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Headlines these days are a riot

Writing jokes for late-night comics looks easy these days. First, the administration is serving up a joke a minute. Then, the headlines alone offer a trove of material. Here... read more...


The Deceiver

This no doubt happened to you at points in your life. My guess is that it left a bitter taste. Something similar is leaving that bitter taste with millions today. It happened... read more...


What big chains really took

If you look around our cities and towns you have to know that big retail chains destroyed a way of life. Today you shop in malls instead of small stores. In supermarkets inst... read more...


What's in a name?

Well, well, sports fans. Do we have our work cut out for us! The President got behind our idea. And so we have forced the Washington Redskins to change their name to…is it the... read more...


New Yorkers and their elections

Dear people of New York City: We do not understand. Some of us who live upstate. We do not understand. Wait. Let me put that into Big Apple lingo: What??? Are youse nuts or... read more...


Do you accept soft corruption?

Here is a piece of corruption that is all too common among politicians. The guy who is likely to be elected next mayor of the Big Apple sat on the Brooklyn City Council i... read more...


Gambling and corruption

What do you think? Any hint of corruption here? First, Governor Cuomo makes gambling a major plank in his plans for the state economy. He wants another seven big casinos. Sev... read more...


Why the state is declining

A few lines from a song capture New York State's dilemma. From the musical 1776: Does anybody care? Is anybody there? The state has declined for years. Especially upstate. Yo... read more...


How to know what’s coming in the economy

With the World Series around the corner, let us resort to a baseball analogy with the economy. Some great hitters know when some pitchers are going to throw certain pitches. ... read more...


Answer: The Beltway Bubble

Here is an answer to lots of confounding “Whys”. It is the Beltway Bubble I described in a recent column. Within the bubble are congressguys and staff, bureaucrats, lobbyists... read more...


The beltway bubble

When it comes to Washington, how often do you ask “How can they do this to us?” Here is a simple answer for you: Beltway Bubble. Our ruling elite operate within an impervious... read more...


Knowing what we pay for

Should you be kept in the dark? There is a debate raging in New York about what you should know about teachers. The legislature sides with teachers’ unions. It allows you to ... read more...


Higher minimum wage isn’t answer

A bunch of fast-food workers went on strike for a day this week. To call for lifting the minimum wage in their state. From $7.25 to $15. It’s easy to mock them. And at least ... read more...


All the king’s men

The King travelled through upstate New York this week. If you witnessed up close any of the President's arrivals and departures you might be forgiven for thinking this. You w... read more...


Fracking WILL create jobs

“No fracking in New York! No more pipelines either!” The man screamed into my face. We were at a farmers’ market across from the school in my village. I asked him to face t... read more...



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