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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

Posted on March 15 at 7:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well if Cuomo did lie, he isn't the only one playing fast and loose with the truth. No one is being "disarmed" as one person quoted said. Nor are 1,256 individuals being deprived of their supposed obligation to defend the state. None of these plaintiffs are in a state-sponsored militia--which if we're naming names is the State's National Guard. There have always been limitations on what a citizen may legally own in this sphere. But if they're really intent on defending the state, there are an incalculable number of legal guns from which they can still choose.

From: Judge refuses to block tougher NY gun law

Posted on February 19 at 2:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To me, it's not the record so much as the way in which Buonaguro uses--and misuses--his players. As for Anosike, about the only highlight for this team this year is the fact that O.D. could again very well lead the country in rebounding average. Sitting him on the bench for a protracted period during the second half of a blowout seems to make little sense. He shows no sign of wearing down, unlike Siena's two top backcourt players who seem never to get a rest.

From: Siena AD: No truth to Catholic 7 rumor

Posted on January 17 at 2:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Glad to hear that the Mets are back on local radio, albeit on a weak signal that doesn't cover the entire region. Tip of the hat to WIZR. Wag of the finger to WOFX.

From: NHL lockout hurt league: McGuire

Posted on January 17 at 2:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"This is not a scientific poll." In other words, it has no statistical validity. All the ones that do say the opposite.

From: Are you for or against New York's new gun law?

Posted on January 11 at 10:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hope I'm wrong, but it looks like it could be the same old story for the AHL Devils--too little depth in the organization as a whole will cost Albany a winning team and, thus, a playoff spot. Frankly, I was rooting for the NHL lockout to continue.

From: Albany Devils hope potent line survives NHL callups

Posted on January 11 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't see it as a teacher pay issue, nor do I begrudge them a decent salary. We pay far less deserving professions far more. Rather, I see it as a learning issue. A somewhat longer school year with shorter vacation periods interspersed throughout the year would remove the long summer off when many students lose too much of what they've learned. The current calendar was implemented when we were an agrarian economy and children were needed in the farm fields. We need a calendar that serves today's educational imperatives.

From: Should the school year be longer?

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