Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Paul Elisha: Change

This Commentator had decided to devote his essay for today to the two documents which have hung above the desk in his work space, since they were awarded to him, by then Governor Mario M. Cuomo, for his participation and help in achieving major ethics legislation in New York State, on August 7th, 1987.  He was going to note how time and trials had wrought changes, which made these documents less important mementos of prior, experience and would then, perhaps, look forward to another time, for yet another, more important change.  This might even surpass what was then achieved, to legislate even more important advances in governmental ethics.  Alas, it now appears that this will not occur.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Blair Horner: The Battle Over Health Care Insurance Continues

 As the nation moves closer to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the debate continues.  The House of Representatives’ leadership will, once again, advance legislation to repeal the law.  Predictably, the effort will fail.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Rob Edelman: Bad Guys and Good Guys

Once upon a time, back in the 1950s, there was a TV series titled I Led Three Lives. The “I” of the title was Herbert Philbrick, a Boston advertising executive who also worked undercover for the FBI and infiltrated the American Communist Party. This show came to mind while watching THE ICEMAN, a tough, fact-based new film that works both as a character study and a crime drama.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Crying Wolf?

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

The following is a direct quote from Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

"New Yorkers deserve a clean and transparent government comprised of officials who work for the people, not for the special interests and certainly not for their own corrupt self-interests."

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Commentary & Opinion
11:28 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Andrew Coates: Caregiving As Humankind's Shared Project

In two recent essays Dr. Arthur Kleinman, the eminent Harvard anthropologist and psychiatrist, writes in the world's leading medical journals about caregiving as a moral experience.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:39 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: Passages

Each year at this time, thousands and thousands of young people across our country are readying themselves for one of life’s major passages:  graduation from college.  Two-year or four-year, public or private, our nation’s institutions of higher education have, once again, provided a learning experience which has profoundly changed the outlook of and prospects for our nation’s students.  These graduates leave their alma maters more confident, more poised and more knowledgeable. They appear ready to undertake new challenges and new opportunities, to advance their education or to join the world of work.  Most have the maturity necessary to move forward with clarity of purpose and, hopefully, the self-awareness required for personal growth and advancement. They appear, by and large, to be ready to fulfill their own unique potential.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Herbert London: The Lady T. I knew

It is unlikely the world will ever encounter a Margaret Thatcher again.  Her courage, confidence in her views, power of persuasion are simply sui generis.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Trying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

It seems clear that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev exploded bombs at the Boston Marathon. Although some wanted him tried as an enemy combatant outside of the requirements of the Constitution, the Obama Administration has brought charges in the federal courts.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:29 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Paul Elisha: This Is A Recording

When Scottish physicist James Clark Maxwell made the invention of the telephone possible, by unlocking the secret of electro-magnetic waves, in 1878, he playfully wrote of its humble appearance--- “Any disappointment was partially relieved, on finding it was really able to talk.”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Blair Horner: From one cliff to the next

Tobacco companies are an extreme example of how greed trumps morality in America’s marketplace.  Every year roughly 500,000 smokers die from tobacco use and the industry knows it must at least replace those lost customers – plus the ones who successfully quit the addiction.

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