Minors shouldn't smoke. There is a law already on the books that covers this. Sales to minors are illegal. Enforce it and leave the adults alone.
Last fall, teen philanthropist Isaac J. Kassin was awarded our James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation's coveted Luce Leader 2012 Award for his work in phila...
The following piece may seem like comedy but it's really political satire, which basically means it's about serious issues that make Americans so uncomfortable that I need to dress them up in humor just to talk about them.
Changing zoning rules to encourage developers to include state-of-the-art municipal facilities within their projects, at no or greatly reduced cost to the city, could create new libraries, schools and municipal offices with little impact on the capital budget.
Gay marriage has advanced not just on rational arguments of equality and common sense, but because it makes good business sense.
With income inequality in New York greater than anywhere else in the country, I for one would be doing everything to dispense crumbs to the poor, just to show that even though I have my own jet fleet, I still care about the less fortunate. But that's not what's happening.
What the mayor offered New Yorkers Tuesday was a pep rally for his failing proposition that our city has to choose between better policing and safer streets, between saving lives and protecting our Constitutional rights.
The fight against corruption and the fight to expand democracy go hand and glove. If we do not recognize this, we allow those who seek greater control and less democracy to increase their power and the power of the parties they lead.
Rather than waste all this time and money on testing, an alternative is to just throw out the standardized tests and assign students to classes, schools, and colleges, based on their parents' income tax forms. While this may not be fair to students from poorer families, tax revenues would probably rise.
While I am far less enthusiastic about Mayor Bloomberg's support for nuclear power, I agree that the discussion of nuclear energy needs to be stripped of emotion, and focused on an assessment of costs and benefits.
Coming to the end of his third term in office, Bloomberg might now call being mayor the toughest job he's ever had, and possibly the most frustrating.
What happens when more than 20 of America's funniest cartoonists get together? They make a very serious public service announcement demanding action against gun violence.
In the wake of the failure of the Senate to pass even a modest background check bill, many around the country are still scratching their heads. How co...
Bloomberg and his crew have elevated themselves as the benevolent parents, empowered to restrict soda, discipline, and punish if necessary.
As the mayoral candidates begin posturing for the fall campaign, none of them has made nanny-state solutions to today's problems a part of his or her campaign. So the days of Bloomberg's nanny state are numbered. This may save the Styrofoam cup after all.
New York City is not going to wait around for the U.S. Congress to do something rational. Congress is too busy having tea parties, defeating modest gun regulation, and sequestering critical research funds to be considered a serious participant in climate policy.