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OUR VIEW Mr. Cole and Mr. Church, together again

They have been discussed as a team in the art world just as Bogie and Bacall, Astaire and Rogers, and Bergman and Ullmann have been inextricably linked in the world of cinema.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
OUR VIEW Mr. Cole and Mr. Church, together again
Posted: February 28, 2015

They have been discussed as a team in the art world just as Bogie and Bacall, Astaire and Rogers, and Bergman and Ullmann have been inextricably linked in the world of cinema.

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Friday 02/27/2015
OUR VIEW FCC vote protects the Net
Posted: February 27, 2015

Thursday was a good day for the general public as the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of imposing rules to ensure Net neutrality.

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Tuesday 02/24/2015
OUR VIEW Fifty shades of debate
Posted: February 24, 2015

Each day it seems we hear about a celebrity or star athlete getting into trouble over a domestic violence incident. The latest is race car driver Kurt Busch who is suspended indefinitely for beating an ex-girlfriend.

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Saturday 02/21/2015
OUR VIEW Time to banish old pit bull law
Posted: February 21, 2015

History has not helped the case of the pit bull. Created by mixing bulldogs with terriers — for agility and strength — this breed has notoriously been used for blood sports, especially illegal dog fighting in the United States. The breed has gotten a bad rap for being a dangerous dog.

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Friday 02/20/2015
OUR VIEW Dark side of Silver
Posted: February 20, 2015

A cauldron of corruption.”

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Thursday 02/19/2015
OUR VIEW Breaking the ice
Posted: February 19, 2015

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard board small vessels known as cutters and make their way north and south on the Hudson River through a thick carpet of ice, breaking open a path for barges to travel round trip from New York City to Albany. Cutters operate up and down the Atlantic seaboard to keep vital river traffic moving in frigid weather.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
OUR VIEW FASNY offers a gift
Posted: February 18, 2015

Some programs have a strong but narrow focus. Others, like the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s college reimbursement program, can have a beneficial impact on many levels.

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Tuesday 02/17/2015
OUR VIEW Getting vets needed help
Posted: February 17, 2015

President Barack Obama signed legislation last week, co-authored by U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson

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Saturday 02/14/2015
OUR VIEW Love rollercoaster
Posted: February 14, 2015

“Does anyone know what love is?”

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Friday 02/13/2015
OUR VIEW Baseball hopes spring eternal
Posted: February 13, 2015

Old Man Winter has been throwing us some wicked sliders over the last three weeks. Greene and Columbia counties are buried under anywhere from 30 to 35 inches of snow. More is on the way and single-digit high temperatures will be the story this weekend.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
OUR VIEW Public notice repeal will hurt the public
Posted: February 12, 2015

The New York News Publishers Association, which represents the publishers of the New York state's newspapers, is strongly opposed to the governor's proposal to eliminate newspaper public notice of proposed Constitutional amendments.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
OUR VIEW Elbow grease
Posted: February 11, 2015

It’s obvious that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo believes government can be used to bring about positive changes.

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Saturday 02/07/2015
OUR VIEW Catch-22 for vets and taxpayers
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Editor's Note: This Our View reflects changes to the original column.

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Friday 02/06/2015
OUR VIEW Hearts, no flowers
Posted: February 06, 2015

It may not be spring quite yet, but February is also a time when, as Tennyson noted, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love. Stores are filled with giant red hearts reminding everyone that Valentine’s Day is on the way.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
OUR VIEW Hoping for the best
Posted: February 05, 2015

The state Assembly elected its first new leader in more than 20 years Tuesday, who is also the first Assembly member from the Bronx and the first African-American to fill the position.

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Tuesday 02/03/2015
OUR VIEW: Dollar General making moves
Posted: February 03, 2015

The company that develops and leases buildings to Dollar General is looking to open two new stores in Columbia and Greene counties.

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Saturday 01/31/2015
OUR VIEW: An early spring?
Posted: January 31, 2015

‘If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight;

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Friday 01/30/2015
OUR VIEW: Not much of a Silver lining
Posted: January 30, 2015

Sheldon Silver, D-65, of New York City, is expected to step down Monday as the speaker of the New York State Assembly following his arrest last week on federal charges involving taking almost $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks over his more than two decades leading the Assembly.

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Thursday 01/29/2015
OUR VIEW: Cuomo failing public education
Posted: January 29, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo just doesn’t get it. His decisions and promises for New York state education are not sitting well with public schools, teachers, students and parents.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
OUR VIEW: Stop price gouging
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Bad snowstorms can bring out the good in a lot of people. Unfortunately, severe, damaging weather can bring out the worst in many others.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Stay inside, stay safe
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 4:02 pm

After days of doomsday warnings, the expected “historic” snowstorm arrived in Columbia County just after 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

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Saturday 01/24/2015
OUR VIEW: Keep pets healthy, happy and warm
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Man’s best friend is also part of the family, and you wouldn’t leave a family member outside to freeze on cold winter nights. So don’t leave pets outside to suffer the brutality of frigid temperatures.

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Friday 01/23/2015
OUR VIEW: Tarnished Silver
Posted: January 23, 2015

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-65, was arrested yesterday on charges of taking almost $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks during “more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians,” according to an Associated Press story.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
OUR VIEW: The attorney battle
Posted: January 22, 2015

How many lawyers do Hudson officials need?

