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December, 2013

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Faith and State

Some time in my studies of history — probably in Miss Drummond’s course on European History at Newtown High School — I learned about the Holy Roman Empire. I also heard, whether in that class or later at City College, that some wag (who turned out to be Voltaire) had said the HRE was neither Holy, nor Roman nor an Empire. Comments (5).

October, 2013

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A Modest Proposal

Just before the Civil War began, if I am correct, Horace Greeley, the founder and editor of The New York Tribune and an outspoken anti-slavery advocate, wrote something along these lines. Comment.

September, 2013

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Why can’t New York City kids master the English language?

There has been more and more discussion recently about the sad state of English usage by American students. This apparently is not just a matter of elementary, middle or high schools. Students are entering college without the necessary tools to handle the language. Comments (12).

August, 2013

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The Greatest Threat to America Today

Constitution Day is Sept. 17, a Tuesday. If the past is any indication, the observance will be very limited indeed. I commented about that in a column last year. Comments (3).

July, 2013

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It’s time to support our troops

Very early on in our disastrous intrusions in Afghanistan and Iraq, I began to do two things, both related to the effect of these wars on Queens. Comment.

May, 2013

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Suspected crimes must be judged impartially

I learned a good deal about government and many other things when I held an appointed position in the then new New York City Department of Air Pollution Control. The commissioner was Leonard Greenburg, a medical doctor and a Ph.D. in engineering. The deputy commissioner was Sylvan Hanauer, a brilliant civil engineer and good government activist. Comment.

March, 2013

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Prosecutors should handle sex abuse cases in religious groups

This series of blogs started out to try to find out why in a special election for a seat in Congress, considered “safe” for the Democrats, the Republican candidate won. The district then encompassed Queens areas and some parts of Brooklyn where Robert Turner won very handily, thanks to the votes of Ultra-Orthodox Jews. He lost in Queens, but he became a Representative. Comment.
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