Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Rob Edelman: Misrepresenting History

I recently offered commentary on THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, the Robert Redford film which spotlights various now-aging political activists of the late 1960s and 70s. To be sure, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP is dramatically flawed, but at least it attempts to get at certain truths regarding the American counterculture of the era.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Andrew Coates: Immigrants heavily subsidize Medicare

This week the prestigious journal Health Affairs published a new study that shows that "immigrants, particularly noncitizen immigrants, heavily subsidize Medicare." The lead author is Harvard-based Dr. Leah Zallman; her co-authors include co-founders of Physicians for a National Health Program, Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, among others.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Sean Philpott: Sweeping Sand Under The Rug

This past weekend was the Memorial Day holiday, traditionally marking the official start of the summer season. But Memorial Day is more than just barbeques with friends and three-day sales at local department stores. Memorial Day is also the day when we honor the more than one million men and women who have died in combat or from injuries received while serving in the US armed forces. Among those we honor are the nearly 75,000 who have died since serving in the 1991 Persian Gulf War (also known as Operation Desert Storm).

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Commentary & Opinion
12:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Herbert London: The University Resistance Movement

It was bound to happen. The professoriate has risen in opposition to on-line education. Philosophy professors at San Jose State University said they refuse to use material from an on-line course taught by Harvard professor, Michael Sandel, for fear administrators were angling to cut departmental expenses.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:43 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Can-do Attitude Meets a Changing World

Too many Americans oppose and prevent serious efforts to head off problems until they become a crisis. They think we can postpone dealing with global warming, abuses in criminal trials, predictable shortages of fuel, food or water, threats to our health, and the backlash from our military adventures in the Middle East, among others.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Paul Elisha: Memorial Day

Paul Elisha checks in with his Tuesday commentary.  Today, Paul look at Memorial Day. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

David Nightingale: L'Hopital's Rule (l'Hopital, 1661-1704)

There's been talk over the years about whether or not a famous rule, called l'Hopital's Rule, after the French nobleman Guillaume-Francois-Antoine Marquis de l'Hopital, Comte d'Entremont, Seigneur d'Ouques-La-Chaise – which is not even his full name – possibly 'bought' the rule from the famous mathematician Johann Bernoulli, who was born in 1667.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

David Nightingale: Homestead

Three young deer, the same three that had touched their noses to my front windows in the snowy months, while I was at the computer barely 8 feet away, and who later ate the emerging hyacinths of March/April, today chewing at low-branched green leaves …

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Andrew Coates: Scribbling In The Chart

William Faulkner, the great American writer who was born in New Albany, Mississippi, wrote screenplays to support his family, although he didn't really like the job, and referred to it as "mere scribbling."

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano paints the weekend weather picture in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 24, 2013. 

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