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
OUR VIEW: Let the ‘hunger games’ begin
Posted: January 21, 2015

In a proposal described by David Klepper of the Associated Press as “the economic hunger games,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to pit seven upstate regions of the state against each other for a share of $1.5 billion in economic development assistance.

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Tuesday 01/20/2015
OUR VIEW: Protecting yourself and your family
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 4:33 pm

While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, one universally accepted meaning of the term stalking is a “course of conduct directed at a person that causes that person to feel fear.”

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Saturday 01/17/2015
OUR VIEW: Consider King’s call to action today
Posted: January 17, 2015

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.’

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Friday 01/16/2015
OUR VIEW: Friending a good cause
Posted: January 16, 2015

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Thursday 01/15/2015
OUR VIEW: Exercise caution in snow and on ice
Posted: January 15, 2015

With snow on the ground and ponds and lakes frozen over, it’s the perfect time to be skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing and ice fishing. We encourage winter fanatics to get out and enjoy nature, but we urge safety.

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Tuesday 01/13/2015
OUR VIEW: The weight of health
Posted: January 13, 2015

Fat. There, we said it. No politically correct bamboozle. No sugarcoating. No playing semantics. Just, fat. Now you can say it, too. It’s OK. Natalie Craig says so.

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Saturday 01/10/2015
OUR VIEW: When eagles fly
Posted: January 10, 2015

‘You will never see an eagle of distinction flying low with pigeons of mediocrity.’     

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Friday 01/09/2015
OUR VIEW: Night of the comet
Posted: January 09, 2015

Most of the celestial bodies hurtling through space are depicted as mindless engines for mankind’s annihilation.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
OUR VIEW: Red Cross needs your blood, your help
Posted: January 08, 2015

It’s January and we’re just getting our homes and lives back on track from all the holiday bustle. The weather this time of year is unpredictable. And many of us will suffer from a cold or worse, the flu.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
OUR VIEW: Symbol of the American Dream
Posted: January 07, 2015

In many ways, Mario M. Cuomo epitomized the American Dream.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
OUR VIEW: Enjoying winter weather
Posted: January 06, 2015

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Saturday 01/03/2015
OUR VIEW: Be someone who matters to someone who matters
Posted: January 03, 2015

It is a celebration of “everyone who teaches, inspires or guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams.”

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Friday 01/02/2015
OUR VIEW: Tragedy triggers action on e-liquid sales
Posted: January 02, 2015

We hate to report on tragedies that most likely could have been prevented. But oftentimes it takes a tragedy to trigger action.

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Thursday 01/01/2015
OUR VIEW: Banner of bravery
Posted: January 01, 2015

Following a horrific act of misguided vengeance, more than 30,000 police officers chose to set their emotions aside and remember the courage of a fallen brother.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
OUR VIEW: On to the new
Posted: December 31, 2014

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
Vision for the future
Posted: December 30, 2014

It’s called the “sneak thief of sight.” There are no symptoms, and as much as 40 percent of a person’s vision can be lost before it’s even noticed. Once that vision is lost, it cannot be brought back.

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Saturday 12/27/2014
OUR VIEW: Is a health hazard lurking in your home?
Posted: December 27, 2014

It was first discovered in 1910. It is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It can be found in all 50 United States. It’s also radioactive and it’s the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

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Friday 12/26/2014
OUR VIEW: Enjoy the spirits of the season, safely
Posted: December 26, 2014

Tis the season to be in good spirits and over the next few weeks, many will be doing so with drink in hand. That’s OK, as long as you have a plan. If you don’t, you may get pulled over — or worse.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
OUR VIEW: ‘Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’
Posted: December 24, 2014

The letter:

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
OUR VIEW: A Christmas letter to my son
Posted: December 23, 2014

The following was written by Laura Elizabeth Lempka, a Germantown Gold Star mother, nearly half a century ago. Its simple beauty struck us as one of the grandest holiday sentiments we have ever read.

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Saturday 12/20/2014
OUR VIEW Make sure your holiday is scam-free
Posted: December 20, 2014

This the time of year when everyone hopes to find the elusive “perfect” gift for loved ones.

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Friday 12/19/2014
OUR VIEW: Don’t stress: Keep Christmas simple
Posted: December 19, 2014

‘It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags... What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.’

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Thursday 12/18/2014
OUR VIEW: Enjoy the spirits of the season, safely
Posted: December 18, 2014

Tis the season to be in good spirits and over the next few weeks, many will be doing so with drink in hand. That’s OK, as long as you have a plan. If you don’t, you may get pulled over — or worse.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
OUR VIEW: Cuomo must lead by example on ethics
Posted: December 17, 2014

When he speaks about the need for ethics reform in Albany, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has an obstacle he must overcome.

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Saturday 12/13/2014
OUR VIEW: Making the holidays safe for everyone
Posted: December 13, 2014

‘No matter what, Christmas will always be better with a dog by your side.’

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Friday 12/12/2014
OUR VIEW: The Christmas flower
Posted: December 12, 2014

It is one of the mosy recognizable symbols of the holiday season. The poinsettia, also known as the Christmas star and the Christmas flower, has been adorning holiday tables and windows sills for more than a century.

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