No Fire and Brimstone Ending

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alan by Alan Chartock Conservative predictions about gay marriage haven’t come true What was all the fuss about? Gays and lesbians wanted to marry. You’d have thought the world was going to explode. Nothing made for better news copy. Some evangelicals literally raised hell; we were Sodom and Gomorrah. God would punish us. Leviticus in the [&hellip
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Letters to the Editor

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Gillibrand_1 Political Opportunist  To the Editor: Kirsten Gillibrand is a political hack and opportunist if ever there was one. (“Why Kirsten Gillibrand Could Have It All,” July 26). She shamelessly scouts for headlines to jump on and take what her handlers advise are “populist” positions. An example is Gillibrand jumping on the “Miracle in the Hudson” [&hellip
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Bloomberg and Bodegas: The Power Elites?

Written by Josh Rogers on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

josh Hollow arguments from opponents to a ban on large sodas  Bodegas, you see, are some of the New York City businesses that will clean up at the expense of the “little guys,” like pizza parlors and McDonald’s, if, as expected, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new soda policy goes into effect in September. That was just one [&hellip
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Olympian Principles for Everyday Life

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

Bette Dewing A smile can make everything better  “I could show the world how to smile, I could be glad all of the while…” Well, there’d be infinitely more to smile about if songs like that again topped the charts. Ah, but the physical act of smiling does makes us feel better. Supportive research must get out [&hellip
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Veil of Secrecy

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chartock Cuomo is dedicated to anything but transparency By Alan S. Chartock You cannot have democracy without good information. How are any of us expected to vote intelligently if we don’t know what is going on? Andrew Cuomo campaigned for office on a platform of transparency in government. As attorney general, he employed Blair Horner to [&hellip
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Street Shrink: Kristine Keller explores why the grass always looks better on the other side

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800px-Gras_im_Juni It’s not uncommon for strangers to incite impetuous conversations at any given moment. After all, there are many inscrutable bullet points that warrant discussion from someone who may know more and the desire for conversation becomes ever the most apparent when you begin to unfurl your Sunday newspaper. Like, does anyone have the crossword puzzle [&hellip
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Letters

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Intrusive Bike Share To the Editor: Down in Community Board 2, the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a bike share station in Father Fagan Square, a half-acre park that commemorates four local heroes who died attempting to save others trapped in burning buildings. Responding to requests from the Community Board and local civic groups, as well [&hellip
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Nod and a Wink on Pay Raises

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alan By Alan Chartock Cuomo will horse trade with legislators Like most of us, politicians prefer to avoid pain—they’d much prefer to take the easy route than tackle the tough issues. Here are a couple of examples. The Legislature has gone along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tough fiscal regimen on its agencies and citizens. Tax caps, [&hellip
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What Community and Good Neighbors Are All About

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

Not only in a dangerously hot summer I could just cry, and indeed I did, when the hearty little plant that had sprung up this past spring in the otherwise bare tree pit outside my window was suddenly gone, yanked up by workers who were exchanging bark shavings there for some sort of soil. “Where [&hellip
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