Biting your nails UPDATE

You will laugh at me: I read the NYTimes everyday, at least as far as Paul Krugman on the op-ed page. I've noticed I am getting through faster and faster because either I have read a story on-line where it appeared several days before...or I am just not interested (into my Cyprus File).

Last week, I skipped the nail polish and manicure story, both Part I and Part II. Sunday, Part I appeared in-print on the front page, and today, Part II in-print. Governor Cuomo, he of the slow-motion reaction, immediately issued emergency measures to protect women who work in nail polishing establishments (it's on-line right now). Still haven't read any of them, though I have looked at the thousands of comments, a veritable study in chaos thinking.

There is a simple solution to the dangers to nail salon workers and we can all contribute. Instead of a manicure and polish with pale puke (the color de jour), bite your nails.

Part I.   Part II.  Cuomo Acts!

UPDATE: Why hasn’t the price of a manicure budged in the past two decades?  James Surowiecki of the New Yorker tells us:  The Economics of New York’s Nail-Salon Prices

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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