FIGHTING CRIMES OF TRAFFIC

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In the Daily News, the “Death Takes an Angel” piece only made the sports section. Media and government’s relative indifference to our streets and highway killing fields helped destroy the life of 22-year-old Nick Adenhart and two companions when a minivan ran the light and slammed into their sports car. And this drunk driving carnage [&hellip
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HERE’S SMILING AT YOU, NEW YORK

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“There are smiles that make you happy…”, “Let a smile be your umbrella…” Like many old-timey songs, we’d have more to smile about if their often sweet-natured lyrics and tunes became big-timey again. Especially here in what somebody once called “Frown City.” In truth, it’s become more of a “Here’s Not Looking at You,” kind [&hellip
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PAGING DR. KOOP AGAIN

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For those who requested a copy of then-Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop’s 1982 urgent warning against the alarming surge of 15- to 24-year-old deaths by homicide, suicide and motor vehicle accidents, do join me in urging him to reissue this message to President Barack Obama. Surely the need to effectively treat what Koop rightly [&hellip
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REFLECTION ON A TRAGIC DEATH

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There is some good news. In requesting Roberta Israeloff’s piece, “Lend an Ear, Can You Listen, Really Listen,” some New Yorkers said they were guilty of not listening empathically and wanted to change. A woman in the physical healing profession said, “I’m going to make every effort to listen longer before speaking, and when I [&hellip
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EMOTIONAL ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

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“Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable…” Adherents of Lent (Ash Wednesday is Feb. 25) and Passover (begins at sundown on April 8) won’t mind repeating of biblical injunction, or its “acceptable unto thee, our strength and our redeemer” ending. For others, an “acceptable to the cause of [&hellip
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SHED A NEW LIGHT ON OLD PROBLEMS

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Yup, that’s me, dear readers, photographed by the light of a flash camera and a nearby silk-shaded table lamp. Isn’t it maddening how many designers eschew kindly table lamps for fixtures more suited to mechanical robots than flesh and blood human beings? If ever emperors were not wearing clothes… This paper’s photographer, Andrew Schwartz, found [&hellip
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A NEIGHBORHOOD CURE-ALL

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“Don’t agonize, organize!” was the Older Women’s League’s rallying cry when OWL was a true movement for change. Organize and act! Ah, that’s change we need to overcome injustice—the illegal, but also the legal kind, like the shutting down of everyday places we need, above all the neighborhood restaurants. And get healthcare professionals, like cardiologist [&hellip
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PEACE, GOODWILL AND COMMUNICATION

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Don’t hang up—this is not only about how we talk, except talking sure is vital to an overall healthier New Year. There’s big talk about Caroline Kennedy’s “ums” and “you know” speech tics, but why wasn’t she helped to overcome such discrediting impediments? Ah, intervention in general is so achingly needed but so rarely employed [&hellip
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A DIFFERENT TWIST ON PRESERVATION

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Remember, there are eight days of Chanukah and 12 days of Christmas. So don’t put all your holy/holiday eggs in one basket. Fast movers, slow down. And smile, don’t forget that! Sing, too. Ah, if only sing-a-longs were, say, even a fourth as popular as concerts are. Music is good for what ails us when [&hellip
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REFLECTING ON THE AFTERMATH OF TWO TRAGEDIES

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“All Americans need to reflect on this tragedy as we approach this season which should be goodwill toward all humankind, and ensure that it never happens again.” The Dec. 1 New York Times wisely printed a letter from Nevada-based Michael Pravica whose concluding words begin this column. The letter was titled “Black Friday Sale Shouldn’t [&hellip
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