Lower Manhattan, Our Gettysburg?

August 18th, 2010

Some very foolish things have been said about the proposed Cordoba Muslim Cultural Center in downtown Manhattan, the majority of them, it seems to me by people who wouldn?t know how to find the site if they were dropped off at the closest subway stop.

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Dust Busters Needed

August 14th, 2010

It may have seemed at first like a publicity stunt or a gift from above, but last year Coloradans at Vail and Beaver Creek mountains saw pink snow.

?When you skied a run, you turned and your tracks were pink,? Melissa Macdonald, executive director of the Eagle River Watershed, told the Vail Daily. It wasn?t to be confused with the ever-popular watermelon snow

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The Wisdom of Solomon

July 25th, 2010

Lately, when I think of President Obama, King Solomon comes to mind.

From childhood, I was riveted by the story I heard in Sunday school about how the king determined which of two women was the real mother of a newborn infant by threatening to cleave it in half with a sword. Of course, the biological mother preferred to leave her baby whole even at the risk of not being able to care for it herself. At least, the baby would live.

President Obama should take a clue.

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Wise Women Gone Mental

May 31st, 2010

No one at the public radio station warned Phoebe Hoss not to read the f-word. She?s 84, after all, with white hair and lovely manners. Perhaps the interviewer thought it unnecessary. Never mind, she read it anyway, although you didn?t hear it if you were listening, thanks to some sound engineer.

Flying from the lips of her then 9 year-old son as he looks for a weapon to attack his friends, the f-word appears repeatedly in the opening of her book, All Eyes:A Mother?s Struggle to Save Her Schizophrenic Son.

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Right Man for the Job?

April 27th, 2010

Every time those tea party people start talking about state?s rights, I get the chills. Maybe you know a state where government is chugging along responsibly doing the work of the people, but I haven?t heard of one. Here in New York, we?re struggling to get our act together before the next election. Seems like eons ago that the Democrats finally took control of the state senate and Eliot Spitzer strode into Albany.

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