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Much to remember on Memorial Day

Sunday, May 27, 2012
We have plenty of veterans in this country — about 23 million actually, or 7 percent of the population, which is something to think about this Memorial Day weekend.

New state-run NYRA, what are the odds?

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Here we have the latest effort to keep horse racing alive in New York despite its natural decline in the face of competition.

Espada falls, NYRA gasps, state rolls on

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Oh, this state government of ours — doesn’t it just make you want to hang your head?

Aiming higher, some districts took a hit

Thursday, May 17, 2012
It’s not easy having your budget defeated by the voters this year if you’re a school administration.

School vote today with new tax caps

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Today is the first school vote since the state adopted a 2 percent tax cap, and the main thing to understand about the 2 percent cap is that it’s not really a 2 percent cap.

Ellis and City Mission link to the poor

Sunday, May 13, 2012
One thing that strikes me whenever I deal with people at the bottom of the old socioeconomic ladder is the gulf that separates them from the middle-class people who so often call the shots in their lives, people like social services caseworkers, police officers, and landlords, a gulf defined by different ways of looking at the world and different ways of acting.

Keeping eye on Obama, nanotech

Thursday, May 10, 2012
In case you’re wondering, I did hie myself over to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany the other day to see President Obama.

New York in the bag, but he still comes

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
If I manage to insinuate myself into the event today at the nanotechnology center in Albany, and if I can get close enough, I’m going to ask President Obama what the devil he’s doing in New York.

Just a minute, hold that desecration

Sunday, May 6, 2012
If you have driven by Price Chopper’s corporate headquarters recently, at the corner of Nott Street and Maxon Road in Schenectady, you may have noticed a few demonstrators standing out front holding a banner saying, “Shame on Price Chopper,” with the words “labor dispute” in smaller print.

Occupying Albany at lower wattage (with photo gallery)

Thursday, May 3, 2012
I hied myself over to Albany the other day for what might be called Occupy Part 2, and found it a rather subdued affair compared to last fall’s original. No tents, no free food, no sense of changing the world.

Standing your ground, or not, in N.Y.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
It’s probably not going anywhere, but yes, there is a “stand your ground” bill pending in the state Legislature — or pending in the state Senate, I should say, since it has no sponsor in the Assembly.

After running, dropping out, presumably

Sunday, April 29, 2012
This season we went from an apparent front-runner to an apparent nominee to a presumptive nominee, and now we have a new political creature, the “presumptive drop-out,” as The New York Times dubbed Newt Gingrich the other day when he let on that he would be ending his candidacy.

Sex emporium in business at its new digs

Thursday, April 26, 2012
How go things at Schenectady’s highest profile porn shop after it was forced to move off Erie Boulevard?

Don’t forget: GOP primary is today

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Today is the state Republican primary for president, and if you’re a Republican you should do your patriotic duty and vote.

Republican primary? Not to worry

Sunday, April 22, 2012
I hope everyone is ready for the next chapter in meaningless electoral politics, that being the New York Republican primary on Tuesday, which is the same day as the meaningless Republican primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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