Members of Congress shouldn’t be receiving their salary during days the government isn’t operating We would really like to think of the United States Congress as the best of us. As the beholders of law and order, we hold them to a much higher standard than we do any of ourselves. At the same time, […]Read More Government Shutdowns Should Shut Down Lawmakers’ Paychecks
Former president’s wake in national policy, White House politics continues It may be hard to believe, but it’s already been one year since Barack Obama handed over the keys to the White House to Donald Trump on a day where yes, it did rain during his inauguration speech, and no, the watching crowd wasn’t the […]Read More Obama Has Been Out of Office For a Year — or Has He?
You only claim victory if you come out of it with your demands met. Sen. Schumer didn’t In the fall of 2013, Republicans in the House of Representatives — encouraged by Sen. Ted Cruz and his 21-hour filibuster-type speech — shut down the federal government for the first time in nearly 20 years. They hoped […]Read More Democrats Definitely Lost the Shutdown Game
New York should prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling, and promote offshore wind farms Within the same week, two significantly different proposals for new offshore energy production were unveiled by two different governments in two different cities by two different leaders who hold two vastly different opinions on the industry’s future. In his 2018 State […]Read More Offshore Energy Production Needs Winds of Change
Addressing large amount of people moving out of the Empire State should be a top priority A few weeks ago, in an exclusive interview with CNYCentral, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of the state, “we have young people coming back.” Well, sort of. But the more serious truth is that an alarming number of […]Read More Lawmakers Must Confront Mass Exodus From New York
New York needs to buffer efforts to place rusty unused tankers in wilderness The Adirondack Park is one of New York state’s greatest assets and most precious gems. The large area of beautiful wilderness provides both a protected habitat for wildlife and a place for recreational tourism for the rest of us. It is not […]Read More Adirondacks Are No Place for Storing Old Train Cars
If the president fires Robert Mueller, it won’t be because of advice from associates or advisers in the White House President Donald Trump has made no secret of his extreme fondness for the Fox News Channel. They’re the exception when he blasts the “fake media” in speeches. He regularly tweets out information and political commentary […]Read More Fox News’ Influence On Trump Is Alarming
Volume of state officials on trial this year should spur support for ethics reform Well, here we are. It’s another new year. That means a new legislative session in the state capitol in Albany, a new fight over the state budget and a new legislative agenda proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In the coming days, […]Read More 2018 Should Be a Year of Reckoning For New York Corruption