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""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

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""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

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"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

1 2
""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

3 0
"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

2 1
""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

1 1
""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

1 2
"Obama will not stop his countrymen from coming into this country Ebola or what ever!!"
Man from Outside Chenango

1 0
"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

1 2
"Let us all pray for better times."
Man from New Berlin

4 7
"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

9 5
"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

5 7
"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

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""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

4 9
"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 9
"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

4 7
"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

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""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

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"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

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"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

3 10
"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

2 7
"adorable!"
Man from Norwich

7 4
"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

5 8
"That Time The Reagan White House Press Briefing Erupted With Laughter Over AIDS 13 Times- Google it."
Man from Preston

4 5
""...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 6
"Hey I agree with JJ from Smithville."
Man from Sherburne

5 5
"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

4 7
""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

5 5
"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

2 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

6 7
""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 6
"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

6 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 4
"Get yer shovels ready!"
Man from Norwich

5 10
"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

5 8
"The next GOP POTUS elected has a lot of damage to undo."
Man from New Berlin

10 1
"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

Tuesday, October 21st

7 5
"MFN - as usual, you can't read. The other MFN didn't say the bus driver was a Co. Worker. He said he wold like to be a Co. worker who can drive past the bus. READ with compredhension - PLEASE."
Man from South New Berlin

6 8
"MFN - The school administration would not need to order new supplies if teachers didn't throw out perfectly good stuff. Again - check the landfill. While teachers might not actually "order" the stuff, they request it. same difference."
Man from South New Berlin

6 9
"MFPreston - If you don't think there is a danger associated with ebola - just wait. 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."
Man from South New Berlin

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"MFN - How much proof do you need? Check sites that report the results - Home schooled and Private/parochial grads almost always score much higher on CAT, SAT, ACT, & Col. Entrance tests. You can also ask most any College Admissions official. When I taught, children from other State Schools were usually less prepared, especially in Math & Science."
Man from South New Berlin

5 9
""Hey Mr. Wilson, it's the way gov't works in NYS. It's like the SAFE Act, passed in the dark of night. Totalitarianism at it's best, NYS is no longer a democracy." Frothy rant alert"
Man from Smithville

7 8
"Just like NOBAMA goes to HITLER.COM to get ideas on how to ruin a country!" Dumbest post of the day. Congrats!"
Man from Smithville

11 2
"To MfSNB, The guys that make the decisions about school purchases are the ones making 6-figure salaries then turn around and tell you that money is so tight they can't afford cap erasers. Your taxes go up to pay their salaries. Definitely not the teachers call. To mfSher, you're lucky SE is #263 - UV is much lower at #330."
Woman from South New Berlin

6 9
"MFSNB Stop worrying about the EBAMA Czar, He has access to a computer, he can go to WEBMD. Just like NOBAMA goes to HITLER.COM to get ideas on how to ruin a country!"
Man from Outside Chenango

2 10
"It is not that little billy didn't get mentioned because he made a tackle. It is because they consistently only mention the student's with names. That is what irritates us parents."
Woman from Norwich

2 9
"Are the people who are campaigning for a NO vote on giving the Board the go ahead to sell the Columbus Town hall really concerned about the historic significance or are they concerned about their own property values? Fix the Town Hall at tax payers expense & increase the value of homes in the vicinity."
Man from North Norwich

3 8
"What isn't being said re. the if the town hall is sold that the taxpayers will pay MORE money for either an addition to the court house or a start from nothing on the depot. Save the town hall, it will be cheaper in the long run "
Woman from Columbus

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"WFC: The referendum to be voted on on Nov. 4 only empower or doesn't empower the board to sell the Columbus Town Hall. There is no rush! It wasn't until the Board approved to have the residents vote on the possibility of selling it that a few people objected.Does their opinion count more than the majority of residents?"
Man from Columbus

10 4
"School bus drivers are not county employees.They work for the school district."
Man from Norwich

7 9
""Holy cow, Ron Paul the voice of reason." Even a stopped clock is right twice a day"
Man from Smithville

6 6
"I want to go work for the County Highway.That way I can go through the red lights on school buses and nothing will happen.I reported it and the Sup.said I will take care of it. No police ever checked it out."
Man from Norwich

7 8
"What I don't understand about the Columbus Town Hall situation is the big rush to sell it. I dont understand the refusal to hear about more options to repair it. I dont understand the anger & the mocking tone by those pushing to sell our historic town hall. Why the sudden big push to sell?"
Woman from Columbus

9 9
"Hey Mr. Wilson, it's the way gov't works in NYS. It's like the SAFE Act, passed in the dark of night. Totalitarianism at it's best, NYS is no longer a democracy."
Man from Norwich

10 6
"MFSNB - WRONG! School Administration decides on new equipment, text books, computers etc. Frankly, teachers may indicate certain needs in the classroom, but in no way do they make the decisions. Check with your local teachers/Administrators."
Man from Norwich

