Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Blair Horner: The Government Shuts Down, Will The Nation Default?

The big news of the past week has been the shutdown of the federal government.  The rationale for the gridlock has been well reported:  The House Republican Congressional leadership has decided to block funding of the federal government as its leverage to defund, cripple or delay implementation of the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

David Nightingale: Considering Oliver Sacks

In his book “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” Oliver Sacks decribes how a patient with agnosia – or one who couldn't recognize faces – (quote) “reached out his hand … and took hold of his wife's head.. [and] tried to lift it off, to put [the hat] on...”

I mention Dr Sacks, a Professor of Clinical Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as one more in the genre of scientist/artists, like Alexander Borodin or Richard Feynman.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Michael Meeropool: Crisis Prompts Fringe Groups To Push Medicare Cuts

If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it’s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare  --- the “let’s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity” crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.   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.   Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.   Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Clinton Administration Official Erskine Bowles, in a recent OP

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Meeropol: Beware Cuts To Medicare Amid Current Crisis

Michael Meeropol
Credit Michael Meeropol

If this commentary sounds like a broken record, it’s because the folks who are out to gut Medicare  --- the “let’s have a grand bargain and introduce more austerity” crowd --- have returned with a vengeance.   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.   Over the summer, the White House has hosted dinners with Senate Republicans in hopes that a new grand bargain can be reached.   Former Senator Alan Simpson and former Clinton Administration Official Erskine Bowles, in a recent OP

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Keith Strudler: Government Shutdown Halts Sports Too

For the past several years, the military academies, Army, Navy, Air Force, have been at something of a disadvantage in sports, at least in the context of major Division I football. There’s a whole lot of reasons for that. They’ve got that unseemly burden of training both for football and for war. There’s not a lot of gut majors to work with. And as a recruiting pitch, coaches can promise high school stars guaranteed employment upon graduation, most likely in Iraq. That’s not a great sales pitch for any kid dreaming about a different kind of uniform, namely one with an NFL logo on it.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Herb London: My National Schizophrenia

I admit to being a national schizophrenic, an affliction I share with many others.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:24 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Paul Elisha: Wreckless Youth Makes Rueful Age

In one of his most compelling utterances, Oscar Wilde quipped: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their youthful Mistakes.”  If ever this nation was in need of helpful advice from practiced elderly statespersons, now is that time.  Trouble is, most of those available to give it have morphed into politically posthumous prime and are only allowed into the limelight to add cache` at ceremonial events or – as younger miscreants, who committed irreparable political havoc, are now frenziedly refurbishing history, to justify their prior misconduct as ‘necessary evil.’  For such unseemly projects, they form tandem arrangements with ghost-writers, eager to glean money and merit from the commercial media, which has scant scruple about manipulating inexpert voter opinion.  The endgame effect of such shenanigans is a travesty in trust for those who need it most--- the voters whose voices are the most persuasive vehicles for change, when public policy hunts vital options between peace and war; economic vigor and regressive recession.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Rob Edelman: More Noir

I am a pushover for a solidly told 1940s-early 1950s crime drama shot in the film noir style. And by film noir, I am referring to those gritty, atmospheric, mostly post-World War II Hollywood films that depict the dark and woeful underbelly of crime and corruption.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Herb London: Who Are We?

Here is a question that haunts America today. The distinguished historian Samuel Huntington has an answer based on founding documents and a national creed. But the answer of a decade ago seems weak, almost feckless, in a nation transformed by demography, educational inadequacy and historical amnesia. I readily admit this “new nation” is a new nation I don’t understand and am at a loss to describe. But try I will in any case.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Paul Elisha: Reluctant Remembrances

As the beloved piquant paradoxical pin-striper, Yogi Berra, used to pipe – “It’s like deja vu all over again,” it’s precisely that, just two decades or so later, with the same old cast of characters and a few new faces added.

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