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Acceptable Levels

by Stephen Leon December 20, 2012

  For most of us, life will go on as usual after the news dies down about the mass killings in Newtown, Conn. Just as life went on after Aurora, after Tucson, after Virginia Tech, after ...

The $250,000 Question

by Leslie Savan November 28, 2012

  Copyright 2012 The Nation, distributed by Agence Global For the last four years, President Obama has been pushing his plan to raise tax rates on people’s income over $250,000, but a new poll indicates that most ...

Democratic Primary Endorsements

by The Staff September 12, 2012


New York State Assembly District 109: Patricia Fahy Of the six candidates running to fill the Assembly seat of the retiring Jack McEneny, one clearly stands out: former Albany City School Board President Patricia Fahy. Her service ...

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Fracked Memory

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson August 30, 2012


  Bradley J. Field has amnesia. Field is the director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Mineral Resources, the agency responsible for putting together the high-volume-fracking environmental-impact statement that's supposed to protect ...


Field of Distortions

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson June 29, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly stated that “science” will determine the fate of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the state. Science? How about voodoo science? Scientists know that methane, the main constituent of natural gas, is a potent ...


Crazy Hate

by Stephen Leon March 15, 2012

Rick Santorum doesn’t like cities. At least, he doesn’t like New York and Los Angeles. Speaking in the Midwest and making vague appeals to voters’ Heartland values, he said, “. . . you don’t live in ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage November 3, 2011

I am marrying a man with two children—a boy and a girl—and we want to include his children in our wedding party. My best friend and maid of honor happens to work as an escort. ...

The Rich and the Rest of Us

by Gene Mirabelli October 6, 2011

Demonstrators have been gathering on Wall Street and elsewhere to complain about banks and brokers and the grossly unequal distribution of income and wealth in this country. They certainly have something to complain about. Most ...

First, The Bad News

by Gene Mirabelli August 18, 2011

First the bad news—the ultra conservative Tea Party faction has effectively manipulated the Republican majority in the House of Representative. Now for the worse news—policies espoused by Republicans and Tea Party reactionaries are going to ...


Banana Republicans

by Keith Ammann July 28, 2011

Once upon a time, the United Fruit Company had plantations across Central and South America. Its No. 1 crop was bananas. Americans were mad for bananas, which at that time were a novelty and a ...

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Tax the Land

by Bill Batt February 9, 2011

I put property-tax cappers in the same category as flat-Earthers. It’s troubling that we have policy shapers who understand so little of land economics. That other states—with disastrous results like California’s Proposition 13—have gone down ...


by Dan Savage February 25, 2010

I’m writing to you to settle a dispute between my husband and me. We have been married for six years. We’re not terribly adventurous, but we’re not totally vanilla, either. However, there is one issue ...

Big Media Is Watching You

by Paul Rapp February 25, 2010

We’ve been watching how the Obama administration has been handling information and intellectual- property issues—these things never break in neat, red state/blue state ways. Bill Clinton, in fact, probably did more damage to rational IP ...

Asylum Seeker

by Jo Page February 25, 2010

Thanks to Shutter Island, asylums, particularly scary, fabled ones, are big news right now. On the other hand, there has always been something fascinating and horrible about these places with their intimidating size and intricate architecture. ...

Assault on Culture

by Ralph Hammann February 25, 2010

Look up the word “culture” in Webster’s New World Dictionary and you will find it defined as “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.” I fear for the loss of our ...


by John Rodat February 18, 2010

With the recent Supreme Court reversal of Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, which previously restricted the direct financial contributions corporations and unions could make to political campaigns, limiting them to gifting holiday-themed sweaters, ...


by Dan Savage February 18, 2010

My boyfriend and I have agreed to abide by whatever decision you make. We’ve been together for nine months. We are gay. We live in a college town. We both found jobs here ...

Pay Cash

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 18, 2010

I always figured I was putting one over on the credit card companies. I had it engrained in my head very early on (thanks Mom and Dad!) that I should never ever carry a balance ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage February 11, 2010

A few years before my wife and I met, she made porn with her boyfriend at the time. He intended to start a pay-per-view Web site but never launched it. I was a bit upset ...

Post-Apocalyptic Precedent

by Paul Rapp February 11, 2010

Remember a few years ago when MASS MoCA got into a huge brouhaha with Swiss installation artist Christoph Buchel? Sure you do. Buchel was putting a massive art thing in their football field-sized Building 5 ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage February 4, 2010

Let’s say, theoretically, I’m a pedophile. I’m not stupid or evil, so I’m not gonna DO anything. I’m not even gonna look at porn, because the production of it involves child exploitation. Hell, even porn that’s ...

Dream Bigger

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 4, 2010

Is 2030 soon? Depends who you ask. Through the buzz of the Albany 2030 visioning forums I’ve heard people say that it’s both too close and too far to be focusing on. “We need something we ...


by The Staff February 4, 2010

To the Editor: The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) Act of 1998 is, as Elizabeth Knapp’s recent story relates, the achievement of former New York state trooper Paul Richter. [“Insult to Injury,” Newsfront, Jan. 28) ...

Savage Love

by Dan Savage January 28, 2010

I’m a single (mostly) gay guy who is curious about women. A hot bisexual mate is interested in a friends-with-benefits arrangement. I’m not looking for an LTR just now, so regular, no-strings sex sounds great. ...

Don’t Blame God

by Jo Page January 28, 2010

In James Wood’s brilliant novel, The Book Against God, self-absorbed and ineffective Thomas Bunting undertakes to write a book—entitled The Book Against God or BAG as he refers to it—that will refute his Anglican priest ...