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‘How’m I doin’?’ in Late Life Is What Needs to Get Out There!

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

bette dewing My back is killing me. But before you ask, “What happened?” please offer some words of empathy and understanding. That little-known “rule” has general application. Preventing aching backs and most physical woes demands that we stand up every 20 minutes or so and move around. For some, age-related problems and waning strength make that difficult [&hellip
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No Honking! Whether There’s A Sign Or Not!

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Say goodbye to New York’s “No Honking” signs. The Department of Transportation announced this week that by the end of the year, all of the signs, warning motorists of a $350 fine, will be taken down as part of a sign streamlining program. The decision has sparked confusion and outrage among New Yorkers who fear [&hellip
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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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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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Victims of Storm Need Epic Help

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

images (1) ALL OF US MUST PITCH IN AND DO OUR PART FOR THOSE MOST AFFECTED By Bette Dewing I’m with those who feel official help with this epic hurricane has not been epic enough. It sure would help if the unaffected were exposed to Nova’s Pulitzer-worthy documentary “Inside the Superstorm,” which I so providentially caught when [&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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The Light of Looking Better

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

Bette Dewing(as) Energy-efficient bulbs zap life from the everyday “Looking better” does get our attention. But it’s the lighting, stupid (not you), that can make or break our appearance. Only a few—including Rep. Michele Bachmann—protest the so-called energy efficients for making us, our clothes and furnishings look rather, well, lifeless. To save lighting energy positively, sharply reduce [&hellip
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Value Content Over Style

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

Heed those who see the big picture By Bette Dewing Hey, journalists Jeff Greenfield and Mark Barabak, don’t call yourself “old fogies” because you think that televised debate audiences shouldn’t react verbally, and chuck that ageist label. It implies that decorous behavior in an era of loud mouths is somehow regressive. This comment was made [&hellip
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