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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

I was not aware that Good Friday was a "holiday" for some in government until I saw a mention on social media that the city of Glens Falls' offices were closed for the day.

That mattered to me because I had planned to get my fishing license at the city clerk's office today, as opening day of trout season is Sunday. So I guess I will have to go elsewhere.

So much for separation of church and state.

It's interesting that government entities take so many holidays and days off that no private sector businesses take. A prime example is state courts that take not only Presidents Day, but also Lincoln's birthday the same week, when Presidents Day was created to merge the two presidents' birthdays.

The schools are a lost cause in terms of their days off, few of us can keep track of the half days, early dismissals, late arrival days, conference days, superintendents days, etc. They also take Good Friday, because one week off for Spring Break after Easter is just not enough, apparently. Defenders will quickly point out that they spend 180 days in session, but many of those days aren't full school days.

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It's clear why government agencies take as many days off as they do: Because they can.

Private sector businesses need to stay open because their revenue rarely comes in when they are closed. If you want to survive, you have to be there for your customers.

That doesn't matter to the public sector. When government agencies need more money, they simply turn to taxpayers, whether or not they are open fewer hours and days for those of us who pay for their services.

-- Don Lehman

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