As we wait for another ball of sleaze to be accused of sexual harassment, I thought it would be a good time to answer reader questions that would be real if only readers had cared enough about my opinion to actually ask them. Let's get to the questions! What was Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan doing on the Tucker Carlson show Thursday night? I would never go on Carlson's show, because I would lose my concentration and start giggling the second he hit me with his patented confused face.
This column is going to move around a bit, but let me start by getting a few Colonie thoughts off my chest. Here's the first: Supervisor Paula Mahan's son, Joseph, should not be working as a town building inspector. I don't know if James Callahan was targeted for mentioning the arrest of one of Mahan's sons to her husband when he stopped by Callahan's house in Latham while campaigning for his wife's re-election.
I don't want to get philosophical right off the bat, but I have a question that echoes the old puzzler about the tree that fell in the forest and was never heard. If a recess lasts just 10 minutes, is it really recess? In other words, does it even matter? Does it accomplish any of the goals that a recess from the school day is supposed to achieve?
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Selecting a term
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