Here and Now

October 15, 2018

Donald J. Trump is the embodiment of the Republican Party. Though not all Republicans are racist, too many tolerate and indulge Trump’s blatantly bigoted and hateful views. Though not all Republicans are misogynists, too many disregard Trump’s seedy past and turn a blind eye towards his ...

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It is frequently said that all politics is local, but elections around the country this year are challenging that notion. Democratic candidates running in typically Republican-held districts have been attempting to sidestep President Trump’s controversial comments and are focusing, instead, on his ...

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Colin Kaepernick, a tall, lean, biracial athlete, is the most polarizing symbol of racial injustice in American sports today. Scorned by some, but appreciated by many, Kaepernick is being called “the Muhammad Ali of his generation.”  Ali, you may remember, is considered an American hero, not ...

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In late June, I was asked to give a short talk, introducing myself to a community organization I had recently joined, one that does philanthropic work here and around the world.  I spoke about growing up in the Bronx and described some of the most interesting jobs I’d had before serving in the ...

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A recent Gallup poll found that 42 percent of American voters identify themselves as Independent; 33 percent identify as Democrat, and 24 percent identify as Republican.  Ninety-one percent of Republicans, along with 11 percent of Independents and 7 percent of Democrats report being inveterate ...

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Immediately after passing the $1.5 trillion tax reform bill last December—further enriching the “one-percenters” and exploding the national debt—House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to a throng of fellow conservative legislators in the U.S. Capitol rotunda as they congratulated themselves on their dubious ...

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A 2017 study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research noted that middle-aged women are strongly discriminated against, the primary reasons being looks, ageism and the partiality of the man doing the hiring. Male employers, on average, hire significantly more men than women, no matter ...

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The party of “Honest Abe” has now become the party of Dishonest Don, and what follows are some disturbing displays of a Republican Party that has become devoid of conscience: • More than 4,600 American citizens dead in Puerto Rico—a postscript to the government’s abysmal response to the ...

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According to a Harvard University study published late last year, most Americans believe that the richest 20 percent of Americans own just half of the nation’s wealth. Wrong! The top 20 percent own 93 percent of the nation’s wealth, and the top 1 percent own 40 percent of that wealth. Additionally, ...

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Soon after President Trump was “crowned” by the Electoral College in November 2016, I wrote a column about Putnam County voters that garnered some attention—both good and bad. Several readers decried my conclusion that the overwhelming support of Putnam County voters for Trump was not due to ...

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Often, when a high crime is committed in America, Muslims say to themselves, “Please, don’t let the perpetrator be a Muslim.” And African-Americans say, “Please, don’t let him be black.” And Latinos pray, “I hope it’s not an immigrant.” This scenario probably rings true for any minority subject to ...

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President Trump attacked the online retail giant Amazon earlier this month, accusing the behemoth corporation of paying “little or no taxes to state and local governments,” and taking advantage of the United States Postal Service and “causing tremendous loss to the U.S.”   Not true! Since April ...

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Since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it has become apparent that our young people have a far greater sense of moral outrage and social responsibility than most of the adults who write our laws. They also have the courage to stand up for what they believe. Today’s high school ...

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Last spring, I wrote a column about Remo (my lawn maintenance contractor) and his ceaseless enthusiasm and devotion to Donald Trump. Smiling from ear to ear, Remo showed up each week at my place sporting his red “Make America Great Again” hat, ready to work and eager to debate.  Over the course ...

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Incredibly, it wasn’t until 1987 that Congress finally acknowledged the part women have played in the great movements of American history, declaring March to be National Women’s History Month. And each year since, as March rolls around, U.S. presidents have stood at the lectern, extolling the ...

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A drove of police cars and ambulances shrieking toward your child’s school. A frantic call from your daughter whispering that she’s hiding in the closet—her friends are bleeding and she thinks her teacher is dead. You hear shots in the background. Stay on the phone, you plead, stay on the phone.  ...

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High-tech, government-controlled, eavesdropping devices—listening and watching and prying into our everyday lives—are becoming pervasive. They are being positioned on the streets and highways we travel and they can be programmed to enter our homes and workplaces through the lenses and microphones ...

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After completing his first full year in office—an alarming year, at that— Donald Trump has concluded that climate change is not a significant national threat and that the sacred lands and waters of this country should be sold to the highest bidder.  The Trump administration has withdrawn from ...

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I have no craving for white bread; it’s too plain, predictable and tasteless for me. I hunger for a chunk of multigrain or rye, maybe even a good-sized piece of pumpernickel raisin, with a schmear of cream cheese on the side. I have no appetite for bland, clean-cut, middle-of-the-road, ...

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n a world rife with despotism and oppression, the United States, with its egalitarian form of government, has always been the envy of the world. Laws apply equally to all; citizens are allowed active participation through free and fair elections; individual human rights are zealously protected; ...

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I’ve been side by side with Andy Bazzo on this page for more than three years now and, other than a minor skirmish back in 2015, we’ve tolerated each other’s political views and avoided personal criticism. However, recently, several readers of my column have questioned why I haven’t confronted ...

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I went into a neighborhood eatery the other day to grab some breakfast with one of my politically aware buddies, Rocco. It was crowded and we happened to sit right next to a couple of young tradesmen—a carpenter and an electrician—who were talking politics and worrying out loud about the new ...

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I was headed out to JFK a few weeks back to pick up a friend who was flying up from Atlanta. Completely out of character, I left my house early for the 90-minute trip to the airport and, on the way, received a voice alert that his flight was delayed and his landing would be two hours later than ...

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I was at the Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon a few weeks back and listened attentively as Tom Ianniccari, a member of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Committee, spoke with some frustration about the chamber’s impatience with the Carmel Town Board, which has made no ...

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I was over at the home of a friend on Thanksgiving and became embroiled in a heated conversation with an acquaintance I’ve known for a relatively short time. He had been talking to another fellow about the recent revelations of sexual harassment by male entertainers, politicians and media ...

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The week before Halloween, I went with four of my grandchildren (and a couple of my daughters) to a crowded costume party held at Asphalt Green, a giant soccer field located a few blocks north of Gracie Mansion, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This residential area is distinctly middle class ...

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Newspaper columnists have long endorsed political candidates and issues despite research indicating that it has little influence on voters.  Not one to be easily dissuaded, I have decided to endorse two Democratic candidates up for election next week.  I recommend them not only because they ...

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President Trump recently named Teresa Manning, a lobbyist for the National Right to Life Committee, to take charge of federal family planning efforts at the Department of Health and Human Services. The appointment by Trump to head family planning resources of someone who does not believe in ...

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The profusion of gun violence and mass shootings in America—primarily by white, male, domestic terrorists—is spreading like wildfire and creating a pervasive sense of fear.  To many, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic level or political beliefs, this country is feeling ...

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Massive, record-setting hurricanes have walloped Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and several Caribbean islands in recent weeks, causing untold damage from wind, rain and intense flooding. Puerto Rico is in ruins, as more than 3.5 million people fight for their physical and economic survival.  Are we ...

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