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Crime and Ineffective Punishment

Crime and Ineffective Punishment

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It’s no secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have less than five percent of the world’s population and more than 20 percent of its prisoners — which is odd for a “Land of Liberty.”  Lately it has become common to attribute our mass incarceration to the war […]

No Bones About It: Danny Digs Dinosaurs

No Bones About It: Danny Digs Dinosaurs

BY LENORE SKENAZY | If anyone could lay claim to the excuse, “I’m not fat — I’m big boned,” it’s the titanosaur on view at the American Museum of Natural History. This creature has a thigh bone eight feet tall. Taller than Shaq! That’s not just a big bone — it’s the biggest bone in […]

The Ugly Truth of Sudden Onset Unattractiveness

The Ugly Truth of Sudden Onset Unattractiveness

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Or at least I forgot to ask. […]

The Suspicious Samaritan as Model Citizen

The Suspicious Samaritan as Model Citizen

BY LENORE SKENAZY | If you see something, say something. That campaign, launched in New York after 9/11 and rolled out nationwide in 2010, suggests that anyone and anything we see could be out to get us, so our job is to immediately alert the authorities. What a wonderful way to turn kind, caring citizens into […]

Dare to Deploy Cookie Diplomacy

Dare to Deploy Cookie Diplomacy

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It seems like arguing — screaming, shouting or at the very least, extreme eye-rolling — is right up there with eating breakfast these days. Wake up, brush your teeth, glance at the latest news and…explode! Jeanne Johnson was sick of it. Johnson is a mom of two in Ridgewood, New Jersey, […]

Preserving Affordability at Penn South

Preserving Affordability at Penn South

BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | Since taking office in 2014, one of my highest priorities has been to preserve and create affordable housing in Council District 3. This is absolutely essential if we are to address our housing crisis and retain a viable middle and working class. A big part of that effort involves preserving […]

There’s No Business Like Woe Business

There’s No Business Like Woe Business

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began? The answer just might be at the movies. And “M” is the picture that started it all. What a creepy film. It opens with a mother puttering around the kitchen, waiting for her daughter to come home from school. We see the […]

Where Have All The Singers Gone?

Where Have All The Singers Gone?

BY LENORE SKENAZY | The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. I’m talking about singing, of course, that once-universal pastime that uplifts the soul, re-boots the body, and doesn’t demand a monthly fee. So why aren’t we singing all the time? In “La […]

When in Doubt, Blame the Mom

When in Doubt, Blame the Mom

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would ask, “Why was her skirt so short?” as if the woman caused her own rape? Only gradually did it dawn on us what was really going on: We were “blaming the victim.” […]

On MLK Day, Remembering Penn South’s Bayard Rustin

On MLK Day, Remembering Penn South’s Bayard Rustin

BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | On January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor the legacy of the man who changed history and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. But as many Chelsea residents know — although many may not — Chelsea was home to another towering figure in the civil […]