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Deep grief for mother’s loss

June 2, 2015 I recently lost my mother on March 20. I miss her very much. The loss is still painful and deep. And I am surrounded by the material things she left behind: pennies, clothes, words and memories. more »»

Failing U.S. pipelines

June 2, 2015 Last week an underground pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara, California, spewing about 105,000 gallons of oil. A 9-mile slick coated birds, killed sealife and blackened pristine beaches. more »»

Not your father’s Republican Party

June 1, 2015 Let us stipulate that Republicans have consistently been a lot more orderly than the Democrats. more »»

Jeb Bush gives America the Iraq War reckoning we’ve needed

May 30, 2015 Poor Jeb Bush. Really. You have to feel a little sorry for him. More than half a decade after his older brother stepped away from the White House, leaving the U.S. more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 30, 2015 The Wall Street Journal on the U.S. rejecting China’s sea claims, May 22: The U.S. more »»

The anti-NSA bumper sticker

May 28, 2015 If the National Security Agency’s bulk-data program expires, the coroner should conclude that it was “Death by Bumper Sticke. more »»

How war has changed since WWI

May 28, 2015 Over the past year, I’ve been reading books inspired by the centenary of World War I, a war with horrific casualties painful to contemplate. more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 28, 2015 The Daily Gazette of Schenectady on the New York state Senate passing bill to allow dogs at restaurants with outside seating, May 23: “Love me, love my do. more »»

PFC Jared Hunter forced to make a shameful choice

May 27, 2015 Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn’t helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctor. more »»

Chris Christie channels Ralph Perk

May 26, 2015 History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times. more »»

Can Hillary Clinton reverse the six-year decline in Democratic turnout?

May 26, 2015 Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 by running as a different kind of Democrat from previous nominee. more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 26, 2015 The Utica Observer-Dispatch on passing a state law allowing parents to opt their children out of standardized tests, May 19: Lost in the blur of state government is a bill that would amend the... more »»

Grow well without Roundup

May 22, 2015 The cost of a homegrown tomato should never include a future cancer diagnosis. more »»

Rail/trail decision due soon

May 21, 2015 By the end of June, the state is expected to make a decision about the best use of the historic rail corridor through the Adirondack Park. more »»

Education isn’t a McProduct

May 20, 2015 Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, along with Charlie Munger, participated in a recent CNBC program, speculating about what they would do if they were the czar of education. more »»

Luis Lang discovers GoFundMe’s much worse than Obamacare

May 19, 2015 Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (, the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. more »»

The price of cheap labor

May 18, 2015 Manicures and pedicures aren’t usually news or fodder for commentary, but a blockbuster report in The New York Times has made them a compelling issue. more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 18, 2015 The New York Post on how motherhood is not a social construct, May 12: In 1996, a physicist named Alan Sokal published an essay in a trendy academic journal called Social Text. more »»

In childhood, risk is inherent

May 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. more »»

America’s jails need fixing, too

May 14, 2015 After decades of America’s incarceration mania, U.S. more »»



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