The feud between Democrats and Republicans is one that runs much deeper and more vicious than that of the Red Sox/Yankees. We choose our political label as though it were a sports team and we hold on to it, cemented in our shoes, without blinking.
Chris Christie is the most electable man in the country. It's simple: Americans regard Congress with scorn. Chris Christie is the anti-Congress. Americans will seriously consider electing Chris Christie president in 2016.
What is life worth living for? Gerrymandering a district, buying another gun and believing in a six-day creation of the universe? None of that matters if we get Hurricane Sandy every year. None of that matters if hundreds of millions have no potable drinking water.
Jackie Gendel's installation at Jeff Bailey Gallery, "Revenge of the Same," is a continuation of sorts from her exhibit at the gallery, which was closed due to damage from Sandy flooding.
In acting this week to complete a $60-billion package of emergency aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York region, Congress came face-to-face with the rising costs that climate change is imposing on the nation.
Instead of seeing our problems in strictly quantitative or qualitative terms, we need to sort our challenges according to their most appropriate scale ... to address each dilemma as creatively and productively as possible.
Former Sen. Al D'Amato has called the opponents of Sandy relief a "bunch of jackasses." It's a term they should embrace. I recognize that many potential members of the Caucus may not seem qualified -- after all, they have requested assistance when disasters have struck their districts in the past.
Call us crazy but wouldn't it make more sense to consider a long-term investment in our future through embracing renewable energy, funding innovative technologies and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, rather than "reconstruction efforts" or throwing money at the problem after the fact?
How do we build on this essential post-election moment, in which the forces of progress have a shot at shoring up reforms of the last century, and making our system more fair, just and compassionate?
Where the conversation goes from here is any body's guess, but for the sake of the nation, it is time for Congress to start putting our country before their own political party.
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The climate cliff may be farther from our current position than any fiscal precipice, but once we start down the road toward it, there will be no turning back.
In the best of times, the life of an artist is difficult. Lean years, sacrifice and solitude are the norm. Add a natural disaster and life becomes even more precarious.
This week I spoke to Sasha Ahuja of Planned Parenthood Action NYC on 40 years of Roe v. Wade and women's rights and health today. Then actress Aedin Moloney of Fallen Angel Theatre Company told us about the fantastic play, Airswimming by Charlotte Jones.
The world's supply chain forms the backbone of our global economy, security and health, and the risks it faces are many. What to do? We cannot plan for precisely how or when, but we can plan for the fact that disruptions will strike.
The city and its residents have much to address in the way of preparedness. But health care should not be relegated to a "phase two" role. It is too important and the consequences of not addressing shortfalls in the system are too steep.