What is occurring in Iraq today could be and was foretold prior to and at the beginning of the American invasion. Not only were the reasons used to justify the invasion flawed, but the understanding of the nature of the sectarian and tribal divides that are centuries old are not going to vanish simply by [...]
Residents of Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston and Auburndale have for two years been living under the terrible noise of the new take-off route out of LaGuardia Airport called the TENIS Climb. Planes fly low and often and create noise that precludes outdoor conversations, and even [indoor conversations through] open windows. Moreover, the expectation is that [...]
As we knock on summer’s door, I am reflecting on the overwhelming number of people I speak to on a daily basis who STILL don’t know how to swim!
Greta Hawkins, principal of P.S. 90 in Coney Island, reportedly banned the sight of American flags and the singing of “America the Beautiful” from her school’s upcoming graduation ceremony. Two years ago she torpedoed the airing of a ballad expressing pride in America on the grounds that the sentiment might be odious to immigrants from [...]
Republicans appear to be outraged by what’s happening at the Veterans Administration. But in reality they are overjoyed! Unlike Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the AP, Solyndra and Obama’s birth certificate, they now have an actual scandal to talk about. While the care received by veterans is disgraceful, the fact is that the GOP [...]
Let us all fervently hope that Pope Francis’ meeting with President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine will finally, at long last, result in peace between the two nations! “Peacemaking calls for courage much more than warfare,” Francis told the two men. The meeting took place in the Vatican gardens near [...]
New York City drivers don’t know how to drive on the road. Does anyone know the meaning of a STOP sign? A yellow signal? A red signal? A yield sign? What about using directionals when changing lanes? When the speed limit is posted at 30 mph on streets, it does not mean to drive like [...]
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The Republicans have assembled a variety of experts to develop a viable alternative to what they consider the ruinous Affordable Health Care Act. Among the group is a large number of physicians whose participation they perceive is essential because the GOP recognizes the expertise that is a product of their training and experience. But when [...]
Maya Angelou has left us but in body only because her relentless spirit lives on. She was a poet, civil-rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. Maya reached out to the many with her long life at 86. Her tenacious and courageous spirit reached out to us with her thoughts and words with [...]