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Polls indicate Trump is connecting with peoplePresident Trump achieved his outsider victory by the simple expedient of connecting directly with ordinary Americans. In doing so, Trump bypassed the Washington establishment, the gaggle of politicians, consultants, lobbyists, media pundits, etc., that see themselves as the gatekeepers to power. Now the empire is striking back.…

Trump must come clean on his business interestsThe News recently carried a New York Times article stating that President Trump was “furious” at White House aides (including his son-in-law Jared Kushner), describing them as “incompetent.” I would suggest that Trump look into one of his gold-plated mirrors and he would see who is really “incompetent,” as well as …

Confederate monuments should not be taken downAbsolutely ludicrous! Since when did Civil War monuments become political pawns? I’m speaking about the plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va. Whoever is behind all this should reconsider.Like it or not, Lee and other Confederate generals are historical figures, just as are Union gen…

Tielman has helped preserve our heritageNo one of our fellow citizens has given better service to the cause of wise conservation of the city’s built environment than Tim Tielman. (“Tielman is replaced on city Preservation Board,” May 18 News.) He has been the vocal opponent of the ill-informed and parochial views that over the years have led to the destruction of muc…

We have to stand up for what we believe inI became an American all over again in the days following Jan. 20. Less than a week after the inauguration, people were literally stopped in their tracks by a country that no longer welcomed them. That was the first day I realized what “chaotic cruelty” meant. My president had chosen meanness over humanity. My president demonst…

By Joanne Padley There is a saying that “cousins are our first friends in life.” In my case, this is certainly true. From the moment we were born, we cousins were immersed into our family, feeling more like siblings than cousins. We spent every weekend together, as well as every occasion that called for celebrating. In our large Polish family, children were never…

It’s time to rethink the need for New Yorkers to vote on their school budgets. The practice has never made much sense, but in light of the state tax cap, it has lost whatever justification anyone ever imagined. In last week’s voting, in which school district residents voted on budgets and board members, turnout was worse than abysmal. That’s both the bad news and …

By Seth Ginsberg For too long, insurance-backed groups have been given enormous power to overrule doctors’ orders and make health care decisions that are not in the best interest of patients. One of the insurance industry’s most vocal surrogates has just provided another example of why lawmakers must use the debate over Obamacare to reduce the power of special in…

The breakup of a business partnership may not be the most important thing on the public agenda, but when a public official violated important public rules to accommodate the principals in that dispute – and especially when that public official is a judge – the matter takes on greater significance. That’s what is happening with the fracturing of the relationship be…

Say this much about the move to pad the paychecks of a handful of state lawmakers: It’s not at all in the category of legislative leaders who desecrate the law in order to line their own pockets. That’s a special category of arrogance that richly deserved the attention of a federal prosecutor. Nevertheless, when Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan quietly gave extr…

By Kevin Igoe Congress is broken. America is drowning in a flood of extreme partisanship. You and I are responsible. How’s that? It starts with what has been called the disappearing center. There are several factors that have made the middle ground of American politics basically irrelevant. First are those moderate political types who tend to be less emotional a…

WASHINGTON – It will be like this. Just as in 1974 when GOP leaders shambled into President Richard Nixon’s office, a squad of Republican sachems will settle into soft chairs in the Oval Office and tell President Donald J. Trump that it’s over. The main difference between the 1974 visitors and today’s is that the earlier Republicans, who were in the minority, kn…

State must take steps to protect electric gridThe spate of recent cyberattacks is yet another warning that New York State should take every precaution to protect our electric grid from such attacks, which could arise from numerous bad actors.A successful cyberattack could result in New Yorkers facing consequences far worse than the historic 2003 blackout, where 96 people d…