Category: Editorial

Charles On: Should I vote for the NYC Mayor based sugary drink ban?

DeBlasio supports drink ban; Lhota for mayor

Anyone who knows me or has read what I’ve written about New York City’s possible sugary drink ban knows that I am completely against it!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting hard to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.  On Thursday, the New York State Court of Appeals agreed to take up the case after a lower court stopped the ban earlier this year.  The thing is, they likely won’t hear the case until next year when Bloomberg is no longer in office, and New York City will have a new Mayor.

As an undecided voter, should I vote for the next NYC Mayor based on their opinion of the sugary drink ban?  Let’s take a look at where Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota stand on the issue.  You might be surprised.

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Theatre Review: “Mildred Fierce”


International drag superstar Varla Jean Merman and avant-campy playwright Ryan Landry make for a flat-out hilarious combination in Mildred Fierce. This parody of the 1945 Joan Crawford film Mildred Pierce doesn’t have any serious message to deliver, but does its spoofing with a fun-loving ingenuity that makes it a real pleasure to watch.

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Theatre Review: “The Glass Menagerie”

glass menagerie 2013

Another great Glass Menagerie! I was a big fan of the 2010 Off-Broadway revival, and the new Broadway revival is different but equally good in its own way. Some reviewers took the 2010 production to task for being too radical, but this much-admired new production is, if anything, more radical, incorporating dance-like post-modern gestures, from director John Tiffany and movement director Steven Hoggett, throughout.

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Theatre Review: “Romeo & Juliet”

Romeo & Juliet

There’s some really good acting going on in this Shakespeare revival, but director David Leveaux’s big directorial conceit – the Montagues (Romeo’s family) are white, and the Capulets (Juliet’s family) are black – reveals precious little, and definitely nothing new, about this classic tale.

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Charles On… National Coming Out Day

Charles On... National Coming Out Day 2013Friday, October 11, 2013 is National Coming Out Day.  This is the 20th Annual celebration of  coming out of the closet as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) person.

I’m not going to sit here and write that if you’re gay, then you should come out today.  I don’t think it’s necessary to wear your “Sorry Girls I’m Gay” shirt to work or to deck out your office with rainbow flags, however I’m in your corner if you feel that this is the right time to come out to those around.  If you’re looking for resources to help with that decision, then I refer you to the Human Rights Campaign website for a look at the resources they offer.

Instead, I’m pleading with the straight people today.  Maybe a few will pick-up this article on the search engines or someone will share it with them in honor of National Coming Out Day.

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