Stephen Gottlieb

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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Commentary & Opinion
3:59 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Supreme Poison: Adultery And States’ Rights

A week ago my students and I went to the U.S. Supreme Court and saw the argument in Bond v. United States.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Casinos And The Board Of Elections

 When this is aired, I will be in Washington, D. C., where my students and I went to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases argued that we have been studying. Since it is also election day, I had to fill out an absentee ballot. On the ballot, the casino proposition leads the group of ballot propositions. Governor Cuomo had “submitted a concurrent resolution to the State Legislature to amend article I, § 9 of the State Constitution to allow for ‘casino gambling regulated by the state.’”(1)  
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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Environment Needs A Moral Revolution

I commented last week about the need to deal with global warming, population growth and protecting the lands and forests that produce the oxygen we depend on. Those problems are interrelated, and if the rising seas aren’t bad enough, the loss of atmospheric oxygen will suffocate us all. I confess that puts a different perspective on other issues. Can we improve people’s health and job prospects if we have to hold down the impact on the environment? Well yes, but the question is whether we are willing to share in the sandbox we call earth?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: To Fight Brush Fires Or The Whole Enchilada

Should we fight against the brush fires or tackle the whole enchilada? I’ve often wondered about that. People find it easier to tackle the little pieces. I’ve heard that Napoleon, retreating in Russia, broke the retreat into a series of small objectives to keep up his men’s confidence. But then we know the man in charge had his eyes on the big picture – getting out of Russia before he lost his entire army.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:59 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Our Stake in Each Other’s Welfare

Do we have a stake in each other’s future or only in our own? That is a central question of American politics. The Tea Party’s tossing of the entire American budget into the sea over the issue of Obamacare is an effort to say no, we have no stake in each other’s welfare. To claim a stake in each other’s welfare is socialism. Although the political waters warrant silence from many elected officials about it, that same cry has been leveled and is being leveled against other American efforts to help each other. Social security, socialism. Medicare and Medicaid, socialism. Indeed, there is no logical reason to draw the line there and many don’t. National parks, socialism. Veterans’ benefits, socialism. Head start, socialism. Why stop there? Public schools, socialism. Public hospitals, government health departments and laboratories, socialism. It’s all socialism in the heads of the true believers. So let me repeat that question – do we have a stake in each other’s future or only our own?
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Commentary & Opinion
3:55 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Should We Kick Al Jazeera Off The Cable Packages?

Perhaps you’ve heard that a New York legislator threatened several cable companies with a boycott if they didn’t pull al Jazeera from their cable packages.

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