We are actors in a break room in an office building on the far west side of Manhattan. It could almost be any city bordered by water for all the new office buildings going up around it. I hardly recognize my hometown anymore, especially in neighborhoods that once lay fallow.
Following days of zero and single digit temperatures, low pressure brought fog and rain on January 12, flooding streams and disrupting river ice. It also generated fog that shrouded the Milanville Bridge.
Several days later a new cold front restored the snow and sunlight.
There’s no question that political partisanship was the primary factor driving Republicans in Harrisburg as they redrew the congressional districts in the state in the wake of the 2010 census: their lawyers have admitted so in open court.
Not fit to govern
The GOP control the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House. Yet the 2018 budget is three and a half months late. Now all they can offer is a one-month interim budget? That is proof that they are not fit to govern.
We all know those people who are always washing their hands and then use a paper towel to open the door. They will wear gloves on the train even in the summer—or the occasional surgical mask. They may be germaphobes, but with this flu season in full swing they may be the smart ones.
In about a month, Gov. Tom Wolf will once again give his budget address to the state legislature, and once again, he will likely ask lawmakers to enact a severance tax on the abundant gas flowing out from the Marcellus Shale in the Keystone State.
New Yorkers need property tax relief
I was 40,000 or so feet above the North Atlantic a few days ago, on my way back to the States after nearly a year away. I was speaking with my seatmate, a young German grad student in economics, who was traveling to Canada to visit his Colombian girlfriend, who’s at university near Toronto.
There are many theories as to why I am always so cold. My family likes to speculate on why I am always dressed in multi-layers. Why does she always have a sweater on—even in July? I confess: today I have on three.
GOP failing to work for the people