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STOP THE EXODUS—BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

“America’s first suburb needs to rethink housing”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 23, 2011 Really? Do we really have to make this argument again? It’s irrefutable by now that if local governments on Long Island keep being so hostile to anything but 1950s-style, up-from-Bill-Levitt, single-family homes, America’s first suburb will end up with a vastly shrunken…

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POST-TUCSON POLITICS: SAME AS IT EVER WAS

 “Post Tucson, it will be politics as usual” – Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 16, 2011 Hope you enjoyed the lull. By midweek, it’s going to be over. It’s no blood libel to say the rhetorical ugliness of our political dialogue will be on extravagant display again. How could it not be? Health care is returning…

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INS AND OUTS OF NFL FOOTBALL

“Playoff football hits the frozen tundra″, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 9, 2011 Is football an inside game or an outside game? Is America a nation of wimps? Just in time for Wild Card Weekend in the NFL, both those questions hang in the air like big, fat snowflakes. And the schedule isn’t warming anybody up.…

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ALL FOR ONE (HOMELESS GUY)

“You can’t help just one”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, January 7, 2011 Why come to grips with a big, messy social problem like homelessness? So much easier — isn’t it? — to shower job offers, cash payments and network-TV time on one homeless guy who happens to have a really nice voice? This is perfect:…

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3, 2, 1 – HAPPY PHEW YEAR!

“Last year wasn’t a perfect 10”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 2, 2011 So the ball dropped. What did you expect? It would rise this year instead? No chance of that as 2010 finally sighed and said, “Good night.” Yes, the New Years’ rituals have grown a little tired. But clearly we still crave them. It…

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ONE LAST MISSTEP FOR NY’S ACCIDENTAL GOVERNOR

“A Guv full of gaffes, from start to finish”,  Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 26, 2010  Why not leave the same way you arrived? That’s the David Paterson approach. He stumbled into office in an uproar, and he’s stumbling out in one now, as people still shake their heads at his accidental governorship. Who was that…

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WIKI GONE WILD

“WikiLeaks—Inspired language”,  Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 19, 2010  It isn’t just WikiLeaks. 1. WikiMeeks: Digital fan club for Democratic congressman in Queens 2. WikiShrieks: Crowd-sourced compendium of 1970s horror queens 3. WikiStreaks: Peer-to-peer platform for the promotion of naked, outdoor running 4. WikiBeaks: Can you spot the celebrity nose job? 5. WikiGleeks: Worldwide hangout zone…

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NY GOVERNOR WHINES – IT WASN’T ME

“Paterson pours on the whine”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December 17, 2010  He’s really Governor Whiney now. You’d think that David Paterson would express some appreciation — perhaps even a little relief — as he screeches to the end of his brief and accidental governorship. Appreciation because no one ever seriously thought of him as…

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$250,000 AND STILL FEELING BROKE

“$250,000? Not rich by NY standards” , Newsday, December 12, 2010  You know we sound like whiners to the rest of America, complaining that a $250,000 New York income isn’t the same as being rich. “Oh, poor babies,” they’re grumbling in Tucson and Topeka, usually with theatrical eye-rolling for emphasis. And these outside-looking-in people do kinda…

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IT’S GOOD TO BE RICH IN AMERICA

“Rich get richer and the rest of us suffer ”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December 10, 2010  What a great week to be rich in America! On Monday, President Barack Obama compromised with the Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts, leaving no millionaires or billionaires behind. By Thursday, a generous estate-tax exemption was heaped onto…

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