Andrew Cuomo’s Life Worthy of a Novel: From the Post to Vanity Fair, writers are rushing to tell the story of our governor

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chartock By Alan S. Chartock Everybody knows you can’t run for president without writing a book. As my mom used to say, “They’re all doing it now.” Many of the new political books are about Andrew Cuomo. In fact, Cuomo himself is writing a book, and a New York Post columnist and a writer for Vanity [&hellip
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Is Too Much Truth Uncouth?: Defending dishonesty

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

jeanne By Jeanne Martinet The headlines have been full of the story of Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels hitting Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper in the back with the baseball a couple Sundays ago, afterward admitting publicly that he had done it on purpose. Most commentators seem to agree that the real transgression was not the “drilling” but [&hellip
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My Marriage and My President: New York’s same-sex weddings get belated presidential blessing

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

chrismoor By Christopher Moore For all his chatter of hope and change, and for all the good he’s done for gay and lesbian people by allowing them to serve openly in the military, Obama was still a major disappointment on marriage. He talked about how he was “evolving” on the issue, prompting some activists to put [&hellip
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Pounding Suicide Prevention into the Public Consciousness: Life-affirming books and music aren’t just for Mother’s Day

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

betteDewing By Bette Dewing If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the AP photo of Junior Seau’s anguished mother, Luisa, could save a thousand lives by drumming into the national consciousness the endless sorrow of a son or daughter’s suicide. Such graphic examples of grief could be a deterrent to what Jimmy Breslin once said [&hellip
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The Movement’s Next Move?: Occupy Wall Street’s window for real change is closing

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Rogers headshot By Josh Rogers An Occupy Wall Street group invited me last week to a Facebook page outlining all of the financial corruption issues the media was ignoring. The first post I saw involved portable toilets at one of their encampments. Now surely a grassroots movement with protests in many countries has plenty of logistical worries, [&hellip
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Conference Brings Together Local Business Owners: Small shops are taking steps to help us out of economic doldrums

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490px-Charles_B_Rangel_Portrait By Charles Rangel I was pleased last month to convene an important and exciting conference that brought together uptown business owners with representatives of Washington federal agencies. The purpose of the event was to provide useful information on everything from writing effective business plans to competing for government contracts. More than 250 small business owners [&hellip
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Don’t Show Me Yours, I Won’t Show You Mine

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

Boundaries in the Big City “Hey, you have a really great apartment!” would ordinarily be a very nice thing to hear. But when this particular sentence is uttered by a shirtless stranger leaning out of a window directly across the airshaft from your apartment, that is a whole other thing. This is what happened to [&hellip
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Smoking Mad About the Neighbors

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

Bloomberg takes his anti-cigarette campaign right into your co-op Their selfishness literally seeps through the vents into our apartments. Oh, sure, I believe people have a legal right to smoke in their homes—if they keep their smoke within the confines of their apartments. That rarely happens. So let’s think about a great big new in-the-apartment [&hellip
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Searching for Answers in the Sands of Time

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Childhood is where the seed of corrupt politicians is planted  By Alan S. Chartock A long, long time ago, I spent the summers on Fire Island with my family. My best friend, now passed, was Jon Lipsky, who went on to develop a tremendous reputation as a teacher and a playwright of the first order. [&hellip
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