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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.

 

Froma Harrop: Before fixing tomorrow, Democrats must fix today

Posted 2/19/2020 in National Columns

Like all candidates, Democrats focus their campaigns on what they will do if elected. Progressives often accuse Joe Biden in particular of wanting to take America back to the Barack Obama years. And it's true that Biden often portrays his candidacy as a restoration of the era in which he served as Obama's vice president.

 

Froma Harrop: Iowa was very good for Bloomberg

Posted 2/6/2020 in National Columns

The Iowa caucuses have long been nearly useless as a measure of Americans' preferences for the next president. This year it has been more useless than usual.

 

Froma Harrop: Donors are a lousy way to gauge political support

Posted 2/4/2020 in National Columns

To get onstage at the last Democratic debate, a candidate had to have received contributions from at least 225,000 donors. That disqualified Mike Bloomberg. He has only one donor: himself.

 

Froma Harrop: China's environmental malpractice hurts everyone

Posted 1/30/2020 in National Columns

A lot of things are going wrong on this planet, and a lot of those problems are made in China. The deadly coronavirus is being linked to "wet markets" that traffic in wildlife. Not only have these markets enabled the virus to pass from animals to humans but they have also contributed to the decimation of the world's wildlife.

 

Froma Harrop: Bloomberg is showing Democrats a good time

Posted 1/28/2020 in National Columns

Democrats could use some cheering up now that their conventional politicians are locked in fierce ideological battle. The moderate Democratic majority fears that an aggressive left could saddle them with a zombie candidate sure to lose to President Donald Trump. That person could also cost them control of the House by hurting down-ballot Democrats in hard-won swing districts.

 

Froma Harrop: Democrats should put an end to caucuses

Posted 1/18/2020 in National Columns

"It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption -- and the flagrantly anti-democratic character -- of the Iowa caucuses."

 

 

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