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4 8
"I've been in the workforce for over 40 years and have NEVER seen anyone advertising to hire home schooled kids. They certainly aren't very well rounded that's for sure. "
Woman from Norwich

6 3
"For all those who want to keep the Columbus Town Hall - Where were you all these years and why didn't you care when you allowed the Court addition built or past boards not putting money into the building all along."
Man from Columbus

7 4
"THE COUNTY SAYS A "MODEST 1.78% RAISE. AND EACH TOWN WILL ALSO BE A MODEST PERCENTAGE AND OF COURSE THE SCHOOLS WILL BE A MODEST PERCENT RAISE. HAS ANYONE TAKEN THE TIME TO ADD ALL OF THEM UP? NOT SO MODEST OF A RAISE IN TAXES!! ALL OF YOU ARE TAXING THE SAME PEOPLE."
Man from Columbus

4 6
"I watched the TV program "Idiottest". reminded me of some of the 30 sec. posters who use such terms as "faux""
Man from South New Berlin

4 7
"MFS: "The democrat criminal organization is very good at voter fraud." Yet no evidence of widespread fraud has been found." You will never find it because you don't dare go looking. Just keep your eyes open this Nov. The Dems. will up up to their old tricks. Already they are asking ILLEGAL aliens to get out and vote."
Man from South New Berlin

5 5
"MFN - Your post indicates you really know how to describe yourself: "...unfortunately by law idiots are allowed to vote too. And rant. And Lie. And disparage. And procreate." -- UH - how many kids do you have? "
Man from South New Berlin

3 7
"Oh, what a blessing from God to ignore the "fake" posts of MFSm."
Woman from Smithville

1 8
"People at red apple said the circus is coming to New Berlin i asked them when and they suggested i go to town hall and ask. they said 3 clowns just walked in. so i rushed over and the only people in the building was the 3 new board members.and they did not no anything about clowns or a circus. "
Woman from New Berlin

7 3
""Not all home schooled kids are smart." No one said they are all smart. The point is that, on average, they do better than students who are processed through the taxpayer-supported public system."
Woman from New Berlin

5 3
" "They'll believe anything and never question the lack of evidence." And there are no "low information voters" who do the same?"
Man from Outside Chenango

3 6
""Just ask any of the faux news fiends on 30 seconds" The recent Pew poll regarding media news watchers was interesting. Like birds (or in this case FOXise) of a feather, so they say. "
Man from Norwich

4 5
""Even under-age children were voting along with people from across the river in N.J. As long as they signed the democrats registray at the polling station, they got to vote." Embellished nonsense. "
Man from Norwich

6 3
""With today's satellite technology detecting possible "sneakers" is no problem" That's why they haven't caught the PA cop killer yet..so often you just don't think MFSNB "
Man from Norwich

4 5
"WFNB If New Berlin and Columbus are the highlight on 30 seconds maybe it's because the new boards are doing a more through job and some of the previous crew with their ideas are still upset because they were ousted."
Woman from New Berlin

3 7
"The democrat are stealing the election. They are registering millions of illegal aliens to vote democrat. Democrats are voting more than once. They are registered to vote in two or three states and vote multiple times. This criminal operation will keep the criminal democrats in power forever. "
Man from Norwich

4 6
"There is plenty of proof that voter fraud by democrats is wide spread in many states. Especially where democrats are in control. Of course no hard core communist democrat would admit it because they want to keep using voter fraud to win. Their criminal voter fraud operation is already in operation this election again. "
Man from Norwich

5 3
"WFC: Your statement that the Community Church & Whitney House have nothing to do with the town hall or upcoming vote is true. I was only trying to show that there is more to Columbus than a seldom used town hall."
Woman from Columbus

2 6
"MFC, Quite manly of you to hide behind your keyboard and attack the furnace expert who's proposal was accepted by the town board. He's quite approachable, if you grow a spine, maybe you could discuss it with him."
Man from Norwich

