Opinion

Op-ed: Tax Equity for New Yorkers
News Op-Ed 4/13/2014 at 11:17AM

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They’ve worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, Long Island, and hoped to remain there to be near family. However, every year during tax season they are hit by a bill from the federal government that makes them question if they will be able to continue living in such a high-cost area.

Op-ed: Our children win with universal pre-K
News Op-Ed 4/11/2014 at 11:08AM

After months of rallying for the future of our children, our voices have finally been heard! Last week, our state legislators approved $300 million in funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs in their final budget. This is historic. We are now poised to ensure every child has access to high-quality, full-day pre-K.

Secretive state budget process
Letters Letters 4/10/2014 at 12:06PM

We should not celebrate Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passing a budget on time. This is what they get paid to do. This budget was negotiated behind closed doors by Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Republican Majority leader Dean Skelos, State Senate Democratic Independent Caucus leader Jeffrey Klein and Democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon [...]

Farewell, Mickey Rooney
Letters Letters 4/10/2014 at 12:05PM

The passing of actor Mickey Rooney has forever ended the Golden Age of the MGM movie musicals. With a career spanning nearly 90 years, he graced the screen with his infamous portrayal of young Andy Hardy, always in love with the girl next door, Betsy Boothe, who was played by his frequent co-star and lifelong [...]

Charter schools nurture excellence
Letters Letters 4/10/2014 at 12:03PM

Most people do not realize that every convenience, every trustworthy service we use, every reliable product we buy is the result of millions of people participating in the free market and making choices from a plethora of possibilities. In every service we use, every product we buy, the free market separates the excellent from the [...]

Op-ed: It’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage
News Op-Ed 4/06/2014 at 11:09AM

It’s been more than four years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage. Hard-working families are doing all they can to make ends meet during the worst economy of our lifetime – but through no fault of their own – feel like they are just slipping further behind.

Paper or plastic? Try canvas…or not
Letters Letters 4/03/2014 at 6:07PM

The City Council is ready to vote on a 10 cent fee to consumers who don’t use their own bags at checkout counters. The idea is to get the consumers to bring in their own reusable bags. Mayor de Blasio is on board with this legislation because he is going for zero waste. Now this [...]

Paper or plastic? Try canvas…
Letters Letters 4/03/2014 at 6:04PM

The people who seem unable to handle a tax on paper and plastic bags need [help]. The solution is using fabric/canvas bags. Is it such a burden to bring your bag(s) with you to the store? Really? Would you rather promote deforestation? Would you rather destroy the environment? Aren’t there enough plastic bags floating around [...]

Changes to Obamacare outside the law
Letters Letters 4/03/2014 at 5:59PM

Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, was passed by Congress without a single Republican vote and our Constitutional rule of law acknowledges and accepts it as the law of the land. However, since its passage, many provisions of the law have been changed, tweaked, omitted, adjusted, fine-tuned, adapted and delayed over 30 times without congressional [...]