No More Business as Usual

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town

In times of crisis, we’re urged to keep things normal – but maybe we shouldn’t “Go about your usual business, but be vigilant,” was essentially the mayor’s message to New Yorkers after the horrific bomb-caused murder and maiming of innocents at the Boston Marathon last week. The terrible maimings, even now, don’t get the coverage [&hellip
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Stop School Closures

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

The public advocate calls on the administration to find alternate solutions for struggling schools By Public Advocate Bill de Blasio If something is broken – fix it. Sadly, Mayor Bloomberg adheres to a different philosophy where our city’s education system is concerned. The Administration’s default response to struggling schools has been to close them, without [&hellip
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Listening to Families and Drivers

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How we should be hearing reality during a needless bus strike By Helen Rosenthal As we now know, New York City spends more than twice as much busing our kids to school compared to any other city. The mayor’s plan to bid the contracts to lowest-bidder bus companies who keep their costs down by hiring [&hellip
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‘How’m I doin’?’ in Late Life Is What Needs to Get Out There!

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

bette dewing My back is killing me. But before you ask, “What happened?” please offer some words of empathy and understanding. That little-known “rule” has general application. Preventing aching backs and most physical woes demands that we stand up every 20 minutes or so and move around. For some, age-related problems and waning strength make that difficult [&hellip
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What’s Limerence Got to Do With It?

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit

Kristine-Keller How a shattered heart could lead to a debilitating aftermath by Kristine Keller These days, when a flame sputters and fades out, we’ve got an armful of friends ready to peel us off the floor with the margarita blender, limes and coconuts. You’ll do the proverbial dance around the blender while Jose Cuervo wafts through [&hellip
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Sandy’s Victims Still Need Help; Traffic Tragedies Can Still Be Avoided

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Bette Dewing “Together we can change the face of our culture” was the subtitle chosen by editor Allen Houston for my previous column. Allen, who left this company shortly after that, chose a lot of good headlines in his two-plus years editing the paper, and we thank him and wish him great success in his new workplace. [&hellip
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Unnatural Disasters are the Worst

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion and Column, West Side Spirit

Bette Dewing TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THE FACE OF OUR CULTURE What a struggle to write this column about the 20 first-grade children and six women educators shot to death by a 20-year-old male assailant, in a true safe haven—an elementary school in the low-crime town of Newtown, Conn. The Daily News’ front-page headline “The World Weeps” [&hellip
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Doomsday Dalliances

Written by NY Press on . Posted in On Topic OTDT, Opinion and Column, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

What to Do When the World Is Ending By Jeanne Martinet Just to set the record straight: In spite of what the characters may say in my novel Etiquette for the End of the World, I myself do not believe the Apocalypse is happening this week. But end of the world obsessions do intrigue me. [&hellip
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Op-Ed: After Newtown Shooting, Ask Why Later

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Via Flickr / kcdsTM By Nora Bosworth Americans looking at the tragic events of the Newtown school shooting need to stop talking about mental healthcare entirely — for now. Yes, we have a woefully inadequate support system for the mentally ill and it should be fixed. But it is our rampant supply of firearms that enables the homicidally insane [&hellip
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