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Bazzo Says

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in my column, “Watergate analogies apply to Obama, not Trump,” that President Obama’s Justice Department planted a spy in the Trump campaign. I said I used the term “spy” because this was a counter-intelligence operation, not a criminal investigation, where the term informant would have been proper. That statement has been brought into question as unsourced except as a tweet by Trump himself. This is what happens when I try to show that the beloved Obama went Nixon, but further.

Bruce the Blog

On the face of it, the conceit behind award-winning stage musical “Urinetown” seems absurd: Citizens are required to pay for the privilege of relieving themselves at public urinals. To baby boomers, charging people to use public restrooms is neither absurd nor unthinkable. True, there were no coin-operated urinals when we were young, but there were stalls that required a dime to be inserted before the door would unlock. As “Urinetown” begins, we learn that an oppressed citizenry is forced to subsist in the face of ...

Diversions

New York State’s primary election is the same day that this edition of the paper will be in your hands, and I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. It’s no secret that I am a political junkie but not in the partisan sense; rather, as an informed and engaged citizen. I am genuinely interested in the opinions of each “side” and am happy to have a healthy discussion, regardless of whether my views are popular or not. What does concern me, and is not at all appealing, is the current state of polarized politics. I am ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, I am in second grade and have a problem about math. My teacher just keeps giving me homework and it’s driving me crazy. Because she keeps giving it to me on weekends and spring and summer breaks. And it’s only one level and it’s too hard. But the other people who have special needs get to be moved into a higher or lower group and they learn even more because it’s their level. I’m feeling very overwhelmed. Emi Dear Emi, It’s not that often that a second-grader writes to me. Thank ...

Life, Health and Politics

Did you watch “Roseanne” last week? The reboot of the popular show from the ‘90s opened to huge ratings. So huge, in fact, it earned the highest ratings of any network program in the last six years. More than 18 million people tuned in to watch both of the first two half-hour episodes. That’s quite an accomplishment for a show that had a terrible final year and then took a 20-year hiatus.  I am just going to put it right out front. The reason for this huge opening is that both the character of Roseanne Connor ...

Life, Health, Politics

Trump. He doesn’t just use an-in-your face, combative style that immediately takes people aback, but he regularly operates under the rule of behavior known officially as Opposite Day. Only in Trump’s case, most days are Opposite Day.    Opposite Day is a slang term that came into use based on an episode of the TV show “Seinfeld.” In this particular episode, George Costanza had the huge realization that all of his straightforward gambits always ended in failure. So, he decided to act exactly the ...

Lost In Suburbia

Most people I know gain weight over the winter. Just like polar bears, they eat for warmth and hide their weight under a layer of fur or, in this case, velour tracksuits. But I’m different (so what else is new?). I tend to gain all my weight during the summer when we travel, and go to lots of barbecues and picnics, and drink ginormous, high-calorie slushy drinks to cool off. By the time Labor Day arrives, I usually look like I’m about to go into labor. It’s not even a good look for a polar bear, much less a 53-year-old ...

My Perspective

Last week, we talked with Democratic Assembly candidate, Vedat Gashi. I think it’s only fair that this week we spend some time with our present assemblyman, Kevin Byrne. He was nice enough to grant me this interview. For the readers who may not know, can you tell us about your background? Where did you grow up? Which schools did you attend, etc.? I was born and raised in the 94th Assembly District, and am fortunate to have lived in this district my entire life. I grew up in Putnam Valley and graduated from Carmel High School. I ...

Organizing Wisdom

I go through this every month: “Clean up, company’s coming!”  I run around the house in a panic, picking up all my projects and spend hours just putting away my stuff before I can clean the house or my husband can clean, whose fault it is anyway for inviting people over!  What’s the matter with him?! Every month, my husband invites people over for wine and cheese. I hate it and I love it. It forces me to “pick up the house,” as my mother says, and get things put away.  If my husband ...

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