March 24, 1993 |
The Los Angeles riots and recent violence in Philadelphia public schools are grim and frightening reminders that both the welfare state and public school system are in crisis, unable to provide effective assistance to children and families in need. In order to remedy the radical defects built into both the public school system and the welfare state (such as unimaginative teaching, and an environment that leads to learned helplessness), we must examine and treat these symptoms at the same time - not an easy task.
August 24, 1995 |
Sen. Bill Bradley faced the prospect of his future irrelevance last week and did the manly thing. He quit the Senate, explaining that Congress no longer was good enough for him. "We live in a time when, on a basic level, politics is broken," he told an audience in Newark, N.J. "In growing numbers, people have lost faith in the political process and don't see how it can help their threatened economic circumstances . . . Neither political party...
September 4, 2001
One thing about graffiti taggers: they leave behind lots of destruction, but very few actual words, so it's tempting to ask, when you see their work: "What were they THINKING?" That's why we're publishing these excerpts from Web sites devoted to the defense of graffiti. - The Editors FROM: "Hows and Why of the War on Graffiti. Things every graff artist should know!!" By Zener, Praez and Chris Caruso of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union: www.geocities.com/SoHo/Museum/ 1519/ war_on_graff.
November 6, 2003 |
'ALLEGED Welfare Fraud Starves Four Kids. " That should have been the headline on stories last week concerning the Collingswood couple charged with endangering the welfare of four of their adopted children. Instead, the words have been far more tepid: "N.J. Couple Accused of Starving Adopted Boys," without a complete exploration of what the case really concerns. Too bad. It's only when we confront the core of what law enforcement thinks took place that we will fashion a solution.
September 13, 2000 |
Baseball continues to decline in popularity. What is the problem and how can it be fixed? The problem is: Baseball is boring. I offer a permanent solution: When the bases are empty, give the batter the option of running to first or third base. A run would then consist of a full trip around the bases - either clockwise or counterclockwise. If a batter reaches base safely, those who follow him would be committed to running in the same direction. This would add more action. The batter could choose his direction, according to where the ball is hit. For example, on a ground ball to first or second base, he'd want to break for third.
June 23, 2008
LETTER-writer Louise Virago says her support for the Democrats has ended with this presidential campaign. Her reasons seem a little disingenuous. She claims she's tolerated for years the racist bullying of a Democratic bigot who, in her words, promotes a welfare state. Not that I agree with that type of behavior, but if you're going to leave the party for that type of politics, you should have been gone a long time ago. You speak of the DNC not understanding the importance of "representational" politics.
May 17, 1987 |
Sweden, which regards itself as "the conscience of the world," is struggling with its own conscience today, stung by allegations of arms smuggling and other scandals that raise questions about the country's morality. Sweden was once so proud of its welfare state and its neutrality that it tended to lecture the rest of the world. But now the lecturing is turning inward. A painful debate has begun on whether this Scandinavian nation "is drifting closer to the normal European type of society and people," the leading newspaper Dagens Nyheter said in a recent editorial.
March 2, 2010
European culture bankrupt, doomed One has to admire Trudy Rubin's near-religious faith in liberalism ("Health-care lessons from Europe, Asia," Sunday). Somehow, despite the clear evidence that the societies she most admires (Germany, France, and Japan) are financially bankrupt and doomed to extinction, she clings to the social welfare state creeds that brought them to this end. Not only are they fiscal wrecks, as clearly illustrated in the Currents article by Mark Zandi of Moody's Economy.
January 13, 1994
THOUGHTS ON THE VIOLENCE IN OUR CITY - READERS EXPLORE THE REASON WHY After three recent murders, capping a decades-long stream of assaults on the most innocent of our citizens - the best and brightest - the Daily News asks a pertinent question: WHY? The reason is the consequence of the welfare state, which promises so much to so many and delivers so little to so few. The golden promises of yesterday turn into the predictable nightmares of today. Still, they promise more!
January 31, 2001 |
Critics have at least three sets of worries about President Bush's initiative to encourage faith-based organizations to perform social services. And that's before they get to the details. They fear this proposal is a subterfuge to begin the defunding of the welfare state and to breach the wall between church and state. They suspect, too, that the whole thing is based on an assumption that the religious is inherently superior to the secular. I share those concerns. But for several reasons, I'm willing to set them aside, at least for a while, and see what happens.