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

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday musings

* The accident on Route 28 in Boiceville that claimed two lives last week has me wondering: Why does Route 28 have a 45-mph speed limit between Kingston and West Hurley, where the road is four lanes wide and relatively straight, but a 55-mph speed limit after West Hurley, where the road narrows to two lanes and becomes curvy? Seems a bit backward to me.

* Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg, on page A4 of this morning's Freeman, chides the Obama White House for ignoring polls that show the president's popularity is dropping. Didn't conservative columnists and the right-wing radio loudmouths spend most of George W. Bush's second term insisting that presidential poll numbers don't matter? Well, when your guy's approval rating is 23 percent, I guess ignoring polls is the only way you can sleep at night.

* Speaking of right-wing loudmouths, could the ubernarcassitic Glenn Beck have been any more hypocritical at his "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday? On his radio and TV shows, he always criticizes President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party for ignoring the Constitution. Then, at the rally, he said America isn't religious enough and needs to "turn back to God." I think you need to reread the Constitution, Glenn, starting with Amendment No. 1.

* And finally, I noticed this morning that the Emmy Award for "Best Writing for a Music or Comedy Special" went to the 63rd Annual Tony Awards broadcast. When award shows start giving awards to award shows, you can be sure the end is near.


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