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Rome, NY

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Rome Firefighters also provide support for the volunteer companies like Lake Delta, Lee Center, New London, Stanwix Heights, and Floyd.  (Oct 8, 2010 | post #14)

Rome, NY

The future of America

All those psychologists did with their theories on how to raise children with self esteem was give parents who have become selfish a reason not to break a sweat and actually do something. People are chasing the owning of toys at the expense of building families with futures. My husband and I didn't always do it right, but we raised children who aren't afraid to work for a living and who are willing to lend a helping hand to those who need it. I have a nephew who was given everything he wanted by parents who could afford to do so. My own kids were a bit jealous way back when. Now that they're raising their own, they see that there's more to it than buying expensive toys and making their children happy. The nephew is killing himself with drugs. Life didn't give him everything he wanted just because he asked for it. He wasn't prepared for that and didn't know how to handle it. You should be justifiably proud of that son of yours.  (Oct 7, 2010 | post #5)

Rome, NY

The future of America

I worked from the time I graduated high school and I still work. I've never taken a handout from the state or any other welfare agency. My children also were taught a work ethic and they too work to support their families. However, many of my friends involved themselves with other friends in self help groups and exploring their inner feelings with recreational drugs. Life was all about themselves and how they wanted it to be. So, the TV raised their children who are allowing technology, ie the internet, computer games and lets not forget Xbox raise their children. They're friends to their kids, NOT parents. School bus driver says their kid is disruptive and they run to the school system and complain that their kid is being picked on. They have to do that in order to avoid doing the parent thing and disciplining them. You are right about it being the older generations fault, but wrong about where the blame for that screw up lies. My grandson's bike was stolen by a kid who lives a few blocks away. MY DIL followed the thief right to his door and then called the cops. When they arrived the Mother of the thief said it wasn't her kid, he didn't do things like that. Cops found the bike in his bedroom.  (Oct 7, 2010 | post #3)

Rome, NY

The future of America

Somebody said to me that the future of America is the teen and young adult of today. Many of them can't spell or use proper grammar. They think it's fun to sit in front of a computer and trash other people or bully gays and others who are different. I've seen few of them who will lend a helping hand to older neighbors who might need help mowing lawns or shoveling snow. Far too many of them act as if the world owes them because they're special just for being born. If they can't have their own way they resort to violence, some of them abuse animals for the fun of it. Amazing. Aren't parents supposed to raise productive members of society?  (Oct 7, 2010 | post #1)

Rome, NY

Cleaning of the city

Your mother had lands and a new car? Ummmm, I see. If she had children under the age of 18 she would have qualified for a Social Security payment until they became old enough, wouldn't have needed Welfare. Otherwise if she was young enough not to retire she would have had to get a job just like I did when my first husband died.  (Oct 7, 2010 | post #17)

Rome, NY

Cleaning of the city

Under federal welfare law, New York State receives a block of money from the federal government to design and run its welfare program. New York decides who qualifies for welfare, how much assistance a family can receive, how long a family can receive assistance and the types of programs that will be available to help welfare recipients. In New York,families can receive cash benefits for up to five years (with the possibility of continued assistance in the form of vouchers after that time – called Safety Net Assistance). New York requires every adult welfare recipient to participate in a work or training activity as a condition of receiving welfare unless an individual is excused. The above information is from the website "Welfare to Work Program". Some of these people are all ready employed by the city in the Parks Dept. If through their own laziness they lose the jobs they're working at, they lose their benefits. People who can collect for longer than 5 years have health or mental problems which make them unemployable.  (Oct 6, 2010 | post #15)

Rome, NY

Rockefeller Drug Laws

Rockefeller drug laws exist because the good citizens at that time were concerned about the increase in drug related crime. In the 60's it was different. You didn't need to lock your doors and kids were safe playing outside. They believed they were losing their safety and looked for the state to come up with something to protect them. It caused overcrowding and the necessity for new prisons to be built. Three of them right in our area. Somehow I don't believe we're any safer.  (Oct 6, 2010 | post #11)

Rome, NY

Paladino

I don't put much stock in the polls, but they seem to say he's slipped badly, giving Cuomo a comfortable lead. Most of the people that I know aren't happy with his attack on the reporter and are reconsidering their vote. Some of them voted for him in the primary and are now sorry they didn't vote for Lazio. Maybe the polls are right?  (Oct 6, 2010 | post #59)

Rome, NY

Gun Control

In the case of Dr. Reid's dog anything is possible, I believe he allowed it to run loose. My friend's dog was killed in their own yard while it was tied out. I'm not at all sure what my bathroom window did. I'm just happy I wasn't in the bathroom when it happened.  (Aug 6, 2010 | post #31)

