The recent political chatter about “Obamacare” before the Supreme Court of the United States got a great deal of media attention. President Obama added fuel to the fire when he declared, “Ultimately, I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
For someone who was a law professor those words were absurd. Even if a bill passed unanimously in the house and senate, it could still be overturned – if the law was in violation of the Constitution.
Giving up is not “reform.” County Executive Ed Mangano’s proposal to transfer property assessment from the county to the towns might possibly speed up assessment decisions by replacing one large and overwhelmed bureaucracy with several somewhat smaller ones. It will likely recreate problems that were major motivations in creating our highly centralized county government 75 years ago.
The 1938 county charter merged the town Boards of Assessors and the County Board of Equalization, ending three decades of complaints, lawsuits and hard feelings about the lack of specific, uniform levels of property assessments between the towns. In a tax system screaming out for simplification, clarification and a sense of certainty, spinning off assessments to the towns will reintroduce “equalization” as an annual issue. Tens of thousands of residents are still trying to figure out why their assessment went down but their tax bill still went up. The division of taxes heading up the tax food chain in an equitable manner is the most complex subject in local government, and it’s all going to make people very sad, particularly in villages and school districts that are split between townships.
Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.) Robert Morgenthau was facing a spirited Democratic primary challenge from a former judge in 2005, but his opponent had trouble finding anything substantively negative to say about Morgenthau.
The reason I know this: a city-based tabloid newspaper reporter called me weeks before the election, asking whether it was legal to have a Manhattan driver’s license while at the same time registering and insuring a car in Dutchess County, where auto insurance premiums are much lower. The answer: yes, so long as the insured vehicle is primarily garaged in Dutchess County. I was the director of public affairs for the New York State Insurance Department at the time and knew immediately the question pertained to Morgenthau because he met those criteria.
Written by Robert McMillan Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
If, a few weeks ago, someone said to me that you need to write a column about the word “honey,” I would have laughed it off. Then, my wife attended a luncheon where the hostess expanded on the virtues of honey and cinnamon. And she even handed out a paper with the way honey and cinnamon could be used for better health.
Before getting into the health issues, take a look at the origin of “honeymoon.” The word goes back 4,000 years to Ancient Babylon when newly married couples would drink mead, a honey based alcoholic drink, for a lunar month after marriage. Thus, evolved the word honeymoon.
Next, honey was used for dressing wounds. The application of honey to a wound prevents microbial growth and it causes no tissue damage.
As for the use of the word honey when talking to a loved one, the sweet relationship fits closely to the taste of honey.
Now, on to the health application of honey and cinnamon. By the way, honey is the only food which does not spoil.
As I got into the details of honey and cinnamon, I found the health benefits almost impossible to comprehend. The list of diseases treatable by the combination goes on and on.
First, it is recommended that the honey be “real raw unpasteurized honey.” The first incredible treatment is that a paste of cinnamon and honey on a slice of toast can actually lower cholesterol.
Next, arthritis patients who take, every morning and at night, the cinnamon and honey with a glass of warm water, find that the pain leaves and those unable to walk actually started to walk again.
Even cancer can be treated. Some recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that bone and stomach cancer have been treated successfully through the use of cinnamon and honey.
The common cold can also be treated with cinnamon and honey. The process will cure the cough and clear the sinuses. Recently, with a cough, I found that the process did help me.
Beyond the above treatments, cinnamon and honey can treat skin infections, pimples, indigestion, upset stomachs, weight loss, insect bites, toothaches, and hair loss. To me, the research has just been amazing!
If you want to check out some of the details and the formulas for cinnamon and honey treatments, go to http://www. snopes.com/homecure/honey.asp. Now, I am not a doctor and cannot authenticate these treatments, I can say that my research has come up with very interesting websites with significant supporting information.