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There has been much hand wringing over a few “Matters-SoHo” lately. Among these are the difficulties that have arisen over the BID proposed on Broadway that threatens to bring even more tourists to the area, to the consternation of many residents. Councilmember Margaret Chin has finally shown her hand and has come out in support of the BID, something suspected but not known for certain as much waffling had been reported.

 New York’s response to the storm has exposed deep inequality across the city, the letter states. In the storm’s aftermath, under-resourced communities were exposed to the most risk of prolonged damage: low-income people who work low-wage and hourly jobs, residents of public housing, those who lack access to safety nets, and New Yorkers barred from public relief and other opportunities due to their citizenship status. Many communities remained without heat or power for more than a month after the storm hit. ss. 

Facing another passing year, aging can loom as a scary possibility. Fear that time will rob us of the attributes of youth can be pretty depressing. To get myself past these times, I reach for a Hattietude. They serve as “booster shots” to help me overcome my fears and generate renewed optimism. Here are 20 of my favorites which I hope will help you overcome whatever aging fears you may face in 2013.

Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss Project, we throw away more than 25 percent—some 25.9 million tons—of all the food we produce for domestic sale and consumption. A 2004 University of Arizona study pegs the figure at closer to 50 percent, finding that Americans squander some $43 billion annually on wasted food.

For decades, many ecologically-minded Americans have sounded the warning that unless something is done about emissions, our weather conditions will become dangerously distorted. What was the reaction of politicians? They treated these whistle blowers as anything from unrealistic alarmists to, of all things, Socialists!

By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads. According to the World Carfree Network (WCN), cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute upwards of 15 percent to deforestation.

 This morning as I walked to my favorite coffee shop for breakfast, I noticed that no one was smiling. My neighborhood, Hell's Kitchen, was saved from the ravages of the hurricane. Apart for some strong wind and heavy rain, we were untouched by a disaster that devastated millions of lives.

As the flood waters recede, we all want to get our homes, our places of employment, our communities, and our roads, rails, bridges, and tunnels clean and back to normal as quickly as possible. However, be cautious, hurricane cleanup and restoration work may have serious risks. Doing the wrong thing can endanger your safety, your health, and possibly your life.

Most of the time, life just goes on, with its usual ups and downs. We learn to ride out the low points praying that the magic of Time will help us handle whatever daunting challenges show up. There's a pun that says, "No one gets out of Life alive!"

The non-profit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) helps Americans sort out the good guys from the bad when it comes to the environmental track records of candidates in important high-level races across the country. Besides endorsing specific candidates, the group also keeps a running “dirty dozen” list of the politicians with the worst environmental records. Meanwhile, the group’s LCV Action Fund is a related political action fund that can channel funding to the candidates it supports.