One of my favorite lines by late comedian Richard Pryor: "I go down to the courthouse looking for justice, and that's what I see: Just us."
For people who think the United States’ flawed two-party system of electing its president will remain intact through the 2016 election — and for those who thought the 2012 campaign was wa-a-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y too long — a sobering note....
A few leftover thoughts from 2012 as we dive headlong into 2013....
As I slowly recovered from the shock of the tragic events that unfolded in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, I watched/read/listened with growing disbelief to the reaction of many Americans to the shooting of 20 children and six school officials at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
I don't mean this as an insult, but there's almost always been something slightly off about Albany.
Since we made it through doomsday — stupid Mayans! — it’s now officially time to start looking ahead to a new year.
As the end of another year approaches — and, yes, it does seem that we were just “auld lang syning” 2012 in — it’s almost time for all the “best-of” lists commemorating the past 365 days.
As I sat in my car at a red city traffic signal in the gray light of approaching dawn, my mind on nothing in particular, my wandering eye focused on a figure sitting alone at an outdoor table.
Correspondence: "You think you know so much, but you're always talking about something that you think is wrong. I never see you offer any solutions." Response: "I don't think anyone would listen too closely to my ideas, but since you asked ..."
There are some stories that, with their telling, elicit within us a desire to share similar stories of our own.
It was in Jasper, Ala., during the post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas semi-holiday period that I was given an eye-opening dose of reality, courtesy of 3-year-old Sam Fletcher.
SCENE: A gathering of self-appointed delegates for the government of the New By-God Republic of Texas. The delegation — made up entirely of 55-and-over white men and Herman Cain — has been arguing for hours, trying to out-shout each other when a distinguished-looking 70-something gentleman with an impressive head of white hair and a long handlebar mustache takes off his black 10-gallon hat, pulls a Colt .45 from his holster and fires three shots in the air.
If you're interested in seeing the not-so-fine art of "not in my backyard" on display, by all means attend an Albany City Commission meeting some Tuesday morning.
I hadn’t been able to do it for so long, listen to Warren Zevon’s 2003 album he made with friends like Bruce Springsteen, Dwight Yoakam, Don Henley, Jackson Brown and Tom Petty while he was dying.
Most of us who dine out on a regular basis develop a list of favorite eating establishments, whether for the quality of the food we’re served, the service we’re provided or other intangibles such at atmosphere, convenience, price or popularity.
- Homebuilders plan Boot-Scootin' fundraiser
- Miz brings awesomeness to civic center
- Give up self-pity and give time to others
- Dozens of kayakers float out of Albany toward Bainbridge
- Supreme court hands pharmaceutical companies major loss
- Restoring hope through rehabilitation
- Probation officer/author follows higher calling
- Senior health report indicates disparities
- Paddlers start 106-mile trip
- Keep kids safe during the summer months
- Thumbs Up! - June 17, 2013
- Dads get on-the-job training
- Kay Hind’s life is truly one of impact, achievement
- Edward Snowden stirs up a hornet’s nest for the U.S.
- Thumbs Up! - June 9, 2013
- Can you hear me now, Washington?
- Knives have no place on planes
- Budgeting for city no easy task
- Thumbs Up! - June 3, 2013
- Outlook report likely to quell reform notions