Willie Mays was Mother’s Day gift to New York
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Willie Mays was Mother’s Day gift to New York

On Mother’s Day in 1972, Willie Mays returned to New York. The Giants’ hero from the 1950s was now a member of the Mets, and smacked his 647th career home run in the fifth inning of his first game back. Mets owner and president Joan Payson, mother of five, and San Francisco Giants’ chief executive…

Is union resurgence real, and does it matter?
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Is union resurgence real, and does it matter?

Unions are said to be having a moment. The story goes something like this: Helped by a presidential administration that touts itself as the “most pro-union in history,” labor unions — after decades of decline — are winning big victories against anti-union corporations and extracting impressive concessions for their workers. But is it all true?…

Campus antics accelerate colleges’ downward spiral
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Campus antics accelerate colleges’ downward spiral

The liberal islands of college campuses continue to disappoint us. The handling of the “Arab Spring Break” protests on elite campuses around the country tells you all you need to know.  This did not happen at my alma mater (or most state colleges), as kids had to get to their jobs after school. But the…

Gaza protests are mirror image of MAGA
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Gaza protests are mirror image of MAGA

Within the past few days, student protesters occupied Hamilton Hall at Columbia University and then were forcibly removed by New York police. I knew that building well when I was an undergrad there in the 1970s. Columbia, like most colleges, tended left. The campus had become notorious in 1968 for its protests. By the time…

Forgiving our parents
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Forgiving our parents

We’ve all heard stories from those who say their parents messed up their lives. While some stories are horrific, others are typical – albeit distressing – reflections of dysfunctional families. I have no doubt my children love me. Yet I cringe at what they might share regarding the times I behaved in less-than-loving ways. Nevertheless,…