First of all, that story about the older couple running off the Northway over the weekend and the husband essentially freezing to death is one of the most awful local stories I've ever heard. Man I feel so bad for two of them, the man (Alfred Langner, age 63) for dying of course, but the poor wife (Barbara) as she witnessed her husband die and was helpless to do something about it. As you likely know, this has sparked the debate about putting cell phone towers along the Northway. To steal a line from Nike - just do it. Sure Frankenpines are hideous, but we're talking public safety and human lives here. Senator Betty Little correctly stated this will be a double tragedy if this terrible incident doesn't spark the state to get these cell phone towers done quickly. Fred Le Brun from the Albany Times Union also had a commentary on this story that is worth reading.
Also, here is an Orthodox Jewish blog that was mentioned in the T-U article: VOS IZ NEIAS Blog commentary on this tragedy with 81 comments as of this posting.
(Update 02/01/07) the I-Saratoga blog made a very interesting entry on this tragedy.
Shifting gears, today's Saratogian (Tuesday January 30th) had Mayoral candidate Gordon Boyd's commentary on the editorial page. They did put the words "Reader's View" fairly prominently above the headline, and they did note at the end that "Gordon Boyd is running for the office of mayor of Saratoga Springs". With all that being said, the location of this commentary rubbed me the wrong way - it was right where the Newspaper's editorials (or, as is usually the case, other newspaper's editorials) are. I'm not going to blast the Saratogian for this, but again it really left me feeling uneasy. I think it was sort of lazy, maybe sloppy, or even just plain unprofessional to put a Mayoral candidate's commentary in the place where the editorial should go. I've only seen one other newspaper ever put something other than a newspaper editorial in that location. It was a "guest editorial" in another small upstate city daily and, incidentally, yours truly was the author.
I am not saying that the Saratogian was being sneaky, I just think they were again being lazy or just unprofessional. That commentary was fine being either elsewhere on that page, or on the Op-Ed page, but not in that particular place where newspaper editorials should go. OK again I won't blast them - and I made my point - enough said.
I will repeat my call here, as I originally stated in a commentary on the (Dis)Utopia of Saratoga blog, that Mr. Boyd needs to get a web site if he is serious about running for Mayor. I like a candidate that is with the times and can get things done quickly - and a campaign web site for me is a must. It's easy, trust me. I built this blog using a "Blogging for Dummies" book, but I didn't even need that much - Typepad's software was excellent.
I agree with Ben on the (Dis)Utopia blog that Mr. Boyd's support of the current form of city Government is a fatal flaw, at least as far as my vote is concerned. But then again it's very, very early in the campaign, so after looking at all the facts, who knows what I'll think in November.
Finally, the I-Saratoga blog had a commentary on the Saratogian's coverage of Barbaro's death. While I don't necessarily disagree with the commentary, I have a bit of a different take.
This was sad certainly, but it was one horse that was painlessly euthanized. Yes, not just any horse, but a great race horse with a wonderful story of months of mending and survival, but still one horse in the end. It did not deserve that much coverage in any of the media entities that reported on this horse's life and death, and The Saratogian was certainly not the only one. Horses are euthanized every day, and yes this was sad, but if you really want a sad story that deserves widespread media coverage, go back to paragraph # 1 of this entry and read the story again about Alfred and Barbara Langner.