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4 5
"TBH the only run-ins I have had with the police were bad. They were called to help me and either "couldn't" or just flat out refused to. Maybe I should just stop obeying the laws too (like the ones they were protecting through inaction)?"
Man from Norwich

6 5
"The people bashing the police are the ones who have had run ins with them? And you would know that how? Oh, right, but you're not a know-it-all…. Maybe people don't like public servants who look like they're angry all the time. Peace out, cub scout."
Man from Norwich

4 6
"The "Columbus Spirit" group appears to really be UVAC'S former vice president, advisory board member and very possibly two more advisory board members and it's treasurer. Also add Sympathizers."
Man from Columbus

2 9
""Trump is relevant how?" His hairstyle is in. "
Man from Norwich

2 11
""Those people bashing the police are the same people who have had runs with the police. I hope you look good in your orange jump suit for Halloween." Anyone pointing out certain negatives regarding police are bashing them and belong in orange jump suits? "
Man from Norwich

8 4
""We are on the verge of civil war if this happens." You need to get away from your radical information sources; you're sounding like a mentally unstable extremist. "
Man from Norwich

7 3
"man from Sm'vill-re: bashing police..it's not bashing police it's voicing an opinion based on the public observations of police behavior etc..and what makes you think that those who are making a comment have had encounters w/police? Do you know for a fact? Even if it were so, do you know their situation? Point is you DON'T."
Woman from Greene

4 8
"FYI to the ignorant, befuddled naysayer(s) that continue to hold on to misguided belief that this nation is AMERICA: If you happen to have a legally issued Passport from this country. it BOLDLY states that this is the "United States of America",NOT a passport issue by "America"; This nation lies upon and does NOT extend throughout this Continent! "
Man from Oxford

7 3
"Message for drivers entering Newton Ave from the school on Ridgeland Rd or from Pleasant St: those red signs with white letters say STOP. That doesn't mean you should pull out in front of cars on Newton with the right-of-way -- it means STOP. "
Woman from Norwich

3 9
"It's taking less and less time to get through 30 seconds since I just vote down MVSMV and now COLUMBUS since half the posts are from those idiots. The majority of readers on here are sick og hearing from MFSMV and about Columbus! "
Man from Outside Chenango

8 7
"I watched the Schneiderman debate last night! He was pathetic at best! Man was he out gunned! I voted for him last time, but not again! Just another CUOMO PUPPET! The Moreland commission did him in as far as I am concerned! "
Man from Outside Chenango

2 9
"Why does 1 Board Member in Columbus broadcast plans for renovating the Columbus Town Hall without the approval of the rest of the Board? The Comptroller's report was not in reference to how the NEW TOWN Board handles finances!"
Woman from Columbus

5 6
""MFSm actually holds a position that Donald Trump does!" Trump is relevant how?"
Man from Smithville

2 10
"All you trick or treaters be on the watch for trolls. Especially in Smithville under the bridge. Lol"
Man from Smithville

2 10
"Those people bashing the police are the same people who have had runs with the police. I hope you look good in your orange jump suit for Halloween. Peace"
Man from Smithville

2 8
"Lets get the whole story! "Spirit of Columbus's letter wrote: Comptroller said: " The Board should develop a plan to reduce the amount of unrestricted, unappropriated surplus funds in a manner that benefits Town Taxpayers." The reason behind this was the OLD BOARD with their 3 to 2 vote BORROWED MONEY when it was UNNECESSARY. "
Woman from Columbus

3 10
"Democrat voter fraud will win the day for the democrats and the wimpy republicans will go along with the Obama corruption machine because they will be called racists. We are on the verge of civil war if this happens."
Man from Norwich

4 6
"No Koch! Just Pepsi!"
Man from Smithville

4 7
""MFN, It's impossible to "prove" Someone wrong that "thinks" He or She knows everything." If what I post is not factual that should be easy to prove. I do it every day here (to your dismay)"
Man from Smithville

3 7
"NEW YORK FREE Would be funded by N.Y.C"
Man from Norwich

3 8
"To the ignorant loudmouth MFC who thinks the contractor should donate his time. Is this contractor you speak of the same one who DONATED the plumbing fixtures for Norton Park? Open big mouth insert foot!! "
Woman from Columbus

3 7
""MFN, It's impossible to "prove" Someone wrong that "thinks" He or She knows everything. Some on Here try, but get mocked with sarcasm. From My vantage point, MFSm is doing a majority of the whining on Here." And you've yet to prove the facts wrong. Pathetic. The new conservative war on facts lol. "
Man from Smithville

