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My father was a socialist in what became Hitler’s Germany. However, it became clear — at least in much of Saxony — that in their quest for power, many had adopted the anti-Semitic stance of the extremes of left and right. He became a social democrat, and with his colleague Willy Brandt (later mayor of West Berlin and chancellor of a free Germany), they campaigned against Hitler and bigotry. more
There’s a wide open race to replace Andrew Cohen, whom I personally believe shares admirable traits with my Assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz, and state senator, Alessandra Biaggi: Politics is local, and responding to constituents’ concerns is at the top of their agenda. more
This is a cautionary tale which should be of interest to many Riverdalians, given the increased number of Amazon deliveries in our neighborhood during the coronavirus pandemic. more
Believing conspiracy theories must be comforting. Conspiracy theorists construct a venomous fantasy of an overwhelming threat, and they’re believed because they give the believer certainty about who the enemy is. more
In the book “The Family of Man,” which contains more than 500 photos exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, a two-page spread shows individuals by themselves, along with the text, “I am alone with the beating of my heart.” more
As I write these words, the opportunity to be counted in the census is closing, and you — as a member of the community — should be as upset as I am. more
Mayor Bill de Blasio is so useless that even when he comes up with a good idea, he doesn’t have the capability or common sense to effectively implement it. Such is the case when it comes to moving homeless people out of shelters and into hotel rooms. more
As New York City reaches an astounding 20 percent unemployment rate due to the economic and precautionary effects stemming from COVID-19, it is more imperative than ever that U.S. job creation becomes a focal point for our political leaders. more
Please consider the following: The United States is the only wealthy industrialized country without some form of universal health care. more
As someone who would likely want to serve on the city council sooner rather than later, one might expect Jessica Haller to be elated to learn Andrew Cohen is stepping down from his seat a year sooner than expected. more
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