Jack Martins

Jack Martins

Keeping our noses to ol’ grindstone

At this time of year I think back to the last few weeks of school as they wound down to

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The hall closet holiday challenge

My wife and I just spent this fine Saturday morning sorting through the hall closet.   Yes, you heard me

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Desk of Martins: Responding to a “Smack” in our face

We’re one month in and 2016 has already dealt us some huge losses.  If you’re like me, you felt your

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From the desk: Stupidity Should Have Its Limits

If you’re a person who values common sense then prepare yourself to be disgusted and angry. I’m about to tell

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1 limb for life too heartless for N.Y.

I often marvel at the resiliency of the human spirit.   More often than not it’s reflected in a person’s

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Keep an eye on balderdash meter

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” – Abraham Lincoln I always chuckle whenever I see that quote posted

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Desk of Martins: The 800-pound gorilla in the room

Ever since you sent me to Albany five years ago, I’ve often repeated that one of my fundamental goals was

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From the desk: An education no-brainer for state

Could you imagine if tomorrow school districts across New York State had to absorb more than 400,000 new students?  Or

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City well plan a threat to L.I.’s water

I used to chuckle when an old friend of mine would say someone had “just one oar in the water.” 

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Planting trees is the sensible way

Every once in a while some really bad ideas rear their ugly little heads and there are indeed some hideous

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Desk of Martins: Disinvestment acts an attack on Israel

 “Political correctness does not legislate tolerance, it only organizes hatred.” -  Jacques Barzun I can’t help but recall the beloved

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Martins: State of New York is movin’ on up

I’m a big fan of old TV shows.  So I know I’m dating myself when I ask if you remember

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Cuomo aid plan for illegals unfair

A college education today is expensive … ridiculously expensive. Most families with dreams of sending a child to college need

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When did bipartisanship become bad?

Well, one group of radicals here in New York is so upset that Republicans and Democrats were working together that

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From the Desk: Watch for new STAR exemption registration

If you receive a STAR rebate check for your property taxes, please, please read this column! It’s vital news to

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