3 8
""MFSm is posting as MFN and begging for mercy. If he was not so obnoxious with his postings and phoney facts, nobody would get on him." Pathetically paranoid nonsense. Prove what I post to be false or quit your crying."
Man from Smithville

5 6
""No one else would have to worry about Him/Her violating their santuary!" You sound like ralphie from "a Christmas story" daydreaming about shooting bad guys. Grow up kid."
Man from Smithville

3 9
"" C'mon, kid. Enjoy that fail. See what I did there?"I sure do. You bellyached about me as usual because you don't like the facts I post flying in the face of your nonsense propaganda."
Man from Smithville

2 8
"How short are our memories? Some of the group pushing the Columbus Town Hall issue pushed the UVAC issue. Their modus operandi is to spread false information, as they did with UVAC."
Man from Columbus

2 8
"In their letter of 10/30/14 the "Spirit of Columbus" is telling us how to vote. The Town Board Members letter of 10/29/14 asks us to please vote. The "Spirit" isn't very democratic."
Man from Columbus

4 6
"Booooooo! "
Man from Smithville
Ahhh! ... Happy Halloween.
-Ed.

2 8
"Deed for Columbus Town Hall states "The premises hereby conveyed shall ONLY be used for Town purposes for the benefit of the said Town of Columbus." So, if you are going to abide by the deed, you shouldn't be having birthday parties or similar occasions there!"
Woman from Columbus

3 7
""Shall the Columbus Town Board be empowered to sell the Columbus Town Hall at 108 Columbus Hill Road, subject to retaining the bell currently in the belfry and sectioning off from the Town Hall parcel that section of land on which the Town's War Memorial is situated?" This is the referendum to be voted on. Please vote!"
Man from Columbus

6 7
"Quote MFN "Upstate New York will never be prosperous again as long as it is connected to NYC" Oh really! NYC supports upstate and don't you forget that!"
Man from Outside Chenango

0 10
"There are 5 members on the Columbus Town Board.Don't be mislead by what one individual makes you believe will happen & what money will be used for the town hall. The other 4 may not agree!As part of the OLD BOARD that got criticized for borrowing money when it wasn't necessary, now it seems it's SPEND,SPEND,SPEND!"
Woman from Columbus

Thursday, October 30th

4 6
"Spirits of Columbus are haunting Halloween, but instead of candy, their after our money."
Woman from Columbus

10 2
""The police officers I have met are not "public servants"" http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-militarization-of-police-state-usa/5377240 "
Man from Norwich

4 8
""MFN, It's impossible to "prove" Someone wrong that "thinks" He or She knows everything." Stop making silly excuses and talking in circles; I'm getting tired of waiting. You people just need to post facts that actually rebut his responses. It really shouldn't be that hard if he's wrong. Right? I'll cheer 4 U "
Man from Norwich

5 4
""I saw 2 children dressed as Jimmy Carter and Pres Obama. I couldn't tell them apart. Parents have a sense of humor. Peace" Obviously a far better sense of humor than your."
Man from Norwich

7 4
"man from Norwich-re:police not "public servants"..jerks..90% of police officers are as you said but it's on and off duty.They're also very arrogant,snotty,rude...need I go on? There are far and few out there who put on a uniform and serve the public without an attitude."
Woman from Greene

3 8
""No more Cuomo,enough is enough of him and his ways." The only alternative is worse. "
Man from Norwich

1 9
""MFSm is posting as MFN and begging for mercy. If he was not so obnoxious with his postings and phoney facts, nobody would get on him." More sour grapes. I am not and never have been the man who posts from Smithville. Period. "
Man from Norwich

2 8
""MfN, the man from smithville is a condescending know-it-all. So bullying tactics? C'mon, kid. Enjoy that fail. See what I did there?" You call him a "know-it-all; which is condescending; the remainder of you posts is hypocritical; and, you still haven't proven him wrong on anything yet. It equates to sour grapes. "
Man from Norwich

7 2
""The couple who dress their kids up in different Halloween costumes during trick or treat I know who you are.{they had their kids change 3 times in their car]. What lesson does it teach them.welfare pays" The beauty of 30 seconds; post unverified accusations to make a point. "
Man from Norwich

1 10
"Re:" Are you ready to admit that you are as ignorant and cannot correct Their Mistake?..."I have heard the POTUS many times refer to the USA as America.Is he ignorant too?"...Considering that you chronically chastise the POTUS regularly, it is funny that you now side with him: Yes, he is in error & tells people what they want to hear!"
Man from Oxford

