Just another day in the newsroom


Brian Golden

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … today’s column was – as usual – a lot of fun to write. Why, you ask? Well, simply click on the link provided and you’ll see how – every once in awhile – a day’s news can provide any opinion writer with more than enough fodder for 20 to 25 inches in print.

With that in mind, a special thanks to Justin Bieber, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Lindsay Lohan and Asteroid 2005-yu55 for the inspiration. I couldn’t have done it without you.

On another note, I had a great time listening to Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and Congressman Richard Hanna speak this morning at NHS. And while I don’t want to give too many details away (the story will be in tomorrow or possibly Friday’s Evening Sun), it’s great to see so many students interested in the inner workings of our government. Hopefully, they’ll grow up knowing just how important it is to get out there and cast their vote. With that said, I’m more-than-a-little ecstatic that November elections have come and gone once again. Congratulations to those Chenango County candidates that brought home a victory … you’ve got your work cut out for you.

This has nothing to do with work, but I must admit the butterflies are beginning to flutter as the (I believe) 18th annual Syracuse Area Music Awards approach. On Friday, my group, Master Thieves, will attend the yearly Sammy Awards show (we’re nominated for Best Blues Album) and – let’s face it – we’re all pretty excited for the event. And even if we don’t come home with a nice, shiny Sammy, it’s enough for this blues guitarist just to be nominated.

Random thought for today … 30 Seconds is quiet … too quiet. Always a bad sign.

I got to wondering this afternoon if Tyler (does anybody remember Mr. Murphy?) or Melissa (Stagnaro, not deCordova) ever suffered from lead-foot whenever an accident, fire or other sort of emergency came blaring out over the scanner. There was a not-so-small yet thankfully serious-injury free accident outside of McDonough today and – uncharacteristically – I found myself pushing the speed limit just a touch on my way west of Norwich while en route. Slow down, Mr. Golden … slow down.

And … I’m spent. Hope everyone enjoys this spring-like weather while it lasts, I have a feeling we’re “in for it” any day now. For anyone out there (like me) that grew up in this area, well, you know how it goes. One day it’s sunny, 65 degree weather. The next? Snow up to our eyeballs.