There are 6 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 5, 2008, titled letters. In it, Newsday reports that:

Smokers singled out by tax hike So here we go again. An increased sin tax on cigarettes, making New Yorkers pay the highest tax in the nation ["Smokers ignited over tax hike," June 4]. While some may applaud ...

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#1 Jun 5, 2008
George you couldn't be more correct. We will never get consolidation as all children are truly not equal. And can you imagine having a redo of the general election when you each party knows the results of the first. Absurd

Valley Stream, NY

#2 Jun 5, 2008
It is amazing how they don't want to address the most obvious solution, CONSOLIDATION. An area the size of Long Island does not need 120+ school districts. Each and every one with bloated spending, disparate teacher contracts, and over-paid Admins.
Those that opose the idea I'm sure are 1) teacher unions 2) school boards/PTA's and anyone in the 'wealthy school districts' that essentially want their public school to be on-par with a private school at the cost of the taxpayer.
What also was not addressed was lowering school taxes before implementing a cap and I'm talking like 20% of waste from the schools. Then and only then will it make sense to cap (and 4% is too high) the out-of-control schools.
Those that favor the high-taxes, need to realize that YOUR kids will not be able to afford to live here if you continue on this wreckless path, they will either be living in your home till they are 30-something or older or moving off the island like many young do today. Based on that...why are we spending SO much money on education only to send the kids off the island because we had to have exessive educations.
Yes, education is important, but there has to be limits. Kids learn today that they they need only ask for more money, more money, more money and people will give it. Then, unless they are in on the corrupt school district scheme, they will learn quickly that money doesn't flow as freely. Eventually the well runs dry, people get fed up with over-the-top school taxes and either FIGHT for change or leave this tax island.
You R Right


#3 Jun 5, 2008
We are banging out heads into a stone wall.

West Nyack, NY

#4 Jun 5, 2008
How would we even go about trying to get consolidation? Oh well. I'm guessing that we will be hearing a lot more about this at county executive election time.

West Nyack, NY

#5 Jun 5, 2008
I also propose that schoold district administrators be elected, so that they will be more accoubtable to the taxpayers if they want to keep their jobs.

Westfield, MA

#6 Jun 5, 2008
consolidation sounds great, and should be considered. is it possible to put it up for vote county wise, and allow the people, the taxpayers voices to be heard? can you imagine the amount of money that would, or could, be saved every school year. also, beyond that, the amount of money not having to be paid toward retirements . it can be done! but, the taxpayers must join together , like the teachers unions, and others who wish to see things stay as they are. and wouldn't it be just great if the voices of the people could be heard, and changes made for the good of the taxpayers. good luck!

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