Recent Posts: Assorted Ideas, Large & Small

Most US states don’t have a filibuster – nor do many democratic countries

Most US states don’t have a filibuster – nor do many democratic countries

Joshua Holzer, Westminster College As the U.S. Senate proceeds with its business, split 50-50 between Republicans on one side and Democrats and independents on the other, lawmakers and the public at large are concerned about the future of the filibuster.

The Time Has Come For the United States Postal Service to Do Its Job: Return To Sender

Shutterstock DEJOY RIDE Time to return Trump’s postmaster general to sender. By Khalil Bendib | March 3, 2021 in OtherWords.

The 19th Explains: What is the Equal Rights Amendment and will it become part of the Constitution?

The 19th Explains: What is the Equal Rights Amendment and will it become part of the Constitution?

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment have been trying to add it to America’s founding legal document for nearly 50 years. Could 2021 be the year it happens?  Barbara Rodriguez Originally published by The 19th

As death approaches, our dreams offer comfort, reconciliation

As death approaches, our dreams offer comfort, reconciliation

Carine Mardorossian, University at Buffalo One of the most devastating elements of the coronavirus pandemic has been the inability to personally care for loved ones who have fallen ill.

How safe is your baby food?

How safe is your baby food?

C. Michael White, University of Connecticut Heavy metals including lead, arsenic and mercury can be found in commercial baby foods at levels well above what the federal government considers safe for children, a new congressional report warns.

The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Celebrates Purim

A Special Message from RIJC President, Nina Lublin: The RIJC is the oldest, longest-serving active egalitarian congregation on RI, engaging the community for more than 40 years.   We are multi-generational, welcoming, & responsive to our unique Island population.   The Coronavirus Pandemic has not slowed us down, and since last March 20th, we have

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Now, a look back at opening Cornell Tech and Roosevelt Island tilting south

Opening Cornell Tech, the years long trek that hit Roosevelt Island out of the blue, was a lesson in community unity, but it tilted south. In many ways, it ended the original idea of Roosevelt Island as an isolated experiment. Now, it was international.

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Schumer pushes for financial aid for struggling New York restaurants

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square contributor / February 22nd, 2021 (The Center Square) – In New York City on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the restaurant industry suffering from the COVID-19 crisis has his full attention. The New York Democrat said he plans a restaurant relief fund like the RESTAURANTS Act

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New York City restaurants to get bump in permitted seating capacity

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square contributor / Feb 19, 2021 (The Center Square) – One week after New York City restaurants reopened indoor dining, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the city’s establishments soon will be able to welcome more patrons.

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$200 COVID-19 PCR tests now on demand at secrecy plagued RIOC site

More reliable COVID-19 PCR tests are coming to Roosevelt Island, RIOC abruptly announced on Friday. There was a less than one day notice, but no details, and misinformation and secrecy both still plague the site.

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You’re invited: Ben Kallos, State of the District 2021

Dear Neighbor, Please join me as we hold our annual State of the District over Zoom at 12:30pm on Sunday, February 21. We will be taking a look at some of our biggest accomplishments we’ve achieved together over the last 7 years and looking ahead to the rest of 2021. You will hear from friends and neighbors, elected

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