Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012
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.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
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.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
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.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012
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.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012
What is going on between the Schenectady County SPCA and the foundation that operates an animal shelter in Glenville?
Such unseemly doings.
Such unseemly doings.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
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.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
And how go things in Charlton, the little rural town in southern Saratoga County, and specifically in the town’s Fire District No. 1?
Monday, Feb. 6, 2012
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.
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012
Happy days are here again. The missing baby from Schenectady that has been in the news is no longer missing.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
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.
Monday, Jan. 30, 2012
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.