Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:37 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Paul Elisha: The 2nd Amendment, Still Fertile for Second Guessers

It’s time we stopped dancing around the obvious institutional source of the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment assertion of everyone’s right to own and utilize any kind of firearm and for any purpose.  The amendment’s explicit language has been twisted and stretched beyond any semblance of reason and sanity for the perverse purposes of profiteers, predators and promiscuous egocentrics.  For the safety and security of Americans of this and all future generations, it’s time to apply truth and principled logic to the cogent language of actionable law.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:31 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Blair Horner: Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about the need for regular colon cancer screenings.  Also known as colon cancer, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the nation.  Each year in New York State, more than 9,300 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and over 3,000 preventable deaths occur.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Rob Edelman: Two Documentaries

Two different but not unrelated documentaries recently have come to DVD, courtesy of Kino Lorber and Kino Classics. One is current, and in fact is a Best Documentary Academy Award nominee. The other was made 43 years ago.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:56 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

David Nightingale: College Degrees

How important is a college degree? It's an age-old question, and it's related to  unequal pay, useful work in a society, and many other factors.

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Commentary & Opinion
2:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: The Impact of Sequestration On Our Nation's Research Enterprise

As the clock ticks down to yet another financial crisis, experts across the nation are weighing in on the consequences facing a myriad of critical government programs  --  from defense to cancer research to student financial aid to public health to homeland security.  Come tomorrow, March 1st, short a last minute agreement, some $85 billion in across-the-board cuts from sequestration will take effect, albeit, over a number of months and, in some cases, years.  Such cuts represent annual reductions of approximately 5% for non-defense spending and 8% in defense expenditures.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Keith Strudler: Danica Patrick

By all accounts, last week was a good week for Danica Patrick. First she won the pole position to Sunday’s main event. Then she dominated press week and avoided any kind of slip that often accompanies that intensity. And finally, she finished eighth overall in the race, entering the final lap in the top three with a legitimate chance to win. So all and all, I’d say it was a really nice week.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Disfunctional House

I’ve spoken often about why sequester type budget cuts threaten a weak economy and can worsen the debt. Today I want to talk about history.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Paul Elisha: Liberty and license in our democracy

With the aggressive and all-encompassing advent of computer-driven technology, to the seeming Nth degree, in American socio-economic activity, one wonders if reliable public enlightenment is still possible, via the welter of virtual warfare, between what was once the professional informational media establishment and the so-called ‘Social Media’ horde that now threatens to obliterate it?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Blair Horner: Sequestration Comes to Albany

The nation faces its latest budget crisis resulting from gridlock in Washington.  On March 1, budgetary “sequestration” kicks in.  Barring an unlikely last-minute deal, about $85 billion is set to be cut from military, domestic and certain health care programs beginning this Friday.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:51 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Rob Edelman: The Bad... And the Good

During the first months of each new year, movie theaters are overcrowded with generally dreadful films: throwaways with such less-than-appealing titles as A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and BULLET IN THE HEAD or moronic comedies like IDENTITY THIEF that somehow clean up at the box office or well-intentioned films like SIDE EFFECTS, a murder mystery which also explores the issue of prescription drug abuse but is way too fanciful and crammed with plot holes. 

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