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JUST WONDERING IF SOWEGA Tax Service had or was required to have a permit to throw a party on public property. Also, is there a fee for using the property for private parties.

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IT IS SAD THAT a few disrupt what should have been a nice event. If we look at the situation of the recent downtown melee deep down to the root, the logical answer involves when some people become parents. Some people should become parents when or if they personally mature to that level of responsibility. Of course, those who aren’t ready aren’t bright enough to realize it. Ask young parents (under 23) if things would have been better if they waited seven years and they give you a quick yes. The kids themselves would have better lives. The 85 percent of decent Americans spend scarce resources addressing the mess created by the worst 15 percent.

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WE MUST GET AWAY from politically correct tiptoeing. How did we become so misguided that our initial reaction to virtually every bad event is finger-pointing? Al Hosely isn’t to blame. The parents aren’t to blame. APD isn’t to blame. I’m not saying that in hindsight they might have done something differently – but for once, let’s put the blame squarely where it belongs. I blame the spoiled, irresponsible, selfish, immature bullies who flaunted their arrogant, above-the-law attitude, and self-centered stupidity in such a manner as to ruin the event for the rest of the attendees. As an unintended consequence of their childishness, they vandalized the fragile attempts of those attempting to improve the reputation of our city and specifically, our downtown. I’ll bet this really impressed the out-of-towners attending the weekend event at the Hilton.
I hope the courts throw the book at those convicted as an example that our community will no longer tolerate such behavior. The Chamber of Commerce should be making a victim-impact statement at the sentencing, if these arrestees are convicted. The Downtown Merchants Association should be there, too. With the City of Albany and the Hilton Hotel. Stand on your feet and oppose those who would destroy your town’s reputation! Only then can you begin to improve downtown. Only then will people feel safe downtown. If we don’t stand up to thuggery – it will rule the city.
Give them the max. Throw the book at them. Make it a memorable event. Let this be the last straw … or molly-coddle them and blame their parents. What’s your choice?

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DOWNTOWN IS A VERY, very safe part of town almost every night of the week. Even those times downtown isn’t really unsafe, college kids get drunk and cause a ruckus in towns across the U.S. every night of the week. Albany is no different. I’ve seen bar fights in Northwest Albany as big as this “riot” and they where quieted and settled without the police or media knowing about them. I work downtown between midnight and 2 a.m. and I see more police presence there than any other part of the city. What I do think is that given that the clientele after hours downtown — typically black college students — some people automatically feel unsafe.

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I NEVER DISPUTED THE safety of downtown, only that this event happened in a place claimed by many to be safe. The statistics back up the assertions, and I have nothing to counter that. But while I blame the kids for this incident itself, who can prevent the next one? The parents are the only ones who can do anything to prevent something like this from happening again. That said, we are fortunate that it was just a fight and not a gun battle which would obviously have been much worse.

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I READ THE ARTICLE in the paper about how good we are doing, according to Forbes, yet not too long ago we were listed by Forbes as being in the top 10 most impoverished cities in America. I love my community and want to support it, but how does one know how to help when the truth is so hard to find?

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HAD A WONDERFUL SATURDAY evening serving at the Tomlinson wedding! Congratulations John Michael Tomlinson and Erica Tomlinson. May you have a long and love-filled life together. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in your joy!

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ALBANY, YOU SHOULD BE at the Albany Panthers game next week. they are so much fun for the whole family!

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RICHARD THOMAS WILL DRAW a lot of fire because he is outspoken against the local good-old-boy network and quick to point out incompetence and wrong doing regardless of the perpetrator. If the voters really want to change the status quo, Richard is the guy to do it.

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WAY TO GO, RICHARD Thomas. I wish you the best of luck. One thing I can say here, and laugh my butt off about it I read that someone said if you thought you were so smart, why not run. Oh, how I wish I could tell them, “Ask and you shall receive.”

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ALBANY’S NEAR-THE-BOTTOM Forbes ranking for business and careers is clearly bad news for Albany, but what would you have an EDC employee say? The spokesperson could hardly be completely truthful; she’d likely get fired for slandering our fair city.

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HER RESPONSE COULD HAVE been, “We disagree with this ranking” and then pointed out positives. I’d have disagreed right here, but it would have been a difference of opinion, rather than the worst spin I’ve seen since “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” She could have also pointed out programs or activities that are geared towards correcting the deficiency that the list identified. I might have some problems with individual activities, but not with the effort. Obviously, I don’t expect her to say, “Sep. We suck.” No one wants that, even someone as cynical towards Albany as myself wants to hear that. I’d have rather heard what they’re actually doing to fix the problems.

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ME AND MY DAUGHTER had a blast at the Briar Patch Music Festival. Great music great people and most of all great memories!! For those who missed it, “DUH HUH! FLETCH LIVES!

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REGARDING THE CONNECTICUT MAYOR who donated a kidney to a constituent, If only certain politicians could get that cerebral transplant.

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GLAD TO HEAR THE Albany Journal is growing! Thanks for covering items that the other media in this area ignores.

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HEADED TO MT. ZION to Mt. Zion to praise the most high with our sister church. One love!

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WITH THE FAIRTAX PREBATE, no one is taxed on basic necessities of life. This untaxes the poor Learn more at Fairtax.org or fairtaxsowega.com
don’t think so!

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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