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Get It Done

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 20, 2012

  The deadliest school violence in this country happened in 1927, when a school board official in Michigan blew up a school building, and his car, killing 38 children and 6 adults. Leonore Skenazy of the Free ...

Stumbling to Solidarity

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 6, 2012


  It’s been an exciting year in labor organizing, between the Chicago teachers strike, Port of Oakland shut downs, Wal-Mart walkouts, and New York City’s multi-chain fast food workers’ walkout. Healthy, progressive labor organizing is essential ...

I Am Thanksome

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 20, 2012


  This year we’ve instituted what seems likely to become a yearly tradition of a Thanksgiving tree. It’s taped on the wall of our front stairs, trunk and branches made out of brown paper. Each day, ...

Mandate! Now, For What?

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 8, 2012


  It’s the demographics, stupid. Also the economy. And climate change. And women’s rights. Tuesday was a rout. It was more of a rout than the numbers and the results show, because let’s remember that the progressive ...

They’re Not Like Us

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 25, 2012


  I was sitting in the Atlanta airport last week waiting at a crowded gate for a flight home after a long week of traveling. A news segment came on about a 20-year-old Afghan woman who ...

Shake It Harder

by Miriam Axel-Lute October 10, 2012


  A couple weekends ago I went out to pick apples from a neighborhood tree with my six year old. We came armed with a seven-foot ladder and a cardboard box. Upon arriving we found the ...

Bank On It

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 26, 2012


  Albany has a vacant buildings problem. The number may fluctuate depending on who you ask, and how you define “vacant,” but the latest count by the city puts us at over 800. This certainly not unique ...

Solidarity With Chicago

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 12, 2012

  First of all, if you’re reading this on the day it comes out, and you haven’t voted in the primary yet, put it down, go vote, and then come back. Please and thank you. OK. That ...

The Privilege of Protest

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 30, 2012

  I took some time I didn’t feel like I had on Monday to join the anti-fracking rally and march that gathered in the Corning Preserve by the Hudson River, made a stop at the DEC ...

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What Government Can Do

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 16, 2012


  “Government can’t do anything right.” It’s inevitable that Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan for VP is going to raise all sorts of conversation about Ayn Rand and libertarianism. It is, of course, as many people have ...

No, Really. Read It

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 1, 2012


When people started passing around Bill McKibben’s recent article in Rolling Stone called “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” I didn’t click through. Not even when it was my wife recommending it. I wouldn’t be surprised if ...

6 Reasons Not To Forget About Housing

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 19, 2012

  Housing as an issue has always struggled to be sexy and grab people’s attention. You might think that the housing crash and its continuing repercussions might have changed that, but this is a presidential election ...

Feed Each Other

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 5, 2012

I am as delighted as the next pragmatist who hopes we eventually get to true national healthcare that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. I think everyone should pause and read some of ...

Oh Frack

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 20, 2012


  There are some contentious issues where there are arguments about the likely economic, environmental, and health effects where it’s tough to decipher, where the details are technical, where there are ambiguous studies with unclear motivations ...

Two Cities? Or One?

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 7, 2012

I think it would be fair to say that I am rooted in my neighborhood. I work at home, I prioritize supporting local establishments I can walk to, and enjoy the sense of community and ...

Can I See Some I.D.?

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 24, 2012


  When Kristen Eck of Delaware Avenue, Albany, went to vote on the school budget last week, she took note of the signs saying ID was required. So did one of the people behind her in ...


Suburban State of Mind

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 10, 2012

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  Have you visited our lovely suburbs Schenectady and Troy lately? No, I haven’t become a proponent of some weird dedensification plan. I’m just following the classifications that Wendell Cox, author of War on the Dream: How ...

Bone Headed

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 25, 2012


  Cracked.com’s “5 Ways Modern Men Are Trained to Hate Women” did not initially appeal to me, but after seeing it repeatedly recommended, if with warnings about it being “depressing,” I behaved like a predictable social ...

Just Say No (To Drugs)

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 11, 2012


  You probably don’t expect me to mean that literally. But I do. Let me tell you why. I assure you it has nothing to do with feeling any right to control what you put in ...

Raising Our Equity Grade

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 29, 2012

I adore the Capital Region, as most of you know. But when it comes to racial equity, we flunk. Don’t take my word for it. Take the Urban Institute’s, which ranked Albany-Schenectady-Troy 93rd out of ...

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Who’s a Socialist Now?

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 15, 2012

In a recent Doonesbury cartoon, a telephone operator at a company called MyFacts.com helpfully suggests to a grateful anti-Obama caller that an acceptable new definition of socialist is “A black man with power.” That is certainly ...

Ouch, My Wrist

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 1, 2012


For all the fanfare over the National Mortgage Settlement that was eventually agreed to by 49 state attorneys general, you’d think the banks were actually being held accountable or something. I know, that would be nice. It’s ...

Brother, Can You Spare Some Time?

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 16, 2012

  “As people become wealthier, time becomes their major scarce resource. Suppose that you are very rich but have only a few hours a week of spare time. Give some examples of steps you can take ...

No Theocracy, Thanks

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 1, 2012

This is what happens when we let people run for office opposed. Consider yourself warned. Albany’s new county executive Dan McCoy—whom, for the record, I did not vote for despite his having no opponent, though I ...

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Indians in the House

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 18, 2012

  My older daughter has recently passed a major milestone: ability to handle any sort of plot tension. Not like we’re going in for scary movies or anything, but this does vastly increase the range of ...