Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
3:39 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: We Know They’re Spying on Us But How Are They Using the Information?

We have heard a great deal under both Bush and Obama about the extent of government surveillance, with a crescendo in recent weeks. We are learning that virtually all of us turn up in government surveillance in some way.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Paul Elisha: A Birthday Salute To Alan Chartock

  ‘Til now, I’ve not thought to say this on the air--- but I can’t think, why not.  Truth be told, it’s over-due.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Blair Horner: Back To School And Getting Kids Healthy

It’s early August.  We’re past summer’s midpoint and the barrage of back-to-school ads have begun.  While those ads may offer parents a light at the end of the tunnel, thinking about schoolchildren also raises an important policy issue: the growing problem of childhood obesity.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Andrew Coates: Medicine As A Beleaguered Profession

A young friend and keen analyst of social change made the observation that it seems that physicians, when it comes to the contemporary state of our profession, seem a bit in shock, as if suffering a grief reaction. She referenced the stages of grief elucidated by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.*

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Commentary & Opinion
3:47 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Michael Meeropol: A Creative Way To Force a Principal Write-Down of Underwater Homeowners' Mortgages

Six years ago I noted in a commentary that there was a very simple solution to the foreclosure crisis that followed the bursting of the housing bubble.  The solution is to force any financial institution that foreclosed on a property to permit the current homeowners to stay in the house as renters with the rent fixed at a current market rate.  A version of this idea was introduced in Congress in 2010.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:49 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Keith Strudler: The Death of the NCAA

It’s an uncomfortable truth that newspapers have long been the business of writing advanced obituaries. It’s not that editors or journalists hold some morbid fascination with death, or that they want people to die. It’s just that when someone famous goes, newspapers want to run an obituary right away, without having to put together something quickly by calling grieving friends and family. If you’re famous and either old, sick, or both, someone somewhere has your life story ready for print. Don't think of it as creepy. Think of it as an honor.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:55 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Herbert London: The Radical Agenda For America

Over the last thirty years (nothing precise about this time frame) radicals in the United States have worked tirelessly and relentlessly to change this society in a manner consistent with their own agenda. The method for doing so is not secret. In fact, it is transparently clear.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Paul Elisha: Back To Poetic Sanity

What does the phrase:”National Destiny,” truly mean?  Too often, the impassioned palaver of politicians simply get it wrong.  Here, where the spirit of the self-proclaimed destiny of unified accomplishment became the gargantuan model of every free individual’s dream, we have created ‘Nervana-Run-Amock.’  The result has been the ‘Malling’ of America, with ‘Big-Box’ outlets and Strip-Malls covering every vestige  of green that Nature has grown.  This evolution has been accompanied by the corrosion of a nationwide network of infrastructure, unmatched in any other populous expanse.  This is the burden with which our ‘National Destiny’ of material acquisition has endowed us.  Now our problem is: What to do about it?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Blair Horner: The Anniversary Of NY’s Smoke Free Law

Albany is well known for its overblown promises and rhetorical hype.  Often newly passed laws are promoted as “historic” and criticisms of health reforms paint a picture of the end of civilization as we know it.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Rob Edelman: Family History

A couple months ago, while still playing the film festival circuit, an extraordinary documentary-- one of the very best films of the year-- opened theatrically in the U.S. It now slowly is making its way into theaters. I saw it this past fall at the Toronto Film Festival and discussed it in detail. I want to cite it again because it is well-worth spotlighting as it becomes increasingly available to audiences.

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