Low-Tech and No-Tech Dreams Martin Luther King Jr. Might Share

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

bette dewing Martin Luther King Jr. might have agreed with satirist Ogden Nash, who said, “Progress was all right once, but it went on too long.” The same might be said of unions, like the public-school bus drivers whose strike now has 150,000 students scrambling frantically to get to and from school. And King would worry that [&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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Lesson: When Protesting Carriage Horses Try to Remain Calm

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73672_10151352554506919_175397186_n By Rebecca Cohen Mostly I push “Yes” on my keyboard all the time to support liberal progressive causes from the comfort of my swivel office-chair. My advocacy for human and animal rights has largely consisted of signing “Yes, I agree.” “Yes, I stand with you!” on such petitions. In the past two years, there have [&hellip
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Letters to the Editor: Good Bargain; Common Sense

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letters GOOD BARGAIN? To the Editor: Anyone having recently ridden on the 1956 vintage Manhattan 42nd Street cross-town bus had a great trip down memory lane. It was a time when bus drivers had to make change and drive at the same time. No one dared bring any food on the bus or leave any litter [&hellip
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It’s Called a Cliff for a Reason

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WE MUST PASS THE PRESIDENT’S BALANCED APPROACH TO OUR LOOMING CRISIS By Ken Biberaj I recently attended a briefing at the White House with business leaders from around the country. The message was clear: Going off the fiscal cliff would be devastating to every sector of our economy. The president understands this and is willing [&hellip
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Dewing Things Better: The Meaning of the Holidays

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

images (1) “Sitting here in this charming Upper East Side restaurant, it’s as if nothing horrendous happened only a few miles away.” Words from a visiting former New Yorker remind me that more hurricane-unscathed New Yorkers need to get out and visit South Street Seaport and other areas battered and shuttered by the hurricane. Communities like Staten [&hellip
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Editorial: The Mayor Must Now Call Off His Stinky Garbage Plan

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trash Climate change now threatens an ill-conceived garbage dump  Like the rest of New York, Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn have now become acutely aware that there is a new normal: climate change, extreme weather events and crumbling infrastructure must inform every public policy decision made about our city. We must now revisit the [&hellip
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Lessons From the Storm: We Must Continue Aiding Those in Need

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

Bette-Dewingas-150x150 My mind is swimming on what I can write that will do some real good—to make the helping continue for those who lost everything to this monstrous natural disaster when these unprecedented losses are no longer big news. But first to say thanks to our political leaders for being up to this Herculean task, which [&hellip
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Letters

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Republican Kool-Aid Clyde Williams must be hanging out with a lot of Republicans (“How Romney-Ryan Plans Would Hurt NY Seniors,” Oct. 18) if he believes that entitlements need to be reformed. Both Medicare and Social Security are solvent and need only minor tweaking. Social Security has $2.7 trillion in its trust fund and is solvent [&hellip
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Bipartisan support needed for elder visibility

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

Bette-Dewingas11-150x150 Critical elder issues are missing from the mainstream Always a lot to talk about, and though I do the talking here, thankfully some of you email a response. (Response is so important!) And, much as I wish cyberspace hadn’t been invented (TV was bad enough), I worry that many in the 70-plus age group are [&hellip
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