Michael Meeropol http://wamc.org en Michael Meeropol: Pete Seeger Was Great Because Of Not In Spite Of His Politics http://wamc.org/post/michael-meeropol-pete-seeger-was-great-because-not-spite-his-politics <p>Like many in the Hudson Valley, I took the loss of Pete Seeger personally.&nbsp; He was a great national and international figure having received over 20 honors and awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, the Harvard Arts Medal, the Kennedy Center Honor and been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame to name a few.&nbsp;&nbsp; For us who lived in and near Beacon, NY where he had lived for 65 years, he was a local hero.&nbsp; The sloop Clearwater and the attention it brought to the Hudson River actually led to an actual clean-up of terrible pollution.&nbsp; Now, the river can be fished and it’s safe for swimming.</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Michael Meeropol 83416 at http://wamc.org Michael Meeropool: Crisis Prompts Fringe Groups To Push Medicare Cuts http://wamc.org/post/michael-meeropool-crisis-prompts-fringe-groups-push-medicare-cuts <p>If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it&rsquo;s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare &nbsp;--- the &ldquo;let&rsquo;s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity&rdquo; crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.&nbsp;&nbsp; Because of the current stand-off between the President and House Republicans, the two leaders of the failed Simpson-Bowles Commission are back at it again.&nbsp;&nbsp; Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.&nbsp;&nbsp; Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Cli Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Michael Meeropool 74933 at http://wamc.org Michael Meeropol: Pity the poor billionaire http://wamc.org/post/michael-meeropol-pity-poor-billionaire <p></p><p>Have you ever heard of Leon Cooperman?&nbsp; He is a billionaire whose 1500 word letter of complaint to President Obama has made him the darling of the top one tenth of one percent.&nbsp; In the NEW YORKER’s October 8 issue he is profiled in a fascinating article that quotes from his letter.</p><p>I am reprinting the entire letter with my comments interspersed:</p><p>Cooperman:</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:42:11 +0000 51448 at http://wamc.org