Author: Terry Schwadron

Terry H. Schwadron retired as a senior editor at The New York Times, Deputy Managing Editor at The Los Angeles Times and leadership jobs at The Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin. He was part of a Pulitzer Gold Medal team in Los Angeles, and his team part of several Pulitzers in New York. As an editor, Terry created new approaches in newsrooms, built technological tools and digital media. He pursued efforts to recruit and train minority journalists and in scholarship programs. A resident of Harlem, he volunteers in community storytelling, arts in education programs, tutoring and is an active freelance trombone player.

Yet Again, the House Committee Investigating the Insurrection Raises Expectations With Little Payoff Hearing that a House committee thinks Donald Trump and his inner circle “might have conspired to commit fraud and obstruction by misleading Americans about the outcome of the 2020 election and attempting to overturn the result” is not helpful. Almost as annoying as Trump’s constant whines about “rigged elections” and voter fraud to justify his loss are reports leaking freely that Trump may be involved in some possible criminal or illegal activity – always adding fuel to a never-starting criminal fire. Enough already, House Select Committee on…

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DeSantis and Radical Republicans Want to Ban Making White People Feel Bad We finally have a bill about feelings. Set aside decisions about building infrastructure and fixing bridges or creating pre-kindergarten or considering sheltering the homeless or even preserving voting rights – things  governments might do either federally or locally to deal with social problems. This one is about the preservation of emotions. A bill gained the approval of the Florida Senate Education Committee this week that seeks to bar public schools or workplaces from making people feel “discomfort” or “guilt” about their race during lessons or training focused on…

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After the Weekend Killing of a Cop, Adams Targets the ‘Iron Pipeline’ of Weapons Entering the City from the South The words are angry and tough about getting guns off the streets, particularly in New York City. The actions are a little more difficult to see. After Friday’s fatal shooting of a 22-year-old New York Police Department officer and wounding of two others who were responding to a domestic violence complaint in a Harlem apartment, new Mayor Eric Adams called for Washington to make changes in gun laws. The fatal shot came from a gunfire apparently stolen in Baltimore, the…

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Voting Rights or the Filibuster—Choose One However momentarily stirring President Joe Biden’s call last week to protect democracy, there’s a huge gap between word and deed. Biden directly confronted the effects of Donald Trump’s Big Lie campaign; the fruitless, violent Jan. 6 attempted insurrection; and the cultural civil war Trump spawned. But one speech won’t make it all go away. We expect fistfights over mask requirements on closed airplane cabins or book banning from public libraries if a single resident complains. We’re insisting on conflating inconveniences of public health measures from Covid with the perceived politics of liberty. We’re seeing…

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