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Cameras Watch Our Public Spaces, and That's OK

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

I have before me a "traffic summons" from my city's police department. It features three pictures, two of the back of my car and a close-up of the license plate.

"Please take notice," it reads, "that the vehicle described and pictured herein was detected and recorded by an automated school zone speed monitoring system as exceeding the lawful ...Read more

Biden's America Is Doing Fabulously Well

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Life is not perfect in Joe Biden's America, but when was it ever perfect? Just looking at the numbers, though, things are pretty great.

Stock prices are hitting record highs. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 50 years. Violent crime -- murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery -- has dropped to a near 50-year low. The net worth of ...Read more

Anti-Imperialists Ignore Russia Using Africans as Cannon Fodder

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Vladimir Putin doesn't have enough Russians to maintain the full fury of his barbaric assault on Ukraine, so he is sending African workers and students to the frontlines, threatening the visas of those who won't go.

One must ask why the anti-Israel left, so sensitive to racist practices less obvious than this one, aren't setting up tents and ...Read more

How the Little Guys Lose Under Trump's Tax Plan

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The late Sen. John McCain didn't much like Obamacare, but in 2018, the Arizona Republican pulled it out from under then-President Donald Trump's hatchet. Why? Because McCain saw the "skinny repeal" measure as a sneaky attempt to eviscerate the health coverage of little guys to free up money for tax cuts favoring the wealthy.

Hold that thought...Read more

Biden Finds Muscle on Securing the Border

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Heaven knows, President Joe Biden's early mixed messages on the border have been a frustration for many supporters, as well as gift to the other side. One of his missteps early on was to ease the process for claiming asylum.

Predictably, a surge of migrants entering illegally ensued. Some genuinely needed refuge. But masses used the lax rules...Read more

The Manhattan Jury Pool Isn't All That Liberal

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

A rumor's going around that the Manhattan jury pool could not have produced 12 peers willing to give Donald Trump a fair shake. And that explains the jurors' decision to find him guilty on all 34 charges in the hush money case.

That rumor is unfounded, however. It is true that there are far more registered Democratic voters in Manhattan than ...Read more

Masks Off, Everybody -- Almost Everybody

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

At least 18 states don't allow people to go about their streets wearing pointed Ku Klux Klan hoods. The white costumes serve the double purpose of racial intimidation and hiding the identities of the creeps inside them. Most of those anti-masking laws were passed early last century in response to Klan violence.

Today's masking controversies ...Read more

Christian Cooper Could Charm the Birds From the Trees

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The mere mention of some people's names brings a smile to my face. Christian Cooper's brings several.

"My name is Christian Cooper, and I am a birder," is how he opens his National Geographic series "Extraordinary Birder."

I've done some "lite" birdwatching in my time but still didn't expect Cooper's ornithological tours to be so addictive. ...Read more

Should Trans Women Use Women's Locker Rooms?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

To what extent should a transgender woman be treated the same as women who started life as female? That depends.

Let's start with a definition. A trans woman is someone assigned male at birth but who identifies as a woman. There is a transitioning process that can include legal, social and personal changes to live and be recognized as a woman...Read more

Democrats Should Let MTG Be the Republicans' Problem

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's nasty remark about a fellow congresswoman's appearance was characteristically stupid. But the Georgia Republican is hoist on her own petard on such a regular basis, why would Democrats want to stop her?

You may have seen the video of the House Oversight Committing hearing in which MTG said to Jasmine Crockett, a ...Read more

Trump the Dude? Not Quite

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

"Stormy Daniels Put Trump's Toxic Horniness on Full Display," read a Daily Beast headline. What has really been put on display is Donald Trump's desperate need to portray himself as a hunk with an awesome sex drive. He's done that his entire adult life. Now that he's an obese man of 77, the urgency to come off as a young buck has never been ...Read more

America Needs More Schools Like De La Salle Academy

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Here we are in Times Square. Maniac lights flash across all horizons. Minnie Mouse and Spider-Man are making the rounds. Packed tour buses inch below the scary headlines orbiting the ABC News building.

And it's only 9:30 on a Monday morning.

But on West 43rd Street, about a block from the heart of chaos, the school day has started on an ...Read more

We Are Entering a New World of Caregiving

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Is it fair to ask teenagers to give up sports and parties to care for parents or other older relatives? That's an important question these days, because so many now do.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a 15-year-old high school kid, Leo Remis, who is helping his disabled mother. Leo flexes her muscles to prevent blood clots. When her hands...Read more

Children in Charge on College Campuses

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

A favorite quote from the recent campus conflicts comes from Adam Young, a freshman at the New School in New York. After student trespassers were arrested and hauled to police headquarters, he complained, "This is not OK ... We're 18 years old."

Adam, there are 17-year-old Marines.

The pro-Palestinian protestors have every right to rail ...Read more

Banning Menthol Cigarettes Was Always a Bad Idea

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The Biden administration recently stopped a plan to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. The excellent arguments for why they are dangerous were overcome by good arguments for why making them illegal didn't make sense.

In a world of optimal health, no one would be smoking menthol cigarettes or any cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration ...Read more

Protests, Privilege and Hypocrisy

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

This is not directly about the issues animating the "pro-Palestinian" demonstrations at many colleges. Rather it's about the air of privilege filling the sails of hypocrisy on which many ride.

Start with the masks that protestors use to hide their identities. And from whom? In many cases from future employers who may object to their singling ...Read more

The People Have a Right to Enjoy Their Parks

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Public parks belong to the public, right? A billionaire can't cordon off an acre of Golden Gate Park for his private party. But can a poor person -- or anyone who claims they can't afford a home -- take over public spaces where children play and families experience nature?

That is the question now before the Supreme Court case, Grants Pass v....Read more

Did Legalized Abortion Lead to Lower Crime Rates?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Growing restrictions on the right to an abortion have revived talk of what many still regard as a highly controversial theory. It holds that the legalization of abortion in 1973 reduced the number of unwanted children, who might have been at higher risk of committing serious crimes. And that explained the sharp drop in the crime rate that ...Read more

As Nebraska Goes, So Could Go Maine

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Every state is different. Nebraska is quite different. It is one of only two states that doesn't use the winner-take-all system in presidential elections. Along with Maine, it allocates its Electoral College votes to reflect the results in each of its congressional districts.

In 2020, Donald Trump lost the Omaha-based congressional district ...Read more

The Anti-Abortion Right Is Not Into Compromise

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Getting rid of Roe v. Wade was sold as a sensible and mollifying approach to the abortion controversy. It would let each state ban or codify a right to abortion in accordance with local culture.

This assumed that the end of a constitutional right to abortion was the victory after which "pro-life" conservatives could go home. Not so. Anti-...Read more



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