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trump's closed door to refugees is a massive betrayal of american values, and a serious humanitarian failure

the trump administration has made it clear: refugees are no longer welcome in the united states. earlier this month, attorney general sessions announced the u.s. government will not only continue separating children from their parents as they cross the border, but will prosecute adult asylum seekers as criminals rather than let them prove they fear persecution in their home countries. this is but the latest in a series of polices with which the extremists in charge are taking this country back to the shameful history of the 1930s.in 1939, the u.s. president — a democrat — denied landing to more than 900 jewish refugees who sailed from germany on the st. louis. these asylum seekers were forced to return to europe. despite four european nations providing safe haven to many of those exclu...





readers sound off on airbnb, gaza and 'cash cab'

city council clearing the airbnbmanhattan: the west side neighborhood alliance has been fighting illegal hotels since 2004. council speaker corey johnson has been an ardent supporter of ours and an opponent of illegal hotels since he became a member of community board 4 in 2005.those who erroneously label the debate around short-term rentals in new york city as a self-interested fight between hotels/hotel unions and airbnb are doing a grave disservice to the millions of new yorkers being adversely affected by the rampant conversion of affordable housing to illegal hotel rooms ("airbnb of confusion," editorial, may 21).advertisementthe daily news editorial board is clearly not conversant with the history of the fight against illegal hotels long before airbnb was a player and missed the po...





say goodbye to plastic straws

a few weeks ago, a viral image surfaced of a severely underweight, 33-foot sperm whale filled with 64 pounds of plastic — yes, 64 pounds — that had washed up on the shore of spain's southeast coast. inside its stomach and intestines were trash bags, polypropylene sacks, ropes, net segments and even a drum, among other plastic items that are not typically part of a healthy marine diet.the cause of death: inflammation of the abdominal lining. the whale had ingested so much plastic trash that it was not able to expel the garbage from its digestive system.advertisementbut if this whale attracted significant media attention, there are thousands of other wildlife casualties to plastic that never make it into our headlines. it is estimated that every year, 100,000 marine creatures and an add...





a recovery plan for aaron schlossberg

dear aaron schlossberg,you had quite a week.advertisementfirst, a video of you berating workers at fresh kitchen went viral. you knew nothing of their lives, of their struggles, triumphs or contributions, yet you attacked them for speaking spanish. you threatened to call immigration authorities on them and said your money was paying for their welfare.older videos surfaced of you yelling at people, including shouting "f-----g foreigner" to a white man born in massachusetts.you've became a nationally recognized pariah, inspiring joyously festive protests: a latin party outside your building, complete with mariachis and hundreds of people singing "cielito lindo." you greatly offended the untold number of new yorkers and americans who deeply believe that our nation's dynamism, creativity...





greene: how does a private company like the nfl get away with deciding who a patriot is?

so, let's recap what we've learned wednesday about the nfl: the league stands firmly behind a team with the most racist logo in all of sports, but could not care less about freedom of speech or civil rights.by adopting a new policy that punishes players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem, the nfl is doing to the first amendment what lawrence taylor used to do to quarterbacks.advertisementand, while i get that the first amendment was designed to protect our speech from government reprisal, what i don't understand is how a private company like the nfl can get away with defining who is or isn't a patriot.under the new policy, approved with no input from the athletes or their union, players and personnel will be required to stand during the national anthem if they are on th...





readers sound off on official english, the royal wedding and military parade

english and ‘official’ intoleranceastoria: to voicer dennis shivers: you are 100% incorrect. the "official language" of the united states is not english. the united states has no official language. we have no official language and no official religion. we are a nation of immigrants from every walk of life. it is not, by any means, "rude, impolite and insulting" to hear spanish spoken while you are "shopping, at a restaurant, etc." i don't speak a word of spanish, and i am not the least bit bothered by it.to voicer tony baredda: on lawyer aaron schlossberg, i can state with certainty that he does not "speak jewish." there is no such language. if you are referring to either hebrew or yiddish, i can also tell you that the assumption that all jews speak either of these languages i...





