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Commentary: Livin' in Liverpool August 4

Nowadays, the Rhythm-Airs play every Wednesday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m., at McNamara's Pub, 5600 Newport Road, in Camillus; $3/per person, $5/per couple; food and drinks available; 672-8872.

Legion Field Days due

Speaking of American Legion Post 188, don't forget that the group's annual Field Days commence Thursday, Aug. 19, at Washington Park and continue through Saturday, Aug. 21.

Neighborhood Friends reunite

The free concerts hosted by Liverpool Is the Place twice weekly in Johnson Park continue with the ever-popular oldies band Smokin' at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9.

Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, the duo named Neighborhood Friends -- guitarist Gary Sprague and bassist Mike Casale -- will reunite at the park's amphitheater. Neighborhood Friends used to pack 'em into places like the Ground Round back in the day until Sprague high-tailed it to Arizona where he's now billed as The Singing Cowboy. Sprague and his horse, Dusty, perform regularly at Oldtown Scottsdale. Casale now plays bass for Bobby Green & A Cut Above.

Two political switcheroos

Last week I reported that state Assembly candidate Christina Fadden Fitch, who lives in Liverpool, would oppose John Sharon, a senior assistant county attorney, in the Sept. 19 Republican primary. After we went to print, however, Fadden Fitch changed her mind.

Instead she'll run in November for Joan Christiansen's open seat in the 119th District listed only on the Conservative Party line.

Similarly, in my July 14 column, I critiqued Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei for voicing anti-war views while continually voting for expensive military appropriations. Finally, on July 27, Maffei voted against the Obama Administration's $33.5 billion troop surge in Afghanistan. Despite Maffei's disapproval, the House easily passed the surge, 308-114.

Maffei's challenger, Republican-Conservative candidate Ann Marie Buerkle, blasted the freshman congressman for failing to support American soldiers in the Afghani desert.

But Buerkle's got it wrong. Despite his checkered voting record, Maffei says he wants to bring our troops home. What could possibly be more supportive?

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