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Posted by Rich Coutinho on January 31, 2013
Jackie Robinson

It was 66 years ago that the single biggest moment in baseball took place on a little patch of green grass in Brooklyn known as Ebbets Field, a moment that transcended the sporting world and continues to have an impact on society. Of course, it was the day Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier and with it, lifted the curtain on the era of civil rights in the United States.

Posted by Rich Coutinho on January 29, 2013
Performance Enhancing Drugs

As we embark on the 2013 baseball season which begins with spring training report dates in a few weeks, another Performance Enhancing Drug scandal has been put on there for all the world to see. According to published reports, some notable major league players have been linked to a drug supplier who handed out PEDS on a regular basis. Those players include Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez as well as Bartolo Colon and Gio Gonzalez.

Posted by Anthony Figliola on January 25, 2013
Weapon of Mass Destruction

Last week, New York State passed the most sweeping and restrictive gun laws in the nation - In the wake the Newtown tragedy that killed 20 innocent children.

I ask… will this law completely solve the problem?

I acknowledge you don’t need a machine gun to protect your home. However, it is a Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Effective gun laws are necessary to protect innocent citizens. There are some people that act recklessly and they should be punished – But not responsible gun owners.

We live in a society that is becoming increasingly more evil.

Posted by Tom Doherty on January 24, 2013
Reagan and Gorbachev

It seems like yesterday that I was in Parkersburg, West Virginia. A bunch of friends from the University of Charleston had driven a few hours to hear President Ronald Reagan speak. This was the fall of 1984 and Reagan was our guy and we knew the Republican Party was where we wanted to be. The GOP was the Party of big ideas, less government interference and fighting Communism at every turn. Most important to me was the fact that Reagan made me feel like no matter what problems we confronted Americans always had the ability, with a smile on our face, to make tomorrow better.

Posted by Richard French on January 18, 2013

The Journal News came under fire recently for publishing an interactive map showing the location of registered gun owners in the Hudson Valley region. After much negative publicity, harassment and admonishment from local law makers the newspaper decided today, to remove the map from their website.

Below you can find a copy of today's letter to their readers.

Posted by Richard French on January 15, 2013
NRA Gun App

The scene out of Albany last night was one of common sense winning out, but sadly in today's electoral landscape that qualifies, as uncommon as political valor. New York Democrats, and a lot of Republicans decided that assault weapons designed for our military to fight wars shouldn't be stocked on the shelves of Wal-Mart in the Empire State. Among other things they said that it would be a good idea to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Yes America, even after Newtown these are legislative hills, okay for Albany, but too steep to climb in Washington.

Posted by Jeanne Zaino on January 11, 2013
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Much of the talk after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State address Wednesday focused on his plans to "enact the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation, period."

If you listened closely, however, it wasn't his talk about guns in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy that those in the audience were most interested in. Instead, the greatest applause was reserved for his announcement heralding a Women's Equality Act.

Posted by Rich Coutinho on January 11, 2013
NFL Football

It is the best NFL weekend of the year—4 games in 2 days that decide the sport’s Final Four. So grab some wings and your favorite adult beverage and be a couch potato for 2 days. Here are my picks for the games:

Posted by Rich Coutinho on January 9, 2013
Rex Ryan Press Conference

I am a lifelong New Yorker and covered sports in this town for over 20 years and I know how things work in The Big Apple. If the sports media wants to “get you” they will always have the last word unless, of course, you win a championship. They will run you out of town. I was a first-hand witness to how unfairly the media pictured Omar Minaya and I am starting to see the same treatment of Rex Ryan.

Posted by Rich Coutinho on January 2, 2013
Mets fan

The Met fan has felt beat up the past few years and rightfully so. The record on the field has not been where it should be and the future was cloudy. I stress the word was because I firmly believe this team is on the rise. Are there unresolved problems? Absolutely---but Sandy has the ship steering in the right direction and in 12 to 24 months I think Met fans will be happy campers.

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