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Tests shouldn't 'advertise' brand-name products

*Tests shouldn't 'advertise' brand-name products
*They're treating Rev. Young like a criminal
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Good-bye, au revoir, adios

Dear Readers,
After 25 years of writing this column, I am retiring from the field.

Feds ‘fusing’ with locals yields little

I have wondered about the efficacy of our nation’s counter-terrorism efforts ever since the embarrassing Albany Muslim case of 2004-2006.

How to poke head through a tax cap

Just so we’re all clear on the 2 percent tax cap imposed on local governments and school districts last year, it’s not really a 2 percent cap.

Taking the hit for standing on principle

As for Roy McDonald facing the loss of his state Senate seat, it illustrates something I haven’t seen before — a politician taking a principled stand and paying the price.

Sex ed: Still a lot to fight about

I have been studying the report just issued by the New York Civil Liberties Union regarding sex education, and, even as I blush to the roots, I take no stand on this vexing subject.

Who to blame for decline at Contec

In case you’re wondering if I hold Mitt Romney responsible for the decline of the cable-box-repair company Contec and the loss of hundreds of jobs in Schenectady, the answer is, I do not. Contec would probably have laid off all those workers over the years and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection the other day even if Mitt Romney had never been born.

Albany cops probe Muslims and friends

Steve Downs, a retired state lawyer, and Shamshad Ahmad, professor of physics at SUNY Albany and president of a local mosque — were meeting with two other activists who had come up from New York City in a pizza shop at 328 Central Ave., having lunch and discussing the raid on Shamshad’s mosque that coincided with the arrest of two mosque members, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, back in 2004 on charges of supporting terrorism, when in walked four Albany cops. The cops asked them to step outside, where several other cops were waiting, asked them what they had been talking about and demanded to see identification.

DOT goes for unions no matter what

You cannot get ahead of the New York State Department of Transportation, and I suggest you not even try.

Looking out for horses (but not cows)

The Equine Welfare Alliance met the other day in Saratoga, and afterward I caught up with the president, John Holland, to ask him what he thought about horse racing, this being the season and all.

Muslim case and the fruit of caring

There are not enough heartening things in this world, but one occurred last weekend in Albany, and I was pleased to be present for it.

Could it be? Sheriff and chief in one?

It’s true, there is an idea afloat in Schenectady to make the county sheriff simultaneously the city police chief, and the person who put it afloat, he freely acknowledges, is Mayor Gary McCarthy, even though he hasn’t said anything publicly.

Buying a gun to defend freedom

I’m certainly glad I live in a free country, a country where I can walk into a gun store and buy a semi-automatic rifle if I feel like it, without anyone hassling me.

Horse racing: Fun for us, less for horses

Yes, they’re off at Saratoga for the 144th season, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be a perfectly jolly season as long as you don’t look too closely and can concentrate solely on the “sport of kings” glamour and glitz of the thing.

If this is development, leave me out

I happened to be in Atlantic City the other day and it was quite an experience, I can tell you, just looking around.

Up against the credit card bureaucracy

In January, abandoning my customary prudence, I ordered a $2,000 telephoto lens from an online company I had never heard of. I had a slight catch in my nervous system when I typed in my credit card number, but I did it anyway.

If you lost your license, keep waiting

Ed Varno met the requirements he was supposed to meet to get his driver's license back, and now the DMV tells him it’s revising the requirements.

Primaries not highest drama in the world

If you can think of anything less gripping than statewide political primaries in New York please let me know.

Life without parole is not for children

No more life without parole for people who committed their crimes when they were under the age of 18, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Tappan Zee would be good for test

As for how to save money on the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, I’ve got an idea: Put it out to bid two different ways – locking up the work for union labor, and not locking up the work for union labor – and see how the bids come in, see which way is cheaper.

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