Author: Kyle Sabo

Black Lives Matter

On December 1, 2014, the fate of a young man’s life rested with a Brooklyn jury. As grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York handed down no true bills in two cases of African-Americans losing their lives at the hands of white police officers, the story of Christian Ferdinand and his victim Shaniesha Forbes, a 14-year old African American girl from Brooklyn, was tragically lost in the shuffle of the more politically charged news of the day. Theirs are stories worth telling, especially in light of celebrity protests and social media posts proclaiming the rallying cry...

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Engagement and Governance

After sweeping victories in the 2014 midterm elections, congressional Republicans find themselves in the curious position of being expected to provide leadership and vision for the country, at least for the next two years. This is traditionally the role of the executive who, with an unrivaled bully pulpit, can instantly command the nation’s attention and compel even the most disengaged citizen to stop for a moment and pay attention to politics. President Obama has largely abdicated that role and has created a vacuum of leadership into which the national media has injected their hissing calls for the Republicans to...

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Long Live the Czar?

It all ended in a dank, half lit basement in the Ural Mountains in July 1918. The last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his family were summarily executed by the Bolsheviks. For centuries, the Romanov family had ruled Russia as autocrats, allowing for no democratic reforms, suppressing free speech and assembly, and only abolishing serfdom in 1861. For an administration so concerned with messaging, I find it odd that the White House has stuck with the “czar” model for the government bureaucrat in charge of handling the Ebola crisis and “crossing all the T’s and dotting all the...

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Has Anyone Stopped to Check the Surf Report?

All this talk about a “wave” materializing in November has finally gotten this Long Islander to check the surf report. Long Islanders know a few things about waves and swells. If you talk to some of my surfer friends, they’ll tell you that a wave is a small piece of a massive oceanic and meteorological story. The predictive indicator of “good waves” is often the “swell” which builds hundreds of miles away and can push up a coast to create truly epic surfing conditions or, in the case of Superstorm Sandy, complete devastation along a coastline. Tools are available...

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On Politics and Civil Rights: Same-Sex Marriage

On October 6, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear seven appeals in same-sex marriage cases that have percolated up through the lower courts. After several years of federal district and appellate courts overturning same-sex marriage bans, the Supreme Court declined to rule in all seven cases, thus sounding the final bell in what many see as a critically important round of legal battles. Same-sex marriage is now legal in such far-flung and politically disparate places as Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Although the battle seems to be over for now, many states still lack marriage equality, and this is...

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