Errol Louis, host of "Inside City Hall" on NY1 and co-editor of Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns, and Karen Frillmann, WNYC News managing editor, talk about the top local stories of 2011.
canceling bridge btwn jersey and nyc that would have cut 60 minute commutes in half (raritan valley line), thereby increasing property values overnight.
"*If*" there are problems w/the water will the fracking co's. make it good? Once the water's contaminated, the damage is done--there's no way to "make it good," even if they pay "damages" in the legal sense to the people affected. Not to mention the damage to the environment.
Lehrer is saying the same thing he always has been saying:
It's the bureaucracy that's failing the students.
Blaming the amorphous, unidentifiable bureaucracy, is an obfuscation device.
He won't talk about the administrators that refuse to back up teachers with discipline issues.It is always the teacher's fault. Not the administrators that tolerate a chaotic atmosphere with students roaming the halls, pounding on windows. Not the economic system that produces record poverty and class divergence. Just look at the economy in the well-touted Finland: far less economic inequality.
The most important "nonstory", HAVING NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS, the indiscriminate use of pepper spray, the very FOCUSED and targeted effort of bashing video recorders of Occupy Wall Street by NYPD.
I don't remember WNYC jumping on OWS when it set off; I remember feeling WNYC was late to the story...Nevertheless, I'd say it eventually caught up with some great analysis.
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