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Lifetime licenses are good, but too pricey

February 17, 2014

A lifetime membership usually is something you would analyze with skepticism before you rush to sign up. That goes for an announcement last week by Gov....

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Feb-19-14 9:51 PM

umm, and because we live near a former Olympic site we should be more involved in the games? We should get a rate on licenses? We live in a nice place, in the woods, OK, that's it, we're not special. Should people who live in Niagara Falls get a rate on Maid Of The Mist rides? Should people who live in the Finger Lakes get a rate on wine? It's nice to enjoy, even love the place you live, but really, people who live on the LI shore prolly feel the same way.

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Feb-19-14 7:30 PM

"We'd like to see lifetime licenses available for less money, at least to the New York residents who are stewards of the state parks and Forest Preserve. People who live in places like the Adirondacks and have a bigger stake in making sure the resources are protected from overuse and invasive species, and as much as they take animals, they help sustain wildlife populations. They, at least, should get a better deal on a lifetime licenses."

I think it's pretty clear what the author meant there.

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Feb-19-14 3:32 PM

Yikes!! You've been paddling way too much. There is a very specific reference to Park residents. Reinforced by the two sentences following it. Sheesh!!

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Feb-19-14 1:03 PM

Nowhere has it been expressed that Park residents should get a discount. The people of the State of NY are being referenced, not residents of the Park. Sheesh

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Feb-19-14 11:59 AM

Philly, love it. WM, right on, the definition fits (had to look it up though).

I too agree that there are lames on both sides and mostly at the extremes. Heaven forbid Congress agree on anything. However, in fact, it is always and ONLY the party in power that can truly make concessions. We may be circling the drain if there are not more compromises; soon!

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Feb-19-14 11:52 AM

Unbelievable! I agree with WonderMonger!!

It is the nutcases on the fringe of both blue and red that cause most of the arguments and issues within our government.

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Feb-19-14 9:23 AM

Government equality to thieve higher fees from New Yorkers is one thing, but to think that people that live in this dumb park deserve special treatment is ludicrous. Why should people from Steuben County or Cattaraugus County pay more just to "Be" here and exercise their privilege to hunt or fish or hike or swim? No. If they pay higher fees then everyone should pay higher fees. HOWEVER, the fees are too high to begin with. *I* say, post poll booths at the entrance to the blue line highways and crossroads and charge $5.00 per person that does not live here year round. Yah? grin

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Feb-18-14 7:52 PM

For every loony lefty there is a wacko right-winger. One side is just as bad as the other.

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Feb-18-14 6:05 PM

I agree the licenses should be a bit cheaper, but giving people in the Adirondacks a special discount seems ridiculous. People in the Adirondacks get to go hunting and fishing a lot more, and a lot more easily than people in a lot of areas outside the park. Should they pay more because they live close to so many public forests and fishing spots? Just leave it the same for everyone.

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Feb-18-14 5:44 PM

Dear "duke", you are correct on most accounts. However, due to the dense downstate population upstaters are forced to live with the loonie lefty politicians continually elected. Surely there should be some hardship allowance for that!

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Feb-18-14 8:00 AM

Mr. Crowley: Every resident in NYS is a New Yorker and should be treated equally. No exceptions. You have espoused this philosophy for some time. The fact is that tax money flows from downstate to upstate in just about every aspect of state government and funding. Downstaters, therefore, pay more for Adirondack "stewardship" that Upstaters, though Upstaters get to enjoy the park more, thanks to proximity. So, now, using your rationale, someone from Queens should pay more for a hunting or fishing license than someone living in Ausable Forks? That's not right and it's not equitable. If that were the case and rationale for determining costs, there should be a surcharge for any Tri-Laker using the BQE. That does not make sense either. All tax-paying New Yorkers should be treated equally. Please re-think your logic.

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Feb-17-14 3:10 PM

Sure am glad I bought my lifetime fishing years ago when they were <$100.

Another example of Cuomo's insidious tax increases; it's NOT all about the "effective tax rate" on your NYS income tax form, it's about how NYS niggles you to death with taxes here, there, everywhere!!

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