Religious people called more charitable

“Arthur Brooks,”: a professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs, has a new book out about who really gives to charity. It’s called “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.”

The title apparently comes from his finding that political conservatives give more to charity than liberals. I guess we are supposed to believe the opposite.

He also finds that religious folks are far more generous than “secularists,” to both religious and non-religious causes. A religious person is 57 percent more likely than a secularist to help a homeless person, he writes.

Brooks is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed pages, where conservative voices are always welcome.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.