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Banana Republicans

by Keith Ammann July 28, 2011

Once upon a time, the United Fruit Company had plantations across Central and South America. Its No. 1 crop was bananas. Americans were mad for bananas, which at that time were a novelty and a ...

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Tax the Land

by Bill Batt February 9, 2011

I put property-tax cappers in the same category as flat-Earthers. It’s troubling that we have policy shapers who understand so little of land economics. That other states—with disastrous results like California’s Proposition 13—have gone down ...

SAVAGE LOVE

by Dan Savage February 25, 2010

I’m writing to you to settle a dispute between my husband and me. We have been married for six years. We’re not terribly adventurous, but we’re not totally vanilla, either. However, there is one issue ...

Big Media Is Watching You

by Paul Rapp February 25, 2010

We’ve been watching how the Obama administration has been handling information and intellectual- property issues—these things never break in neat, red state/blue state ways. Bill Clinton, in fact, probably did more damage to rational IP ...

Asylum Seeker

by Jo Page February 25, 2010

Thanks to Shutter Island, asylums, particularly scary, fabled ones, are big news right now. On the other hand, there has always been something fascinating and horrible about these places with their intimidating size and intricate architecture. ...

Assault on Culture

by Ralph Hammann February 25, 2010

Look up the word “culture” in Webster’s New World Dictionary and you will find it defined as “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.” I fear for the loss of our ...

(DR)INC.

by John Rodat February 18, 2010

With the recent Supreme Court reversal of Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, which previously restricted the direct financial contributions corporations and unions could make to political campaigns, limiting them to gifting holiday-themed sweaters, ...

SAVAGE LOVE

by Dan Savage February 18, 2010

My boyfriend and I have agreed to abide by whatever decision you make. We’ve been together for nine months. We are gay. We live in a college town. We both found jobs here ...

Pay Cash

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 18, 2010

I always figured I was putting one over on the credit card companies. I had it engrained in my head very early on (thanks Mom and Dad!) that I should never ever carry a balance ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage February 11, 2010

A few years before my wife and I met, she made porn with her boyfriend at the time. He intended to start a pay-per-view Web site but never launched it. I was a bit upset ...

Post-Apocalyptic Precedent

by Paul Rapp February 11, 2010

Remember a few years ago when MASS MoCA got into a huge brouhaha with Swiss installation artist Christoph Buchel? Sure you do. Buchel was putting a massive art thing in their football field-sized Building 5 ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage February 4, 2010

Let’s say, theoretically, I’m a pedophile. I’m not stupid or evil, so I’m not gonna DO anything. I’m not even gonna look at porn, because the production of it involves child exploitation. Hell, even porn that’s ...

Dream Bigger

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 4, 2010

Is 2030 soon? Depends who you ask. Through the buzz of the Albany 2030 visioning forums I’ve heard people say that it’s both too close and too far to be focusing on. “We need something we ...

Partnership

by The Staff February 4, 2010

To the Editor: The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) Act of 1998 is, as Elizabeth Knapp’s recent story relates, the achievement of former New York state trooper Paul Richter. [“Insult to Injury,” Newsfront, Jan. 28) ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage January 28, 2010

I’m a single (mostly) gay guy who is curious about women. A hot bisexual mate is interested in a friends-with-benefits arrangement. I’m not looking for an LTR just now, so regular, no-strings sex sounds great. ...

Don’t Blame God

by Jo Page January 28, 2010

In James Wood’s brilliant novel, The Book Against God, self-absorbed and ineffective Thomas Bunting undertakes to write a book—entitled The Book Against God or BAG as he refers to it—that will refute his Anglican priest ...

Playing Monopoly

by Paul Rapp January 28, 2010

This week the federal Department of Justice’s anti-trust division filed what it termed restrictions on the proposed merger between music industry giants Ticketmaster and Live Nation. These two companies already dominate primary ticket selling, the ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage January 21, 2010

I have a problem. A key part of my problem, I feel, is that I’m a recovering anorexic and I am still struggling a great deal to eat normal and healthy portions of food. A ...

What’s Your Vision for Albany?

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 21, 2010

A couple weeks ago, at the packed-to-the-gills grand opening party for the new Delaware Avenue library branch, another parent in the neighborhood commented that looking around him, he was suddenly struck by the fact that ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage January 14, 2010

I am a 34-year-old straight, single female. I have a fantasy I can’t find much about online, so I figured I’d ask you for advice. My fantasy is to be blindfolded, bent over a table/couch/whatever, and ...

No Communication Breakdown

by Jo Page January 14, 2010

Though I worry about every conceivable thing you can imagine and then some, I don’t spend much time worrying that, as a culture, we are growing distant from one another because people use e-mail, texting ...

Eyes on California

by Paul Rapp January 14, 2010

While the mainstream media have been ranting incoherently about irrelevancies like Harry Reid, Jay Leno and Sarah Palin, something truly remarkable has been taking place in California. On Monday, in a San Francisco federal courtroom, ...