Rx For an Ailing Society

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To change the tone, we must first change the discourse By Bette Dewing “Help!” was the final word of my last column, “Overcoming Heedlessness,” and will be the last word of this column. But how to help and change things? Well, many years ago during the city’s acute water shortage, then-Mayor Ed Koch urged everyone [&hellip
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The Rise of One-Downmanship

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in On Topic OTDT, Opinion and Column

When did complaining become a competitive sport? By Jeanne Martinet The cocktail party was crowded, as every self-respecting cocktail party should be. I was therefore making depressingly slow progress in my foray to the bar, during which I overheard the following conversation: “So how are you doing these days?” asked one man, sipping his drink. [&hellip
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Remember the Golden Rule?

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Cutthroat behavior, not kind words, drives modern-day behavior By Lorraine Duffy Merkl Behavior that gets kids detention now, could get them elected governor later. “Pig.” “Cheater.” If these were the taunts of siblings at the dinner table, the parent would intervene and chastise, “That’s not a nice way for people to talk to each other.” [&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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Urban Eavesdropping

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in On Topic OTDT, Opinion and Column

New York, just one big cocktail party By Jeanne Martinet I was biking along the crowded Hudson River Greenway, all my focus on avoiding pedestrians, roller-bladers and darting toddlers, when suddenly two guys whipped by me on their bikes (passing on the right, no less) at super high speed. Annoyed at their recklessness, I was [&hellip
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