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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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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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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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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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Ferguson On My Mind

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 11, 2014

  Outside my house, two young African-American boys, maybe 9 or 10, scoot by on skateboards. One is carrying something on a leaf and stops to show me a giant slug. We chat about it a ...

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Vote Teachout

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 28, 2014

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  Part of progressive frustration with the Tea Party, aside from shaking our heads over the sheer lack of enlightened self-interest shown by most of its on the ground supporters, is jealousy. They run primary campaigns ...

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Income for Everyone

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 12, 2014

  If you wanted to come up with a totally cockamamie idea to attribute to someone to smear them as unrealistic bleeding-heart socialist, what would you come up with? Possibly “the government should just give everyone ...

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Compassion for All at the Border

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 31, 2014

  If your social media feeds lean the way mine do, you’ve likely been seeing a picture of a sign getting passed around that says “Keep the kids. Deport the racists.” As slogans go, it very neatly ...

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Artists and Urban Renewal

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 17, 2014

  Conventional wisdom says that artists and gay people are tend to be pioneers in distressed neighborhoods, signs that change is ’a coming. While there have been some funny, and likely apocryphal stories about unlikely conservatives ...

Actually United States

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 3, 2014

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  Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country ...

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Dry Detroit

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 26, 2014

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  Water is a human right: Even the much beleagured CEO of Nestle, who has been accused of trying to privatize the water resources of poor communities for the benefit of its bottled-water profits, officially agrees. He ...

Small, Gritty, and Equitable

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 19, 2014

  At the United Tenants of Albany annual dinner last week, Mayor Kathy Sheehan spoke about her “equity agenda” for the city of Albany. We’re only as strong as our weakest neighborhoods, she said. We have ...

Making Reparations

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 5, 2014

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  I bought my house with the help of a downpayment from my parents. My parents got help to buy their house from my father’s parents. At the time when my father’s parents bought their house, ...

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Who Owns the Land?

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 22, 2014

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  When I was a 20-something my family received a copy of the board game Monopoly as a gift. Being all varying levels of anti-capitalists, but certainly united in not being fans of rich guys in ...

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Calling Don Draper

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 8, 2014

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  Many years ago, I took a humor writing class in New York City. It was one of the most rigorous, challenging classes I’ve taken. (And for those who don’t know, I was a biochem major.) Unfortunately, ...

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Imprisoned America

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 24, 2014

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  I recently served on my first jury. It was a fascinating and challenging experience, which happened to involve a brawl around the corner from where I live. We as the jury took our job very ...

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Reverse Robin Hood

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 10, 2014

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  Last fall I was at a conference in Detroit held in a hotel attached to a casino. “Did you go onto the casino floor?” my boss asked me. Along with our room keys, we were given ...

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Public Education Is Under Attack

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 12, 2014

  Yesterday, public school advocates rallied at the New York state capitol to call for full state funding of public education. Participants held “R.I.P.” tombstone signs of the programs, classes, staff and resources that their schools ...

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Off the Page

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 27, 2014

  There are a lot of complaints out there about the state of  journalism these days. And indeed, there’s plenty to bemoan. But there are some bright spots too, from the turn back to long-form that ...

How to Not Get People to Trust You

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 13, 2014

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  This column brought to you by the majority leader of the Albany County Legislature and the proposed chair of the newly approved Albany County Land Bank’s board, via the question and answer session held Monday ...

This Is the Warm Up

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 30, 2014

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  Railroad workers apparently call them “bomb trains”—those tank cars full of explosive crude oil from North Dakota that sit lined up in the middle of 787 and mere feet from homes, playgrounds, day care centers ...

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See, Click?

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 16, 2014

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  In a move of technological savvy, last May, the city of Albany became the first city in New York to launch a partnership with SeeClickFix, an app/website designed to encourage people to report various issues ...

The Fight Comes Home

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 8, 2014

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  If you have paid even a modicum of attention to the climate-justice fight over the past couple years, you have probably been aware of both the movement to keep fracking out of New York state, ...

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The Three-Legged Stool of Economic Development

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 31, 2013

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  Urbanist gadfly Richard Florida recently attempted to tip the sacred cow of "eds and meds" (universities and hospitals) economic development by arguing that cities with a high percentage of employment in those sectors tended to ...

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Still Burning

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 19, 2013

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  I am and always have been a big fan of the winter holidays. Though I am not religious in the usual sense, nor much of a theist, I am a big champion of the power ...

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