All great civilizations throughout known human history have had several things in common, which in my opinion, help make them great. Fairer property, commerce and labor laws, better systems of governing and organization, public access to clean water, state supported schools and libraries, state built big engineering works like dams, parks and roads, and patronage of the arts and sciences are a few examples.
It feels like America is losing its grip on these attributes. The highways and bridges that are the lifeblood of capitalism are crumbling. Our underground systems that deliver water and power to our homes are ancient, primed for catastrophe. Continue reading →
It’s been four months since the super storm. And folks are still at loose ends or living in unhealthy conditions. The elderly living in mold infested homes. Kids getting sick from living without proper heat. The delay of aid is unthinkable, the suffering of Americans exacerbated by politics and bureaucracy.
If you could, you would probably want to tell whoever is in charge of housing them to get the job done, wouldn’t you?
Sandy wrecked Far Rockaway’s boardwalk, as well as the homes along the shore.
Please follow the links and sign the petition in the email I pasted below.
Unbelievable. Four months after Hurricane Sandy devastated so many neighborhoods across New York City, over 2,000 hurricane victims are still homeless (I heard many of their stories during my run for City Council last month). These families want to move into permanent housing, but are being told that they don’t make enough to afford the “affordable” housing available.
No doubt, December in New York is beautiful as well as festive!
My partner and I made our annual pilgrimage to Rockefeller Center to see the spectacle of lights and sounds, and of course the beautiful tree. We boldly braved the subway and met up with four of our dearest friends, had a fantastic meal at Heartland Brewery, followed by the walking tour of decorations and gussied up store windows! Continue reading →
We seem to have had a lot of air time devoted to people who long to “get their country back” during the last presidential cycle didn’t we? I’m forty, and I disagree heartily, just judging by my current living standard and freedoms as a woman of modest means, and comparing that to those of past eras.
The time most longed for appears to be the 1950′s era. They seem to forget all about the uptight attitudes and the world’s tense politics in the grip of the Cold War. Maybe the pleasures of the bomb drills are what they miss so much.
Sandy has just devastated the New York and New Jersey, particularly in the coastal areas. I have very limited access to the internet, so my posts may continue to be intermittent for the next few days at least. Rather than attempt to describe what it was like, I am just going to post some video shot by resident Stormchaser Scott McPartland.
After the anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Ratification passing recently it got me wondering….Women have been able to seek and hold offices in New York State since 1919. Suffrage was such a long, hard fought battle, a major step in the road of civil rights for women, a contributing factor to the rights, privileges and protections women and their children enjoy even today. I just wonder if the first two women who were elected to the new York state Assembly in in those early days, Republican Ida Sammis, a well known suffrage leader and supporter of prohibition, and her Democratic counterpart in the 1918 election Mary Lilly, would think of women’s position in state politics today. Continue reading →
As I have said before, I am one of the millions of Americans left with no choice but to work a low paying job, with zero benefits and no sick time, paid or otherwise. I received a request to sign a petition to fight for paid sick days for workers in New York City, and guess what I did immediately? Continue reading →
We have a tempest brewing in a teapot here in NYC, and it is not so sweet since Mayor Bloomberg announced the City Hall plan to bar restaurants, theaters and delis from selling sweetened beverages bigger than 16 ounces. After a PR nightmare of defending Mayor David Bloomberg’s proposed size reduction of soft drinks sold in New York City, on Donut Day, of all days, reaction varies wildly from person to person, from support to extreme irritation.