Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
4:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Chemical Contamination in West Virginia

Before moving to Albany thirty-five years ago, we lived in Morgantown, West Virginia – a university town and a mining town. We knew people in both worlds. Our daughter was only seven, but after we moved she got letters from a little friend there who was the son of a miner. Miners lived all around.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Putting People To work In Cities And Towns

Nationally, Republicans are still fighting unemployment relief and virtually every piece of a public safety net. Their solution to every problem is to blame the victim. Out of work? Must be because people didn't look, or just like poverty. Never mind people spending their days looking for work. It must be their fault, because the only victims worth caring about, of what we politely call the business cycle, are businessmen. Everything would be fine if people would work for pennies a day like much of the world, so the companies they work for could pocket the difference while workers forego food, clothing, shelter and health.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Supreme Court Recess Appointments Case

The Supreme Court heard argument yesterday about recess appointments. The Constitution says:

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Polygamy And American Constitutional Law

A conversation on The Roundtable convinced me to address polygamy. A judge in Utah decided that state could ban formal legal polygamy but could not ban people living in comparable arrangements without formal legal sanctions. Some people argue that legalization of polygamy follows from constitutional protection of gay and lesbian relationships. If one consensual relationship is OK, therefore so are all the others. That is a mistake. The law does not work that way.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Worst Supreme Court Decisions In Two Decades

What’s the worst thing the U.S. Supreme Court has done in two decades?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: What Makes American Democracy Successful?

We are justly proud of democracy in America. But what makes a democracy morally great and what makes it successful?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Metro-North Had Neither Featherbedding Nor Safety

On Sunday, December 1, Metro-North reported an “accident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. … [A] southbound, Hudson Line train with about 120 passengers on board derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. All cars derailed.” [1] We now know four people died and many were injured.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Mandela By Comparison

I want to explore an important comparison that has not been addressed about Nelson Mandela.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Deal With Iran

The deal with Iran is excellent news. Hat’s off to Kerry and Obama.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Other Civilizations Disappeared But What of Ours?

At Persepolis, stone carvings bear witness to tribute paid to Persian kings by other great rulers and former empires. Iran was once a great breadbasket of the world. But the Greeks stopped their advance and much of Iran is now a desert. But not America.

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