Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Steve Gottlieb : Capitalism, religion and global warming

Global warming is the earth’s response to unrestrained capitalism. Everybody gets to make, buy and use whatever they want without regard to how it affects the sustainability of the environment and everyone in it. Drilling in the Gulf, the Arctic or anywhere, hydrofracking in New York, Pennsylvania or anywhere, turning food like corn into oil that can be burned, all make carbon based fuels that contribute to global warming.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Paul Elisha : Revisionist history in U.S. electoral politics

In the introduction to his massive chronicle of combat, entitled “Men At War,” Ernest Hemmingway described his subject as… “…that thing which no one knows about who has not done it.”   Much later in the sequence of events, he modified his unmitigated statement with this qualifier:  “As they get further and further away from a war they’ve taken part in, all men have a tendency to make it more as they wish it had been, than how it really was.”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Blair Horner : New York Can't Stop Fighting Big Tobacco

A new report from the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contains good news and bad news about smoking in America.    First the good news, according to the CDC, total cigarette consumption continued an 11-year downward trend with a 2.5 percent decline from 2010 to 2011.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Rob Edelman: Playing Real People

The Capital Repertory Theatre of Albany’s production of ELLA, in which Tina Fabrique offers a spot-on performance as Ella Fitzgerald and Ron Haynes adds a letter-perfect impersonation of Louis Armstrong, brings to mind the challenges of playing celebrated personalities on stage and screen. Simply put, sometimes it works, as it does in ELLA. And sometimes not. When it does work, the effectiveness of the performance has nothing whatsoever to do with the actor’s physical resemblance to the personality he or she is playing.
 

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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Karen Hitchcock - Penn State : Lessons Learned

The scandal which has engulfed Pennsylvania State University since last November most likely reflects the consequences of an institution trying to protect the reputation of its lucrative and immensely successful football program above all other considerations – even the safety of innocent young boys.  Mr.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Herbert London: Why Is The World Different

An enraged madman kills a dozen people and injures many others in a carefully planned mass murder in an Aurora Colorado movie theater. What can one possibly say? So desensitized by stories of brutality on the nightly news, my emotions are muted. It seems to me that on first blush the nation is becoming more coarse, more susceptible to the inner beast, that evil lurking in the hearts of men.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:16 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Paul Elisha: Too high a price to ask

For those of us who have experienced the worst of war, for our nation’s sake and survived it, there can be no greater disappointment than to learn that leaders entrusted with this nation’s defense traded away lives of those they commanded, for personal and political gain.  A spate of recent revelations, some by participants, have publicized this.  Newly minted political aspirants are cravenly pursuing their own shoddy profit, by reshaping what’s already been warped and winnowed to a fiction.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Blair Horner: More Evidence of the Need for Health Care Reform

Many Americans have health-related problems that are defined as pre-existing conditions. A pre-existing condition is a health problem that existed before you apply for a health insurance policy or enroll in a new health plan.

A pre-existing condition can be something as common and as serious as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and asthma – chronic health problems that affect a large portion of the population.  Even if you have a relatively minor condition such as hay fever or a previous accidental injury, a health plan can deny coverage.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:05 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Rob Edelman: Hot Docs and More

A good documentary, like good fiction, can entertain and even enthrall viewers. A good documentary also can spotlight an issue and offer truths and insights regarding that issue. However, unless that documentary deals with a hot-button topic-- such is the case with BULLY, which deservedly has received reams of publicity and a high-profile theatrical release-- most documentaries earn limited theatrical play, if they even make it into movie houses. But thanks to DVD and other non-theatrical venues, documentaries do become available to one-and-all.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Sean Philpott - Shining a Light on Aurora

Most of us were shocked and deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred last Friday at the movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people lost their lives and another 58 were wounded – 11 critically – during one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

Coming just two days before the anniversary of the massacre in Norway, and close on the heels of such US-based tragedies as the shootings at Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson and Columbine High School, what happened in Aurora has sparked considerable debate and controversy.

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