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: Oct. 20, 2010

Party time
I went to West Virginia last week. On purpose.

Just kidding about that. Honestly, I think every state gets a bad reputation for something or other. Heck, some folks think that New York is half-filled with a bunch of obnoxious idiots. That’s obviously a pessimistic point of view. An optimist would note that half of New York’s residents are not obnoxious idiots.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 13, 2010

Taking early retirement
Normally, when we have a paid day off from the newspaper, I like to take some time to sit back and contemplate the true meaning of the holiday being celebrated.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 29, 2010

Sweet and salty
Watching a little baseball the other night, I noticed about five commercials for a new fast-food “treat.” I believe the primary ingredients included two slabs of chicken, a couple of hunks of cheese and a heaping helping of bacon.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 22, 2010

Two and counting
When it comes to the Census, you can count me in. Many, many times.

I completely understand the need to undertake a Census — otherwise how would TV people know the number of reality shows to create?

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 15, 2010

A grain of truth
One thing I didn’t fit to in last week’s column was the topic of how beach vacations have changed since I was a kid.