When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was criticized earlier this year for having a quiet approach to state ethics reform, he said this: “I don’t know how I could have been any louder on ethics than I was in my [State of the State Address] and I don’t know how I could have been any […]Read More Cuomo Legacy Depends on Curbing Corruption
When the founding fathers sketched out what would be the U.S. Constitution, they deemed it necessary that a free press was essential to preserving the democracy they were forming, and such, included it in the First Amendment. Not a dozen years later, President John Adams, a founding father himself, signed into law the Alien and […]Read More Candidates Need to Acknowledge the Free Press
Last week, Donald Trump finally told the American people that he acknowledged Barack Obama was born in the United States and is therefore a legitimate beholder of the office of president. Period. Phew! Now we can all sleep easy. But the billionaire businessman could’ve just as well have said, “the sky is blue. Period.” While […]Read More ‘Birther Movement’ Was Never Worthy of Living
James Carville, the aide to Bill Clinton in his 1992 presidential campaign, was certainly not stupid when he coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Just as the plight of the working class was constantly at the center of presidential politics 24 years ago, it is so during this turbulent election. As recent as July, […]Read More It’s the Economy That Elects the President
Fifteen years ago, a lot of us thought we were safe. We had entered a new century, and a new millennium. The Internet and the digital age were beginning to transform our public and private life. A contentious presidential election had left many of us sour. And we were getting our first taste of The […]Read More Will 9/11 Never Happen Again?
The 1999 shooting at Columbine High changed schools forever. Never again would these buildings be seen only as a place where our innocent youth go every day to live and learn. Nearly two decades later, we are all too familiar how a school can suddenly become the scene of the worst kind of carnage humanity […]Read More Fighting School Threats is the State’s Homework