not involve yourself rhetorical responses. You tell a reporter that his questions will be answered by the appropriate spokesman at the appropriate time, and exercise restraint like they are trained to do. Now if a reporter does something that is overt such as enter the crash zone,or start swearing at the officer, action by an officer would be appropriate.

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May-25-13 3:34 PM

Knickman, I wasn't there at the crash site (even though I was near), BUT the news media today can be obnoxious and pushy. Too many times they go where they shouldn't. And then you have the scanner gang that listen to the scanner and as soon as there is a big fire, car crash or whatever, the gawkers are there to see for themselves.

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May-25-13 11:57 AM

As a "I don't care if you smoke, it's your money person" I have followed this smoking issue at great lengths. Mainly because of the number of people I know who smokes. It might surprise you to know that smoking is not the evil that some wants you to believe, but it is a great cash cow. As for smoking in a car, roll the windows down. It's much safer than rolling the windows up and turning the air conditioner on. That coolant is so dangerous, the mechanics who services your air conditioner must attend and pass the course on how to recharge your air conditioner! The exhaust coming from your tail pipe is also more dangerous and pollutes the air 1000 times more than a cigarette. As for me riding with someone in their car who smokes, I'm old enough and mature enough to decline the ride and would never tell anyone what they can do in their own vehicle. The one they bought, paid for, paid taxes on and pays money to the State every year to register it.

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May-25-13 11:19 AM

Hey if stupid is what you want to outlaw, why not give IQ tests to everyone of driving age. Pass you drive fail you walk forever. What all these laws have in common is that they attempt to control what should be the correct way to do it. Its stupid to knowingly harm another especially a child, so lets make stupid a law! Lets have it cover everything if you are stupid, go to jail and forfeit all your cash.

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May-25-13 10:50 AM

ataxpayer: I would go along with this being just a simple violation as opposed to a class a misdemeanor.

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May-25-13 10:28 AM

It's common courtesy, if there are nonsmokers in your car, young or old, don't smoke. Unfortunately, many lack common courtesy so here we go...another law. Since the violation is not being considered based on "driving safety" it won't be a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law it will be a violtion of Penal Law under the section of endangering the welfare of a minor. So that lack of common courtesy will get you a Class A Misdemeanor.

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May-25-13 8:32 AM

I agree Kickman with your assessment to secondhand smoke BUT it is not the place of any government to tell private citizens what to do in or within their families personal lives. At $10.00 a pack there are already many reasons that they should not smoke. Look at the tax money already generated from cigarettes, alcohol and other "harmful" substances. Smaller government is actually what is needed.

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May-25-13 6:41 AM

Jeers to the very unprofessional way a member of the Fulton Co. Sheriff's Dept threatened a couple of reporters at the plane crash in Rockwood. There apparently was no clearly defined "restricted zone". Nor were the reporters apparently that close to the crash debris. Police agencies are always running to the press to publicize requests from the general public for info that help an investigation. Respect is a 2 way street.

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May-25-13 6:35 AM

Banning smoking in a small confined area with children present such as an automobile is a good idea. The dangers of second hand smoke are well known.

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