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GEORGIE ANNE GEYER: Time to be practical about multiculturalism

OPINION: Multiculturalism sounds good, but its effect is divisive

Born out of the civil rights turmoil of the ’60s and ’70s, multiculturalism does not, for instance, mean enjoying the famous writers of Mexico or Nigeria; what it does mean is dividing nation-states, until now made up of millions of individuals, into sealed ethnic groups that then bargain for privilege.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Republicans think the 47 percent are not trying hard enough

OPINION: The GOP mindset means president has no chance of passing middle-class program

GOP critics of President Obama continue to resist reality, sticking to the old Reagan-era bromide that a “rising tide lifts all boats.” Perhaps that’s true, but those middle-class rowboats are taking on water even as the rich float along comfortably in their yachts.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 26, 2015

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BOB KORNEGAY: No fan of springtime turkey hunting

Outdoors: There's something strange about a springtime turkey season, something that leaves me feeling weird

In the spring, there are other critters besides turkeys stirring.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: It's early, but Albany's municipal elections loom

OPINION: Mayor, three Albany City Commission seats will be up for election

Municipal elections are seven months away, but Albany races are expected to heat up long before then.

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MANDY FLYNN: The squirrel, my enemy

FEATURES COLUMN: The squirrel is my nemesis, and he knows it

I’m not one to wish death on anything (except maybe snakes and lizards and roaches … definitely roaches.) But there is this squirrel, this one incredibly horrible squirrel, that I wish would die of old age or be captured in the dark of night by undercover operatives seeking to do whatever secret undercover operatives would do to a squirrel.

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BARRY LEVINE: Four more who should be in the Hall of Fame

OLD ROCKER: Rydell, Francis, Mathis and Houston overlooked by Hall of Fame

This column explains why Connie Francis, Whitney Houston, Johnny Mathis and Bobby Rydell deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The fight for the middle class

OPINION: State of the Union speech was layered with cockiness, preachiness and delusion

Presidential leadership on defense and foreign policy usually consists of preparing Americans for the unsought but necessary struggles of a dangerous world. Obama provides assurances of global progress and order at a minimal cost, so Americans can turn their attention within.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 25, 2015

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Bright Side of the Day - Jan. 25, 2015

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out about the Bright Side of life.

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KRAUTHAMMER: Iran's emerging empire

OPINION: Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked

While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Stand up for overcoming 'sitting disease'

HEALTH & FITNESS: For good health, spend less time in the chair

Most of us realize we need to be more active, but there is evidence that we need to spend less time sitting down also. A recent report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined 47 studies showing that “heavy sitters” were in poorer health, regardless of how much exercise they did.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at January 1940 news

HISTORY: In January 1940, a five-room apartment could be rented for $30 per month.

From sugar sacks to socks, business was brisk in Albany.

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DICK YARBROUGH: The State of the Column has never been stronger

OPINION: And it's less boring than the State of the Union

In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message.

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