Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
3:41 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Environmental patriotism

Our two small granddaughters visited us this weekend. For me, their lives have been the most compelling reason to do something about global warming, to accept responsibility and to invest in a better future for them. But there is also the call of patriotism. Many have laid down their lives for this country. Can the rest of us deal with a little burden, a little expense, to save this country from catastrophe? Are we patriotic enough?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Paul Elisha: Some seasonal thoughts on the new, the old... and how we handle both

One of the great unsolvable human mysteries, for this commentator, continues to be how, during the final days of one of the Judeo/Christian community’s most holy observances, leaders and followers of the most diverse political opinions and policies can put them casually aside, for the duration of their respective religious participations.  Then, ignore the hallowed words and meanings they’ve mouthed, as they blithely return to the most miserably consequential and unsavory shenanigans, in their games of political one-upmanship.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Blair Horner: The Budget Wraps Up

The 2013-2014 state budget was approved last week, marking the third on-time budget in a row.  Three on-time budgets haven’t occurred in a generation, so there was a lot of back-slapping and “at-a-boys” at the Capitol.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Rob Edelman: Jackie Robinson

42 is a new biopic about the life of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who was the first African-American to play in the major leagues during the 20th-century. But this new Jackie Robinson film is not the first Jackie Robinson film. THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY came to movie theaters in 1950: 63 years ago, three short years after Jackie debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Commentary & Opinion
8:12 am
Mon April 1, 2013

David Nightingale: Flight 447 (found)

They've released [ref.1] the final report for the disappearance of Flight 447, a 200 ton Airbus which disappeared in June 2009 on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. About 4 hours into the flight, somewhere over the Atlantic, in night-time stormy weather, contact with the airliner was completely lost.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:12 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Andrew Coates: Registered Nurses to the Rescue

In a small news article this week in the New York Times Nina Bernstein reported that a provision of the New York State budget to allow for- profit hospitals was been dropped after opposition from the Assembly leadership, specifically the intervention of Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly's Health Committee.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:34 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: The Many Voices of Love - For David

Two weekends ago, hundreds of people from across the Capital Region came together for two performances of the Albany Pro Musica’s late winter concert, “If Music be the Food of Love.” They came together to hear the exceptional music of our region’s premiere choral ensemble, the Albany Pro Musica (APM), and they came to honor David Griggs-Janower who, as many of you know, is in the hospital, after suffering a major stroke following surgery on March 8th.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:13 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

David Nightingale: Tom Lehrer (4/9/1928 - )

Tom Lehrer
Credit Wikimedia Commons

There've been musicians like astronomer Herschel, and there've been chemists like Borodin – but all my life a favorite mathematician has been Tom Lehrer, whose songs began to come out when he was a graduate student in the '50s.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:37 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Keith Strudler: On Rooting for the Bad Guy

There was an entertaining documentary on ESPN recently about North Carolina State’s unlikely run to an NCAA men’s basketball championship in 1983 where they beat an otherwise unbeatable University of Houston team in the finals. NC State was the ultimate underdog, winning games in the final moments against much deeper competition. And particularly since their coach Jim Valvano’s passing from cancer several years ago, this Wolfpack team has been memorialized as perhaps the most cherished championship team in college basketball history.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:13 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Herbert London: Taxing Bank Depositors In Cyprus

Legislators in the tax-haven island of Cyprus have rejected the draconian bank deposit tax defying German leader Angela Merkel. While the protestors danced in the street after the vote, this could be a pyrric victory. President Putin threatened to withdraw a $3.2 billion loan if the Merkel proposal were embraced, a condition that might have influenced the final tally.

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