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Up against the credit card bureaucracy

Sunday, July 8, 2012
In January, abandoning my customary prudence, I ordered a $2,000 telephoto lens from an online company I had never heard of. I had a slight catch in my nervous system when I typed in my credit card number, but I did it anyway.

If you lost your license, keep waiting

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Ed Varno met the requirements he was supposed to meet to get his driver's license back, and now the DMV tells him it’s revising the requirements.

Primaries not highest drama in the world

Thursday, June 28, 2012
If you can think of anything less gripping than statewide political primaries in New York please let me know.

Life without parole is not for children

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
No more life without parole for people who committed their crimes when they were under the age of 18, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Tappan Zee would be good for test

Sunday, June 24, 2012
As for how to save money on the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, I’ve got an idea: Put it out to bid two different ways – locking up the work for union labor, and not locking up the work for union labor – and see how the bids come in, see which way is cheaper.

Hospitality? Not in our backyard

Thursday, June 21, 2012
I was not surprised recently when Schenectady squelched plans for a hostel across the street from Ellis Hospital to lodge families of hospitalized children, along the lines of the Ronald McDonald House in Albany.

A sea change in gambling over 60 years

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I watched an old black-and-white movie the other night titled “The Phenix City Story,” and it was really amazing as a reminder of how times change.

You mean a motorcycle can go that fast?

Sunday, June 17, 2012
I noted we’ve had some incidents of motorcycles speeding on public thoroughfares lately.

Court decision puts parents in legal bind

Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Court of Appeals has just decided that parents whose children are taken away and put up for adoption can be given the right to visit those children only if they agreed to the children’s being taken in the first place.

Hall of Fame for boxing holds its own

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
You may not know this, but there is a Boxing Hall of Fame just as there is a Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s located in the little town of Canastota, between Utica and Syracuse.

How Cuomo jousts with the unions

Sunday, June 10, 2012
It was a rough week for public-employee unions in Wisconsin, what with anti-union Gov. Scott Walker surviving an attempt to recall him from office, and also in California, where San Jose voters approved the trimming of public employee benefits and San Diego voters chose to put new hires in a 401(k) retirement rather an old-style guaranteed public pension.

Marijuana: Fresh air from the governor

Thursday, June 7, 2012
I don’t know what Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been smoking. He wants to change the law so people can no longer be charged with a crime for having a joint in public view if they have it in public view only because a cop ordered them to put it in public view.

Appeal doesn’t claim innocence

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
It took a long time, but we finally got it — Steve Raucci’s appeal of his conviction for setting explosives and vandalizing homes and cars during his reign as bully-boy of the Schenectady City School District.

Principal and sports agent at same time

Thursday, May 31, 2012
One person who continues to fascinate me is John Rickert of Niskayuna. Rickert runs an agency that represents professional athletes, called JR Sports Enterprises, and he also works through another agency, Authentic Athletix.

Memorial Day, holy birthday both together

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In case you’re wondering how I celebrated Memorial Day, I can tell you, unlikely as it may seem, that I tied it in with Buddha’s birthday.

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