Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Another Corruption Scandal Rocks Albany

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

In the wake of last week’s back-to-back corruption scandals that rocked New York politics, everyone’s looking for someone to blame.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Andrew Coates: An adventure to make life worth living

Helen Keller famously wrote that "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."  She continued: "To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."

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Commentary & Opinion
12:29 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Sean Philpott: Bright Shiny Things

On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released startling new data on the incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in American kids. According to the CDC, over 6 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. Despite coming on the heels of April Fool’s Day, those numbers are no joke.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:35 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Keith Struder: Mike Rice

I am the father of two boys, aged 3 and 5, whom I’m actually quite fond of. That’s despite their, shall we say, unpredictable behavior, which can range from angelic to beyond maddening, and I’m being generous. Like one time when they older decided to cover the younger in shampoo, despite not being in the shower. And when these things happen, you try not to lose your cool, which is like trying not to break 55 on a highway in the desert. Sometimes you even say a few words you might regret, like words you can’t say on public radio but your kids manage to repeat in public at remarkably inopportune moments.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Herbert London: The Syrian Cesspool and U.S. Inaction

If one wants to understand what happens in world affairs when the U.S. sits on the sidelines unsure of its role and even its interest, Syria is an excellent case study. Now that a civil war has struck every corner of that country, Bashar Assad and his military force have killed at least 70,000 people, many rebels and may innocent bystanders.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:41 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Environmental patriotism

Our two small granddaughters visited us this weekend. For me, their lives have been the most compelling reason to do something about global warming, to accept responsibility and to invest in a better future for them. But there is also the call of patriotism. Many have laid down their lives for this country. Can the rest of us deal with a little burden, a little expense, to save this country from catastrophe? Are we patriotic enough?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Paul Elisha: Some seasonal thoughts on the new, the old... and how we handle both

One of the great unsolvable human mysteries, for this commentator, continues to be how, during the final days of one of the Judeo/Christian community’s most holy observances, leaders and followers of the most diverse political opinions and policies can put them casually aside, for the duration of their respective religious participations.  Then, ignore the hallowed words and meanings they’ve mouthed, as they blithely return to the most miserably consequential and unsavory shenanigans, in their games of political one-upmanship.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:53 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Blair Horner: The Budget Wraps Up

The 2013-2014 state budget was approved last week, marking the third on-time budget in a row.  Three on-time budgets haven’t occurred in a generation, so there was a lot of back-slapping and “at-a-boys” at the Capitol.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:18 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Rob Edelman: Jackie Robinson

42 is a new biopic about the life of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who was the first African-American to play in the major leagues during the 20th-century. But this new Jackie Robinson film is not the first Jackie Robinson film. THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY came to movie theaters in 1950: 63 years ago, three short years after Jackie debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Commentary & Opinion
8:12 am
Mon April 1, 2013

David Nightingale: Flight 447 (found)

They've released [ref.1] the final report for the disappearance of Flight 447, a 200 ton Airbus which disappeared in June 2009 on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. About 4 hours into the flight, somewhere over the Atlantic, in night-time stormy weather, contact with the airliner was completely lost.

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