It's always good to get away for a few days - it refreshes one's perspective!
Since I got back to Albany Sunday afternoon, I've been catching up on local news, and gee whiz, my perspective is refreshed...
The Sunday Times Union has two particularly moving and disturbing articles by Paul Nelson and Lauren Stanforth about the March 21 fire that took the lives of four residents at a state-run group home in Wells, NY. I was shocked to read that the local building inspector was never allowed to work with the state during construction of the group home, which was only a year old! Also: town and county officials were never given blueprints that could have helped firefighters and rescue workers... AND everybody who did participate in the rescue has been told NOT to talk to the media! No Democracy here! This is such a sad story! SHAME on New York!
For the most part, it seems a lot of negativity is associated with the local group NXIVM and the Bronfman sisters bringing the Dalai Lama to the Albany area. The Bronfman's are doing an incredible thing by getting the Tibetan holyman to visit. Contrary to scuttlebutt, the ticket prices are NOT out of line extraordinarily high. Think of your favorite TV show brought to you by a product you thoroughly hate. What really matters? Your enjoyment of the program or your hatred of something you don't care for?
If you've been following Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton's loss of confidence in the electrci city's Police force, it dropped another notch over the weekend after yet another officer was nabbed for un-officer-like behavior. How many more?
Did 20th CD candidate Jim Tedisco shoot himself in the foot out of the gate when he wouldn't reveal "Tedisco's Take" on the stimulus package right off the bat? Yup! Everything after does not matter. I see what followed as vicious mudslinging by both sides. I'll betcha a lot of people who support EITHER candidate will just opt out and stay home due to the negative campaigning. Even though some of the content in the ads has been proven to be inaccurate, people these days just aren't in the mood for this kind of "clowning around"
Well, Monday is here and that means back to work - I don't know about you but I love my work!