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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Two years and counting

On this, the second anniversary of my blog (hard to believe, I know), here are a few observations that have nothing to do with the second anniversary of my blog:

• I happened to catch the end of the Friday night and Saturday afternoon Yankee games on TV - both of which the Bombers won on walk-off hits - and let me tell you, I've seen lower-key on-field celebrations by teams that just won the World Series. Hey, New York, you're a barely-over-.500 team and it's still May. Get over yourselves. But then again, perhaps you should do as much partying as possible now, because if recent history is any indicator, you won't have anything to celebrate come October.

• I notice Rep. Maurice Hinchey, the Hurley Democrat who voted against almost every nickel of proposed war funding while Republican President George W. Bush was in office, voted last week in favor of spending billions of dollars for the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know Mo is happy to finally have a member of his own party, Barack Obama, in the White House, but how does that translate into the congressman suddenly supporting combat activities that he's opposed for most of the past eight years? Changing positions simply because of a change in White House control is playing politics with the lives of our troops, and that's inexcusable.

Freeman editing colleague Tom Wakeman and I have noticed, while reading stories in recent days about this year's school board candidates, that an alarming number of people seeking to become trustees in the area's districts have spouses who work for the districts. Have these people never heard the phrase "conflict of interest"? Hopefully the voters have.

• And lastly, a note to Kingston Mayor James Sottile: It's one thing to decide there will be no enforcement of the city's parking meter rules between 4:30 and 6 p.m. daily, but you really should have kept that fact to yourself. Telling Freeman reporter Paul Kirby, who promptly included the information in a front-page story, means you can be pretty sure no one will be feeding the city's Uptown, Midtown and Downtown meters during that 90-minute period. And that's sure to result in a significant loss of revenue at a time when Kingston can ill-afford any more financial problems.


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