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Recent articles by John:

FADE TO GRAY: Gun sanity

I used to be a big sports fan, with football being my favorite. Every once in a while, while watching a game on TV, you’d see some idiot fan jump out of the stands and start running around field. I… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Truth about politics

I try not to write about politics or Washington too many weeks in a row, for fear I’ll send you scrambling for the extra-strength Tylenol. However, before we move on to other things, I feel the nee… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: A Supreme mess

At the risk of sounding like a know-it-all when it comes to Roe vs Wade and the Supreme Court; I told you so. About a year before Donald Trump shocked the media world and defeated Hillary Clinton, … → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Elon’s rescue mission

If you follow this column with any regularity, you know I’m a big fan of free speech and hate people being silenced. Even if we think they deserve it. A while back, a seemingly crazy man named Alex… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Being fair to landlords

I’ll tell you a secret. It has been one long, tough winter for the Gray family. Last summer we found a home we wanted to buy so we moved ahead and made an offer. Unlike so many other homebuyers of … → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Happy Easter

Let me start by saying, “Happy Easter.” For a non-Christian today is just a day to search for eggs and eat too many slices of ham. For those who believe, it’s the day that validates everything in o… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Remembering the Thruway bridge collapse

Back in 1987 if you were a reporter in the Capital Region, you learned to keep your phone turned on every Sunday morning. For reasons that cannot be explained, some of the biggest stories of the de… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Fun at the Oscars

I stopped watching the Academy Awards many years ago but not for the reason you might think. It wasn’t the constant politics being brought into the ceremony (which is annoying) but the simple fact … → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Learning from Michael J. Fox

Five years ago, I had a dream and decided to write a short story about it. The story turned into a book and now I’ve learned the book will become a made-for-television movie. But that’s not what I … → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Money talks

Imagine you’re the H.R. manager at your company and the boss comes into your office, closes the door and says, “I have my eye on this great new hire that could be a game-changer for us.” There’s ju… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Cuomo 2.0

Twenty-seven years ago, actor Hugh Grant had, what I think even Job from the Bible would describe as, a very bad day. Grant went to see a private screening of his big box office film “Nine Months” … → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Cuomo 2.0

Twenty-seven years ago, actor Hugh Grant had, what I think even Job from the Bible would describe as, a very bad day. Grant went to see a private screening of his big box office film “Nine Months” … → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Kids on apps

On Tuesday of this week, when Russia was bombing Ukraine, the President was delivering his State of the Union speech and you were paying nearly four bucks a gallon to fill your gas tank, a small ne… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: The Putin Dilemma

I was always a huge fan of comedian George Carlin. His mind would have been better suited in a rocket scientist or medical researcher; he was just that sharp. But, lucky for us, God stuck that magn… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: My Olympic review

Today is the last official day of the Olympics. Because they were held in China, a place where the government is guilty of atrocious human rights violations, I decided to sit this one out. Meaning,… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: As long as it pays

There must be something wrong with me. Perhaps I’m too old. Or perhaps I’ve done too many stories on drug addiction, alcoholism and gambling addiction and it has tainted my view of the world. Here … → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Pothole Patrol

The quick thaw we saw this week, where temperatures in the mid-40s, created the perfect recipe for potholes. And I’m not talking about the little ones that cause the car to dip a couple of inches a… → Read More

FADE TO GRAY: Journalist, not friend

I got a good chuckle this week when Fox News went crazy over the president using a naughty word to describe a reporter. I feel like we live in two parallel universes sometimes, the real one where w… → Read More

Fade to Gray: Bad Fall

Being one year shy of 60, I’ve really gone out of my way to avoid hurting myself. Anyone over 40 will tell you, as you age you don’t bounce back or heal as quickly, so the best remedy is avoiding t… → Read More

Fade to Gray: Remembering 1982

At least once a year, if not more, I look at whomever is president of this wonderful country and think, “Why in God’s name would you ever want that job?” I mean sure, there are tree lightings at Ch… → Read More