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Posted on January 28 at 8:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We have a president who is condescending and divisive? No. We have a president who is intelligent and contemplative, instead of emotional and rash in his actions. It wasn't this president who vowed to oppose everything he proposed - even when he adopted in substantial part their own ideas and proposals. No. That condescension and divisiveness came from the Republican Party--the same outfit that's doing it now in a desperate effort to capture that presidency.

From: Opinion: Tell us what 'New York values' are, Sen. Cruz

Posted on November 16 at 10:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Excellent letter, Ms.Natale. Unfortunately, for too many Republicans being confronted with the truth of things tends to just make them hold to their fantasies that much harder. Interesting isn't it that in the aftermath of 9/11, not one Democrat pointed the finger at Bush or his administration as responsible for not adequately protecting the country, even though subsequently we learned that numerous warnings from the previous Clinton Administration and intelligence officials within Bush's were soft-pedaled or ignored by Bush and his cabinet. However, all we hear from Republicans today is how inadequate and culpable Obama and the Democrats are for every random act of violence that takes place around the world. Tells you a lot about the character (or rather lack thereof) of the finger pointers and which side is always trying to use a tragedy to advance their own selfish interests.

From: Krauthammer got a lot wrong about IRS scandal

Posted on September 15 at 9:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Milton Friedman? His cockeyed policies are one big reason we are where we are - with the captains of industry (so-called) making thousands of times more than the ordinary worker. The former's compensation has grown well past both inflation and productivity rates whilst that of the latter has lagged no matter how hard or smartly they've labored. The $15 minimum is no panacea, especially since even that increase fails to keep pace with inflation since the minimum wage was created. But it's at least a start. Maybe the position of the opponents would be at least somewhat more credible if they acknowledged that the system is hardly working as it should inasmuch as somebody's thumb is pressing ver hard on that scale.

From: $15 minimum will harm people its trying to help

Posted on May 30 at 2:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

All you have to do is read the first sentence of this column to know that Mona Charen, as always, is full of it.

From: Mona Charen: GOP’s men can criticize female foes without being sexist

Posted on May 12 at 6:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Boustany, the Republican from Louisiana, should read the full story. The IRS head all this time was a fellow Republican appointed by a fellow Republican. And while some apparently specious Tea Party organizations were targeted, they weren't the only apparently specious group that were.

From: UPDATED: IRS knew tea party was targeted in 2011, report says

Posted on April 10 at 1:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Saratoga County has no money to take care of seniors (selling its nursing home to private concerns), but it has money to spend to make sure that a clear and distinct minority of County residents (16,000 out of a population of 223,000) can get their pistol permits a little bit faster. Tell me this isn't just politics at work. Interesting, too, that Wormuth has her hands in this one too. As for Bowen's comment, the only nightmare is for the 200,000 in the county who don't want pistols having to subsidize the convenience of that small number that do.

From: Clerk added in Saratoga County to address backlog on pistol permits

Posted on April 2 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, yes, yes... We all know that gun enthusiasts are all the flower of humanity and would never intentionally do damage to public property nor leave debris and garbage strewn over the landscape. They are just the most polite and respectful of people because, after all, they expect the rest of us to be polite and respectful of them.

From: Gun rally caused $60K damage to Capitol lawn

Posted on March 25 at 5:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bravo! A voice of reason cutting through all the hyperbole and--frankly--bull excrement. Thank you.

From: Certain restraints on guns make sense

Posted on March 23 at 9:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

All this carnage goes back to the Reagan Administration and an FCC Commissioner named Mark Fowler who famously described television as "just a toaster with pictures"--in other words, just a commodity. He had no appreciation for the importance of communications, including mass communications, to a self-governing republic. Consequently, he and his most of his successors ended important safeguards like licensing based on an evaluation of public service responsibilities, equal time provisions, media concentration of control (i.e.: monopolization), etc. The current sorry state of our media is his sorry legacy. Most media outlets are so debt-laden that they no longer function (nor can they) at any reasonable level of responsibility. But-heh-a few lucky (though less than talented and public spirited) owners and performers have sure reaped their rewards for debasing the medium ever further.

From: Fox 23 morning meteorologist let go under merger

Posted on March 22 at 5:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Please. The paranoia has got to stop. Take a Valium if you have to, but--please-- give those of us with a brain a break.

From: State gun tip line has some lawmakers up in arms

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