Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: July 16, 2008

No big surprise
I recently marked a “special” birthday. I am unsure why people make such a big deal out of turning 35, but so be it. Not being much of a “party person,” I gently reminded loved ones — many times — that I really, really didn’t want a party on my behalf. Cake was another story, though.


Here's the Scoop: July 9, 2008

Long & winding road
Dedicated fans of this column, Scoopies, as they like to be called, were fairly quick to notice that the News was Scoop-less for a couple of weeks recently.


Here's the Scoop: July 2, 2008

Animal rights. And Wrongs.
A few weeks back, our “Cub Reporter” outgrew her title. What started as an innocent tip about a prospective story ended happily a few days ago with another fine piece of journalism by our new “Buffalo Reporter.” Quite a promotion.
Apparently, bear stories in the Catskills have become a bit boring. Even the tale of a bear breaking into a home and chugging down some champagne doesn’t grab folks like it used to when bear sightings were relatively rare.


Here's the Scoop: June 11, 2008

A real turnoff
Like most people, I am frustrated and angered by the spiraling rise in oil/gas prices. Do I think it’s all a scam? Yes. But my conspiracy theories don’t help fill the gas tank.
Long before prices started cranking up about every 15 minutes, I always believed in driving fuel efficient cars. And not keeping the thermostat at 82 degrees.
It’s finally becoming clear that many folks who were driving vehicles the size of a football field are “trading down” for rigs that can be filled for less than an entire week’s paycheck. Still, one has to wonder if drivers could be doing more to cut gas usage.


Here's the Scoop: June 4, 2008

Easy as PB&J
Somewhere along the line, I’ve pretty much become a “brown bagger.” I think that “somewhere” was when gas hit $3 per gallon. It’s not that I don’t enjoy buying my lunch — I do — but when necessities start costing way more than is reasonable, adjustments must be made. Therefore, my solution to the absurd cost of fuel is peanut butter!


Here's the Scoop: May 28, 2008

Let’s rest every week
Well, we have officially kicked off the start of the “summer season” with the Memorial Day weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I like three-day weekends. A lot. It’s just kind of amusing what a frenzy it causes by giving many folks an extra day off. No matter how somber the occasion that results in the three-day weekend, it seems like the sales have come to outweigh the real reason for many holidays. For Columbus Day, that works. For Memorial Day, it’s wrong on many levels.


Here's the Scoop: May 21, 2008

Mail Supermodel
It’s not often that I get to do a follow-up column, but I think it’s justified in this case. For anyone who may have missed last week’s Scoop (I can e-mail copies to one for $1 each. Pre-paid), let me bring you up to speed. Supermodel Elle McPherson recently spent a day at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville for a photo shoot. Despite my vast journalistic experience, I was unable to cover this bit of breaking news. I detailed my efforts in this space.
As it turns out, the column was just the start of something. Big.


Here's the Scoop: May 14, 2008

Supermodel sighting
When I heard the news, there was no hesitation. More than a quarter-century of news reporting had honed my instincts to become highly sensitive to “breaking news.” Therefore, when I was told that “Elle McPherson is shooting a commercial at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad,” I instinctively grabbed my camera. This was newsworthy.


Here's the Scoop: May 7, 2008

That’s easy to remember
Simple. In an ideal world, life would be easy. We all know that’s not the case.
Sometimes things are just plain hard. Of course, there are things that are tough by nature (for example, geometry, for most of us) and other areas that are made much more difficult by — people.


Here's the Scoop: April 30, 2008

The next big thing
My new theory is that the Internet and e-mail will soon be going the way of the 8-track tape player. Surprisingly, when I tell people this, they often look at me like I possess some privileged information about the technology revolution. And, frankly, many people seem a tad embarrassed that they are not hip enough to be aware of “the next big thing.”


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