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Froma Harrop: Science and innovation used to be the American way

Posted earlier today in National Columns

A job making cars can be a good job. It should matter not to the autoworker whether his product runs on fossil fuels or electric battery. A national leadership looking out for the workers' future would embrace the future, which is clean-powered transportation.

 

Froma Harrop: Virus or economy is a futile choice

Posted 7/10/2020 in National Columns

Florida, Arizona, Texas and California are among the states that thought they could reopen early. They also got sloppy with requirements for wearing masks and social distancing. Now their ICUs are stretched to breaking with coronavirus patients.

 

Froma Harrop: Tulsa Showed Us the Superior Path to November

Posted 6/24/2020 in National Columns

What didn't happen in Tulsa last weekend was gratifying and a relief. The protests against racism were overwhelmingly orderly. President Donald Trump's rally also proceeded without serious incident and, notably, without much of an audience.

 

Froma Harrop: Defund the police? Stop abusing the language

Posted 6/16/2020 in National Columns

You know you have a stupid declaration on your hands when you have to explain what some on your side really mean. Such is the burden of Democrats trying to limit the damage from the childish demands to "defund the police."

 

Froma Harrop: Sweden backtracks on its low-pain pandemic cure

Posted 6/9/2020 in National Columns

Sweden offered hope that the coronavirus could be reined in without great inconvenience or economic pain. Unlike its neighbors in Scandinavia and elsewhere, Sweden didn't put its people in strict lockdown.

 

Froma Harrop: Christian Cooper Showed Us the Awesome Power of Self-Control

Posted 6/2/2020 in National Columns

I come here not to condemn Amy Cooper, the white woman who called police and falsely claimed that an African American man named Christian Cooper was attacking her, but rather to praise Christian Cooper, who had done nothing more than ask her to leash her dog. The confrontation happened in New York's Central Park, where dogs are supposed to be kept on leashes.

 

Froma Harrop: Andrew Cuomo for vice president

Posted 5/21/2020 in National Columns

Joe Biden still has time to do the smart thing and name New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo his running mate. The top two reasons would be Cuomo's proven competence managing his state's coronavirus crisis and a strong personality unafraid of that other son of Queens, President Donald Trump.

 

Froma Harrop: Pandemic makes end-of-life care harder

Posted 5/19/2020 in National Columns

I just lost a dear elderly friend to cancer. Home hospice workers kept him comfortable. He spent his final weeks watching spring unfold in the outdoor Eden he had nurtured for decades. He died peacefully at night with me present.

 

Froma Harrop: What Joe Biden doesn't have to do right now

Posted 5/14/2020 in National Columns

Joe Biden has not been loudly beating up on President Donald Trump for his pathetic performance during the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has already killed over 80,000 Americans and cratered the economy. And the United States has become an object of international pity.

 

Froma Harrop: Who doesn't use cash? More people than ever

Posted 5/8/2020 in National Columns

Last year seems a lifetime ago, but even then, cash was no longer king. The greenback had already lost its premier role as Americans' medium of exchange in dollar terms. Plastic card and digital transactions had taken over. And that's how stores, restaurants and other businesses seemed to want it.

 

Froma Harrop: Why people will leave -- and stay -- in the big cities

Posted 4/28/2020 in National Columns

The coronavirus has rearranged American life. Mask wearing and social distancing is still required in the stores, gyms and restaurants now open, or set to be, across the nation.

 

Froma Harrop: Can the Earth breathe deeply as oil use crashes?

Posted 4/27/2020 in National Columns

The bizarre collapse in oil prices reflects a world largely shut at home. People are no longer driving much or flying at all. Factories are silent. The supply hasn't changed radically in the past month. It's the demand that's crumbled.

 

Froma Harrop: An America worse off than today but not totally unlike it

Posted 4/22/2020 in National Columns

The Brooklyn Hospital Center, now treating a flood of COVID-19 patients, has performed in national crises for over 150 years. During the Civil War, poet Walt Whitman spent time there, tending to rows of wounded and dying Union soldiers.

 

Froma Harrop: In a reversal, Trump 'authorizes' governors to do their job

Posted 4/20/2020 in National Columns

You'd think that even a president who claimed "absolute authority" would step aside as groups of West Coast and East Coast governors devise strategies for reopening their economies without causing a spike in coronavirus cases.

 

Froma Harrop: In the time of the virus, grooming takes a hit

Posted 4/14/2020 in National Columns

A friend closed in his northern Italian apartment for almost six weeks emailed me saying that his wife says he looks like a "clochard." That's French for street bum. This from a man who once was a walking advertisement for fine Italian tailoring.

 

Froma Harrop: COVID-19: Pearl Harbor -- or War of the Worlds?

Posted 4/9/2020 in National Columns

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned that this week of mounting death from the novel coronavirus could be "our Pearl Harbor moment." He was referring, of course, to the surprise 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base in Honolulu, which pulled the nation into World War II.

 

Froma Harrop: COVID-19: Pearl Harbor -- or War of the Worlds?

Posted 4/9/2020 in National Columns

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned that this week of mounting death from the novel coronavirus could be "our Pearl Harbor moment." He was referring, of course, to the surprise 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base in Honolulu, which pulled the nation into World War II.

 

Froma Harrop: Caring for the elderly just got more stressful

Posted 3/17/2020 in National Columns

We who oversee the care of elderly friends or family know what stress is all about -- in normal times. It's a hard job, physically and mentally. Even for those who can hire others to help out, there remains worry about paying good wages to keep good people, and coordinating doctor visits and prescriptions.

 

Froma Harrop: Watering plants is actually good for you

Posted 3/3/2020 in National Columns

I know this is an outlier story. It's about Brooklyn brownstone couples who pay over $2,000 for professionals to choose and care for their houseplants. Houseplant designing is actually a service being offered to the urban and suburban gentry. One such "Plant Doctor & Stylist" charges an hourly rate between $125 and $175. Those are psychotherapy prices.

 

Froma Harrop: Experience Sanders couldn't buy, even with Bloomberg's money

Posted 2/27/2020 in National Columns

Mike Bloomberg was elected New York mayor two months after the outrage of Sept. 11, 2001. He took over a city reeling with grief and suffering economic losses tied to the terrorist attacks.

 

 

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