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Village also ‘heavy handed’

January 26, 2014

Once again, area government officials have put their foot in their mouth when it comes to distinguishing the difference between the private and public sector....

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Jan-29-14 10:04 PM

TW is NOT a monopoly. The other options are dish (2 options at least), antenna, or new to the scene, Internet tv (which is a fast-owing trend; people are ditching cable/dish and watching via web broadcast).

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Jan-29-14 1:11 PM

jo1952 - Incorrect. All cable franchises in New York are non-exclusive. Another cable company can come in at any time. As an example, FIOS up in the Buffalo area is a competing cable company against Time Warner.

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Jan-28-14 11:04 PM

They're a monopoly Mr. Pinecone, at least relative to cable service. Profit margins are available, at least decent summations, online. I'm glad you're so thrilled with their service, but let's face it, the real issue for you is that it's a Fredonia issue. If it were the Town of Pomfret you'd say otherwise. I'm a lot more middle of the road than you'll ever be, that's for sure.

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Jan-28-14 9:00 PM

The big problem is that any company gets an exclusive contract for cable service. If they had, gasp, actual competition, and anyone could provide service, prices would be lower. That is how the rest of the world does it.

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Jan-27-14 9:26 PM

Phil....if they took the meters out the employees would all park there and you would never be able to find a space.

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Jan-27-14 6:11 PM

The discussion of parking meters in both Fredonia and Dunkirk needs to brought to a higher level. It's not that we can't afford a dime or a quarter to park, that's not the issue. The issue is that it is a deterrent to doing business downtown and it's an issue that we don't have at the plaza or WalMart. I would be interested in knowing the annual revenue from those meters and for comparison the annual expense of maintenance. I think two hour parking signs would be much more appropriate.

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Jan-26-14 11:02 PM

So, it's perfectly ok to spend a half-million on a fire truck that the FFD didn't need, and increase water/sewer rates, (well, I guess they gotta repay that $90,000 spent on Dunkirk water somehow), but a mortal sin to TW? Yeah, totes reasonable.

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Jan-26-14 8:26 PM

Christopher... your two points are (SURPRISE!) 1)wrong and 2) wrong. I have TW as my ISP and tv provider and find their service to be a much better value overall than my previous ISP and tv company, so I disagree with Janel. And what on God's green earth do you know about TW's margins? Do you know how their margins compare to other similar companies or other big businesses in general? Are you suggesting their profits are obscene, or do you just see profits of any kind to be obscene? Middle of the road my arse.

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Jan-26-14 6:18 PM

apples and oranges...typical tax*****myth rant without substance

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Jan-26-14 3:29 PM

Captain - Correct. Somehow some people fail to understand that the costs of goods and services utilized by municipalities continues to increase.

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Jan-26-14 3:19 PM

concerned - you can switch to another provider, and pay the same price when it's all said and done. And you have the exact same choice with where you live.

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Jan-26-14 10:34 AM

TW corporate is responsible for all network Cap Ex throughout all its properties across the nation -- not each and every local market. TW corporate does this because there are some many other nationwide carrier and distribution costs and revenues which are a part of the investment for network Cap ex.

So, its quite disingenuous for local TW to say they need a rate increase to offset the cost of going from analog to digital because that cost has already been factored into EVERY possible revenue stream throughout TW -- TW Corporate Finance has seen to that, when it sets the budgets for its local properties.

I know this because I worked on joint consulting ventures with cable companies for a number of years.

The church lady gaggle OBSERVER board knows nothing about economics, let alone the operating structures of businesses, seeing ow they are subsidized by the WVa sugar daddy.

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Jan-26-14 9:19 AM

If you don't like Time Warner rates you can switch to a satellite provider with no cost to convert can't say the same for village taxes!

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Jan-26-14 8:23 AM

This is the joke of the day. TW is a rip off. The Observer if paid for is a rip off. Probably why a lot of people read on line and don't buy it. Given today's issue if it matches the paper issue has mostly repeat articles. It's understandable why he sympathizes with TW. Go Janel. Stick to your defense of taxpayers.

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Jan-26-14 8:07 AM

All kidding aside, this newspaper (or should I say JD's rants) has become more reflective of comics than news.

Today's joke is JD defending private owners who raise rates by citing increased costs, but he then blames public officials for the same thing, suggesting public rate hikes aren't warranted.

If that wasn't enough, he then opts to single out and personally attack a trustee by accusing her of being "a staunch proponent of higher taxes and fees." Apparently JD has no bone to pick w/the other trustees who voted the same way as she did since they weren't even mentioned, at least not personally.

His comments should be constructive & unbiased, not sarcastic & prejudicial. What purpose does it serve other than satisfy (as PC aptly noted) a preconceived agenda.

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Jan-26-14 7:42 AM

Fairly decent write up Observer however, I believe the problem lies with Time Warner constantly raising rates. It doesn't appear to be infrequent with them.

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Jan-26-14 5:18 AM

Anyone with Time warner as their server, and anyone who knows their profit margins, would agree with Ms. Subjack. But then that would be someone without a preconceived agenda.

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