Emulate the Best Qualities of Building Workers

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They are the ones who help create a “village” for residents By Bette Dewing West Side Spirit’s “Building Service Workers Awards” section from last week’s edition has great news to live by—for everyone, but above all, for local policymakers. So please read it online or contact the paper for a copy. Read, share, emulate. No, [&hellip
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Overcoming Heedlessness

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An out-of-the-box message to new district attorneys By Bette Dewing For the record, what I wrote in the recent New York Times’ “Spokes” column (“I strongly fear there are too many bicycles in New York”) left out the next sentence after that: “I mean those who break every law in the books.” And very much [&hellip
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Dewing Things Better, Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh Hashanah lessons; the dangers of over-drinking By Bette Dewing “Or as Abraham understands God to have told him, ‘heyay beracha’: ‘Be a blessing.’ That is why we are here.” —Rabbi Harvey M. Tattelbaum. How do we do that? Well, surely by not over-drinking. —Bette Dewing The above quote once ran in Our Town’s section [&hellip
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Harsher Penalties in Traffic Crimes

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There must be zero tolerance in hit-and-runs like the one that killed Michael Ward By Bette Dewing “We need as much to be reminded as informed,” Dr. Samuel Johnson so rightly opined. An August 5 Our Town letter about the death of Michael Ward, who was killed in a hit-and-run on the East Side, needs [&hellip
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Weddings, Family and Heat Waves

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Our culture’s hyper-individualism is harming us all By Bette Dewing Weddings—ah, but what’s needed is a great revival of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s wedding message to Diana and Charles; it applies to our culture’s hyper-individualism too: “Any marriage which is turned in upon itself, in which the bride and groom gaze obsessively at one another, [&hellip
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The Scourge of Alzheimer’s

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Finding a cure for that most insidious disease By Bette Dewing Why am I crying, I wondered, as I read Juliet Macur’s New York Times story, “Sensing His Own Mortality,” about George Steinbrenner. More important to me than the avalanche coverage given Yankee baseball owner George Steinbrenner’s dying was how at 74, he spoke “with [&hellip
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Recalling the Greatest Generation

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A book and some flags to bring us together By Bette Dewing Happy birthday America? “Well, I didn’t see one flag displayed this Memorial Day on the Upper East Side,” said East End Avenue doorman Bob McNicol, frowning. “In Queens, Far Rockaway and other much more diverse places, flags are everywhere! After all, there’s a [&hellip
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Mayoral Attention for Crimes of Traffic

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Yield to pedestrians, stop speeding and support mass transit for safer streets By Bette Dewing Just before the mayor’s weekly John Gambling WOR radio show, I heard the following public service announcement: “Parking violations violate the rights of disabled persons. Call 311 to report.” But where are the warnings to drivers and cyclists against their [&hellip
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