Category Archives: Editorials

Editorial: Somebody Get the Pope a Pizza!

Pope Francis held his papal inauguration in St. Peter’s Square two years ago this week.  The beloved religious leader, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, recently went on Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa and reflected on the anniversary. “The only thing I’d like to do is to be able to go out one day without anyone recognizing me and go get a pizza,” he laughingly said. But in New York City, pizza is no laughing matter – it comes with its own … Continue reading

Editorial: Better Late Than Never?

At The Forum, in this space, we’ve written about issues both big and small.  On the “small” side, we’ve talked about the personality quirks that irk us the most, and we’ve advised you on how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. These musings, even harpings, might seem silly to the casual observer – but even the silliest of issues can become important if it negatively affects more than a handful of people. We are a diverse staff, coming from … Continue reading

Editorial: FEMA: Still Fishy

Not to brag, but you heard it here first.  Back in November, The Forum did a story on Monsignor Alfred LoPinto’s appointment as CEO of Catholic Charities.  In the interview we conducted, the Monsignor called FEMA’s attempt to recoup disaster relief funds doled out after Superstorm Sandy “absurd” and suggested, even, that elderly people on fixed incomes should simply refuse to pay back money already spent. “Let them make an effort to take the house,” he told us, adding that … Continue reading

“Art”ificial Reasoning

In recent weeks, there were a couple of news stories about an ex-Professor who’d been robbing banks in the name of art, claiming that, although he needed money, the real motivation behind his two felonies was to make some sort of statement. On Sunday I read about another type of robbery for art’s sake; the front page of the New York Daily News revealed a couple of familiar faces:  Nelson Shanks, a renowned portrait artist, and President Bill Clinton, my … Continue reading

Editoral: Public Notices: NOT Antiquated

At The Forum, we’ve been trying to move (perhaps somewhat belatedly) into this century by updating our computers, internet speed, and website. Spoiler alert: we’re also hoping to soon unveil a new way of delivering news, classifieds, and event listings to our readers using modern technology in an easily accessible form. These plans aside, though, we are very aware that a lot of our readership does not have computer access, or the interest or wherewithal to use the internet. Therefore, … Continue reading

Editorial: Jon Stewart: Not Faking It

Last week the editorial focused on Brian Williams and his problematic, evolving recollections of time in an Iraqi helicopter during the war.  In the midst of the controversy surrounding his suspension from NBC, his good friend Jon Stewart announced he’d be retiring from The Daily Show by year’s end.  Only moments separated the two events.  For those of us who liked the guys, it was a 1-2 punch. Jon Stewart has been hosting the show since 1998.  Steve Carell, renowned … Continue reading

Editorial: Brian’s Perfect Brain

Most people seem to agree that Brian Williams has been a good journalist, at least in terms of his adventurous spirit, articulate manner, sense of humor, and diplomatic sensibility. He does interviews in a way that makes and keeps us curious. At The Forum, we like him, and we’ve been debating internally about how to view his six-month suspension from NBC. The question we keep coming back to is: do we really think that there was ill intent involved in … Continue reading

Measles Outbreak a Warning

Before 1963, when the measles vaccination was first introduced, an estimated three to four million people contracted the disease per year in the U.S. alone, resulting in thousands of hospitalizations and around 500 deaths annually. In 2000, the virus was declared eliminated in the United States. That doesn’t mean we can’t still get it; in fact, it’s a dangerous bit of data, because people have become complacent about vaccines and, when it’s an option, often decide they’ll forgo having their … Continue reading

Editorial: Snowpocalypse Forecasts End with a Flurry

It’s hard to believe in the weather. Or rather, the weather reports, which are so important to so many people, and which have become so elaborate and newsworthy that they seem to be the entity known as “THE WEATHER” itself. This week, that very weather consumed and cut through primetime programming with reckless abandon. We went to bed on Monday night (thankfully, The Bachelor was left intact) haunted by numerous emergency reports and press conferences featuring mayors and governors warning … Continue reading

When Moore is Less

On the heels of the Oscar nominations and the various controversies that came out of those announcements, it wasn’t altogether surprising that a movie like American Sniper exited the fray a target of criticism. “Pro-war,” and “anti-Muslim,” or even nuanced critiques of Bradley Cooper’s “lack of range” in the lead role may well be justified comments on the film and its weaknesses, but to categorically call snipers “cowards” as Michael Moore did this week is ignorant at best; at worst … Continue reading

Freedom to Offend

A journalist goes to work in the morning and is the first to arrive at the office. She turns on the lights and fires up her computer. The familiar hum of fluorescents, electronics, and the heater is an odd comfort at the early hour, as is the thermos of coffee which warms her. Familiarity, warmth…independence. Alone, she doesn’t feel lonely. Just ready for the work at hand. She will be writing today. That is a gift and one she is … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Sandy: Still Beating on Us, but Not Breaking Us Down

The Forum has spent the last couple of weeks reviewing 2014 and reflecting on some of the big stories that have impacted our community over the course of the year. As many do, we use the new year to look at what happened in our past and how it might affect our future. When we have the chance to actually see the year in articles and photographs, laid out before us in a distinct timeline, the perspective is somewhat enhanced. … Continue reading

Promise Me This

Making New Year’s resolutions is like making promises – to yourself or to a higher power – that you rarely, if ever, keep. No one likes a promise-breaker. It’s comparable to lying. The practice of making resolutions dates back to ancient times, when promises were made to gods for realistic, achievable tasks like vowing to return borrowed farm equipment. When is the last time you heard a friend say he planned to return the tractor he borrowed — or even … Continue reading

The Policeman

In 1970, radio legend Paul Harvey wrote a newspaper column titled “What Are Policemen Made Of?” He also recorded the piece for his radio audience and called it “The Policeman.” Harvey’s father had been a cop, shot in the line of duty when the boy was only three years old. In reflecting on the events of this past weekend, and in honor of our brother journalist and our fallen NYPD heroes, we at the Forum thought it appropriate to share … Continue reading

Dangerous Distraction

Is anyone else finding it a shame that the NYPD is marking another year of record low crime rates – particularly in the area of robberies, which are down another 15 percent from last year’s already-low numbers – and yet, the Eric Garner controversy, the stance of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and even some of the Mayor’s statements have increased divisiveness in what was already a fragile relationship between cops and the public? Both sides seem to have a legitimate … Continue reading