Opinions

OPINION: Trucks: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them in NYC

Each day, hundreds of thousands of trucks move throughout our region. Vital to our lives, these vehicles carry almost all the goods that our region consumes. However, in the execution of their myriad duties, they crowd our roads, adding to the mayhem that is our infrastructure. … Full Article

OPINION: Presidential Persuasion: So far, the art eludes Trump

One of the most important powers of the U.S. presidency is its power to persuade. But after six months in office, President Donald Trump is far from becoming America’s Persuader-in-Chief. … Full Article

OPINION: Combating gun violence in Brooklyn, beyond

Last month, a growing number of cities across the nation participated in Gun Violence Awareness Month with community activists as well as elected officials hosting rallies, town hall meetings and a range of activities all aimed at combating gun violence. … Full Article

OPINION: MTA’s Music Under New York thrives despite digital competition

Despite the fact that so many transit riders nowadays are rushing from place to place plugged into their phones and can’t even hear what’s happening in the background, MTA’s Music Under New York program, which presents musicians in the subway system, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro N … Full Article

OPINION: Red tape threatens access to mental health services for the most vulnerable

Like many psychologists and mental health professionals, my ability to provide patients with quality mental health care has been increasingly undermined by insurance companies demanding that I hurdle a mountain of red tape just to file a reimbursement claim. … Full Article

OPINION: Caribbean Heritage Month and its importance to African-American history

“Life Needs the Caribbean!” So read the tagline of a full-length commercial that ran in frequent rotation on national network television a couple years ago. The declaration was made against a backdrop of scenic images of the idyllic blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. … Full Article

Aftermath of tragic lethal force by police: How court cases help

For the families who have lost loved ones, it may seem that little has changed in how and when officers exercise lethal force, particularly against African-American men. … Full Article

OPINION: Applause for NYC Ferry, but time to extend service even more

The NYC Ferry is finally here. From Rockaway to Williamsburg, from Bay Ridge to Astoria, people have hailed it as a new, comfortable way to get from Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan. … Full Article

OPINION: Can female mentors patch the leaky STEM pipeline?

As a freshman, Stephanie Mula found the University of Massachusetts's engineering program "overwhelming." A first-generation college student, she wasn't sure what to expect, how to get the most out of her classes or where to look for internships. … Full Article

OPINION: Next steps are just as important with illegal home conversions

When the conversation about illegal home conversions first began to emerge on Community Board 10 and in conversations among neighbors, I was torn. … Full Article

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