Upstream. A Mohawk Valley Blogzine.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Eliot Spitzer's Blog

If you are interested in following Eliot Spitzer's campaign for governor in 2006, check out his blog at

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Don't Let Brian Stratton Get Your Goat!

As the owner of two goats (pets only), I have been following the controversy that Mayor Brian Stratton of Schenectady has stirred up over an immigrant family that killed and barbecued a goat in their back yard. I have little to add to the controversy except that I came across an ad in the catalog of a charitable organization. For $50 you can buy a goat for a poor person in Africa or Latin America. The ad reads in part--"Looking for a gift that keeps giving? A dairy goat can supply a poor family with four or more quarts of fresh milk a day--nearly a ton of milk, butter, and cheese each years. And a nanny goat can produce as many as three kids a year, enabling a family to start a small dairy to pay for essentials like medicine and schooling."
It seems to me that with the continual implosion of Schenectady's economy, quality of life, etc. that raising goats should be encouraged. Of course, when a goat stops producing milk, cheese, butter and kids, it then becomes a meat goat.
I would encourage Brian Stratton and members of the city council to send $50 to Samaritan's Purse to buy a goat for poor families in Africa and Latin America. It makes more sense than spending money passing legislation over one incident of goat slaughter in Schenectady.

The New Daily Gazette Schenectady, NY

There has been little reaction to the recent changes made by The Gazette Newspapers in Schenectady to its daily and Sunday editions. My initial response, and one I still maintain, is that changing the position of articles, using different fonts and adding lots of color are only superficial changes. While I don't mind most of the changes, the bumper crop of spelling, factual and other errors that have crept into The Gazette over the past few years has not changed. And why are all the photos of the columnists cropped so the top of their heads are cut off? Is this considered avant-garde, just poor photo editing or is management at the Gazette sending subtle hints to its columnists?