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Some people might pursue naughty extremes just to get health care
The Obama administration and Congress labored mightily for a year to get health care coverage to more Americans, only to have their efforts undone by the voters of Massachusetts, who replaced Ted Kennedy with a Cosmo pinup model. Thirty years of progress toward universal coverage has been undone in a heartbeat by a guy who prefers no coverage at all, and who apparently now holds veto power over legislation in the U.S. Senate.
Might could make right and be a way to solve all our civic problems
Among the most wrenching images from the devastation in Haiti are those of poor survivors battling among themselves for the relief supplies they have been waiting for ever since the Jan. 12 quake. Looking at these scenes, which are played again and again though they are, reports tell us, the exception rather than the rule, I’ve heard any number of people asking why people could resort to fighting when times get tough. These tend to be the same people who grumble while waiting in line at the DMV.
Sending more U.S. troops won’t completely solve the problem of terrorism
Our columnist decides to buck the media trend and go positive in 2010
Every time you see a poll conducted about the press, it reveals that the public views newspapers and other media as focusing too much on the negative. In order to arrest this trend, my New Year’s resolution for 2010 is to be positive.
This is indeed the most wonderful season of all. Tinsel, presents, renewed hope of peace in our hearts and our world—and, as all denizens of E Street can tell you, December is the only month when you can hear the rousing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” complete with the Clarence Clemons’ saxophone solo, at a Bruce Springsteen concert. We wait all year for this, the way kids wait for Santa Claus.
What is it about Albany that fosters a culture of corruption?
Now that Joe Bruno is headed down the road toward a federal penitentiary, those who benefited from his largesse and feared his power for so many years are seeking to keep their distance from him. Bruno was convicted earlier this month on two federal corruption charges, yet not even Democrats can see how Bruno was a product of Albany’s culture of corruption.
Gov. David Paterson inherited a mess he won’t be able to clean up
Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell, sitting on top of approval ratings in the 60 percent range, announced last week that she will not seek re-election. New York Gov. David Paterson, with approval ratings heading south and approaching the teens, struggles to manage a widening budget gap, all the while insisting that he plans to run for his own first full term as the state’s chief executive.
Stephanie Miner will be Syracuse’s first female mayor, but gender bias still played a role on Election Day