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Eric Ely just keeps moving along

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Yes, Eric Ely is on the road again, or at least he’s trying to be.

Guess who gives money to knock zoning

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Of course I was pleased to see the other day that a high school student from around here won a $1,000 prize in an essay contest, extolling the glory of property rights, though I admit I was a little taken aback that one of her examples of government intrusion on those rights was zoning regulations, and in particular the regulation of business signs.

Concert series is a treasure in transition

Thursday, April 12, 2012
In all the Capital Region, what do I like best? Probably the chamber music series at Union College.

Of Palestine, Israel and the idea of return

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Oh, what a burden I labor under. I poke into this or that corner of the universe trying my humble best to please our readers, and what do I get? Calumny and abuse. Vilification and contumely.

For the sake of equality, Muslims next

Sunday, April 8, 2012
Now I have to offend Muslims, ladies and gentlemen, just to show how fair I am, and I’m going to work at it.

Good Friday in Jerusalem: finding a cross

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Christian Holy Week is upon us, commemorating the crucifixion of our alleged Lord and Savior on Friday and his alleged resurrection on Sunday, and I am here, your certified religion correspondent, to offer some practical guidance to those of you who might be journeying to Jerusalem to mark these solemn events.

Israel, like Judaism, is for the tribe

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
One thing that struck me about Judaism on my brief visit to Jerusalem is that it’s a tribal religion.

Jerusalem’s backside belies pretty face

Thursday, March 29, 2012
I am back home, ladies and gentlemen, back from my supposed vacation in Jerusalem, dusting myself off and reflecting on what I saw, and it occurs to me I never reported that Jerusalem is for the most part a pleasant city.

West Bank: continuing conquest

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
You’ve heard about Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, but if you haven’t seen them, you haven’t seen them.

On the prowl for wonders in Jerusalem

Sunday, March 25, 2012
I’m still in Jerusalem, ladies and gentlemen, staggering from one fascinating sight to another, while my wife suffers by my side — may the Lord comfort her.

Faith’s fruits as seen in Jerusalem

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, I am in Jerusalem. Not Jerusalem in the Finger Lakes region of New York state but Jerusalem in Israel.

What will be the effect of evaluations?

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Let me see if I understand this teacher evaluation business, which has been agreed to by the governor and the main teachers’ union.

Spinning the numbers on public pensions

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
You’ve heard it over and over, including in this column: Public employees get generous pensions.

County kicks in for Kateri celebration

Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors has approved a grant of $750 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, known as the Auriesville Shrine, to go toward the celebration in October of the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha.

When church is the same as school

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Here’s a question for you: Is it OK for a public school to be used as a church on Sundays?

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