Editorial

Why Johnny won’t read

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  There was an interesting study recently completed of New York City schoolchildren, reported on in Monday’s New York Times. Two groups were formed, one was taught the way most children in the city have been for quite some time, using the predominant reading strategy known as “balanced literacy.” This is actually the “whole language” [...]

March 15, 2012 Cartoon

‘Secret tax’ costing you thousands

By Ira Stoll When I was collecting my annual tax forms to send to my accountant earlier this month, I couldn’t find one — the one called the Form 1099-INT. That’s the form I’ve gotten in past years from banks or mutual fund companies to report interest I’ve received on bank accounts or money market [...]

A Green Light for Israel

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

GUEST EDITORIAL (Editorial of The New York Sun – nysun.com • March 6, 2012)   Prime Minister Netanyahu’s summit meeting with President Obama turned out to have quite a satisfactory outcome, as far as we’re concerned, in that, at least from what one can deduce from the public record, Israel has gained a green light [...]

March 8, 2012 cartoon

 

Demeaning the teachers

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

  To much fanfare, and an equal amount of hand-wringing, the city has released the results of a pilot teacher evaluation system which reveals, by name, what is purported to be the relative performance of teachers using a value-added assessment. As supporters of the release of the data rejoice, we predict that this may well [...]

March 1, 2012 cartoon

Gerrymandering? Be careful what you wish for

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

  Fifty years ago, The Bronx was home to four Congressional districts, neatly carved into identifiable quadrants: one district covered the northwest Bronx, another the southwest, one in the northeast and one in the southeastern portion of the borough. These districts averaged about 375,000 people, about half the number that you would find in a [...]

February 23, 2012 cartoon

Editorial

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jobs come first   We’re not going to tell you that the deal that the City of New York cut with FreshDirect, the online grocery vendor, was a good one. It is easy to say that this is just another case of corporate welfare, and perhaps it was. But it was a necessary one in [...]

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