2 6
"MFC, Correcting the problem and saving $9100 is a conflict of interest? Simple minds like that are what's wrong with your town!"
Man from Norwich

4 5
"New use for the Columbus Town Hall when the "Spirit of Columbus" used the hall to celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day on Oct. 18,2014. When is National Vanilla Cupcake day? Get out your COOKBOOKS so we can use the hall to celebrate such important things 365 days a year."
Man from Smyrna

5 4
"For voter fraud to be a problem it must be widespread? You are so full of it MfSmithville."
Man from Smithville

3 7
"You folks in Columbus should just dissolve the town and merge with New Berlin anyway. "
Man from Outside Chenango

9 3
"I understand that Ebola is a very serious infection and that precaution to prevent contamination should be implemented, however, the current & extreme reaction to the disease is ridiculous; If the ebola virus were to be the "endall" of civilization, Why has the population in Africa not been totally decimated??? "
Man from Oxford

2 10
""If someone disagrees with you, give them a hug" You seem to think no one sees through your game of ending your customary derogatory posts with "peace" and now this "give them a hug" claptrap. You're probably the most passive-aggressive person who posts here. "
Man from Norwich

6 7
"Acute Obama Derangement Syndrome is highly contagious among low informations voters. Just ask any of the faux news fiends on 30 seconds. They'll believe anything and never question the lack of evidence."
Man from Smithville

4 7
"Empty your bank accounts! Retrace the trip of "The Spirit of Columbus" in 1964. A single engine Cessna 180 flown by Jennie Mock. The 1st woman to pilot solo an aircraft around the world.Are you now broke? Spending large sums of money to fix the Columbus town hall using money that could be needed for important things in the future is risky. "
Man from Columbus

4 9
""The democrat criminal organization is very good at voter fraud." Yet no evidence of widespread fraud has been found. Shriek away faux news flunky"
Man from Smithville

4 9
"If you don't think voter fraud is prominent with the democratic party, go ask the voters in Philadelphia. Even under-age children were voting along with people from across the river in N.J. As long as they signed the democrats registray at the polling station, they got to vote."
Man from South New Berlin

6 4
"Something makes me think if the men and women who helped build town hall 220 years ago knew people were trying to preserve it today, they would just ask why. No one ever expected it to be a church forever. No one expected it to be Town Hall forever. And it won't be around forever. Time for a new chapter. Time to sell it and make it something new."
Man from Columbus

5 7
"MFN - For your sake, regarding home schooled kids: "It is better to remain silent and thought ignorant than to post on 30 seconds and remove all doubt." Home schooled kids have no problem getting jobs in government and as business executives. They score higher on college tests. Some businesses advertise to hire home schooled graduates."
Man from South New Berlin

5 5
"WFC A local contractor inspected the Columbus 10 year old town hall furnace and quoted $900 for repairs to vents and pipes. Briarwood supposedly quoted $10,000 to replace the heating system. What is the actual # of years that a furnace can opperate efficiently?Was the local contractor putting a bid in for thejob?"
Man from New Berlin

5 5
"I just get tired of reading, stupid posts on 30 seconds. If you don't know anything about what your posting, don't post it. "
Man from North Norwich

6 4
"" Local furnace expert" who also is part of the Spirit of Columbus and a part of the now defunct Unadilla Valley Ambulance debacle. Hmmmmm, no conflict of interest here."
Man from Columbus

5 6
"MFN - You know very little about home schooled kids: "...teach only the Bible..." What you don't know is that parents must submit scholastic records to the State school every year. They must also pass certain State standards. H.S. kids on the average score much higher in Math, Science, and reading skills than State stdudents on standardized tests."
Man from South New Berlin

7 2
"Where would large meetings be held without our town Hall? How many meetings have you attended the last few years? Does 30 people make a large crowd?"
Man from Columbus

5 7
"WFO - If you don't think it is posible to close the borders - just try to sneak into China. Many more miles of border, yet if you try, you will be SHOT! With today's satellite technology detecting possible "sneakers" is no problem. If your car has a GPS, the Gov. can know where it is parked at this very moment."
Man from South New Berlin

