Sunday, May 26, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

Alan Chartock

Alan Chartock is the president and chief executive officer of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate, a position he has held since 1981. He was professor of political science at SUNY New Paltz and was a professor emeritus of communications at the State University of New York; and executive publisher and project director for the Legislative Gazette, a weekly newspaper staffed by college intern reporters covering New York state government.

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ALAN CHARTOCK: Coffee is an addiction

Whether coffee acts as a stimulant or depressant, it’s clear that we can become addicted to it. Just go a few days without your morning cup and see how your head feels. It’s not pretty. In my case, I would describe my addiction as drinking it without really enjoying it.

ALAN CHARTOCK: It is difficult to know what advice to believe regarding our health

Not all of us follow conventional health wisdom coming from various studies, some of which may fall into the “dubious” categories. Nevertheless, if you are anything like me, you try to follow the hints that are being offered by the experts.

ALAN CHARTOCK: What do you do in the face of anger?

We have all done it. There are times when we have reacted to a supposed provocation, but even though the situation might demand a “take back,” it’s too late and you can’t un-ring that bell.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Would you vote for Andrew Cuomo again?

The Cuomos are New York royalty; they speak like New Yorkers and act like New Yorkers. When you see a Cuomo, you better believe that you are seeing a New Yorker.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Who commits murder?

No matter how unlikely it is that we might believe ourselves capable of committing murder, almost none of us would actually deprive someone of their life. Yet, with some regularity we see it happen.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Takeaways from a childhood in the Upper West Side and Fire Island

Somewhere along the line, we learn from the jobs and clout that our parents had. We learn, for example, about power and the limitations that come living on the cusp of poverty.

ALAN CHARTOCK: For me, writing is like scratching

For all of you who write on a regular. basis, you know that you really just can’t stop cold turkey. When you have a productive habit, why would you stop doing it?

I PUBLIUS: After many years of two weekly columns, this just might be my ‘-30-‘ column

Many columnists, and some other news folks, put “-30-” at the end of a particular column to let the editor know that the piece is finished. So, this might just be my “-30-” column, but it probably will not be.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Kathy Hochul is proof that women can and should be leaders

sense is that Hochul has caught the people’s, imagination not only because she is breaking new ground but also because she is a first-rate politician who has eschewed the usual political competitiveness and has garnered the people’s respect.

I PUBLIUS: Our police are a reflection of our society’s power structure

It is undeniable that the amount of skin pigmentation an individual has or doesn’t have becomes an important ingredient in the overall way we measure worthiness in our society.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Look both ways before crossing the street

If you don’t look both ways when crossing the street, or if you don’t wait for the light to change, you might end up, well, dead.

I PUBLIUS: There really was nobody like Elvis

I remember when Elvis hit the American scene like a thunder bolt. His presence became part of the American psyche and there are a lot of reasons for this.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Sometimes we have to ignore our mother’s guidance

Unfortunately, just as dogs and children often contest with each other, adults do the same thing.

I PUBLIUS: Every day I take a long walk

Our false expectations about the weather can lead us into real trouble and it turns out that we are capable of doing real harm to ourselves.

ALAN CHARTOCK: Winning an election often brings self-entitlement

The temptations—no matter how small—that are put before our public officials can corrupt them. When one runs for public office and wins, a sense of entitlement will often accompany that win.

I PUBLIUS: Why are New Yorkers flying the coop?

Back in the day, regular working people could afford to rent an apartment in New York. Now, those days are gone because most people just can’t afford the massive rents that are being charged.
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