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College should explore options for Welcome Center

July 25, 2013

Is the location of North Country Community College’s Welcome Center the best for visibility, access and safety? While we support a Welcome Center very much, there are other alternatives that might b......

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Jul-26-13 6:02 PM

In a Free Enterprise model of private sector business, making a profit is the obvious number 1 goal and Clyde has been extreemly successful at that, and should be commended for his efforts. Corporate America and the political arena are the polar opposite where success has nothing to do w/ hard work, rather measured by who you know and how much money can buy your trust. Clyde is both....that's what I'm trying to say.

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Jul-26-13 11:12 AM

So BJ, are you saying that as long as it's business and someone is making a profit it's anything goes. I agree that it is the way corporate America works but do we want that on every level of business? "Clyde is a successful businessman", so what?

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Jul-25-13 11:22 PM

Further yet, the "If You Build It, We Will Come" scenario is free enterprise. No bids if what you are looking for is already NEW construction there to bid out. Actually very creative from the NCCC perspective, although still Shady!!!

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Jul-25-13 11:18 PM

"Thank you for pointing that out. It gives the appearance of impropriety whether it is leagl or not." from Wondering........Clyde is a successful businessman for a reason......Clyde is also a Politician......Shall I 'slide the Clyde' any further? Legal and ethical are two completely differing mindsets now-a-days.

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Jul-25-13 11:09 PM

Agreed Duke, but how many jobs is this "welcome center" supposed to create? I guess NONE!!! Perhaps some students might get a chance to gain a little 'work-study' money while attending, but I don't see the job creation there to take property off the tax rolls!!!!!

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Jul-25-13 6:57 PM

If a world-renowned biotech research institution that was tax-exempt wanted to come to town and employ 300 people with good paying jobs with benefits, you betcha, I wouldn't whine about them being tax exempt, because its jobs, baby, jobs! Sometimes that's just the price we have to pay for jobs, just like: AMC, Adk. Correctional, FCI, St. Joe's, AMA, Trudeau, DEC, APA, State Police. Look at all those jobs and the employees living here paying taxes. I say bring on more jobs and I don't care if the land they sit on is tax exempt or not.

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Jul-25-13 5:31 PM

no more tax exempt properties in Saranac lake !!I may be wrong, and I hope someone will correct me if I am, but I think about one third of Saranac lake properties are tax exempt.NO MORE!

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Jul-25-13 2:38 PM

"What would have been better, though, would have been for the college to seek bids to build it."

Thank you for pointing that out. It gives the appearance of impropriety whether it is leagl or not.

But it probably doesn't matter. How can the college consider building a welcome center when the rest of the infrastructure is falling apart? The counties have never shown any interest in funding renovations so where will the money come from?

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