3 7
""They will keep most of their seats in congress by their voters fraud trickery. Obama is encouraging all illegal aliens to get out and vote. By law illegal aliens are not qualified to vote" - unfortunately by law idiots are allowed to vote too. And rant. And Lie. And disparage. And procreate. "
Man from Norwich

8 14
"The democrat criminal organization is very good at voter fraud. They will keep most of their seats in congress by their voters fraud trickery. Obama is encouraging all illegal aliens to get out and vote. By law illegal aliens are not qualified to vote. Anyone who has not voted in years has to register first. But he wants them to vote anyway."
Man from Norwich

9 9
"Hey JJ from Smithville, why are you always putting people down. Being insecure is one thing but you are mean. If someone disagrees with you, give them a hug."
Man from Sherburne

6 13
"Woman from Smithville calls my post "dumbest post of the day" disgraceful but has no problem with the original post equating the president with Adolph Hitler. Talk about hypocrisy. Go back to your Faux News kid."
Man from Smithville

10 3
"MFC No Town Hall! So sad! For years it has stood on the hill while the Town Judge held court at his home or at the motor cross. The Town Clerk and Supervisor also operated from their homes. Why wasn't the Hall being used? Columbus has gov't functions consolidated at the municipal building now. So why need the Hall? "
Woman from Columbus

7 11
"Ebola is highly contagious. Anyone from an Ebola country would tell you that. 30 Countries have quarantines on Ebola countries. They know what they are doing. "
Man from Norwich

4 6
"MFC Having a building background would also refer to someone who has many years in building houses from the ground up. So in reality, they would have more experience than someone who hammers nails every day.After all there is foundations, drainage, electric, plumbing, framing, roofing, insulation and probably other things I don't know about."
Man from Columbus

4 8
"Where will large Town meetings be held without our Town Hall? The Supervisor has been heard saying the town could build onto the Courtroom or fix up the depot. Why would we sell a building we already own, only to need to put even more money into another building to achieve the same space? Bad money management. Keep the Town Hall."
Woman from Columbus

3 7
"People keep talking about the Briarwood report as though its the only opinion. Briarwood said our 10-year-old furnace needed to be replaced costing $10,000. The local contractor inspected the system and will repair the system for $900. Getting specialists involved is a good thing. Why sell the building before local experts even look at it."
Woman from Columbus

1 10
"MFC, So you looked at the town hall and think we should sell it. Are you a contractor? No, But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!"
Man from Norwich

3 7
""Homeschooled {& charter} kids might be able to pass a test" - The credo study http://www.npr.org/2013/07/16/201109021/the-charter-school-vs-public-school-debate-continues "
Man from Norwich

3 8
"In the past year it seems like New Berlin and Columbus are the high light of 30 seconds. What does it tell you. It tells me to clean up both boards and replace with all new. Unbelievable "
Woman from New Berlin

6 6
""Nice try MFSM, posting- once again, from different communities. If You're trying to provide false "proof" of support for Your disgraceful posts, You've been EXPOSED" Actually I agreed with the latter statement; that it was the dumbest post of the day. "
Man from Norwich

6 6
""You actually believe that the Democratic Party represents the common citizen?" Reread the post. "
Man from Norwich

7 6
"I don't really vote "for" any of the two choices, I vote against ranting radicals. "
Man from Norwich

8 9
"As for witch hunts...money well spent to reign in Obama's corruption and gross mismanagement of this once great Country." What a joke. They wasted millions of our money on political games and came up empty. Benghazi!!! Shriek!"
Man from Smithville

7 7
"If You're trying to provide false "proof" of support for Your disgraceful posts, You've been EXPOSED." More conspiracy theories huh?"
Man from Smithville

6 8
"I have some questions for the Superintendent. Perhaps I should call the YMCA."
Man from Norwich

