By Jay Ambrose October 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Hallelujah, fellow citizens. There's a relatively new idea trotting about in the land. It offers great hope of addressing persistent, heartrending social problems effectively and without waste, it is backed by conservatives and liberals, and it could ultimately replace a system that has provided far too little for far too much.
By Jay Ambrose September 14, 2014 6 a.m.
President Barack Obama wanted to try out another experiment in unilateral government, was persuaded it would hurt Democrats in the coming election, and backed up. The trick he had in mind — finding ways to make some illegal immigrants legal without the approval of Congress — now won't happen until after November. Then, however, we just might get a storm for which no shelters are yet constructed.
By Jay Ambrose August 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Here they come, a charging brigade, conservatives who just might win a fresh war on poverty and otherwise help the down and out because of compassion that hardly stands alone. It is accompanied by analytical soundness.
By Jay Ambrose July 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Bill Ayers is back again, though not the same as in his youth, thank heavens. That would mean boom, boom, boom, bombs going off everyplace, and this time it was more nearly blip, blip, blip, noises made ineffectually by him in a Fox News TV debate that showed he was just as amiss as ever, both intellectually and morally.
By Jay Ambrose June 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Libel — a falsity that smears a reputation — can be dreadful, and you ought to be able to sue and maybe win money if untrue, harmful things are being publicized about you. But watch out in public debates, because, if people are then allowed to sue too easily, they can squeeze needed discussion to puniness, as the Supreme Court recognized in a case against The New York Times half a century ago.
By Jay Ambrose May 25, 2014 6 a.m.
It can happen, I suspect, to any of us. Someone comes along with major thoughtfulness, lays it out in an enticing book that happens to lend aid and comfort to our ideological druthers, and we shout its praises and sneer at those who don't.
By Jay Ambrose February 16, 2014 6:01 a.m.
Not just by what they have reported, but in some cases by what they have not reported, journalists have helped tell the story of Russia in modern times. And something else has helped them tell it: what has happened to them afterward, either good, as in winning an undeserved Pulitzer Prize, or bad, as in being murdered.
By Jay Ambrose February 9, 2014 6 a.m.
Getting people to quit cigarettes and saving families with children from destitution have nothing in common, right? I think they do, and I think it could be President Obama's single most significant legacy if he would sponsor something comparable to a surgeon general's 1964 report on smoking killing people.
By Jay Ambrose January 19, 2014 6 a.m.
New York City is a cultural center, a commerce center, a finance center, a media center and every now and then an ideological inanity center. Its voters proved as much in electing as mayor Bill de Blasio, an income-equality kind of guy who just could become the next John Lindsay — a mayor who helped make a great city a sad city until other mayors, after a long, hard climb, finally made it great again.