The Numbers Don’t Lie (Again)

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By Helen Rosenthal Three years ago, the Upper West Side public school community raised a ruckus about the shortage of elementary school seats throughout District 3. Well, it’s déjà vu all over again: The Community Education Council’s Middle School Committee ran the numbers and, to no one’s surprise, District 3 needs more middle school seats. [&hellip
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Roarin’ Against Generational and Cultural Backgrounds: Bridging the ageism divide, one stereotype at a time

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

By Bette Dewing For now, some short takes on cultural breakdowns and one breakthrough Rx you may not read elsewhere. But first a correction from my last column: 19th Precinct officer Chris Helms, not officer Liam Lynch, warned the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association about a cyclist swooping down on pedestrians and stealing their iPhones. [&hellip
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Health Care Fantasies and Realities: ‘Obamacare’ debate overlooks how the healthcare system actually works

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By Josh Rogers John Edwards’ name resurfaced in the news last week with a report that he was a client of the Upper East Side’s “Millionaire Madam” during his 2008 presidential campaign. Regardless of the truth in the allegation, there was a better reason to bring him up again. It’s hard to remember, but before [&hellip
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Unions Will Have the Last Laugh on Cuomo: The governor has some repair work to do to recapture working vote

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By Alan Chartock It was organized labor unions that gave working people in this country a chance to share in the American dream. Now these same unions are under attack, and it shows in the decreasing numbers of Americans who join unions. Some of the problems, of course, have to do with the often incorrect [&hellip
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The Last Minute Invite

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

jo Is it healthy spontaneity or social laziness? It can be a wonderful thing—that phone call that comes like a wish fulfilled when you don’t have plans, you don’t feel like working and you are deep in the doldrums. Suddenly, there is a friend’s voice saying, “I have tickets to a show tonight, are you by any chance free?” And voilà! Your evening [&hellip
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The Ups and Downs of the Elevator Life

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chris Those confined spaces remain central to our urban lives—and our fears by Christopher Moore I hate to write about it. I even hate to think about it. But the question comes to me, usually after the door shuts. I wait for the movement. I look up, seeking the little illuminated sign to tell me where I am and where I’m going. There’s a tiny, [&hellip
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No Room for Mistakes

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alan Even a saint wouldn’t survive today’s 24-hour news cycle by Alan Chartock Why would anyone in their right mind run for political office? The way I figure it, you have got to be nuts to want to be a congressman, state legislator or mayor in this tabloidridden, 24-hour, “gotcha” news environment. Let’s face it: The hypocrisy of the people going after our [&hellip
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Cuomo’s Victories a Shell Game

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by Alan S. Chartock Think of it this way: Democracy is hard to do. To achieve true democracy, you need to have an educated electorate. If citizens don’t know what their public officials are up to, they can’t make intelligent choices. In fact, they can be led around like donkeys. When that happens, public officials can [&hellip
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Twitter, the Urban Front Porch

Written by Josh Rogers on . Posted in Editorial, On Topic OTDT, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town

Maybe Twitter is turning New York City into a bunch of Small Town USAs. The thought popped into my head not long after my wife started looking out the window at the helicopter circling our Chelsea neighborhood Monday night. The chopper kept shining a light on a few buildings near 24th Street and Seventh Avenue. [&hellip
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Redistricting Plan a Game of Mirrors

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Liz Krueger, Senator- D (NY) “Only a nonpartisan solution accurately reflects the voting publc,” – Liz Krueger by Liz Krueger Two years ago, I committed to vote against any redistricting plan unless it was developed through a nonpartisan redistricting process. I stand by that commitment, and not just because our current process is flawed. Not surprisingly, both houses’ majority parties [&hellip
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