Rome, NY

Who are the real taxpayers

My husband is a self employed small business contractor. Beginning about 2004, we started losing gross income. By 2009 he'd lost close to half of what he was taking in back in 2003. In the meantime, all those golden parachutes that the Wall St Fat Cats grabbed for themselves out of the taxpayers bailout are considered Capital Gains. A million dollars out of which they pay 15% while the rest of us at $50,000 pay 34%. Did any of those big corporations that were posting billions in quarterly profits create any jobs? Oh, but, THEY need a tax break. MY AZZ!  (Aug 3, 2010 | post #7)

Rome, NY

Who are the real taxpayers

Nearly 45% of Amercian Households paid no federal tax for income earned in 2009. We are not just talking those people with families, we are speaking about the wealthier Americans who can take advantage of certain programs not available to the lower middle income, or those who rent. Like capital gains taxes, Homeowner credits, and tax breaks for our employers. 1. Credits and Deductions for Homeowners. Owning a home is the American dream, right? So much so that President Reagan delivered an impassioned speech vowing to protect the rights of homeowners to deduct home mortgage interest on their taxes. The result is a tax system that continues to promote home ownership at the cost of tax revenue. In 2008, the first-time homebuyers credit allowed 1.4 million taxpayers to take credits totaling $1 billion per month. Together with the mortgage interest deduction, housing credits allow taxpayers to "save" an estimated $130 billion each year on taxes. 2. Earned Income Tax Credits. Another popular tax credit is the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is targeted at low- and middle-income taxpayers. The IRS estimates that 24 million filers (about one in six) took advantage of the EITC in 2009, claiming about $50 billion. The EITC "saved" taxpayers $42.9 billion in tax in 2008. Even more controversial, the EITC is available to those filers who may not even owe tax -- and it's refundable, meaning those who file may receive a check from the government even if they didn't pay in a dime of federal income tax. 3. Deferrals and Deductions Using Retirement Plans. A number of retirement plans allow for tax deferral of income. Depending on the types of retirement plans you use and your level of income, it's possible to shield thousands of dollars in income from taxation in any given year. In addition to tax deferred growth, you may be able to claim a deduction or exclusion from income for contributions made to a retirement plan. If you pay the tax now for your retirement plan, as with a Roth IRA, you can make tax-free withdrawals in the future. Restrictions and exceptions apply, but using retirement plans is a popular strategy among taxpayers looking to shave dollars off their tax bills in April. 4. Tax Favored Status for Non-Wage Income. While it's true that the wealthy pay a higher tax rate as income increases, the rate is dependent on the type of income. According to the IRS, less than 20% of the income reported by millionaires is attributable to salary. Most of the income at the top is characterized as capital gains, which is taxed at favorable rates. While the tax rates for ordinary income may climb to 35%, capital gains tax rates are capped at 15% for long-term capital gains. This perk isn't just for the wealthy -- those at the bottom of the tax scale benefit, too, since long-term capital gains are taxed at 0% for those ordinarily in the 10% or 15% tax brackets. 5. Employee Benefits. Under the current tax laws, employers may provide a number of benefits to employees, from transit to certain kinds of stock options to health insurance, completely tax-free. Despite a number of misleading e-mails making the rounds, your health care benefits won't be taxed any differently for the 2010 (or 2011) tax year as they were for 2009. In fact, there are no provisions in the new law to tax health care benefits for individual taxpayers. Health care insurance is just one of a number of benefits for employees that provide substantial perks while legally skirting or deferring taxation.  (Aug 2, 2010 | post #3)

Rome, NY

Gun Control

Given that the main condition for the amendment still exists, both of our POV's are moot anyway. Any government or military leader would have access to modern warfare weaponry that would far outstrip anything we could legally own. Which, again, would bring us back to our reliance on our own military unless they're the source of the coup.  (Aug 2, 2010 | post #23)

Rome, NY

Rome man accused of killing baby due in court today

The DA says there will be no plea bargain. He will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That baby deserves that at least.  (Aug 2, 2010 | post #13)

Rome, NY

Gun Control

It's Monday, I don't like them either so I'll give you a pass on that sh*t shot at me. In NYS I think you have the right to own, without permits, a rifle or a shotgun? I'm not against that. Until somewhere around the 19th century, pistols and other arms were single shot weapons. I'm not at all sure that our founding fathers foresaw the advent of Uzi's, AK-47's and 9mm multiple shot handguns. You want to own one of them, go ahead, but get a permit for it. I figure that since you'd have to comply with a regulation, I might stand a chance of you knowing how to safely store it and keep it out of the reach of some kid like Dylan Klebold who has an axe to grind. The first poster in this thread wants total deregulation of all weapons. My point is that conditions, which existed at the time of the writing of the second amendment, no longer exist today. Some form of compromise has to exist between the two separate societies. I'm saying that rifle and shotgun ownership is a right. Uzi's, AK-47's and other assault weapons are a privilege and should be regulated as such.  (Aug 2, 2010 | post #21)

Rome, NY

love

Here we go again. *sigh*  (Aug 1, 2010 | post #6)