Ryan H. Sager

Ryan H. Sager is editorial features editor of the New York Sun, where his column appears Mondays. Email: rhsager@nysun.com

The Charlotte Plan

 

NEW YORK — As New Yorkers have tussled over the fate of the World Trade Center site these last two years, almost no attention has been paid to a space equal in size to 156 World Trade Center sites: that devoted to public housing. New York City has more public housing units than any other […]

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Guess Who Came to Dinner

 

It’s an awkward position, being a non-gay supporter of gay marriage. It was only last weekend that I found myself brandishing this political position as a weapon — in self-defense, of course — at a Manhattan dinner party. I’d stumbled into some trouble at a liberal table by disclosing my support for the pro-life side […]

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In the Zone

 

Fence, wall, whatever you call it, the barrier Israel is building to seal off the West Bank is drawing a line through more than the desert sands. I write from Israel, where I have been observing a conference held annually by the Bertelsmann Foundation to bring together young German and Israeli professionals to examine the […]

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Dinner at the Pope’s Place

 

The pope’s place at Jerusalem might seem an unlikely venue for a barbecue, but on Thursday night it was the site of an illuminating dinner conversation between a group of 12 Germans, 12 Israelis, and one American. The occasion was the first night of the second half of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange, […]

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A Contract With New York

 

“As Republican members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body we propose not just to change its policies, but even more important, to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. “That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead […]

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School Reform’s 38th Parallel

 

In the South Bronx, there is a hallway. At one end, children in shirts and ties and dresses line up to shake their teacher’s hand as they enter their classroom. At the other end, noise escapes an art class. “Excuse me! Why are you running around my room?!” screams a young, blonde, frazzled-looking teacher. “Look […]

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Cyber Crackdown

 

A major city may soon require Internet cafes to be licensed, keep a log of and videotape their customers, and curtail their business hours. It may sound like Beijing, where a fire at an Internet cafe last summer was used as a pretext for the Communists to crack down on political activity. But it’s actually […]

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The Guys in White

 

“When I was growing up, we went to films on Saturday afternoons…. The good guys wore white, and the bad guys wore black,” the former chairman of New York law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Leon Silverman, told me recently. “The heroes were always in favor of waiting to find the sheriff, waiting […]

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