EMPLOYMENT UP—BUT LIVING-WAGE JOBS STILL SCARCE

“Jobs are coming back ” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 23, 2010  It’s the perfect good-news/bad-news story for today’s recessionary times. The jobs are coming back to Long Island – just not the paychecks. For the fourth straight month, private-sector employment is up on Long Island from twelve months earlier – 8,600 new jobs this time.…

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WHAT MAKES GROUND SACRED?

“Sacred Ground: Who Decides?”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, August 20, 2010  One day – not too soon, I hope – I will die. And when that tragic moment arrives, those who love me will be saddened. Then a nice person in rubber gloves will come along and squirt 409 spray on my desk. An hour…

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HELICOPTORS DROWN OUT SOUNDS OF SUMMER

“Henican: Holding pattern on E. Hampton copter flight plans” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 7, 2010  It’s as key to Hamptons-weekend extravagance as Diva vodka martinis and Lamborghini golf carts: The Friday-afternoon helicopter ride east. Wasting half the cocktail hour in LIE backups? Getting stuck on Route 27 behind a pokey landscaper’s truck? Only a schlub…

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NY MAYOR’S ELOQUENT SUPPORT OF MOSQUE

“Mike’s Gutsy Defense of Mosque”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, August 6, 2010  The predictable bashing has begun. Mike Bloomberg, defender of religious freedom, is getting plenty of grief for his principled support of what is incorrectly known as the “Ground Zero mosque.” Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, the Wall Street Journal editorial board – their throaty…

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OUT OF GUV RACE, WHAT’S NEXT FOR LEVY

“Steve Levy gives up the ghost” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 1, 2010  Steve Levy is lucky he has such high self-esteem. Otherwise, he’d be feeling pretty bummed this weekend. Nothing is turning out like the Suffolk County executive planned. State Republican leaders were certain to pick him as their inside candidate for governor. Only they…

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A NEW PRESIDENTIAL ‘VIEW’? NOT REALLY.

“Bams ‘View’ Really Matters”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, July 30, 2010  He knows Lindsay Lohan’s a jailbird. He’s chagrined at Mel Gibson’s anger mismanagement. So how could Barack Obama be so embarrassingly clueless about a national figure as important as Snooki? Appearing on “The View,” the pop-savvy president drew an uncharacteristic blank at the mention…

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NEARBY VIOLENCE COST NEIGHBORHOOD ITS SCHOOL

“School closure better prompt plain talk in Huntington Station” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, July 25, 2010  No one is saying the Jack Abrams School wasn’t educating its students.  No one is claiming the teaching was shoddy, the building was crumbling or the discipline was lax. The Huntington School Board voted 4-3 on Monday to shut down…

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SHOULD BLOGGERS BE CONSIDERED BELIEVABLE MEDIA

 “Slippery Blogger has No Rules”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, July 16, 2010  Here in the Believable Media, we don’t have very many rules. No sleeping with the sources. No taking money from the politicians and flacks. And no twisting peoples’ words around when you edit their quotes. I can’t comment on Andrew Breitbart’s funding practices…

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OBAMA PROMISED CHANGE, BUT CHARGES OF RACISM LIVE ON

 “Post-Racial? Not Really ”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, July 16, 2010  The NAACP says the Tea Party crowd needs to expel its not-so-hidden racists. The New Black Panther Party is suddenly Outrage Number One on talking-head TV. And with the fresh controversy in Arizona, the debate over illegal immigration is turning personal again, focused on…

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LI OFFICE SPACE VACANCIES ARE SKY HIGH

 “In face of rising office vacancies, rents stay the course”,  Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, July 11, 2010  No one said this recovery was going to be easy. And now look: Economic forecasters suddenly have something else to worry about – Long Island’s suburban office parks. Just as residential real estate was showing glimmers of encouragement, just…

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