8 6
"Maybe The Village of Oxford should follow the Town of Columbus with the old bank building (money pit), and just build a nice new building in the leased out lot next to it. That way the OPD would not have to put in an elevator and they would have a garage to park the police vehicles in."
Man from Oxford

3 9
"MFC, Building background?? Really? Are you going to trust someone who actually hammers the nails every day, or someone with a building background? Do you take your car to the auto parts store to get it fixed because they have a auto background? If they weren't there to look at repairs, were they going to fix what wasn't broken? "
Man from Columbus

Wednesday, October 22nd

8 8
"man from Norwich-re:putting teachers down. I agree with you. I'd say 90% of ALL teachers are spoiled and coddled. They whine and get what they want. Becoming a teacher used to be about enriching and nurturing the minds of the children,not money and ridiculous requests in their contracts. "
Woman from Greene

8 4
"I agree that the Harvest Dinner put on by the amazing volunteers from Columbus Community Church is a wonderful tradition. But other than being in the Town of Columbus near Town Hall, the Harvest Dinner & Whitney House actually have nothing to do with the town buildings or the upcoming vote. Information is a good thing as long as it's accurate. "
Woman from Columbus

6 7
"Chenango County Board of Super free loaders/Supervisors have a great tactic to fool stupid short term memory voters... This year they are not giving them self a raise. Election year you know... wait until that is over with it is not like they are not pocketing too much already "
Man from Norwich

6 8
"Homeschooled kids might be able to pass a test but they usually fail at life. They're naive and only learn what their mommies teach them, nothing more. "
Man from Norwich

6 6
"WFN, Are YOU a doctor?? You make many claims without demonstrating that You know much of anything. There ARE Doctors. Who've studied EBOLA for nearly 30 Years that say that Mucous sneezed from one Person, inhaled by another can spread the Virus. I'll take the Doctor's word over Yours."
Woman from Oxford

5 9
"MFSm, the next GOP POTUS has lots of damage to undo. Damage that Obama and fellow liberals Pelosi, Reid, Hillary, and many others, have done for many Years. As for witch hunts...money well spent to reign in Obama's corruption and gross mismanagement of this once great Country."
Man from New Berlin

4 10
"MFP, I thought that You were a bit more intelligent than MFSm, believing everything He reads, on a "progressive" website. C'mon! Use the brain that God gave You."
Man from North Norwich

8 5
"Not all home schooled kids are smart. I know a family who's children are barely schooled because they only teach Bible related subjects. It's a big world out there and they've missed a lot of it. "
Man from Norwich

3 9
"MFN, agreeing with MFSM's post "dumbest post of the day", regarding Obama using "Hitler.com"...Nice try MFSM, posting- once again, from different communities. If You're trying to provide false "proof" of support for Your disgraceful posts, You've been EXPOSED."
Woman from Smithville

4 9
"MFN, do You actually believe that the Democratic Party represents the common citizen?? Puhleeze!! They favor Wall St over Main St, just like the GOP. Remember where Obama got His first Treasury Secretary?? The Dem's are better at fooling the folks."
Man from New Berlin

8 8
"Man from New Berlin why pray when you can actually do something?"
Man from Preston

6 6
"Man from Oxford why is one of the cheapest areas in the country for gas in Missouri?"
Man from Preston

3 8
"No,MFNB, It's not the "rants" that drive folks to vote "blue". It's ignorance and handouts on the backs of overtaxed middle class workers that support blue."
Man from Sherburne

7 6
""Obama will not stop his countrymen from coming into this country Ebola or what ever!!" Hawaiian invaders?"
Man from Smithville

3 10
"Don't you recognize sarcasm when you see it?" Irony thick and delicious lol"
Man from Smithville

6 6
""WFNB - Thank you for the site: http://www.home-school.com/news/homeschool-vs-public-school.php." You are welcome. Found it through Google. "
Woman from New Berlin

8 8
""Even though students taught at homes make up just 2 percent of the entire school age population, they are more than 10 percent of the finalists in this year's national spelling bee. They will make up an even higher percentage at National Geographic Society's National Geographic Bee. " ABC News"
Man from Outside Chenango