6 6
""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

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""Maybe we should spend more on the students and less on all the "Glitter"" If you don't believe poor parenting is the major cause; just reread some of the nonsense here. Unfortunately many of these ranting fools do raise children. "
Man from Norwich

4 13
"Reading 30 Seconds, it's no wonder outsiders think Chenango county is populated by ignorant hicks. Sit in front of a computer 24/7 like I do and learn something."
Man from Smithville

11 5
"I just read the school rankings for upstate NY. Sherburne-Earlville came in #263. All the taxes we pay and this is the results. Maybe we should spend more on the students and less on all the "Glitter"."
Man from Sherburne

7 11
"Well, those who are putting down teachers may have never taught, but they might have worked with some teachers. Without a doubt the most spoiled, coddled, and rude bunch I've ever worked with. There are, however, exceptions to the rule… though few and far between. "
Man from Norwich

7 8
"What's the difference between reading posts on 30 seconds and reading Tom Morgan's piece(s) ? Nothing."
Man from Outside Chenango

4 8
"The MFSMV is Pathetic! Poor lost soul! "
Man from Outside Chenango

5 12
"If I renounce my citizenship and then come back as an "undocumented citizen" can I get a job then?"
Man from Norwich

7 9
"Holy cow, Ron Paul the voice of reason."You need to put in perspective. One person has died and they want to shut down the world travel system. Estimates are up to 49,000 people die every year from the flu, so let's ban all people who have a cold because they might have the flu.""
Woman from Norwich

11 2
"MFC: In response to the Comptroller, the Columbus Supervisor stated "The fund balance MAY now allow us to proceed with projects to restore our Town Hall. He did not write WILL BE used to repair the Town Hall!"
Woman from Columbus

3 12
"MFN, you are in error The teachers DO decide on computers. They decide that last year's model is out-dated-so they throw them out. Go to the landfill and check for yourself. It's filled with a lot of perfectly good and useful equipment. Recently an expensive NEW printer-in its original box-was thrown into the trash. This waste needs to STOP!!!"
Man from South New Berlin

7 5
"logical solution: vote for or against the party/candidate that most serves corporate interests and the wealthiest, and others, vote for or against the party that most serves the social fabric and the general public."
Man from Norwich

14 6
"Man from South New Berlin 1 dead from Ebola do you worry about the yearly deaths by Rabies, HIV, Influenza, Mosquito-borne viruses, Rotavirus, etc.? Your hysteria is hysterical and ignorant."
Man from Preston

2 9
"Take the grandstanding oratory somewhere suitable for immediate equivalent retaliation. Otherwise it is no more than hit and run tactics. "
Man from Norwich

6 8
"YOU, "post the facts" HA ! It would help if you KNEW the facts. You are living in a fantasy world." Says the guy who repeatedly posts lies and can't back them up. Grow up spankbaby"
Man from Smithville

7 7
"Man from South New Berlin chemical weapons were 20 years old and deteriorated beyond use."
Man from Preston

7 7
"lie, cheat, or whatever - just so you can get elected." Man from South New Berlin that's the conservative mantra! Democrats need to get tough and fight fire with fire!"
Man from Norwich

5 11
"Republican representative in Cook County goes to vote for himself but machine votes for the democrat. Does it several time. Machine is calibrated to take only democrat votes. This happened yesterday in Ill. Dems win in a landslide with voter fraud."
Man from Norwich

8 8
"Man from South New Berlin Bushs' bird flu czar; and don't forget Brownie."
Man from Preston

5 8
""I think the US Dept of Education should be disbanded and each citizen should be..." Paulbot alert! Crazy rants ahead. Please proceed with caution :)"
Man from Smithville

8 8
"If it was one of the Bush kids it would be front page, headline all the way across the page." When Dubya was older than hunter he did plenty of cocaine and admits as much. What's your point? Is hunter running for office? You're just looking for anything to shriek about and it's obvious and pathetic. "
Man from Smithville

4 8
"There you have it! We now know if you are a town supervisor you get your one sided letter to the editor printed, while the letters submitted trying to explain the reason for keeping the Columbus town hall are thrown in the trash. "
Man from Norwich
I received a 'letter to the editor' that said it was about Columbus, and responded letting the sender know I was not able to open the attachment, and asked them to re-send in a different format. If I can't open the letter, I can't print it. So I went to the next one in line.
-Ed.

