Viewpoints

Thursday, May 31, 2012

One up for smokers’ rights group

Viewpoints: Acknowledging that it acted without regard for an opposing view in rushing through a smoking ban in state parks, pools, beaches and historic sites, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has suspended the ban it announced in early April, its Associate Counsel Kathleen Martens telling NYC C.L.A.S.H. founder Audrey Silk that now “this season, nonsmoking will be on a voluntary basis.” Comment.

Building bridges not walls

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Smokers’ rights group challenges smoking ban

New York: On April 9, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced it was instituting a new policy that bans smoking within state parks, including beaches, playgrounds and pools. Comment.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

JPMorgan Lesson: End government bank guarantees

Viewpoints: It’s widely believed that JPMorgan Chase’s recent $2 billion–plus loss proves we need the comprehensive banking regulation called for by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law. Comment.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Obama, bin Laden and Mitt Romney

Viewpoints: The partisan squabbling over the killing of Osama bin Laden is a typical election-year distraction, effectively squelching discussion of more important matters one year after the execution of the al-Qaeda chief executive. Comment.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Same-gender partnerships and President Obama’s support

People: The following is LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent’s response to President Barack Obama’s public statement in support of same sex marriage. Comments (2).

Our failing education system

Viewpoints: I am a guidance counselor at one of the 24 New York City schools unjustly slated for closure at the end of the school year. We are very frustrated with the censorship on this topic. There is only one perspective being perpetuated in the media on every channel except NY1. Newspaper articles are repeating the facts of the case from the perspective of the DOE. When mentioning the hundreds of thousands in opposition, the commentary stops at just that. “Teachers are upset” or “the UFT is upset” or “Students are protesting”, etc... Comment.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Exports from hell

Viewpoints: Anyone who has witnessed the coal extraction process known as mountaintop removal (MTR) has been shocked. The name is perfectly descriptive—tops of mountains are blasted away and bulldozed into valleys to expose underlying coal seams that can be cheaply and efficiently extracted. MTR is violence and destruction on a scale we associate with war, not industrial activity. Comment.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Justice for Black farmers

People: The 180-day period for monetary claims by Black farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expired on May 11. Comment.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Obama, bin Laden, and Mitt

People: The partisan squabbling over the killing of Osama bin Laden is a typical election-year distraction, effectively squelching discussion of more important matters one year after the execution of the al-Qaeda chief executive. Comment.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

More education does not close pay gap

Viewpoints: Talk about being between a rock (the pay gap) and hard place (the cost of more education), the average American woman can not catch a break. And in today’s tough economy that has more and more families in trouble, this situation is putting women and their families in an even more precarious position. Comment.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Media coverage of evangelical Christians ignores Blacks and Latinos

Viewpoints: With state and national Republicans emphasizing religious wedge issues, such as health coverage for contraception and separation of church and state, the media have frequently reported on the demographic most aroused by these issues - evangelical voters. But have the media accurately portrayed these evangelical Christians? Comment.

Friday, April 6, 2012

A better approach to school discipline

Viewpoints: On March 6, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released data from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools, covering a range of issues that included school discipline. The data revealed startling racial disparities in suspensions, expulsions and arrests in districts and states. Comment.

The rotten Apple in the tax barrel

Viewpoints: Apple has gone on a very public tax strike. Months after reporting the second highest quarterly profits in U.S. history, America’s favorite company is refusing to bring home more than $60 billion of offshore funds in protest of the taxes it would have to pay. Comment.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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