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Gambling and corruption

What do you think? Any hint of corruption here? First, Governor Cuomo makes gambling a major plank in his plans for the state economy. He wants another seven big casinos. Sev... read more...


Why the state is declining

A few lines from a song capture New York State's dilemma. From the musical 1776: Does anybody care? Is anybody there? The state has declined for years. Especially upstate. Yo... read more...


How to know what’s coming in the economy

With the World Series around the corner, let us resort to a baseball analogy with the economy. Some great hitters know when some pitchers are going to throw certain pitches. ... read more...


Answer: The Beltway Bubble

Here is an answer to lots of confounding “Whys”. It is the Beltway Bubble I described in a recent column. Within the bubble are congressguys and staff, bureaucrats, lobbyists... read more...


The beltway bubble

When it comes to Washington, how often do you ask “How can they do this to us?” Here is a simple answer for you: Beltway Bubble. Our ruling elite operate within an impervious... read more...


Knowing what we pay for

Should you be kept in the dark? There is a debate raging in New York about what you should know about teachers. The legislature sides with teachers’ unions. It allows you to ... read more...


Higher minimum wage isn’t answer

A bunch of fast-food workers went on strike for a day this week. To call for lifting the minimum wage in their state. From $7.25 to $15. It’s easy to mock them. And at least ... read more...


All the king’s men

The King travelled through upstate New York this week. If you witnessed up close any of the President's arrivals and departures you might be forgiven for thinking this. You w... read more...


Fracking WILL create jobs

“No fracking in New York! No more pipelines either!” The man screamed into my face. We were at a farmers’ market across from the school in my village. I asked him to face t... read more...


Time to decide, Mr. Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, how about you decide. Your father was famous for being indecisive. I bet he needed months to come up with your name. He could not decide whether he should ru... read more...


A new New York State could happen

What happens in Colorado might not stay in Colorado. It might come to New York. People in ten counties in northeast Colorado are trying to form a new state. They want their c... read more...


The great con

The great con job is on again. With your taxpayer dollars. And if you are in the state pension system, it is with your retirement dollars. The con is pretty much the same as ... read more...


Random thoughts on the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. Jimmy Carter said we should respect th

Random thoughts on the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. Jimmy Carter said we should respect the jury’s decision. But he said he regrets the decision... read more...


The New York State Banana Republic

Good for the Gov. He has signed up some heavies. To root out corruption in New York’s political machine. He has appointed current and former prosecutors. As well as city polic... read more...


Why “Start Up NY”?

Why? Why are you doing this to us, and for us? That is my question. For Governor Cuomo and state politicians. The politicians just delivered a big new program to upstate busi... read more...



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