how to produce better men

state attorney general eric schneiderman abruptly resigned this month after disturbing allegations of abuse against his intimate partners, joining a lengthy and growing list of mighty men toppled by gender violence accusations.the high-profile nature of these scandals has helped shed light on the staggering frequency of sexual violence and harassment. in fact, the group at highest risk of experiencing rape or dating violence is young women ages 16 to 24.advertisementmayor de blasio has moved to fight harassment by strengthening public education and reporting procedures. but there is a glaring gap in his, and our, approach: what can we do to actually prevent gender violence and harassment in the first place? the answer lies in the classroom.the pervasiveness of gender violence is a conseque...





in the wreckage of the trump-kim summit that wasn't: what our foreign policy of one cost us

yet trump administration officials continued to speak as if the united states were in a position to dictate an outcome to the north koreans. in early may, during secretary of state mike pompeo's second visit to pyongyang, his host, senior workers' party official kim yong chol, bluntly informed him that north korea's new restraint "is not the result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside." yet pompeo and national security adviser john bolton persisted in talking as if north korea could be compelled to disgorge its nuclear weapons program.





the right way for new york to legalize sports betting

after a long winter of wondering how the u.s. supreme court would rule, the court has said the federal ban on sports wagering was in violation of the tenth amendment, and any state can now legalize betting on sports. estimating the volume of illegal sports gambling by americans is itself now a sport. such estimates range between $60 to $400 billion a year which could now be converted to new legal betting markets.for cash-strapped states, sports wagering tax revenue could help solve the vexing fiscal challenges that rarely shrink. but to get the desired return — a trusted, transparent and safe betting market that produces revenue for the state — the authorizing law must be structured the right way.advertisementi served as chairman of the nevada gaming control board and can tell you the ...





after the santa fe massacre, bury the 'good guy with a gun' myth: armed staffers won't deter shooters or keep kids safe

last week's school shooting in texas marks a new milestone in american history. it's the first time we have ever experienced four gun massacres resulting in double-digit fatalities within a 12-month period.in october 2017, 58 were killed at a concert in las vegas. a month later, 26 were killed at a church in sutherland springs, texas. earlier this year, 17 people lost their lives at a high school in parkland, fl. and to this list we can now add the 10 people who lost their lives at a high school in santa fe, texas.advertisementthis trend speaks to a disturbing, yet undeniable, reality: america has a growing mass shooting problem.until our political leaders begin tackling the one thing that all of these attacks have in common — guns — the threat will continue to worsen.unfortunately, ...





why the #metoo miss usa pageant worked so well: claiming pageants and women's empowerment are incompatible is absurd

i wasn't a pageant girl. i never competed in a pageant, and i didn't grow up with anyone who did.but i imagine then, as is the case now, it was a way for young girls to socialize, perform, compete and have fun dressing up, and for young women to vie for valuable scholarships to which they might not have otherwise had access. it may not be for me, but who am i to judge how other women pursue their goals?advertisementfor some, this is all very problematic in 2018. the reason why? #metoo.hours after monday night's miss usa pageant crowned miss nebraska sarah rose summers the winner, usa today posted scathing commentary from carly mallenbaum, who called the event "a cringeworthy contest that went, no joke, straight from a heels-and-bikini competition into a montage of contestants talking a...





trump's closed door to refugees is a massive betrayal of american values, and a serious humanitarian failure

the trump administration has made it clear: refugees are no longer welcome in the united states. earlier this month, attorney general sessions announced the u.s. government will not only continue separating children from their parents as they cross the border, but will prosecute adult asylum seekers as criminals rather than let them prove they fear persecution in their home countries. this is but the latest in a series of polices with which the extremists in charge are taking this country back to the shameful history of the 1930s.in 1939, the u.s. president — a democrat — denied landing to more than 900 jewish refugees who sailed from germany on the st. louis. these asylum seekers were forced to return to europe. despite four european nations providing safe haven to many of those exclu...





readers sound off on airbnb, gaza and 'cash cab'

city council clearing the airbnbmanhattan: the west side neighborhood alliance has been fighting illegal hotels since 2004. council speaker corey johnson has been an ardent supporter of ours and an opponent of illegal hotels since he became a member of community board 4 in 2005.those who erroneously label the debate around short-term rentals in new york city as a self-interested fight between hotels/hotel unions and airbnb are doing a grave disservice to the millions of new yorkers being adversely affected by the rampant conversion of affordable housing to illegal hotel rooms ("airbnb of confusion," editorial, may 21).advertisementthe daily news editorial board is clearly not conversant with the history of the fight against illegal hotels long before airbnb was a player and missed the po...





