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Letters: Don’t Reduce Our Representation in the Albany County Legislature

by The Staff December 19, 2014

  To the Editor:  A recent article by Ali Hibbs contained an error on the date of the public hearing to possibly reduce the size of the Albany County Legislature [Newsfront, Dec. 11]. Nor did the article offer much ...

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Letters: In the City of Albany, a Bitter Budget, or a Better Budget?

by The Staff December 19, 2014

  To the Editor: It’s no surprise that the City of Albany is facing tremendous financial challenges. Albany residents are fortunate that Mayor Sheehan and her team put a balanced budget forth with no reduction in services ...

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Critical Mass of Grief

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 18, 2014

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  Grief lasts a lot longer than anger. Anger burns itself out, but grief comes in steady waves. When I look around at the tremendous outpouring of #BlackLivesMatter activism of these past weeks, of I Can’t Breathe ...

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Morning Wood

by Evie December 11, 2014

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  Alright, Noah, you want morning sex? Then listen up. Yes, you can wake me with a poke to my backside. I’ll be the little spoon; you be the big spoon. Please don’t exhale with too ...

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Profiles in Fear

by Stephen Leon December 4, 2014

  For some reason, I went to work early that Thursday, the day after we put the paper to bed and I could have slept later if I had wanted to. It was before 9 AM ...

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Progressives and Picket Lines

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 4, 2014

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  The story was very different, depending who told it. To the organizers of the two affordable housing conferences I attended a few weeks ago, news that the Seattle Olive 8 hotel was under boycott by the ...

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Attention Chopper Parodists

by Paul Rapp November 26, 2014

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  Last week, Price Chopper made the beguiling announcement that it was changing its name to “Market 32,” apparently a reference to the company’s first store (the chain originally was called Central Markets), which opened in ...

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Sexual Gratitude

by Evie November 26, 2014

  Mom can ask me to peel potatoes, but she better not ask me to say grace this year. There’s something about me being a writer that makes her think I’m the best choice for leading ...

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Is History Destiny?

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 20, 2014

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  Don’t tell anyone, but I recently abandoned my longstanding resistance to both podcasts and NPR and binge-listened to a bunch of Planet Money episodes on a couple of bus and plane trips where I couldn’t ...

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Measuring Up

by Evie November 13, 2014

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  “Of course it matters!” says a friend when I ask her the question I’ve spent the past couple days exploring: Does size matter? I’ve always thought it didn’t; that it just mattered what the guy ...

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Nothing But Net (Neutrality)

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2014

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  Did anybody see this coming? In the aftermath of the disastrous midterm elections, leaving us ashamed of our country and fearful of the future, President Obama issued a startling call for pure, clean net neutrality. For ...

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Hey Albany, We Have a Land Bank

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 6, 2014

  Albany has a lot of abandoned buildings and vacant lots, as most of us know. They can be an incredible drag on neighborhoods, inviting crime and disinvestment, and they represent a tremendous waste of potential, ...

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Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General

by The Staff October 30, 2014

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  Four years ago, we endorsed Eric Schneiderman over a crowded field of candidates because he seemed the most likely to bring progressive principles back to the office. As New York State Attorney General, Schneiderman has ...

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Who’s Gonna Pay?

by Paul Rapp October 30, 2014

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  When Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 a couple of weeks ago, most of us were too busy running around yelling about the atrocity of having the new U2 album rammed down our throats to ...

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Endorsements: Howie Hawkins for Governor

by The Staff October 30, 2014

    A vote for Howie Hawkins is a vote for the only progressive gubernatorial candidate. Or a vote to keep the Green Party on the ballot. Or it’s a vote against sitting governor, Andrew Cuomo, who ...

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Endorsements: Thomas DiNapoli for Comptroller

by The Staff October 30, 2014

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  We think DiNapoli has done a fine job in an important office. We like that he’s maintained his independence and that he isn’t afraid to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo; we appreciate that he is working ...

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Endorsements: NO on Ballot Proposal 1

by The Staff October 30, 2014

  The New York State Redistricting Commission Amendment, listed on the official ballot with the bland, innocuous title “Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure,” is dreadful. It would create a 10-member commission in charge of drawing New York’s ...

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Halloween Sexy Time

by Evie October 30, 2014

  This Halloween isn’t about candy. It’s about fantasy, and I’m hoping mine plays out like this: Noah requests I dress up as a sexy grasshopper, which means I bartend all night in a tight, short, green ...

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Arming Ukraine Is A Very Bad Idea

by James Carden October 23, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global As if to prove that the one thing the Washington establishment fears more than war is peace, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member James ...

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Transformers

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014

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  Six years or so ago, the talented-but-phony street artist Shepard Fairey came up with the Obama Hope poster. It was everywhere, there were even websites where you could “hope-i-fy” your own image, and most of ...

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Text Dirty to Me

by Evie October 16, 2014

  I’d make you drink a few glasses of wine and start kissing your neck softly while I move my hand up your thigh . . . eventually pick you up . . . tell you ...

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How (Not) to Talk About Vaccines

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 9, 2014

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  There are two topics about which people who otherwise tend to agree with each other tend to figuratively rip each other’s throats out about. Since I wrote about Israel and Palestine in my last column, ...

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Party of One

by Evie October 2, 2014

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  Last night it happened in less than 30 seconds. I quickly made my way to setting No. 4 (my favorite) and reflected back on some bedroom fun—that’s all it took. Sage says it usually takes ...

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No Longer Looking Away

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 25, 2014

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  The e-mail message had no content. Only a subject line, which read “Enough already. Sign me up.” The e-mail came from a rabbi to Jewish Voice for Peace this summer as the attacks on Gaza were ...

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I Will Swallow

by Paul Rapp September 18, 2014

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  This week let’s tear down without building up. Let’s talk about U2. For years, U2 have been at the forefront of the idiot chatter about the evils of the Internet and downloading music. The band and especially ...

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