OPINION: Embracing empathetic citizenship

The late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said that the most important office in the land is that of private citizen. Why would Justice Brandeis make this remark? After all, it is counterintuitive that private citizens be valued so highly. … Full Article

OPINION: Transformative Brooklyn in a new century

Nothing bespeaks awareness of planning for the new century in Brooklyn better than the office of Tucker Reed, head of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP). … Full Article

OPINION: Changing the legacy of chess in Brooklyn

The game of chess exists completely in reality, calculation and strategy; chess players are rarely described as imaginative. … Full Article

OPINION: Law Day 2016

As many of you know, Law Day had its genesis in 1958 — as an occasion to celebrate our democratic society’s commitment to the rule of law.  And every year since, the American Bar Association has selected a theme to set the agenda for events across the country. … Full Article

OPINION: Make New York City transit great again

Have you ridden the subway recently? If you have, you’ve probably had a less than stellar experience. If you think things have gotten worse for New York City’s subway riders, it’s because they have. Lines are frequently overcrowded and many train cars are more than 60 years old. … Full Article

OPINION: Don’t relocate Rikers inmates to Williamsburg

Opposition to a plan to relocate Rikers Island inmates to a corner of Williamsburg was swift. Even rumors of such a proposal stirred long-felt emotions in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. When city officials explored the former Brooklyn Union Gas Company location, the calls flooded in.  … Full Article

OPINION: Open plea for protest, another cyclist killed in Park Slope

Dear Fellow Brooklynites I just heard devastating news. This morning, a cyclist was killed by the driver of an 18-wheel truck in Park Slope. … Full Article

OPINION: Let New Yorkers keep their nickels

Once again, there are reports that the City Council is nearing a deal that would require retail and grocery stores to charge a fee for every plastic or paper bag used by customers. This was a bad idea in 2008 and it is still a bad idea today. … Full Article

OPINION: Jackie Robinson’s limited legacy

Every year on April 15, baseball rightly celebrates Jackie Robinson’s debut as the first African-American major leaguer. But despite Robinson’s status as a civil rights icon, his impact on America was confined to the National Pastime. … Full Article


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