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We can just ‘game’ our way to bliss

I just finished reading the new economic-impact study on casino gambling in New York state, commissioned by the casinos themselves, and I can testify that if I hadn’t already read a few dozen similar studies over the years I would be completely blown away.

DOT slapped down for union deal

When the state Department of Transportation last year decided that a construction project down in Orange County should be reserved for union labor, in deference to the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, and when the state comptroller, after some initial reservations, upheld the arrangement, I never suspected that someday a court would overturn it.

Out on street by slip-up in DA’s office

Here is a guy I would not like to meet and I would not like anyone else to meet: Ernest L. Burnett, age 42, of Schenectady. At least I would not like to meet him if the charges against him are true.

How do I get a ‘rolling’ deal for myself?

I must say I am envious of some of these public contracts I’ve been looking at. My big regret is that I don’t have one myself.

RID founder featured in history book

I’m happy to see the good work of Schenectady’s own Doris Aiken featured in the recent book “One for the Road: Drunk Driving Since 1900,” by a medical historian at Columbia University, Barron H. Lerner.

How far was terrorist an FBI creation?

Another case of what a friend calls law-enforcement-assisted terrorism — a Moroccan dude arrested on a charge of attempting to suicide-bomb the Capitol in Washington.

Of martyrs, freedom, and contraception

I do enjoy how the Catholic Church is framing the dispute over contraceptive insurance as a matter of religious freedom and making it sound as if the Constitution of the United States is being undermined and the next thing you know we’ll be having a pogrom of Christians comparable to a European or Russian pogrom of Jews.

Lt. Col. Tully’s war on the animal shelter

As for the Schenectady County SPCA’s campaign against the Animal Protective Foundation and its Glenville shelter, it’s more war-like than I realized.

Sch’dy SPCA eyes conquest of shelter

What is going on between the Schenectady County SPCA and the foundation that operates an animal shelter in Glenville?
Such unseemly doings.

The church and the pill: Rx for trouble

If you suspect I have been enjoying the flap over health insurance covering or not covering contraception for employees of religious institutions, you suspect correctly.

In Charlton, keep your eye on that money

And how go things in Charlton, the little rural town in southern Saratoga County, and specifically in the town’s Fire District No. 1?

Boxing appeal runs deeper than boxing

It was an interesting night of boxing this past Saturday at the Time Union Center in Albany — interesting not so much for the fights as for the reactions of the fans.

Baby found but mystery continues

Happy days are here again. The missing baby from Schenectady that has been in the news is no longer missing.

DOT building shouldn’t be empty for long

I remember when Gov. Mario Cuomo adopted a policy of dispersing state offices to depressed cities like Schenectady and Troy so they might serve as stimulants to economic growth, which was a fancy way of saying office workers would buy coffee and sandwiches in those needy cities rather than in downtown Albany.

Newt for GOP nominee — please, please

Newt for GOP nominee — please, please

In case you’re wondering who I favor for the Republican nomination for president, the answer is Newt Gingrich. He wasn’t necessarily my favorite at the beginning, but after Sarah Palin declined to jump in and Michele Bachmann dropped out, he’s what I have left.

Tedisco on his way to being a country boy

Jim Tedisco, as everyone knows, is a Schenectady boy.

Do cops merit SUVs? Matter of perspective

Just as Schenectady council members are mulling the need or non-need to supply the Police Department’s evidence technicians with Chevy Tahoes that they can take home with them as personal vehicles, out comes the list of the city’s top-paid employees for the year past, and lo, the three evidence techs are among the top 10.

Wages of sin vs. wages of illogic

Every time I lay down my pen after writing about matters supernatural, I say I’ll never take it up again. I’m going to let this business rest, as some of my readers urge, and confine myself to matters mundane, even municipal, like the purchase of Chevy Tahoes for the convenience of Schenectady cops.

How many SUVs does the Schenectady P.D. need?

The situation in the Schenectady Police Department is that there are four evidence technicians — guys who photograph crime scenes and pick up shell casings — and there are four vehicles for them, which they are allowed to take home even though only one technician is on call at any given time.

Cuomo eyes discipline of teachers

If you think I’m enjoying the spectacle of Gov. Andrew Cuomo turning the screws on school districts and their teachers’ unions, you’re right.

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