6 7
"MFN - all "public" schools are "State" schools. They are paid for out of the State's taxes via the State Department of Education. The "public" has very little input in how the school is run - it is controlled, here in NY by Albany, our State Capitol."
Man from South New Berlin

4 10
""If I renounce my citizenship and then come back as an "undocumented citizen" can I get a job then?" Bootstraps and personal responsibility....get some." Man from Smithville Oh, get over yourself. Don't you recognize sarcasm when you see it?"
Man from Outside Chenango

8 7
"Just filled up for $3.19 in Endicott and noticed a number of Fuel Stations in Johnson City & Binghamton were at $3.26/gal: Guess it costs a LOT of MONEY to travel another 30 miles north to deliver fuel to Greene, Oxford & Norwich, considering that the trucks ONLY carry several thousand gallons of fuel!"
Man from Oxford

7 8
""If they do, they will get caught and should be locked up." Then it seems like all your shrieking about border security was unwarranted. Try harder."
Man from Smithville

8 4
""If we close the borders people with diseases and drugs and criminal records won't be able to "sneak through" Have you actually looked at a map? You can't close our borders. It is physically impossible. "
Woman from Oxford

3 10
"Obama will not stop his countrymen from coming into this country Ebola or what ever!!"
Man from Outside Chenango

8 3
"MFN As a contractor you have a right to your opinion. However, several other intelligent gentlemen with construction of buildings background have also seen the 2nd floor and basement of the Columbus town hall. They would strongly disagree Did you have a flashlight with you? They weren't looking for the repair work either."
Man from Columbus

11 6
"Let us all pray for better times."
Man from New Berlin

6 8
"The term State School was a label used for state institutions for the mentally disabled. So there is a difference between a state school and a public school. I believe the MFSNB knows this, and is why he constantly uses inappropriate term. But of course he'll argue this. "
Man from Norwich

11 7
"Somebody has been watching the FOXTOONS fearmongerers. Actual doctors, I mean besides Hannity and Rush, have made it clear that Ebola is not spread through the air, is not incredibly contagious and there is little likelihood of a large scale outbreak in the U.S. Geez. Nobody in the family of the ONE man who died contracted the disease."
Woman from Norwich

6 8
"I agree, the people of Columbus are great. BUT Columbus Harvest Dinner and other events can still be held at the other building and the park we pay to maintain. People will still volunteer. People will still attend. I appreciate the passion of the people, but I don't appreciate paying to keep an underutilized building."
Man from Columbus

4 8
""This is not a proven fact." Actually, it is: home-school.com..Homeschool World is what you use as a reliable nonbiased study source? I believe the credo study is biased b/c its a project of the pro-charter, pro-privatization, free-market Hoover Institution; but Homeschool World has skin-in-the-game to the max. "
Man from Norwich

5 10
"WFNB - Thank you for the site: http://www.home-school.com/news/homeschool-vs-public-school.php. Especially the charts that show how home schooled grads to MUCH BETTER than State school grads. Great site. The proof is in the pudding."
Man from South New Berlin

3 11
"MFN - If we close the borders people with diseases and drugs and criminal records won't be able to "sneak through via different and obscure routes." If they do, they will get caught and should be locked up. Second offense - solitary confinement. There should be no ILLEGAL aliens on our soil."
Man from South New Berlin

5 8
"MFOutside - you are right about tethering the dog. I have a wire "run" that goes from near the dog house to a tree 100 feet away. The dog loves being able to run, and there is no poblem. My dog will not jump or dig under a fence only to run out into the road and get killed."
Man from South New Berlin

9 7
""The next GOP POTUS elected has a lot of damage to undo." I agree. It will take a while for people to trust the GOP after wasting millions upon millions of tax dollars on witch hunts, shutting down the government to read green eggs and ham and trying to legislate their personal idea of morality all while doing nothing for working Americans "
Man from Smithville

