Wow. I'm sorry, but you obviously have no idea what you're talking about. Marijuana is less addictive than coffee, less harmful than drinking alcohol, and is NOT a harmful drug. Anyone who makes these types of statements is obviously someone who has been brainwashed by the media over the years and actually believes anything the news outlets say about it. I've been smoking since I was 16, mostly because it helps me deal with a painful condition that I have, and I was a straight A student in high school and a straight A student in college. Not everyone has the same reaction to it, just like drinking alcohol affects people differently. I'm getting really sick and tired of hearing people who think they know what they're talking about, opening their mouths and sounding like a bunch of ignorant fools. If you're going to discuss research in an article, have the brains to cite your sources and the research, otherwise, you sound ignorant. President Regan commissioned a group of researchers to look into marijuana and even they gave him a report stating that it should be decriminalized. If you're going to be worried about drug use amongst teens, I would be more concerned about them using prescription drugs (which are man-made and can be deadly), cocaine, heroine, meth, etc. Marijuana on the other hand, is a plant that grows naturally from the ground, has very few harmful side effects (if any) and no one has ever died from using it. View Comment
More than just jobs in the math and science fields are going to foreign countries. I call customer service for any of my accounts and I have to speak to someone in India. The reason for hiring foreigners is because they're cheaper. Americans are greedy and want to cut costs as much as they possibly can. The rich are the reason why no one can even afford to live in this state, let alone this country.
The system wasn't broken, but it is now. We need to stop comparing ourselves to other countries, and we need to start hiring US citizens, not illegal aliens and not people in other countries. But we all know that that will never happen because all these companies care about is padding their pockets. Companies should be charged large fines for outsourcing. It's taking jobs away from Americans.
We're not Japan, we're not China, we're not Switzerland, we're not Russia, we're not Spain. We are the United States of America. And we are New Yorkers, pushing our children to their breaking point for absolutely no reason. Our children learn at different paces, and for all of them to be forced to learn at a pace that they cannot adjust to is not right. And we're the only state doing this. I'm fed up with the New York State school system. My 5th grader shouldn't be learning things that are normally learned in 9th grade. Put children in advanced classes at younger grades!! You cannot put them all in the same category, and you cannot compare them to children of other countries. Regardless of whether or not we "catch up" to them, American companies will continue to outsource because it's cheaper. So why do we even need to waste our time if the government is going to do nothing about it? Especially since we all know that every government official is receiving kickbacks for allowing American companies to do all the things they do.
I'm against the Common Core Curriculum and most of the parents I know are against it. These are the types of issues that residents of the state should be made aware of, and should be allowed to vote on, before they are implemented. It's our lives, its our kids, and its our right. View Comment
I don't understand why they are doing this to our children at all. My daughter is in 5th grade, learning stuff I learned as a Freshman in high school. All I have to say to the State Department of Education is - "WE'RE NOT F@#@ING CHINA!!!" We should not be putting this much pressure on our children. I'm getting tired of my son telling me hates school and hates doing homework and seeing my daughter get frustrated to the point of throwing stuff while doing her homework. They way the curriculum was before was perfectly fine. The pace was perfect for our kids. It's like the old saying - "If it's not broke, don't fix it." The system wasn't broken, so why are you destroying it? I can understand implementing a curriculum for students who are more advanced than other kids in their grade, but trying to put all these kids in the same category is just ridiculous and absurd. New York is the only state that has a Regents Exam that the children need to pass in order to graduate high school. No other state uses these tests so why are we? New York is no better than any other state so why is the Department of Education making our children's education so much more difficult? As a parent of young children in this state, I'd rather move out of the state and have my children go to school elsewhere than keep them in the New York state school system. View Comment
You apparently don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. You do realize that there are a lot of parody articles going around, right? Everything is going well in Colorado and Washington. And that's on a recreational level. Medicinal use is something completely different. It's legalized in 20 states. Why don't you educate yourself before making comments that make you sound like a fool? View Comment
