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A HISTORY OF RECENT AMERICAN VIOLENCE– CAUSE & EFFECT

By   /  January 9, 2011  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

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Tweet 2010 Congressional campaign poster from Sarah Palin’s PAC. Look at the fourth name down on this Sarah Palin hit list, complete with a rifle target cross hair target hovering directly over Tucson, Arizona, where she listed Democrats to “target” in last year’s election campaign. Yes, it is the same Democratic Congresswoman Giffords who was [...]

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How the Dems can win

By   /  August 5, 2010  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet Will Rogers understood that given a choice between doing the smart, sensible, and politically advantageous thing, and doing nothing or something stupid, the Democratic Party will go for dumb and stupid almost every time. Dear Sanford Bishop, I took time before I went to court for a trial now entering its 3rd week to [...]

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Is Roethlisberger a rapist?

By   /  April 21, 2010  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet I’ve been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since 1972, the year of The Immaculate Reception, when Franco Harris was a rookie running back out of Penn State and Terry Bradshaw was in his third year as a pro after being the first pick in the draft by the historically hapless franchise in 1970. I cheered [...]

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Eliminating medical malpractice premiums

By   /  January 28, 2010  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet If you are a physician shelling out tens of thousands of dollars annually for malpractice insurance, you should be screaming at your Congressman and senators right now. Why? Because floating around the House of Representatives last fall was a proposal that would have eliminated all of your premiums — you would have paid $0 [...]

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Local Author Bill Lightle an Albany treasure

By   /  January 11, 2010  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet Thirty years ago (!), I was running for public office and a young reporter for the Albany Herald interviewed me. That was back in the days before cable television news (CNN was brand new and not available very many places), before the Internet, before newspapers began going the way of the dinosaur. The reporter [...]

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Open Medicare to everyone

By   /  October 14, 2009  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet Imagine for a moment that once a month you needed to drive 100 miles to the city to take your 3-year-old daughter to see a medical specialist. There’s an excellent interstate connecting your town to the city. It’s six lanes wide, limited access, with smooth pavement. Government funds built it with your road taxes. [...]

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Consolidation? Yes!

By   /  September 23, 2009  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet About a decade or more ago I addressed the City and County Commissions here in Albany and suggested to them that it made eminent good sense to consolidate governments. Of course, they listened to me, and that is why we now have a combined city-county government that has saved local taxpayers hundreds of thousands [...]

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Albany Outlook: Health Care Meeting: Democracy in Action

By   /  August 27, 2009  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet I went to a town hall meeting last Thursday — and democracy broke out. I fully expected to see members of the lunatic fringe attempting to shout down our congressman or monopolize the microphones. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to note that our local law enforcement was out in force and, while being studiously [...]

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I don’t want to be like Mike … Vick

By   /  August 21, 2009  /  Jim Finkelstein, News, Sports  /   Comments

Tweet Sometimes a talent comes along that is so breathtaking, so pure, that it leaves you almost speechless. When even the members of an opposing team perk up and pay close attention so that they don’t miss that one moment of action, that one amazing “did you see that!” play, then you know you’re looking [...]

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