Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:32 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Herbert London: The National Association of Scholars Report on American History

Although conservatives reflexively assume race, class and gender dominate American history, there is now incontrovertible evidence that this assumption is true.  In a careful study of U.S. history courses at the University of Texas and Texas A & M University, the National Association of Scholars recently released report indicates that race, class and gender tend to crowd out the teaching of other perspectives.  This form of thematically skewed teaching leads to an incomplete knowledge of American history, an ignorance transmitted from one generation to the next.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Aaron Swartz, Free Access to Knowledge and Free Public Libraries

 The suicide of Aaron Swartz made me focus on what he’d been fighting for – free access to knowledge on the internet. Swartz’s methods were misguided and illegal but his purposes are nevertheless worth thinking about. He was part of a movement devoted to giving us all free access to government documents, research papers and much else, believing that it should all be available on the internet at no charge.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Paul Elisha: The Greatest Generation

Paul Elisha - the greatest generation

  Tom Brokaw, being widely recognized as having coined the title: “The Greatest Generation” and this commentator, a bona fide member since his enlistment in 1942, was glad to see him as a guest on a recent public affairs TV program; although the host did seem, somehow, to be more excited about the fact of this, than why its members were.  It would have been helpful for the current, younger TV audience, for Tom to have had an opportunity to explain the ‘why’ of the generation’s origin.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Blair Horner - Good news in an update on fighting cancer

It’s often hard to know how things are going on the cancer-fighting front without looking at health statistics over the long haul.  Annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society provided that insight last week.  In its report, “Cancer Facts & Figures,” the death rate from cancer in the US has fallen 20% from its peak in 1991.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “The Drawer Boy” at Hubbard Hall

CAMBRIDGE - “The Drawer Boy,” playing at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge through Sunday, January 20, is officially the first don’t miss theater production of the year.   I know it’s only mid-January, but this would be don’t miss theater any time of the year.

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Commentary & Opinion
2:58 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Keith Strudler: Lance Armstrong's Mea Culpa

Keith Strudler - Armstrong's Mea culpa

The interview won’t air until tomorrow, but the story that Lance will admit to Oprah of using performance enhancing drugs makes us all ask the same question.  Does Oprah still have a network?

That’s really the only revelation likely to come from the dialogue, since only the most ardent disbelievers still imagined Lance rode clean all these years.  He’ll tell the public limited facts about the process, although allegedly he won’t admit to being the so called “ring leader” of the sophisticated drug program.  He’ll simply admit to being just another guy in the peloton who doped to stay relevant, just like everyone else on the road.  He’s part of the gang, just no Al Capone.  Given Armstrong’s actions over the years, it’s hard to image this to be true.  But truth seekers will have to settle for this for the time being.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:18 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Herbert London: Selecting Hall of Famers

Herbert London

Herbert London - Selecting Hall of Famers

  For the first time in decades Hall of Fame voters decided not to confer baseball’s highest honor to anyone. What makes this announcement unusual is that the most celebrated names from an era marked by performance-enhancing drugs did not gain entry into baseball’s promised land. To make matters even more peculiar, this was a period in baseball history when testing for drugs didn’t exist.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:15 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Paul Elisha: The Home of the Wise

Paul Elisha's commentary for January 15, 2013

Despite the proud prose that presaged it and all the periodic pronouncements that sought to endow it with continuity, ours has, from the outset, been an aggressively promoted ‘Marketocracy.’  Though an apt description, “The land of the free” and “Home of the brave,” does not apply to everyone, equally.  It is and has always been subject to selective affirmation.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Blair Horner: The Battle Over Smoking Continues

Blair Horner
Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

  New York State – and much of the nation – has made tremendous strides in reducing smoking rates.  In the mid-1960s, nearly half of Americans smoked; today it’s roughly half that nationwide and lower still in New York.

The successes have come as the result of scientific findings that have linked smoking to lung cancer and other health problems.  Those scientific breakthroughs also identified the health risks faced by nonsmokers who were exposed to second hand smoke from tobacco products.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:38 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Liz Benjamin - Fracking in New York

  Last Friday was the deadline for comments to be lodged with the DEC on its most recent set of regulations for the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking.

Predictably, the well-organized and vociferous anti-fracking crowd seized on the opportunity to make yet another public plea to Governor Andrew Cuomo that he reject the idea of drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

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