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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STUDENTS & SCHOOL RELUCTANT STARS OF VIRAL VIDEO

“YouTube Brawlers get more than 15 minutes” , Newsday, December 5, 2010  Smile, you’re on YouTube – whether you want to be or not. Just ask those two kids who got into a fight Monday afternoon outside Half Hollow Hills High School East. Ask the student who recorded the brawl with a cell-phone camera and the…

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WIKILEAKS FLOOD EXPOSES UNSTOPPABLE FLOW

“Can’t plug the Wikileaks” ”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December 3, 2010  Hey, Hillary! Hey, all you flustered generals, ambassadors and government-security chiefs! Protect your own damn secrets. Don’t be expecting the media to keep your secrets for you. That won’t happen anymore, not in the age of WikiLeaks. This week, all of Washington has been…

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IF IT’S THURSDAY, IT MUST BE ‘BLACK FRIDAY’

“There’s time yet to give thanks for Black Friday eve” , Newsday, November 28, 2010 Was it already Black Friday at 10 o’clock Thursday night? At Toys R Us it was this year – and at a growing number of other definition-stretching, holiday-encroaching major retail chains. In the get-a-jump-on-it spirit of save-the-date cards and Catholic Vigil…

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BREAKING NEWS: “SO MANY REASONS TO BE THANKFUL”

“18 things to be grateful for this holiday”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 24, 2010  So many reasons to be thankful, just when we need them most: Be thankful you didn’t plan your Thanksgiving island getaway for lovely Yeonpyeong, South Korea. Be thankful Charlie Sheen only visits New York. Be thankful there are still a…

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THE ‘JUNK’ THAT HAS PEOPLE TALKING IN D.C.

“California man takes on airport security” , Newsday, November 21, 2010 A well-turned phrase can still pack a punch. This is actually heartening in an era when words so often seem impotent. But a single outburst captured in a YouTube video can descend on millions of inboxes at once and turn a so-so story into a…

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DON’T LOOK, DON’T TOUCH? DON’T FLY

“It’s skin on scan. New airport security measures test self-conscious fliers” ”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 19, 2010  There’s a whole new question at the airport this holiday travel season, and it isn’t “Window or aisle?” It isn’t “Checked bags or carry-on?” The latest choice for fliers in the jittery terror age: Would you like…

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LI HOLDS BRAGGING RIGHTS TO OVERPAID AND UNEMPLOYED

Ellis Henican Sunday:  Newsday, November 14, 2010 Big sigh, please. This week’s two big revelations: Long Island no longer has the busiest commuter railroad in America. But we do still have the most overpaid educators in New York State. Nine of the top ten public-school employees are living large right here. Take a bow! You paid…

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