say goodbye to plastic straws

a few weeks ago, a viral image surfaced of a severely underweight, 33-foot sperm whale filled with 64 pounds of plastic — yes, 64 pounds — that had washed up on the shore of spain's southeast coast. inside its stomach and intestines were trash bags, polypropylene sacks, ropes, net segments and even a drum, among other plastic items that are not typically part of a healthy marine diet.the cause of death: inflammation of the abdominal lining. the whale had ingested so much plastic trash that it was not able to expel the garbage from its digestive system.advertisementbut if this whale attracted significant media attention, there are thousands of other wildlife casualties to plastic that never make it into our headlines. it is estimated that every year, 100,000 marine creatures and an add...





a recovery plan for aaron schlossberg

dear aaron schlossberg,you had quite a week.advertisementfirst, a video of you berating workers at fresh kitchen went viral. you knew nothing of their lives, of their struggles, triumphs or contributions, yet you attacked them for speaking spanish. you threatened to call immigration authorities on them and said your money was paying for their welfare.older videos surfaced of you yelling at people, including shouting "f-----g foreigner" to a white man born in massachusetts.you've became a nationally recognized pariah, inspiring joyously festive protests: a latin party outside your building, complete with mariachis and hundreds of people singing "cielito lindo." you greatly offended the untold number of new yorkers and americans who deeply believe that our nation's dynamism, creativity...





greene: how does a private company like the nfl get away with deciding who a patriot is?

so, let's recap what we've learned wednesday about the nfl: the league stands firmly behind a team with the most racist logo in all of sports, but could not care less about freedom of speech or civil rights.by adopting a new policy that punishes players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem, the nfl is doing to the first amendment what lawrence taylor used to do to quarterbacks.advertisementand, while i get that the first amendment was designed to protect our speech from government reprisal, what i don't understand is how a private company like the nfl can get away with defining who is or isn't a patriot.under the new policy, approved with no input from the athletes or their union, players and personnel will be required to stand during the national anthem if they are on th...





readers sound off on official english, the royal wedding and military parade

english and ‘official’ intoleranceastoria: to voicer dennis shivers: you are 100% incorrect. the "official language" of the united states is not english. the united states has no official language. we have no official language and no official religion. we are a nation of immigrants from every walk of life. it is not, by any means, "rude, impolite and insulting" to hear spanish spoken while you are "shopping, at a restaurant, etc." i don't speak a word of spanish, and i am not the least bit bothered by it.to voicer tony baredda: on lawyer aaron schlossberg, i can state with certainty that he does not "speak jewish." there is no such language. if you are referring to either hebrew or yiddish, i can also tell you that the assumption that all jews speak either of these languages i...





how to produce better men

state attorney general eric schneiderman abruptly resigned this month after disturbing allegations of abuse against his intimate partners, joining a lengthy and growing list of mighty men toppled by gender violence accusations.the high-profile nature of these scandals has helped shed light on the staggering frequency of sexual violence and harassment. in fact, the group at highest risk of experiencing rape or dating violence is young women ages 16 to 24.advertisementmayor de blasio has moved to fight harassment by strengthening public education and reporting procedures. but there is a glaring gap in his, and our, approach: what can we do to actually prevent gender violence and harassment in the first place? the answer lies in the classroom.the pervasiveness of gender violence is a conseque...





president trump's attack on protest rights has disenfranchised nfl players

"when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security," the declaration says.





after the santa fe massacre, bury the 'good guy with a gun' myth: armed staffers won't deter shooters or keep kids safe

last week's school shooting in texas marks a new milestone in american history. it's the first time we have ever experienced four gun massacres resulting in double-digit fatalities within a 12-month period.in october 2017, 58 were killed at a concert in las vegas. a month later, 26 were killed at a church in sutherland springs, texas. earlier this year, 17 people lost their lives at a high school in parkland, fl. and to this list we can now add the 10 people who lost their lives at a high school in santa fe, texas.advertisementthis trend speaks to a disturbing, yet undeniable, reality: america has a growing mass shooting problem.until our political leaders begin tackling the one thing that all of these attacks have in common — guns — the threat will continue to worsen.unfortunately, ...