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It seems to us: Taking one for the team, ride the rails, Texans want out and twins give back

If it’s true that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s recent tumble on the ski slopes served a purpose.

The state’s No. 2 was skiing on Whiteface Mountain last weekend as part of the Adirondack Winter Challenge, a mostly ignored event designed to promote tourism in the Adirondacks. She took a bad fall and went to the hospital for treatment of rib and arm injuries, generating stories about the event.

Trouper that she is, she was on the job Wednesday, arm in a sling, presiding over the State Senate.

Metro Rail will be fare-free all day Sunday, which happens to be the day of the big St. Patrick’s Day parade along Delaware Avenue. In good cheer (and smart advertising), MillerCoors is paying $17,000 to offer the entire Metro Rail line for free rides.

Whether going to the parade or not, a free ride to check out what’s happening downtown is worth the trip. And the last chance to ice skate this season at Canalside is March 17, official St. Patrick’s Day – and it’s free also.

The nice thing about Texas is that you can always count on it for entertainment. The latest routine – not counting Sen. Ted Cruz’s crackpot pronouncement that court rulings upholding same-sex marriage are “a real danger to our liberty” – comes from one John Jarnecke, who is president of something called the “Republic of Texas.”

The organization’s members contend that Texas never joined the United States. They call their monthly meetings “joint sessions of congress.” They carry ID cards that warn police officers that they are diplomatic representatives of the nation of Texas. And so on.

Recalling that the last American president from Texas led the country into a disastrous war – and that violence is not unknown to the group – there is a temptation to say godspeed and be gone from the Union. But only Texans really know how to barbecue a brisket. So they’ll have to stay.

It was, without a doubt, the sweetest donation that Sisters Hospital ever received.

Fiona and Gabriel Lupiani, 6-year-old twins from Orchard Park, were born 11 weeks early and survived in part because of the care they received in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

With their parents’ encouragement, they asked for donations to the hospital instead of birthday presents and on Wednesday, they handed over the $600 they had raised. It may not build a new wing on the hospital, but it will help make someone better and may even help to save another child’s life. This is a birthday they will remember.