Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
3:31 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Dan Ornstein: Music As Preschool Teacher

Each year in May, my synagogue hosts the Albany Symphony Orchestra's Tiny Tots concert series for preschool, kindergarten and first grade students from across the capital region.  Over three days, Maestro David Allan Miller, the ASO's beloved conductor, demonstrates his passion for classical music and his devotion to educating young people with a varied program of famous pieces that engage kids and their teachers in serious fun.  Dressed,  as always, as the irrepressible Cowboy Dave, he and members of the orchestra lead students on a wild musical adventure of the imagination, along with a 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Sean Philpott: Lara Croft, Cancer Activist

In an Op-Ed piece published in Tuesday's New York Times, actress Angela Jolie revealed publicly that she had undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy -- removal of both breasts -- in order to reduce her risk of developing cancer.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: One Voice, United, For Justice

In the 1960s, Bob Dylan, one of our lifetime’s great poets and American song writers, wrote the following lines in reference to the Civil Rights struggles:

If all of us folks that thinks alike/If we gave all we could give/We could make this great land of ours/         a greater place to live.”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Keith Strudler: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

I always figured it would take an act of God to get me to root for LeBron James. Really, it took just two words. Chicago Bulls.  Thanks to an awful display of basketball over the past week, I’ve pulled for LeBron’s Miami Heat over the Bulls in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Right now with a 3-1 lead in a best of seven series, it’s most likely the Heat can end this tonight so I can start hating LeBron again.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: What’s up with gun rights

What’s the NRA’s big attachment to assault weapons? Why do we have to suffer the weapons of mass murder?

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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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