Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Sean Philpott: Manufacturing Controversy About Vaccines

Last week, I got into an argument with a friend of mine about the flu vaccine. He felt that the vaccine was unnecessary and unsafe. In fact, he claimed, every time he'd been vaccinated, he came down with the flu.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Herbert London: Weakness Begets Challenges

The world stage is trembling with emerging challenges, challenges so deep and potentially fracturing that the globe may never be the same again. This is 1789, 1848, 1917 and 1941 wrapped in one momentous year. Wherever one turns, chaos reigns and, in large part, this dislocation is due to a United States’ reluctant to play its post-World War II role as the “great equalizer.” From the Middle East to the Far East, from London to the Levant, U.S. withdrawal physically and emotionally is having a profound influence on diplomatic calculations.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Metro-North Had Neither Featherbedding Nor Safety

On Sunday, December 1, Metro-North reported an “accident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. … [A] southbound, Hudson Line train with about 120 passengers on board derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. All cars derailed.” [1] We now know four people died and many were injured.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:42 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Paul Elisha: Guns In Society

One Year has now passed, since the shocking massacre of twenty children and six adults, in the unbelievable shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut school, by a single deranged young person, for no known motive or stimulus and we aren’t any closer to answers, that might explain this most horrible of inhumane acts, but everyone who promised informed or official responses , from our nation’s President, to its most respected and learned minds,  seem unable to compel reactions, to match their expressed horror.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Blair Horner: The Price Of Election Year Tax Cuts

Blair Horner

Last week, a gubernatorial commission released its $2 billion tax cut plan for New York State.  The commission’s plan provides for a 2-year property tax freeze, a cut in the tax rate on corporations to 6.5 percent and a reduction in tax on manufacturers to 2.5 percent.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Strudler: Weather And Transportation Showing Blitz On Super Bowl

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Today sports commentator Keith Strudler discusses problems fans might face heading to this year’s Super Bowl in New Jersey.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Herbert London: Why Are The Humanities Disappearing

I often find myself in the odd position of addressing the question “why are the humanities disappearing?” In most instances my interrogators assume I will say something about the desire for vocational training in an environment where jobs are scarce. Clearly that is an answer, but a partial and unreflective response.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Mandela By Comparison

I want to explore an important comparison that has not been addressed about Nelson Mandela.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Paul Elisha: We Interrupt This Special Report For A Commercial

This rumination is being penned on Sunday, December 8th, the day following what became known as “The Day Of Infamy,” as President Franklin Roosevelt described it, on December 7th, 1941, after forces of the empire of Japan had deliberately attacked Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, in the Hawaiian Islands, at the  outset of World War II, in the Pacific.  It has since been referred to, for the past 72 years as “Pearl Harbor Day.”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Horner: The Moreland Reports Offers Actions For Change

Today, Blair Horner of NYPIRG discusses the findings of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission. 

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