1 8
"In a letter to the State Comptroller which the Supervisor signed on 2/14/13 says "This fund balance may now allow us to proceed with projects to restore our Town Hall...". What happened? Town Reserves are now in excess of $500,000. Who is deceiving who?"
Woman from Columbus

1 8
"Re. Smyrna's historian's letter and the monument: If the Town Hall is sold the monument will be almost meaningless, sitting on a corner where it will be difficult to get to. There was no misinformation, just a misunderstanding of what you read."
Woman from Columbus

1 8
"Re. article by Smyrna Historian, you are taking the words out of context. As a Congregational Church the bell rang for every death in town, so many rings for male or female and then a ring for every year they lived. It will not be ringing in a box somewhere. "
Woman from Columbus

2 6
"Spirit of Columbus & their writers for newspapers are saying renovation of Columbus town hall will have little or nothing out of the taxpayers pocket. Just where do you think any surplus money came from? The tooth fairy!"
Woman from Columbus

5 6
"MFSm actually holds a position that Donald Trump does! Stop the presses! Both opposed the Iraq War. Lol."
Man from Oxford

6 8
"MFN, It's impossible to "prove" Someone wrong that "thinks" He or She knows everything. Some on Here try, but get mocked with sarcasm. From My vantage point, MFSm is doing a majority of the whining on Here."
Woman from Smithville

3 8
"The Sherburne News column on Columbus under Smyrna Historical Society lends support to the "Spirit of Columbus"states "You will lose the memorial in front of the Town Hall. You will lose the bell".Now where did the good people of Smyrna come up with this information? Couldn't possibly be from "Spirit of Columbus" group!"
Woman from Columbus

4 9
"I don't no why the town of Columbus need a new town hall the town of Columbus Supervisor spend 90 percent of his time in the Village hall of New Berlin with New Berlin Town supervisor plotting on taken over the world or just getting there lies straight. "
Woman from Columbus

7 4
"Thieves can show up all they want at my house when we're not home. Got hidden security cameras, all the guns, money and valuables are locked in a 900lb fire proof valult.Homeowners insurance companies like people who are proactive even get a discount."
Man from Norwich

7 3
"just heard on syr channel 3 tomorrow night(friday) at 8pm about the Ramesan trial. check it out"
Woman from Sherburne
It was mentioned in our paper in two spots today. And will be writing a story tonight about it.
-Ed.

4 7
"In the Columbus column in the New Berlin Gazette the writer states "There has been so much negative talk being written about & spread like wildfire that just isn't true." This is in regard to the referendum about the Town Hall vote on Nov.4. Unfortunately,it's the "Spirit of Columbus" group that is guilty of doing most of it!"
Man from Columbus

6 7
"I don't think the Nazis would have murdered as many Jews if they had had the right to bear arms! I guess you anti's didn't learn a thin from history! That's ok, we will protect you while your cowering in your basements like a bunch of cowards! Look at the atrocities in the other countries where the people cannot defend themselves!"
Man from Outside Chenango

10 4
"man from Norwich-re: 2 pics of officers. I agree, also to add the one looks as though he has a chip on his shoulder and thinks he's better than the rest of us? Maybe because he already comes from a family of law enforcement? Both will fit right in with not only the NPD but with all the other police agencies."
Woman from Greene

4 8
"MFSNB I do not sleep with a gun in my hand, I think I will be able to tell the difference between a burglar and someone alerting me to a fire! I have never heard of a burglar breaking into someone home and yelling FIRE! Of course I would make sure and then I would KILL them! No one else would have to worry about Him/Her violating their santuary!"
Man from Outside Chenango

7 5
" Are you ready to admit that you are as ignorant and cannot correct Their Mistake?..."I have heard the POTUS many times refer to the USA as America.Is he ignorant too?Perhaps your the only who isn't."
Man from Sherburne

4 7
"The "Spirit of Columbus" has been very vocal regarding the Town Hall. The silent majority will soon weigh in on this issue. Usually they make sensible decisions and will do so on Nov. 4."
Man from Columbus

3 11
"My wife asked me what I was wearing for Halloween. I told her I was going to dress like a democrat. She got me a sheep costume. Got to love that woman."
Man from Smithville

4 7
"The "Spirit of Columbus" group wants to spend our money recklessly. Old UVAC habits die hard. Vote YES on Nov. 4."
Man from New Berlin

4 7
"I saw 2 children dressed as Jimmy Carter and Pres Obama. I couldn't tell them apart. Parents have a sense of humor. Peace"
Man from Smithville