Astorino needs to stop running his mouth and help the county before he worries about running for governor. I'll tell you right now, I won't be voting for him if he runs, just like I didn't vote for him for his current position. He's obviously one of those brain-washed by the media, and only knows what he knows about marijuana through the news outlets, which everyone in this country knows you can't believe. Hey Astorino, why don't you educate yourself on it before openly voicing that you're opposed to it, because I can practically guarantee you that you will NOT be elected governor with views like that. Don't even bother holding such an expensive fundraiser, that obviously only the 1% can attend, because you obviously care nothing about the people who actually work for a living in this county. View Comment
Only a fool would actually think that allowing a business to come in would take the tax burden off the residents. If you think that, you need to open your eyes and see what everything is really all about. There will be no tax burden lifted from us. We're just going to keep getting screwed over by a bunch of greedy politicians who are all more than likely getting kickbacks (regardless of legality) to allow the unneeded and unwarranted business to enter the town. Only a fool would believe a politician. View Comment
Why don't they allow Costco to move into the old Food Emporium? The building is already there! Personally, I think the idea of putting a Costco in is absolutely ridiculous because there will be BJ's right across the street. None of these politicians are looking at what will help the residents, but instead are looking at big business and their own agendas. The town has gotten worse and worse over the years. My family has been here for over 100 years and the stories I've heard about the town then and the way it is now - absolutely despicable. I'm becoming ashamed to even say I live here. The town steals money from its residents and then acts like they don't have to fix the problem. They can't even plow our roads right! Even the town employees only give a damn about themselves and not the residents. It's disgusting. The land on 202 is being destroyed to widen the road due to traffic problems, which is only going to get worse if they allow Costco to move in. They destroy the land and nobody cares. Our taxes are increased year after year so that they can get pay increases that they don't deserve. And anyone who thinks that a business is going to take the tax burden off the residents is an absolute fool. View Comment
Why not, instead of chipping up the bigger logs, sell them to help the town bring in additional revenues? If I remember correctly, they give away mulch, which is nice, but the town needs money. Why not pick up the bigger logs off people's property and have it chopped up and sell it to residents for fire wood? View Comment
It actually has not been 3 years since the business moved. And for those of us who have lived here for over 30 years, that is the least of the problems. The roads that need to be paved never seem to get paved, but the ones that don't need to be paved are repaved over and over again. The exit onto East Main on the left side of the building has been the site of many near accidents. I, myself, end up having close calls every day. Why don't they close that?! View Comment
I'm not too thrilled about the fact that I have to pay MORE money if my child decides that they do not want to take a fruit for their lunch because they don't like what they are offering. If my child chooses to not waste food, why should I have to pay more money??!!! The food the school offers does not appeal to every child, hence why participation is down. Most of these kids eat healthy meals at home that may include some of the same foods offered in school. We need to change it up and make lunch time fun for them with some new foods for them to try. View Comment
I've had a few comments on my FaceBook page regarding this. One great idea was Laser Tag. There's more than enough room in the space for creativity in design, and it would be something for all ages, not just young kids and not just adults. It's something that everyone in the community could do and would keep kids off the streets and would be a place that everyone could go to have fun - even families could go there to do something fun together! View Comment
We've got enough grocery stores around here. We don't need any more. We need something for the kids and teens to do to keep them out of hanging out in gas station parking lots. A combination roller skating rink / ice rink would be cool. Maybe a movie theater like the one up in the South Hills Mall that is extremely cheap and shows older movies. No more big retail chain stores. Our sense of community needs to stay intact. We need to help support our local small business owners. The town could buy the building from the A&P and it could be used for an indoor flea market. Or, even better, tear it down and create a community garden with a couple benches and a fountain. Something peaceful. There are so many better ideas than more grocery stores and retail stores. Think small and local, not big and corporate. View Comment
I'd like to see a roller rink or arcade. We need more things for children and teens to do, besides just going to the movie theater or hanging out at the mall or in gas station parking lots. We've got more than enough nail salons, delis, and pizzerias in the area. I don't think we need any more, especially since there are both a Domino's and a Pizza Hut in either direction from the area, a pizzeria right next to the movie theater, a pizzeria at the end of Westbrook Drive, one right across the street from Shoprite, and one in Miranda Plaza next to Shell on Oregon Road. That's 6 within a 2 mile radius! There's 3 alone in Shrub Oak! View Comment