Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Rob Edelman: The Not-So-Wonderful Oz

Why does Hollywood remake or rework classic movies? Why would moviemakers want to improve on what is universally acknowledged as perfection, or at least near-perfection?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Light and Shade

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

Governor Cuomo made a big show last week of marking Sunshine Week - a national initiative launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors to highlight the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Five Guys Named Moe” at Cohoes Music Hall

“Five Guys Named Moe” is a trifle but what a delicious trifle.  The musical playing at Cohoes Music Hall through March 17 is a delicious piece of entertainment.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Nanook and Wedding of Palo

Many ethnographic filmmakers are – and always have been-- content to record and educate.  Since the early silent film days, factual films of this sort have captured a straight-forward view of the lifestyles, rituals, and customs of isolated people from far-away places.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Springsteen Raised a Cain

Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bruce Springsteen stands out almost without equals among the musicians who touch my soul. I rarely regret his outsized melodies, gritty voice, and emotionally explosive poetry that explore working class struggles and the general human condition with such passion and compassion.  I am especially drawn to Springsteen's use of biblical and religious imagery in songs such as Adam Raised A Cain, from his album Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: Guns on Campus - An Issue of Great Urgency

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Let me start my commentary today with an anecdote:  Eighteen year- old, Jane Doe, had just arrived at her residence hall at a university and was eagerly anticipating meeting her roommate and getting to know other first- year classmates. 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Keith Strudler: The changing face of NCAA basketball

In case you’re wondering, last night you may have seen the last ever men’s basketball game between Big East Conference foes Seton Hall and South Florida. It’s probably a good thing, since the game was absolutely awful.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Herbert London: Civilizational Discontents

The barrier between barbarism and civilization is gossamer-thin, a layer of taboos that separates mankind from its base nature. An impulse to ascend is most often pushed into the armory of descent.

Nowhere was this more apparent than the recent Grammy Awards for musical “excellence.” Here were the half literate providing referential status to the half talented. Most of what I heard is dissonance. It was as if music is faintly related to the sounds emerging from electrified instruments.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Israel and the Palestinians

American politicians have been tumbling over each other promising they would support the government of Israel by all means necessary. But I wouldn’t vote for Netanyahu if I could and don’t want this country marching to his orders.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Paul Elisha: Time for Adolescent America to Grow Up

If we were to compare our nation’s growth to periods, like those of individuals, one might call America’s present period an apt match for – “The Terrible Teens!”  There is a definite national attitude of adolescent willfulness displayed by too many individuals, who seem to be straining against the slightest semblance of restraint of any kind.  One might describe the prevailing temper as one of national antipathy for any form of control.

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