4 6
"Let them eat cake, candy.cookies, It is Halloween."
Man from Smithville

8 3
"In regards to cell phones & land lines - it is now possible to pay less than $50 a month for unlimited calls (including long distance), texts & internet on a cell phone."
Woman from Norwich

5 7
"Spirit of Columbus local contractors should be donating their time and expertise to the Town Hall rather than charging the tax payers $950 for furnace work. Vote "yes" and let the "Spirit" spend their hard earned $$, not tax $$."
Man from Columbus

2 9
"Prior to its restoration, the Smyrna Town Hall estimate was apx $300,000. It was in worse repair than Columbus’s. It actually cost $17,000 and is a true gem. Don't go by one report and a "contractor" who has always wanted it gone no matter what."
Woman from Columbus

4 8
""They'll fit right in with most of the other NPD officers. " I'm sure you just ticked off our 30 seconds wannabe Norwich cop :)"
Man from Smithville

6 6
"When people Do NOT have the facts to contradict another's statement they resort to bully tactics such as name calling, hoping that by denigrating the other individual they will somehow "win" the argument!"
Man from Oxford

0 11
"Guess what?The Briarwood report wasn't trying to pull the wool over anybody's eyes by stating at the beginning of their report that they weren't a NYS licensed professional nor does it represent itself to be so. Columbus had the expertise of several local contractors who were unlike members of the "Spirit of Columbus" expecting to be hired."
Man from Columbus

4 7
"Anyone checked into whether a Columbus Town Board member owns a second house next to the Town Hall? How would this property be affected when the taxpayers pour a quarter million into the project?"
Woman from New Berlin

9 5
"No more Cuomo,enough is enough of him and his ways."
Man from New Berlin

5 6
"All should give this Board credit for allowing a vote on the Town Hall and abiding by the outcome. Remember the previous Board and the UVAC vote. Now UVAC is Spirit of Columbus. Vote "Yes" and let them buy it."
Man from Columbus

12 1
"Please! ENOUGH of this Columbus town hall crap! "
Man from Norwich

3 10
"Upstate New York will never be prosperous again as long as it is connected to NYC and the corrupt democrats. It should petition to secede from New York and form its own state. Called New York Free. "
Man from Norwich

6 8
""Why isn't there outrage over Obama releasing prisoners from GITMO to return to fight against our allies?" I am outraged that republicans blocked them being transferred here for trial. Cause a problem then complain about the outcome. The GOP WAY"
Man from Smithville

8 4
"The police officers I have met are not "public servants"; they are self serving. When they're off the clock most are straight up jerks and when on the tax payers' dollar don't want to do anything unless it will catch them some good press."
Man from Norwich

5 8
"MFSm is posting as MFN and begging for mercy. If he was not so obnoxious with his postings and phoney facts, nobody would get on him."
Man from Norwich

1 10
"MfN, the man from smithville is a condescending know-it-all. So, yeah, he annoys people. That, and he bashes all non-leftist, non-democrat things, while refusing to admit what he really is. Its sad, quite honestly. So bullying tactics? C'mon, kid. Enjoy that fail. See what I did there?"
Man from Norwich

2 9
"The couple who dress their kids up in different Halloween costumes during trick or treat I know who you are.{they had their kids change 3 times in their car]. What lesson does it teach them...welfare pays"
Man from Smithville

6 11
""It would really be scary if everyone on 30 seconds posted as the MFSV on Halloween." What is it about the MFSm that annoys you and your friends here so? Your constant retaliatory insults and bullying tactics say more about you than him. Just prove him wrong. That should be easy. Right? "
Man from Norwich

8 9
"Why do people schedule things on the first day of deer season. Don't they know that it's like a holiday in these parts."
Man from Oxford

7 6
"Happy Halloween to all and to all a good Fright..Peace"
Man from Smithville

6 14
"The Democrats and their corrupt policies have destroyed the NYS Communities. Spitzer, Patterson, Cuomo. "
Man from Norwich

7 12
"Why isn't there outrage over Obama releasing prisoners from GITMO to return to fight against our allies? Can you imagine if it was Bush? This could be considered treasonous"
Man from Norwich

7 12
"Downstate and NYC will always control this state, thats where the money and smarts are."
Man from Norwich

7 7
"The first page of the ever quoted Briarwood report says "is not a NYS licensed professional nor does it represent itself to be so." The Town of Columbus is basing it's decision to sell on a defunct company. Who would rely on this for their own property? Vote NO"
Woman from Columbus

13 3
"Town Norwich Tax Collector election: A political newcomer that has experience, people skills vrs the good old boys network candidate. Good to see some competition!...It can be done!!"
Man from Norwich

