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BY MARGARET S. CHIN   |  This past January marked that start of a process that comes around only once every 10 years: redistricting. Redistricting is a process during which the congressional, state and City Council legislative district lines are redrawn to reflect changes in population according to the 2010 Census. I want to take read more here »

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Help heal our heroes

By early June, Dr. John Howard, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program portion of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, will rule on whether to add cancer to the list of illnesses covered under the bill. Almost a year ago, Howard concluded that cancer should not be covered, citing a read more here »

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Letters, week of March 1, 2012

Some serious truth, finally! To The Editor: Re “Phony letters sink expansion plan for Mulberry Mall” (news article, Feb. 23): Thank you for this serious and truthful piece of reporting. Too often the blogs and small presses report frivolous claims and reflect a bias in favor of the food and alcohol businesses. I had almost read more here »

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BU JERRY TALLMER  |  It is many years now since I first saw “Suddenly Last Summer,” the short, searing 1958 Off Broadway play by Tennessee Williams, and even more years since I first came upon “Sanctuary,” the unputdownable 1931 novel by William Faulkner. In “Suddenly Last Summer” a woman of means, Mrs. Venable, is trying read more here »

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BY K WEBSTER  |  Every life matters or none do. My mother battled with Alzheimer’s disease for over almost six years while living with my family. She has now lived in a nursing home for more than a year. She has severe dementia and her body is twisted into contortions called “contractions.” It’s a yoga read more here »

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Chance for precious park space

BY RICHARD BARONE  |  At first glance, it may seem like an inconsequential little triangle of land across the street from a boarded-up, vacant hospital, with some nondescript, industrial-looking buildings on its northern side and a dried-up, unkempt garden within. Surrounding high and low exterior walls provide a bizarrely out-of-place, brown-brick barrier. As one approaches read more here »

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Save The Cooper Union without losing its identity

BY BARRY DROGIN  |  Three months ago, this newspaper reported on a summit meeting in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, in which Cooper students, faculty and alumni gathered to voice unified support of keeping the colleges of art, architecture and engineering as tuition-free institutions. Pledges were made, processes were started and eloquent testimonies offered. It read more here »

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Letters, Week of February 23 – 29, 2012

Still more bigoted claims?  To The Editor: Re “C.B. 2 O.K.’s full length for Gennaro Feast; Mall on tap” (news article, Feb. 16): As a leader in the Italian-American community, I am once again appalled at the bigoted, unsubstantiated claims by Kim Martin, that those who spoke out against the feast or the mall were being read more here »

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Progress that’s worth price at Trade Center

The preliminary audit of the Port Authority in many regards only highlighted the obvious: that the agency is facing a huge debt exacerbated by the redevelopment of the World Trade Center. The audit identified the W.T.C. project as the root of the authority’s financial woes, principally due to added costs associated with completing the National read more here »

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Drawing a bright line

Suddenly, it seems as though there was never a lull in the Culture Wars. When the Obama administration announced a regulation that all employee health insurance programs — including those administered by hospitals and universities affiliated with faith communities — must provide access to contraception, the Christian right, including the nation’s Catholic bishops, acted as read more here »

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