Commentary & Opinion

Alan Chartock

WAMC’s Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Hurricane Michael and climate change. Dr. Chartock also discusses the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey over a week ago and has not been seen since.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Hurricane Michael. Dr. Chartock also discusses President Donald Trump's rally in Pennsylvania Wednesday night.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the resignation of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. Dr. Chartock also discusses the effect of Huricane Michael on politics.

Brett Kavanaugh is now supposed to be called “Justice Kavanaugh.” The Constitution refers to members of the Supreme Court as judges. Whether the term “justice” will be appropriate depends entirely on his behavior. Of that I am doubtful. I think there was no justice for Dr. Christine Blasely Ford.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Chartock also discusses the Mueller investigation.

This week is the deadline for new voters who wish to vote in the 2018 election in New York State to register.  That’s right, a full 25 days before the election is the deadline to register.  In many cases, busy New Yorkers may not be paying attention to the candidates until Election Day gets closer.  For those would-be New York voters, they will be shut out.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.  Dr. Chartock also discusses Saturday's accident in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people.

Michael Meeropol: Mark II

Oct 5, 2018

Even with a fake investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he is obviously unfit for the Supreme Court.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the expected vote in the U.S. Senate today regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ben Downing: The Hopeful Alternative

Oct 4, 2018

For the past 2 years, I have worked for a company that develops, owns and operates solar projects. Given that, I have stayed away discussing energy & climate issues in these commentaries to avoid any appearance of conflict. However, after the recent Merrimack Valley Gas Fires took the life Leonel Rondon, injured dozens others, left thousands without heat and hot water and caused millions of damage, I felt compelled to write.

Bill Owens: The New NAFTA

Oct 4, 2018

The U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement provides a new acronym USMCA which has no flow compared to NAFTA.  I would have been happier had they called it NAFTA II or some other creative name, none the less, we’re stuck with USMCA, sounds like YMCA if you remember that song.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the expected vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Chartock also discusses New York Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, of the 66th District, who is the guest on today's Capitol Connection program.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Donald Trump's rally in Mississippi. Dr. Chartock also discusses the Working Families Party in New York.

During the Jewish High Holy Days, we read from the biblical book of Leviticus where God enjoins the ancient Hebrews to leave the gleanings of their fields for the poor. I began to think about the conservative members of the current Supreme Court.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on New York's 19th Congressional district race. Dr. Chartock also discusses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's testimony last week during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Blair Horner: Will Water Regulations Improve?

Oct 1, 2018

One of New York’s greatest natural resources is its abundance of water supplies.  But the state’s industrial history has resulted in serious threats to using that water for drinking. Those threats should be checked by government regulations, but in far too many cases, they are not.

David Nightingale: Paul Robeson (1898 – 1976)

Sep 30, 2018
Paul Robeson
Gordon Parks, Office of War Information / Public Domain

Paul Robeson, who was born in 1898, said in the 1960s (after a public reading in Toronto) that he had but one purpose in life: “to fight for my people that they shall walk this earth as free as any man.” [Ref 1, p437]

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Alice

Sep 29, 2018
Ann Birckmayer at the Furthermore offices in Hudson,NY
Ralph Gardner Jr.

Consider the illustrated book. Or what some might call an “art book.” These are the tomes that reside on coffee tables, double as decor in shelter magazine living rooms, or just about any room in the house, and in a pinch can serve as a doorstop on a windy day.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the Senate conformation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Chartock also discusses the gubernatorial race in New York.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Sep 27, 2018
Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the expected testimony of Chistine Blasey Ford today in the Senate confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Chartock also discusses the New York Working Families Party's nominations.

Bill Owens: Quebec Provincial Election

Sep 26, 2018

The Quebec Provincial Election will be held on October 1, 2018 which is akin to our Gubernatorial election this November. There hasn’t been much in the US media about this election, other than the recent broadcast by Mountain Lake Public Television of a debate amongst the four main parties.

Make Something Happen

Sep 26, 2018

In a few short days comes the fund drive. This is the place where we all live but I’m not afraid. I love our listeners. You know why? Because they are, above all, just plain smart and they are also scared. We have a President of the United States who has surrounded himself with numerous felons. One after another, they are dropping like flies, confessing their sins, on their way to jail. These people are his closest associates. As I write this, there is a major debate over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the country’s highest court. While I suspect that the feckless Republican senators don’t care a whit about Trump, they do care about the crucial Supreme Court appointment that will put their political philosophy firmly in the driver’s seat, perhaps for generations to come. That’s why their PACS and money go to their candidates. Yet, something remarkable is happening. Little bits of money from hundreds of thousands of people are going to candidates and that is making a real difference. Just look at Ted Cruz in deep Red state Texas.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly Tuesday. Dr. Chartock also discusses the ongoing Senate confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Stephen Gottlieb: Drumbeat For More Middle East Chaos

Sep 25, 2018

The Ahvaz National Resistance took responsibility for an attack on a crowd watching a parade in southwest Iran over the weekend. National Security Advisor John Bolton had urged that the U.S. assist and encourage that very group. So, when Iranian President Rouhani pointed the finger at the United States, should we ignore it as nonsense from “the axis of evil” or should we take seriously the possibility that the U.S. condoned or supported the attack? Or that Saudi Arabia helped out, with American knowledge and support?

The recent cover of Time magazine put words and statistics to what New York teachers have been feeling for years.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's interview with Fox Monday. Dr. Chartock also discusses the 2018 gubernatorial race in New York.

The nation’s political leadership has chosen to ignore science, rip away health insurance, eviscerate environmental and public health protections, gut the most important consumer watchdog agency, and ram through judicial nominations based on raw political power instead of public accountability.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the expected testimony of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser on Thursday. Dr. Chartock also discusses a New York Times article and the possibility of a "blue wave" in November's elections in New York.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Let The Birds Be

Sep 22, 2018
Male Wood Duck, Reifel Refuge, British Columbia.
Judy Gallagher / Wikimedia Commons - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

For those of us who were apparently under the misconception that America was pretty great before the current occupant of the White House came along and in no need of being restored to its former glory behind fortress walls, picking up the morning newspaper, or these days more likely your electronic device, can be a sullen and depressing exercise.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a New York Times editorial regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the abuse allegation against him.  Dr. Chartock also discusses today's sentencing of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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