Does your government work?

In New York, there’s a sense that - after years of dysfunction and stoogery - the people we elect are actually doing a few things that could be beneficial to the electorate.

Damn few. Still, in the Empire State, this is progress.

What Women Think About the “War on Women”

The Obama administration set off a firestorm when it announced rules requiring employer-provided health insurance to cover the cost of contraceptives. Leaders in the Catholic Church said the policy violates their right to religious freedom.

Meanwhile, states around the country are considering hundreds of bills addressing women’s health care: everything from forcing women to carry dead fetuses to term, to forcing women who seek abortions to go through invasive ultrasounds, to cutting funding for health clinics. Many women say these bills violate their right to quality health care.

The New York State legislature is considering a bill called the Reproductive Health Act. It codifies a woman’s right to contraception and abortion.

Even so, some women see a trend, and they’re worried

Away from the glare of politics, one woman’s struggle balancing faith and sexuality

Erica Macalintal is a 22-year-old nursing student and devout Roman Catholic who says her sexual life has been deeply influenced by theology.

But past actions, not in accordance with church teachings, “took a toll”

Is your radio getting a little.. complicated?

Tune in to NCPR News for a little clarity.

Today, the Governor acknowledges schools need more money and relief from bloated bureaucracies. Then why are school officials so worried?

(via alioninherowncause)

Leahy on PIPA

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) talks about PIPA on our neighbor station Vermont Public Radio.

The station isn’t a Tumblr (yet), but you can hear what Leahy had to say

here.

Here, have a mountain

Can a Governor just give away a mountain? Apparently, yes, if it’s Andrew Cuomo and the mountain’s a ski area run by the state. He gave Bellayre Mountain in the Catskills to the people who made popular destinations out of Whiteface Mountain (pictured) and lots of Olympic venues in and around Lake Placid.

Is this a good thing? That might depend on which side of the mountain you’re on.

  [photo: Edward Murphy, NCPR’s Photo of the Day archive]

Wow! How often do you hear news stories about governmental mismanagement and state budgets in the same newscast?!

All right. So it’s common as dust. These stories, though, are about a local government that mishandled airport funds and the state government that uncovered it - the same state government that taxes its residents more than any other and is now set to debate how it’s gonna spend all that money.

(via jeydon-w00ds)

Tilting away from turbines, toward fracking

Ohio state politics lean toward hydrofacking and away from what could be the first major offshore wind project in the Great Lakes. Hear more

  [photo: David Sommerstein]

On the radio: coming together

NCPR news this morning: bipartisanship sighting in Albany on the first day of the state legislature. Redistricting, though, still waiting for its kumbaya moment.

After the floods radio
This spring, the springs swelled. Irene brought torrential rainfall during fall. We’re still trying to clean up. Now, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to loan towns and counties more money so they can better prepare for emergencies. Local governments say they should get grants. Will this argument push preparation to the back burner? Hear more
  [photo: yyellowbird]

After the floods radio

This spring, the springs swelled. Irene brought torrential rainfall during fall. We’re still trying to clean up. Now, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to loan towns and counties more money so they can better prepare for emergencies. Local governments say they should get grants. Will this argument push preparation to the back burner? Hear more

  [photo: yyellowbird]

Antiquated audio = art. U.S. Postal Service = antiquated, not art
This morning on NCPR news: the USPS is in crisis and will downsize staff and close post offices. Regional distribution centers - like the one in Plattsburgh - could be closed by May. We all know what will happen to the jobs. But what will this mean for our postal service?
  [photo: WiQ]

Antiquated audio = art. U.S. Postal Service = antiquated, not art

This morning on NCPR news: the USPS is in crisis and will downsize staff and close post offices. Regional distribution centers - like the one in Plattsburgh - could be closed by May. We all know what will happen to the jobs. But what will this mean for our postal service?

  [photo: WiQ]

Pining for good radio? We have some, this morning on the 8:00 O’clock Hour:
Rural America’s political influence in the House of Representatives has been shrinking for decades. That’s what happens when population numbers decline. It’s time for another round of Congressional redistricting. What will happen to our voice? Will we be heard in Washington? And what about Albany?
Tune in or listen online. This is important.
  [photo: undersidewalks]
-Jonathan

Pining for good radio? We have some, this morning on the 8:00 O’clock Hour:

Rural America’s political influence in the House of Representatives has been shrinking for decades. That’s what happens when population numbers decline. It’s time for another round of Congressional redistricting. What will happen to our voice? Will we be heard in Washington? And what about Albany?

Tune in or listen online. This is important.

  [photo: undersidewalks]

-Jonathan

May we suggest a kinder, gentler way to interact with your bedside radio?
Tune in for today’s 8:00 O’clock Hour on NCPR:
We’ll take a closer look at the new cap on property taxes, meant to limit the amount local governments can levy. Will it also limit services the people of the North Country have come to expect? Nursing homes, snow plows, schools and recovery efforts after natural disasters are part of the changing equation used to calculate county budgets.
  [photo: diego]
-Jonathan

May we suggest a kinder, gentler way to interact with your bedside radio?

Tune in for today’s 8:00 O’clock Hour on NCPR:

We’ll take a closer look at the new cap on property taxes, meant to limit the amount local governments can levy. Will it also limit services the people of the North Country have come to expect? Nursing homes, snow plows, schools and recovery efforts after natural disasters are part of the changing equation used to calculate county budgets.

  [photo: diego]

-Jonathan

Sharp radio, indeed. This morning on NCPR:
Are the Adirondack Park Agency’s guidelines insufficient to evaluate the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort?
Why did New York State’s new Ethics Commission meet behind closed doors?
And what can you do now for your garden?
  [photo: perfect chic]
-Jonathan

Sharp radio, indeed. This morning on NCPR:

Are the Adirondack Park Agency’s guidelines insufficient to evaluate the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort?

Why did New York State’s new Ethics Commission meet behind closed doors?

And what can you do now for your garden?

  [photo: perfect chic]

-Jonathan

“Thousands of poor people across the Northeast are bracing for a difficult winter with substantially less home heating aid coming from the federal government.”