The facts don’t support Spa City charter change

first_imgI like voting for factsFact One: Saratoga Springs’ tax rate is the second lowest of any city in New York state. Fact two: Saratoga Springs is one of the financially healthiest cities in New York state, according to the state comptroller.Fact Three: Saratoga Springs is highly rated by both bond agencies, which also complimented our city’s financial management. Fact Four: Saratoga Springs was rated the best city to live in in New York state by an unbiased statistical analysis by Wallethub.com.Fact Five: Saratoga Springs continues to get even better with a new city solar park, new trails and the new downtown parking on Woodlawn. Fact Six: Just five years ago, 58 percent of Saratoga Springs residents recognized that our city is well run and voted to retain the commission form of government rather than change to a similar city manager government.Fact Seven: The charter proposal I just received is incomplete and uses inaccurate assumptions about staffing and costs (presenting an inaccurate financial forecast), which is dangerous for Saratoga Springs. Fact Eight: An unknown, unelected transition group will make the real decisions after we vote. Please read the proposal’s last two paragraphs. It’s not a trustworthy plan. Fact Nine: I’m voting no against throwing out our successful government.Jim ChatfieldSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Politics has no place in Benghazi, Niger

first_imgThe present administration knew of the danger facing our servicemen and women in Niger and did nothing to protect them. Does this sound familiar? The truth is what occurred wasn’t preventable, just as the attack in Benghazi wasn’t preventable. Putting the blame on anyone is nothing but politics.Republicans say the two incidents are entirely different and can’t be compared. Many veterans know about being attacked by the enemy and this is why they have “point” men to let them know where the enemy is waiting. Secretaries Tillerson and Clinton, and for that fact even our president, who I don’t feel is being presidential, are not to blame for what occurred.What happened at Benghazi and Niger has happened before and will happen again. When it does happen, politics should have nothing to do with putting the blame on anyone. We’re all Americans and as such, we will continue to have incidents happen. I say get a grip on it and stop pointing fingers. The good Lord above has given each of us the right to express our views, but they should be truthful.What we should be doing is praying for the families left behind by the deaths of four heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighbor It’s unfortunate but now Republicans have their own Benghazi, with the four sergeants killed in Niger. Who is to blame four this attack? Should we make Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the scapegoat? He’s an honorable man trying his best to do an important job, just like past Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Docklands growth dominates strategy

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The luck of the Irish?

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Welsh duo loses race row with Royal & Sun

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Ernst & Young heads for More London Bridge headquarters

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Taking a chance

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In good company

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LandSecs eyes up Piccadilly casino

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Ken won’t bring the house down

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