Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:51 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Sean Philpott: Banning Conversion Therapy

Earlier this week, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that would ban the use of so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy – treatments that aim to change sexual orientation – on minors. During the time I wrote this commentary, the New York State Senate had yet to vote on the bill. They have until the end of today, when the 2013-14 legislative session officially closes, to pass the bill. Should it pass, Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. This would make New York the third state – following California and New Jersey – to outlaw efforts to turn gay kids straight.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Herbert London: The European Vote Message

Political analysts are having a field day combing through the ashes of the recent elections for the European Parliament.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: For A Better Education

A recent headline read, “Slow Common Core.” For quite a long time there has been a backlash against anything viewed as “too tough” for our kids. That is a tendency of living in a democracy. Anything tough for our kids is bad but at the same time they have to get a fabulous education that will equip them for life’s challenges. So the solution is teachers who can make everyone learn painlessly. And therefore, if anything goes wrong it’s the teacher’s fault, not the student’s.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Paul Elisha: A World Made Safe For Differences

We have come to that point in our nationhood, where our cohesion is at serious risk.  To paraphrase John Dunne, no one of us is an island, entire to itself; everyone is a part of the main, because we are all involved in humankind.  He was right, because in Latin, ‘homo’ translates as a male or female person or fellow creature.  Yet, despite all of our inclusive rhetoric, there are still those among us, who would reverse the democratic process in this fragile democracy to the most despicable meaning of “State’s Rights,” in which those of color are excluded and denied inclusion, except as sub-human members of the work-herd, as the ‘State’s-Right’ politicos once considered them.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Blair Horner: Toxic Chemicals In Children's Products Act

Lawmakers are set to wrap up the scheduled end of the 2014 legislative session. Typically, this week is “show time” for lawmakers–hundreds of bills are likely to be approved, many more will fail.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rob Edelman: A Holocaust Film Set In The 1960s

World War II may have ended in the mid-1940s. The concentration camps were liberated and those who survived the horrors of the era were supposed to get on with their lives. But for many, the war never really concluded. The brutality of the time and the decisions made by individuals of all backgrounds reverberated through their souls, in many cases for the rest of their lives.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

David Nightingale: Metronidazole

The doctor wrote the prescription in that Sanskrit that pharmacists are fortunately familiar with, and I took it immediately to the drug store. The swelling on my nose had been pre-cancerous, and I didn't want to delay.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Karen Hitchcock: Commencement - A Time To Be Celebrated And A Time To Learn

Each year, graduates of our nation’s colleges and universities participate in an ancient ritual known as “commencement.” They don medieval garb and participate in a ceremony designed to honor their accomplishments and be celebrated by their final “teacher”, the famed “commencement speaker.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:41 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Herbert London: The President’s Prisoner Exchange

For a considerable period I have argued that President Obama’s foreign policy was feckless, a function of inexperience and amateurish advisement. The overarching goal of removing the U.S. from harm’s way seemed absurd since even if you want to avoid war, it sometimes has a way of finding you. But there is logic in a foreign policy position that avoids overreaching.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Karen Magee: Teaching Is An Art

When I taught special education in my hometown of Harrison, one of my students achieved an educational milestone.

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