How Romney-Ryan Plans Would Hurt NY Seniors

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

CW website pic By Clyde Williams We have now had two presidential debates, and the issue of healthcare has been front and center. In New York, nearly 40 percent of the entire state budget is spent on healthcare—and it’s rising every year. It’s clear that our economy won’t be competitive unless we figure out how to improve the [&hellip
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Pet Causes

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 Dewing Seniors, animals, Alzheimer’s and the mayor’s lofty plans Still hoping clergy who blessed the animals on St. Francis of Assisi’s birthday will pick up on the following little poem of mine. Set it to music; it has a lot to do with love. Why can’t a people (sic) be more like a dog or cat? [&hellip
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Sam Parker on What We Talk About When We Talk About Labor

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

Members of two prominent labor unions found themselves without contracts recently, the agreements with their respective employers expired and negotiations for new ones stalemated over arguments about the concessions the workers would have to make. One group, the Chicago Teachers Union, was on strike in an attempt to mitigate the impact standardized testing would have [&hellip
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Letters

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

Still Wild I’ve seen this woman around 85th/86th Street (“Wild Woman of 77th Street,” July 26), and not only does she spit, she also screams at the top of her lungs. It’s one of the worst screams that I’ve ever heard. After hours, she stands in the Bank of America on Lexington Avenue and hacks [&hellip
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Don’t Feed the Tiger

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

jeanne LESSONS IN NEGATIVITY By Jeanne Martinet Let’s face it. When someone is serving up exceptionally juicy gossip—whether it’s hitherto-uncovered dirt on a person who has been mean to you, an unsavory secret about an unscrupulous business competitor or a scandal about a celebrity—joining in can be a delicious temptation. But the urge to disparage can [&hellip
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Best Comments from Nypress.com and Letters to the Editor

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

Show Compassion To the Editor: I know another woman who feeds the pigeons in front of her apartment building and across the street from a church (“Pigeon Lady Flap on 92nd Street”). That woman is lonely and has told me that without “her” birds, she would have nothing. Maybe neighbors should show a little compassion [&hellip
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Shine a light

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 Violence prevention groups should address the link between alcohol and domestic violence This column is in part prompted by Yom Kippur and readers who thoughtfully responded to the unexpected death of my dear unofficial goddaughter, Janie Villiers. It’s also about the often-ignored link between alcohol and violent and other aberrant behaviors. In much the same [&hellip
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Biotechnology Boom?

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

New York City trying to get biotech start-ups to stick around By Wilder Fleming Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pushed to diversify New York City’s major industries to include the life sciences, part of a greater drive to make the city a high-tech hub. But will projects like the Alexandria Center for Life Science and the [&hellip
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Just Say No to NYC’s Paid Sick Day Mandate

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

By Eva Matischak The NYC Council is proposing yet another mandate to add onto the backs of our city’s small businesses, which are struggling to stay afloat. With NYC already having some of the highest costs of doing business in the country, they want to force small businesses to provide five paid sick days and [&hellip
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Janie Villiers Blessings

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 Dewing NEVER LET ANYTHING SEPARATE YOU FROM THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE Or, as Abraham understood God to have told him, “Heyay beracha,” which means “be a blessing”—that is why we are here. Timeless counsel for all people from Rabbi Harvey Tattelbaum’s “A Thought for the New Year” homily published in this newspaper. And no doubt, his [&hellip
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