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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Doomsday Dalliances

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What to Do When the World Is Ending By Jeanne Martinet Just to set the record straight: In spite of what the characters may say in my novel Etiquette for the End of the World, I myself do not believe the Apocalypse is happening this week. But end of the world obsessions do intrigue me. [&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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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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How Romney-Ryan Plans Would Hurt NY Seniors

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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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