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The state needs a Covid presumptive pension law

New York’s essential workers are in dire need of a Covid presumptive law to help secure disability pension protections they are being denied. When Covid first struck, and most New Yorkers …

For cops, and for us, qualified immunity is essential

"The next time a cop knocks on your window … tell him who your lawyer is!" That's ballsy advice for someone who may be suspected of driving while intoxicated. No doubt any cop so addressed will …

New York City must reinvent its economy

New York City is in recovery mode. After being the epicenter of a devastating global health pandemic, we have been left to reckon with the fact that we have to reinvent our economy and start on a …

Rowling: provocative, yes, but a global treasure too

J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter masterpieces and the Fantastic Beats films, has become a controversial and divisive figure. She will be excluded from an HBO retrospective on the Potter …

With regression comes responsibility: Step up, men!

As we all prepare to go back in time to a period when more than half the American population can no longer count on a guarantee of reproductive health as a federal guarantee, it’s past time to tell …

Teachers' union message could have Meta effect

May 25th will be D-Day. Not in the sense of the 1944 invasion that led to the Liberation, but a historic day of reckoning nonetheless.  That's when the shareholders of Meta (formerly …

At Grinnell, students’ union victory continues

The Amazon Labor Union’s losing effort to unionize the company’s LDJ5 warehouse in Staten Island, just weeks after their amazing victory at the JFK8 facility, was unwelcome news.  But …

In Buffalo, there were many accomplices

The recent shooting of 13 innocent victims in Buffalo demands reflection and reaction, cries out for mourning, and a search for meaning.  Although the racist motive seems abundantly clear, …

Delta dawn, or pie in the sky?

Here are some cost-savings measures that efficiency experts, given their respect for workers, might as well have recommended to management for their wish lists: Don't pay firefighters except for time …

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about the leak from the Supreme Court of a “draft” opinion from Justice Samuel Alito that may come out in late June overturning Roe …

A summer snowed in

“Now you see it, now you don't!" That sleight-of-hand routine has been a staple at children's parties for even longer than the Department of Education has been a nest of false promises. Their latest …

The Age of Self-Delusion

Blinded by what Barbara Tuchman calls “the bellicose frivolity of senile empires,” we are marching ominously towards war with Russia. How else might we explain Secretary of Defense Lloyd …

The kaleidoscopic John Catsimatidis

"We're in deep doo-doo.  What the heck is going on?"These are signature "takes" of serial billionaire John Catsimatidis, whose kingdom of entrepreneurial coups suggests a sophistication craftily …

Enhancing community safety

Recently, the NYPD announced that for the month of March 2022, New York City recorded a 15.8 percent decrease from March 2021 in homicides than it did in March 2021, but overall crime rose by nearly …

Free-trade hypocrisy

The triumphant Starbucks and Amazon workers unionization votes have thrust New York City into the forefront of leadership in organized labor's national renaissance. Its significance transcends …

Celebrating Dartmouth student workers’ success

On March 30, the Boston Regional Office of National Labor Relations Board counted ballots cast by student workers at Dartmouth. In a wonderful display of solidarity the vote was unanimous in favor of …

The red and the black: a Monarch Notes summary

When I was the GOAT of homework-evaders, test-acing quacks and all-around accountability dodgers back in my high school great pretender days, I had a library of Monarch Notes study guides. It's just …

Smart thinking by some education folks

To create jobs for educational bureaucrats and help them stay up-to-speed with the latest sensitivity-training nomenclature, it has been found helpful to constantly reclassify children with ingenious …

Despicable, demoralizing, doofy and dumb

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson just wrapped up. And while we will know the outcome in a couple of weeks (a historic nominee will be confirmed), the …

The affordability waltz plays on in New York City

Over the last year, median rent in New York City has climbed more than 22 percent. City housing had already hit an affordability crisis before the pandemic. How the U.S. “managed” the coronavirus …

Mayoral control of schools, yes, but with checks

Our public schools no longer face the mortal threat of a hostile mayor as they did when Bloomberg was in charge, so the issue of mayoral control is not at this moment as explosive. It remains on the …

Why veterans and municipal labor must defend VA patient care in NYC

Just three years ago, while researching a forthcoming book about veterans’ affairs, we attended an impromptu town hall meeting in the lobby of the Manhattan Medical Center of the Department of …

Time for a politician, or two, on the court

Every now and then, it’s really important to look around corners and analyze things from a different angle. In an opinion piece I wrote the other day praising Ketanji Brown Jackson, I did what …

Off Omaha Beach, the silence speaks volumes

If you have ever been there, you never really go away. There is no way to leave it behind. The signs ask for silence at this place marked on the map as Colleville-sur-Mer. It’s on a cliff a …

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