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

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

GCI: Greedy company, indeed

Newspaper giant Gannett Co. Inc. announced today that it's laying off 700 people, or roughly 2 percent of the company's workforce.

This just three months after the company revealed CEO Craig Durbrow had his salary doubled and received a $1.25 million cash bonus.

Good lord.


Monday, June 6, 2011

What a Weiner!

Note to Rep. Anthony Weiner:

When your constituency, your congressional colleagues and your own party have turned against you, it's impossible to be an effective legislator.

It's time to go.

Not in a week, a month, at the end of the year or by getting voted out of office in November 2012. Now. Right now.

You're extramarital behavior was reprehensible, you're a bald-faced liar, and you can't be trusted.

There's the door. Use it.


The idiots are coming! The idiots are coming!

Republicans are calling for a law that would require presidential candidates to provide proof of being born in the United States.

OK, fair enough. But then I'm calling for a law that requires candidates to pass a basic American history exam before being allowed on the ballot.

As the 2012 presidential race begins to take shape, we have potential Republican candidate Sarah Palin insisting that Paul Revere's midnight ride of April 18, 1775, was intended to warn the British that British troops were advancing. (And worse yet, she defended her statement when called on it by a news anchor for Fox, the network that employs her.)

We have fellow potential Republican candidate Michele Bachmann telling an audience in New Hampshire that "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord." Well, at least she got the names of the towns right. Unfortunately, they're in Massachusetts.

And we have declared GOP candidate Herman Cain, who apparently believes that running the Godfather's Pizza chain and hosting a radio show qualifies him to be leader of the free world, recently declaring that the U.S. Constitution guarantees "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Right words, wrong document, Herman. That line is in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

Before any of these people raise their right hand and put their left hand on a Bible, perhaps they should use both hands to open a history book.