Small Business is Best, Except When it’s Not

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

chrismoor Save mom-and-pop stores, but they should save us from bad service When I went there, though, my prescriptions were not ready—even after I’d been assured by phone beforehand that they would be filled. I will never get back the hours I spent standing around waiting for the men in white coats to get their work [&hellip
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Marijuana Shouldn’t Be a Crime

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

alan I used to turn down pot so I could someday run for Congress By Alan S. Chartock When I was a young man, I refused to smoke marijuana when offered the opportunity. I thought that it might interfere with my future career—at the time, I thought I might like to run for Congress and that [&hellip
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Sugary Soda: You Have to Start Someplace

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in On Topic OTDT, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

If the mayor’s move makes us think about serving sizes, it’s a winner Let’s start with this: We know our mayor is great with limits—for other people. He famously took stands against smoking in restaurants, bars and public parks. His administration has tried to limit everything from the size of newsstands to the number of cars [&hellip
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Scott Stringer: It’s Time to Put the Cuffs on Stop-and-Frisk

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

Father’s Day march to reform NYPD policy By Scott M. Stringer During recent years, the NYPD’s policy of stop-and-frisk has become one of the defining civil rights issues of our time. Across the five boroughs, New Yorkers are calling for reform of a strategy that overwhelmingly targets people of color and divides our city. We [&hellip
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The Joel Morales Story

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

Stopping hate-filled violence and creating a better society by Bette Dewing What if your two sons were bullied and, when transferred to a different school, the harassment continued and your request for housing in another district was denied? Of course you know this happened to a 12-year-old East Harlem boy, Joel Morales. Finally, this beloved [&hellip
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Boys Will Be Boys After All

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

What is it with boys and trucks? by Josh Rogers The fire truck backed up, and West Side parents scrambled with their little boys to where they hoped the line would start to get on board. Almost immediately, there were over 100 people waiting Were there any girls at the West Side YMCA’s Touch-a-Truck event [&hellip
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Letters to the Editor: Quinn Not Fit for Mayor

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Our Town

Letters Quinn Not Fit for Mayor I want to commend Tom Allon (“A Trashy Political Idea,” May 17) for his explanation of why the proposed Upper East side site of the waste transfer station is a bad idea, but more for his honest depiction of Council Speaker Christine Quinn as Mayor Bloomberg’s “rubber stamp.” The [&hellip
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Ain’t Nobody Hair But Me

Written by Jeanne Martinet on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

jeanne The urban cloak of invisibility by Jeanne Martinet He came out of nowhere. There I was getting my hair cut, absorbed in the blissful experience of being pampered and beautified, when suddenly I noticed a tall, chiseled man in the mirror right over my head. Hello? But he wasn’t looking at me, he was scrutinizing [&hellip
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Why We Should Vote on 9/11

Written by Christopher Moore on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Politics, West Side Spirit

chrismoor Shifting elections away from anniversary date is a mistake The move is shortsighted and contrary to the public interest. The decision in question: shifting the state primary from Tuesday, Sept. 11 to Thursday, Sept. 13. The governor and the state legislature have decided that Sept. 11 is, as the New York Times put it last week, “a [&hellip
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