Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: March 18, 2009

All over the world
Many of you are probably aware that the Catskill Mountain News is now available to anyone who has access to the World Wide Web. I’m sure that some of you are reading this column on a cold, hard computer screen.
As a longtime newspaper guy, I have mixed emotions about this whole thing.


Here's the Scoop: March 11, 2009

Will it never end?
Well, I thought we were done with all this stuff, but it turns out that eight years was not enough. GW is still keeping us in the dark.
I’m not referring to the government secrecy that was the order of the day for the last two presidential terms. No, this is something a lot less sinister (I think). I’m referring to the decision to “spring ahead” with the time change much earlier than usual. I’m sure there’s a benefit to this (somehow, I’m guess Big Oil is involved), but it’s not one that I recognize.


Here's the Scoop: March 4, 2009

Worth the wait
As we all know, things don’t always go according to plan. Because of this, I often don’t bother with making a plan. It saves on disappointment.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 25, 2009

The advice is free
Unlike today’s “younger generation,” I haven’t changed jobs a lot. That’s OK with me. And I’m not switching careers now, merely adding an experience to my resume. I don’t think it’s accurate to say I’m becoming a Wedding Planner. I prefer to think of my duties as a Wedding Expense Trimmer (WET).


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 18, 2009

Can’t find my way home
I doubt that there’s any statistical information on the topic yet, but it seems pretty certain that the popularity of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) has already begun saving marriages. In the event that you’re one of those folks who think they have a better sense of direction than a satellite-guided system, you’re wrong. And your marriage could be in trouble because of your stubborn nature. Get with it. Now. I speak from experience, of course.