Monday, October 31, 2005

Lukewarm love fest

Outgoing Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan couldn't have made it any clearer how unenthusiastic he is about Bud Taylor becoming his replacement. He waits six weeks before making an endorsement, then only at the prompting of a reporter. Then he takes all day to get the wording just right, and then issues a statement instead of holding a joint press conference. The mayor's not exactly trying to win the MVP on Team Bud, is he? But in the end, all good Republicans stick together -- even if they have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

Try a little harder next time
Speaking of the election, if Esmond Lyons and Bill Berg were trying to kiss up to the paper during last week's Post-Star mayoral debate in order to get our endorsement, they need to work a little harder on their puckering. Mr. Lyons referred to the debate as the paper's attempt to put on a "pretense of fair and accurate coverage" hoping to "cover their bloody tracks." Mr. Berg accused the paper of knowingly printing "lies" about him. We're just glad they didn't send their candidate essays via flaming arrow.

Pickled prisoner

Saw a woman was arrested with a blood alcohol of 0.52 percent -- meaning half a percent of the fluid running through her bloodstream is alcohol. It's amazing she was still breathing, much less committing a crime.

America's Past (bed) Time

Sorry it took so long to add more comments. I've been up late watching World Series games. Seriously, what were the baseball people thinking starting games at 8:30 at night? Who but a few die-hard baseball fans and people in the competing cities are up watching that late. Game 3, which went 12 innings, didn't get over until 1:30 a.m. Deciding Game 4 didn't end until 12:30 a.m., and that was for a game where both teams scored a total of one run. We understand they want to get the most prime-time advertising revenue. But they'll make more money in the long run by building their fan base. And the best way to do that is to show the championship games when kids -- or for that matter, adults -- can actually stay awake to watch them.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Three more random thoughts

Congratulations to Glens Falls Hospital on its grand opening for the new expansion. It's so nice, it almost makes me want to be sick. (That didn't come out right, did it?)

During the candidate forum at TV8 the other night, Democratic candidate Roy Akins wore a red rose on his lapel to celebrate the state flower -- the rose. Not to be outdone, Peter McDevitt celebrated the state mammal by coming in wearing a beaver pelt. Bud Taylor responded by forming a task force to study the matter.

This week, our boss flew to Seattle just to enjoy some drier weather.

Top 11 ways to save on fuel costs

People are often resistent to consider alternative transportation as a way to save gasoline. That's because there simply are few viable options for them. Well, Don Coyote has compiled a list of 11 top ideas for what could be done locally to save commuters money and fuel, while screwing the big oil companies.

11 -- Take imported Mexican dogs from Adirondack Save-a-Stray and have them pull sleds.
10 -- Develop cars powered by acid rain.
9 -- Equip bicycles with snow tires and studs.
8 -- Car-battery recharging station in Fort Ann at new Hadlock Pond Hydro Dam.
7 -- Harness anger from Hartford veterans monument controversy.
6 -- Give everyone a soap box derby car.
5 -- Expand canal system to city streets, allowing people to row to work. Check with Finch-Pruyn first about using their river water.
4 -- Personalized balloons propelled by hot air from politicians.
3 -- Shuttle service using buses from cancelled Canadian fall foliage tours.
2 -- Build windmill-propelled vehicles, as long as they couldn't be seen from the High Peaks.
1 -- Create fuel from alcohol breath at Hebron Town Board meetings.

Confusing election signs

There are so many campaign signs alongside the road these days, I'm afraid that on Election Day, I'm going to vote for "Yield."

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Top 11 justifications for denying access to Hadlock Dam documents

The Fort Ann Town Board has denied a Post-Star request for information that led to the collapse of the Hadlock Pond Dam in July. The Freedom of Information Law requires that governments provide a reason for denying such a request. Here are the Town Board's Top 11 justifications for withholding the information, based on what Don Coyote has learned.

11 -- Now that the dam and all the water are gone, what's the big deal?
10 -- The newspaper might sue us? Get in line.
9 -- Thought a "FOIL" request had something to do with wrapping leftovers.
8 -- Afraid of negative reaction from Washington County al-Qaida cell.
7 -- Supervisor Gayle Hall might have to say something other than "No Comment" at town board meetings.
6 -- The state doesn't respond to FOILs. Why should we?
5 -- Fear release of information will prompt large group of residents to secede from town and form the Village of Mudslide.
4 -- If town is responsible, it will quash board's plans to assess all homes in town as "lakeside property."
3 -- Fear that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will try to make a legal claim on behalf of all the fish that got killed.
2 -- Agreeing positively to a FOIL request will set bad precedent for other screw-ups the town wants to keep secret.
1 -- All the documents were destroyed in the flood.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

And another thing ...

* In response to my comment in Monday's paper, a few people asked me why we should now be embarrassed about celebrating the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus. Don't ask me. Ask the Indians.

Wake me for the spring season

* So major league baseball has come down to teams from St. Louis, Anaheim, Chicago and Houston. Wake me when spring training starts.
Since they're out of the playoffs anyway, and since they had the same record at the end of the season, how about the Yankees and Red Sox getting together for one last series -- winner take all. But that's not going to happen. So it looks like I'll have to start figuring out who's on my NHL team.
Speaking of the Yankees and Red Sox, their owners combined to spend $327 million in salaries -- for two teams that won a grand total of two playoff games. To be able to afford throwing that kind of money away, they must own a lot of oil company stock.