5 9
"Monies have been set aside for repairs for the Town Hall and have not been used. Check openbookny and you will see Columbus has more than enough RESERVE funds in excess of OVER $500,000. Your taxes do not need to increase because of the Town Hall."
Woman from Columbus

14 4
"The pic of the 2 new police officers is really funny to me. You're public servants and you just got a steady job, you don't need to look so angry, dang. They'll fit right in with most of the other NPD officers. "
Man from Norwich

8 13
"WOW!!!Democrats running for re-election and offices don't want Obama anywhere near them. That ought to tell you something about our President."
Man from Outside Chenango

5 12
"My porch lights will be off this Halloween. Stay the heck off my grass!.....just be on your way and know whats best for you. "
Man from Norwich

9 5
"Re:"Most of you gun fanatics don't know that around 3/4 of burglaries occur when the homeowner isn't home. Obviously the thieves are smarter than you are."...Oftentimes, it is someone who KNOWS you, knows your habits & routines & when you are NOT in the vicinity!"
Man from Oxford

5 8
"Re:-It is time to get over this "America", "Canada", "Mexico" hang-up that you have. The USA is known world-wise as "America".The "world-WISE" term is a misnomer and originally used by those emigrating from Europe across the ocean to a land mass they called America; Are you ready to admit that you are as ignorant and cannot correct Their Mistake??"
Man from Oxford

7 6
"Those who want to fix the Columbus Town Hall should pay for it. Don't overburden other taxpayers.As one person who wrote on 30 seconds, did the people who built the original church expect it to stand forever?"
Woman from Columbus

7 6
"New York is the highest taxed state in the nation. Vote NO on the town hall and taxes will increase. Taxes in Columbus have already become a crisis."
Man from Columbus

4 8
"Take a trip in the Town of Columbus.You see bad roads and neglected properties. Some want to fix the town hall at taxpayers expense. Set priorities - Vote YES."
Man from Columbus

7 8
""...3/4 of burglaries occur when the homeowner isn't home." MFSNB daydreams about the other 25% where he's the hero saving the day with his gun and machismo"
Man from Smithville

4 8
"How can anyone be sure what fixing the Columbus town hall will cost?Not even the Town Board can. Yet there are those who blindly charge on no matter what the cost is. Have you ever renovated an old building & found more problems than you thought?"
Man from Columbus

7 7
""It would really be scary if everyone on 30 seconds posted as the MFSV on Halloween. " I agree. it's obvious that conservatives on here are very scared by facts."
Man from Smithville

7 4
"Why harp on needing a large place to hold meetings?How many people attend Columbus Meetings? Some of the people who are pushing for a NO vote on the referendum regarding the Columbus Town Hall are the same ones who neglected it when they were on the previous Town Board. Asking the people to decide is what triggered all the objections."
Man from Columbus

7 4
"The New Berlin police department needs to go. there is no need for it. I have a sheriff car pass by twice a day and state police car 3 times a day. New Berlin police car not once in 5 months and the last time i seen Town supervisor was over a year ago when he wanted my vote. "
Woman from New Berlin

6 6
"Invest more money in the Columbus Town Hall & you still have a VERY OLD BUILDING that would still cost a lot to maintain for the little it has gotten used in the past years. Would it get used at all if people were charged a rental fee such as Norton Park has? Probably not! It's great as long as the taxpayers are the ones paying."
Man from Columbus

7 7
"Yes, the Columbus Town Hall has been looked at by local contractors. However, it seems some local contractors with years of experience disagree with the estimates and type of repairs the contractors that the "Spirit of Columbus" have based their opinions on!"
Woman from Columbus

7 5
"It would really be scary if everyone on 30 seconds posted as the MFSV on Halloween. "
Man from New Berlin

6 7
"If the Columbus Town Hall is repaired and a big portion of the surplus money the Town has is used, you say taxes will not be increased.What happens when bad weather causes road problems, equipment needs to be replaced or other unforeseen expenses happen? Do like the OLD BOARD with their 3 to 2 vote BORROW & PAY INTEREST!"
Woman from Columbus

9 5
""MFS - who ever said I "cared" about the voting on here" you post about it constantly. You care a lot :)"
Man from Smithville

14 7
"Cuomo and his staff have got to go. They are full of lies, corruption, and dirty deals. get out and vote in November. It's time for a change in NY.Don't let downstate NY and NYC control this state."
Man from Norwich

10 6
"Most of you gun fanatics don't know that around 3/4 of burglaries occur when the homeowner isn't home. Obviously the thieves are smarter than you are. "
Man from Norwich

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