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Chris Christie channels Ralph Perk

May 26, 2015 History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times. more »»

Can Hillary Clinton reverse the six-year decline in Democratic turnout?

May 26, 2015 Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 by running as a different kind of Democrat from previous nominee. more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 26, 2015 The Utica Observer-Dispatch on passing a state law allowing parents to opt their children out of standardized tests, May 19: Lost in the blur of state government is a bill that would amend the... more »»

Grow well without Roundup

May 22, 2015 The cost of a homegrown tomato should never include a future cancer diagnosis. more »»

Rail/trail decision due soon

May 21, 2015 By the end of June, the state is expected to make a decision about the best use of the historic rail corridor through the Adirondack Park. more »»

Education isn’t a McProduct

May 20, 2015 Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, along with Charlie Munger, participated in a recent CNBC program, speculating about what they would do if they were the czar of education. more »»

Luis Lang discovers GoFundMe’s much worse than Obamacare

May 19, 2015 Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (, the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. more »»

The price of cheap labor

May 18, 2015 Manicures and pedicures aren’t usually news or fodder for commentary, but a blockbuster report in The New York Times has made them a compelling issue. more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 18, 2015 The New York Post on how motherhood is not a social construct, May 12: In 1996, a physicist named Alan Sokal published an essay in a trendy academic journal called Social Text. more »»

In childhood, risk is inherent

May 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. more »»

America’s jails need fixing, too

May 14, 2015 After decades of America’s incarceration mania, U.S. more »»

The left is so wrong on trade

May 14, 2015 The left’s success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Se. more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 14, 2015 The Albany Times Union on ending “dark money” in New York politics, May 13: In New York, new Senate leadership should lead the way to close a corrupting loophole. more »»

Saranac Lake far behind other villages on email policy

May 13, 2015 The day after the Saranac Lake village board voted to approve a zoning change for the 90-room luxury hotel on Lake Flower, I filed a Freedom of Information Law request for all correspondence between... more »»

Answer to one question unnerves Democrats

May 12, 2015 Hillary Clinton, according to the reliable Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released earlier this month, defines the 2016 presidential race. more »»

Why Americans oppose economic redistribution despite income inequality

May 12, 2015 Skeptics about democracy in the 18th and 19th centuries argued that the enfranchised masses would use their votes to seize the property of the relatively few ric. more »»

An appalling apostle

May 11, 2015 WASHINGTON — In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John... more »»

From New York Newspapers

May 11, 2015 The New York Daily News on the difference between Pamela Geller and Charlie Hebdo, May 4 - Americans will defend to the death — and literally had to — Pamela Geller’s right to disseminate images o... more »»

An old friend

May 9, 2015 A few years ago, during spring break, the kids and I went up to Saranac Lake to spend some time having fun. On day three of vacation, we completed our third hike — Baker Mountai. more »»

Getting sports moguls off our backs

May 8, 2015 It was not out of a sense of decency that the National Football League recently let go of its tax-exempt status. more »»



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