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Pundits and Pulitzers

One of our frequented syndicated columnists, Eugene Robinson , has just won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for columns written about Barack Obama's presidential campaign. We'll be running columns by him on Wednesday and Sunday; Wednesday's is his take on the April 15 "Tea Party" protests, which he says as all over the map in terms of issues but also as a clear indication of an us-versus-them "mad as hell" movement a-building.

Another of our syndicate regulars, Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune, won this year's editorial cartooning prize. He last won the honor in 1998.

Our Pulitzer-related elation today, though, stems more from the awarding of the 2009 prize for editorial writing to friend and colleague Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, down the Thruway a bit before Albany. Mark's a great guy, active not only in his own newspaper but in the editorial writers' professional conference at both the state and national levels. He has been a one-person editorial page shop at a 32,000-circulation paper for more than a decade, and this just couldn't happen to a better person. Here's a link to his prize-winning package: http://www.poststar.com/test/awards/mark_mahoney/

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