There is nothing I can say about that horrific incident of the past Monday, except to wonder how a person could possibly perform an act so evil against his fellow man. We will probably never know why. The only thing that sticks in my mind, however, is the fact that there is nothing we can do to prevent this from happening again.……….We had a presence of thousands of media types, including our own TV stations fumbling over each other to get a better angle, or better yet, get to interview someone, who new someone, who new someone that was injured. Then in haste to get the ”scoop”, CNN or some other network busts onto the air proclaiming that there had been an arrest. Finally, when it was really over, during the press conference given by the Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, some genius reporter asked if the suspect had been read his rights. Do they teach that in Journalism School?……….You never want to see it if it can be avoided, but for the sake of what’s right, the demolition of St. Patrick’s church in Waterviet resumed this week. Was everything done to keep the church open? On the legal side, definitely. Probably more that any anyone else in their place would have done. But the real reason the church is coming down is the fact that unlike the people who fought to save the church, who’s parents went there in the days when there were an abundance of Catholic churches, most of them with schools attached, those children chose to live in Clifton Park, or Colonie, or some place other than Watervliet. I grew up going to a Catholic church in downtown Albany, and went to it’s attached school. The church is now occupied by another faith. The school used to be used by the city. There aren’t enough people to keep the churches open. They consolidate or close. The next one to come down is St. Joe’s on Ten Broeck Street in Albany. The owners, the hippocrates at Historic Albany (or did they give the church back to the city), will blame everyone but themselves for what’s going to eventually happen to the church. The old church’s don’t make good restaurants.……….It’s good, no great to see that there is a challenger for the seat of the President of the Albany Common Council. A citywide elected official, the seat is perfect for longtime, behind the scenes Democrat John Marsalais. It would be a welcome breath of fresh air to the self-centered, arrogant, bullying presence now occupying that seat. Carolyn McLaughlin has her own political fan base, but I believe come September, with a well run campaign, and most likely the backing of the Party, the November election will be a formality. This election is starting to get interesting.
And that is “The Daily Take”