7 8
""What's so/ hard about getting a voter ID?" - Betcha' still don't have an answer, do you? " you know damn well what the answer is as it's been discussed as nauseam. Your just like WFOC that knew "but wanted to hear someone say it". Do your own research and you won't get schooled here every day kid. If you can't use google that's your fail."
Man from Smithville

1 5
"Here is a tip for you atheists. As long as the American people put there trust in God, God will protect us. When the American people stop doing this we are all in trouble. Our money still says In God We Trust."
Man from Norwich

9 6
"Teachers work 180 days/yr but you don't work 365! 365 - 104 weekend days - say 2 wks vaca = 251 days. Also teachers work 7.5 hrs/day (in my district) PLUS work they do at home. That's min. 37.5 hrs a week! No teacher works 30 hrs or less"
Woman from Oxford

9 3
"I have liberal-minded and conservative-minded friends and family I adore. And I know liberal-minded and conservative-minded folks I try to avoid. "
Man from Norwich

5 9
"Why so many consecutive nonsensical sounding posts today? So much ranting, raving, and repeated political propaganda can cause unnecessary stress. "
Man from Norwich

4 10
"The extreme liberals here have reached the point of total ignorance and denial of any fault of anything by the democrat communist party and the dictator Obama. They must be in total panic before this election. Don't worry your free stuff is safe regardless who gets elected. Republicans will keep you on the couch or at the computer too."
Man from Norwich

4 9
""For your information, 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. "
Man from Norwich

6 7
""For your information, home schooled (and parochial schooled) children ..." For your information I was referring to the original poster who had the super dumb idea of making teachers part time teaching her children. Reading comprehension.... Look into it."
Man from Smithville

5 8
"Man from Sherburne A+, Man from Oxford F on defining a Republic. Knowledge is a weapon, it is better to have a sword rather than a butter knife."
Man from North Norwich

7 10
"Man From Smithville, I recently signed up for the ACA due to a change in employment. My premium is about the same that I was paying BC/BS(965.00)a month, plus an added bonus. I now pay $200.00 a month for a prescription I used to pay $20.00 a month for. Thank you dear leader. "
Woman from Outside Chenango

5 14
"Way to go Mr. President - you are a laugh a minute. We need someone to tackle this ebola virus. This is a huge medical mystery. It has already killed. So - who do you put in to be your "Ebola Czar"? Ron Klain - a political friend who has zero training about medicine. We certainly don't want a doctor appointed!!!"
Man from South New Berlin

4 11
"How many "Permanent Resident" cards does Obama's plan call for? How about this - 34,000,000. (That is 34 MILLION) permanent resident cards for ILLEGAL ALIENS just so those ILLEGAL ALIENS can get a job."
Man from South New Berlin

5 14
"So, this is how it is done?? The president told Democrats to "Do whatever you need to do to get elected." Yep - just go out there and do "whatever" - lie, cheat, or whatever - just so you can get elected."
Man from South New Berlin

5 12
"This so fantastic! -- We have millions of American citizens that are unemployed and can't find jobs, but the President is now planing to give millions of ILLEGAL ALIENS "Permanent Reisent Cards" to encourage businesses to hire these ILLEGAL people. Give me a break - they are ILLEGAL - ship them back to Mexico *or wherever"!! Close the border."
Man from South New Berlin

7 12
""If you don't like Ebola vote republican. Obama plans on bringing infected Ebola carriers into the US for treatment... He needs more democrat voters living on welfare to transform The US into a communist country." This is the kind of rant that makes intelligent people vote BLUE."
Man from New Berlin

9 6
"Teachers do not decide on new computers. They do not decide on multi-million dollar projects. They do not ask for new buses. Do you ask for a new traffic light? "
Man from Norwich

7 3
""The report was done by a independent contractor, who is now out of business." If they'd paid an engineer, you'd be complaining about that too."
Woman from New Berlin

8 3
"The Smyrna Supervisor very graciously furnished Columbus with all the details regarding the renovation of their Town Hall including pictures, Columbus has the municipal building, Norton Park, Whitney House, Community Church, & Smyrna needed space for gov't functions."
Woman from Coventry

6 10
"My god it's dark out here. Is your child sleeping at the bus stop? We need later starting times for 2 reasons. (1) It's dangerous on these dark mornings for students to be standing on the side of the roads. (2) Most of them are not rested well enough and need more sleep. School districts need to consider later starting times now."
Woman from Sherburne

4 8
""Not every country is a republic."- If I reread the MFOx's post long enough will I find something in it to be untrue? Will I find where it states "every" country is a republic? No. So your point man from Sherburne? Sorry you don't like the word, but we are also a democracy. "
Man from Norwich

7 5
"MFS you should have copy and pasted the entire Wikipedias definition. You left out... In modern times the definition of a republic is also commonly limited to a government which excludes a monarch.[1][2] Currently, 135 of the world's 206 sovereign states use the word "republic" as part of their official names."
Man from Smithville

2 8
"In the response to the comptroller's report, to correct the problems found, the Columbus supervisor stated that money will be used to repair the town hall, which should be done with no impact to the taxpayer. Find all the facts before you vote! "
Man from Columbus

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