6 9
"MFN - Ask college Admissions personnel this question: "Are home schoole/parochial graduates better prepared for college than State school grads. Do they know more when they enroll in college? " Almost w/o exception the answer is "Yes". "
Man from South New Berlin

6 8
"MFN - If you don't think private/parachoial school grads do better on CAT, SAT, ACT, & Col. Entrance tests, ask most any teacher. They will tell you that if those children transfer back to a State school they will be at the top of the class. "
Man from South New Berlin

4 12
"I predict that the democrats will win everything in a landslide by voter fraud. Obama will declare himself, by executive order, dictator for life. he will declare every illegal to be a citizen by executive order. And then welcome 30 million more illegals from third world countries into the US and give them amnesty and welfare. "
Man from Norwich

3 8
"adorable!"
Man from Norwich

7 5
"The Town of Columbus is much more than a building! It's the people! Every year many volunteers are busy at work putting on the Harvest Dinner at the Whitney House.Hundreds of people from miles around come to enjoy a delicious meal.With the exception of a few bad apples, it's all the people that have given Columbus a Great Reputation."
Woman from New Berlin

7 8
"That Time The Reagan White House Press Briefing Erupted With Laughter Over AIDS 13 Times- Google it."
Man from Preston

5 6
""...home schooled (and parochial schooled) children consistently test much higher than State school children on ACE, CAT, and SAT tests as well as other college entrance exams" This is not a proven fact." Actually, it is: http://www.home-school.com/news/homeschool-vs-public-school.php"
Woman from New Berlin

3 9
"Hey I agree with JJ from Smithville."
Man from Sherburne

7 7
"If little Billy was the QB, running back, receiver or any other player scoring points they will be mentioned. Give it a rest they are all doing a good job. I am sure the kids are not the ones upset about their name not being in the paper.Just be glad its not the police blotter."
Man from Sherburne

5 8
""stop people coming from places where ebola is spreading" You don't get it. More people will sneak through via different and obscure routes. You're basically using political jargon as usual. "
Man from Norwich

6 6
"Is it cruel to tether your dogs? Counties around the country are passing laws to stop us from chaining our pets outside. Just think, your dogs a digger so a fence will not keep him/her in the yard. Mine can jump a 10 ft fence."
Man from Outside Chenango

4 9
""Just like NOBAMA goes to HITLER.COM to get ideas on how to ruin a country!" "Dumbest post of the day. Congrats!" I fully agree with the latter statement. "
Man from Norwich

7 9
""Home schooled and Private/parochial grads almost always score much higher on CAT, SAT, ACT, & Col. Entrance tests" - No reliable proof this is a fact. "
Man from Norwich

4 7
"MFC, I have been in the basement, and on the second floor of the Columbus town hall and I am a contractor. That building will be here long after we are all gone. 90% of the repairs are cosmetic not structural, and none of them need to be done right away. What a shame it would be to sell that wonderful building. A town without a town hall? Very sad!"
Man from Norwich

7 3
"I just read the rankings of NYS schools based on four years of test data. Norwich finished 342 out of 430. Makes me want to pay my school taxes."
Man from Norwich

7 5
"Get yer shovels ready!"
Man from Norwich

7 11
"Unless we stop people coming from places where ebola is spreading, we will be flooded with it and it may be worse than anything we have seen in the past." Calm down and stop your fear mongering kid. We know you do it because you think it's a good political strategy. It's dumb. try harder."
Man from Smithville

6 9
"The next GOP POTUS elected has a lot of damage to undo."
Man from New Berlin

10 3
"WFC: If the town hall in Columbus has had so little use in the past that its upkeep has been neglected, why worry about maybe needing more room sometime in the future? In May did you take the tour and see the condition of the basement and second floor?"
Man from Columbus

9 4
" Norwich School bus drivers think they are above traffice laws. I had 2 pull out in front of me Monday without completely stopping at a stop sign and one not yelding right of way at a 4 way stop. One on rt 12 by the airport and the other on silver and rexford street."
Man from Norwich

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