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Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to or picked up a copy of The Albany Herald, and to those who advertise in it. Your support keeps real journalism alive, just as Carlton and his staff will.

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I have to admit my own experiences with talking sticks have been more in line with ending negotiations as opposed to facilitating them.

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Like, I expect, a whole lot of other college football fans around the state, I got to work Tuesday morning a little bleary-eyed from being moderately underslept — as Granddaddy used to call it — and pretty much bummed.

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You have a better chance of getting a sizable inheritance from a Nigerian prince than you do of seeing snow in Albany.

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“So,” it starts, conveniently cloaked in feigned offhandedness, a deftly applied technique of the season, “what do you want for Christmas?”

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Time that’s passed and how you spent it matter, but maybe not as much as the time you have left and how you spend it.

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With all the revelations and such coming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal out in Hollywood, I guess it’s not particularly surprising that one of the first things that came to mind — for me, anyway — was a scene from a movie.

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It’s times like these that I wonder just what kind of world we’re leaving our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Not a very good one, I’m afraid.

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Before Cheryl and I went to see “Beauty and the Beast” Saturday at Theatre Albany, I’d never seen a version of the story in any format, except for the first episode of a 1987 TV show.

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and U.S. Rep. Austin Scott focus on global hunger. U.S. Sen. David Perdue joins HBCU Caucus and comments on defense appointment and North Korea.

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Every now and then, something comes along to make science cool, even on a blistering hot day.

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Immigration reform act would affect few if any farm workers; Senate finds its bipartisanship impetus on veterans-releated legislation.

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In a nation divided as deeply as America, there’s one thing we should all be able to agree on. Could we please leave our clocks set at one time all year long?

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Frankly, I’d have a hard time getting up in the morning if all I had to look forward to was being mad about something.

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I’ve never been particularly good at being superstitious, though I made a big effort as a youth when I played baseball, which is, most people will agree, the most superstitious sport out there.

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I’ve often wondered why the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day seems to be one of melancholy, if not a full-blown case of what my Grandma used to call the mulligrubs.

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The Box sat by the wall near the Christmas tree. Sometime early in December, it would arrive — a big, plain cardboard box nearly as tall as me and shipped all the way from California, not to be opened until Christmas morning. And filled with only Santa knows what.

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There’s a lot to be said for this time of year, but for my wife, alas, ‘tis the season for her to hate to get into her SUV after I’ve driven it.

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I woke up Tuesday feeling optimistic. The 2016 presidential election would be over soon. I even made plans to break out my happy socks today, with today being Wednesday, to celebrate the occasion.

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