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By Bob McMillan

Mary Lou and the Alligator

Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

Several years ago, I first got into the story about Mary Lou and her efforts to catch a live alligator. The story is a little silly, but my sister actually put together all of the elements of Mary Lou’s efforts, including an alligator and Mary Lou. It was a fun project.

The story starts out with fourth-grade children being asked by their teacher to create a story to tell their classmates. In fact they were being asked to deliver a speech. Mary Lou thought long and hard as how to be creative? Finally, she came up with a story. Mary Lou wanted to tell her class about how to capture an alligator.

 

Questions About Healthcare and the Uninsured

Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

Even after the Congress left Washington for a summer recess, the news is still full of issues relating to the future of healthcare. At the heart of this debate are two basic questions. First, is whether the country is ready for the nationalization of our largest industry – the $2.4 trillion healthcare business? Second, is the question as to who will pay the bill? What I am going to outline in this piece is based on having been an employer, and having served on the Boards of both Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and the American Medical Association.

 

Origins of the GPS

Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00

After some frustrating trips by car, I finally purchased a portable Global Positioning System, (GPS) back in 2004. My frustrations were based on the difficulty in traveling to visit relatives even with the use of a traditional paper map. Little did I know how great the GPS can be if you are on the road.

Because of a recent trip to Sodus Point, New York — a small community on the shore of Lake Ontario – I became even more attached to the GPS and decided to do some research on how such a fascinating device was invented.

 

How Do You Communicate Today?

Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

One of my expressions, which I use all the time is, “The name of the game is to communicate.”

Let me explain. Without communications, nothing would happen at work, at home, or even when there is a time out. And today, there are so many ways to communicate. We have come a long way from smoke signals seen hill to hill, signal flags on ships, and Morse Code.

 

Future Inventions in Your Life

Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

When you think about it, many things in our current lives were really not around 60 years ago or in the case of cell phones and the home computers – 25 years ago. Thinking about this led me to take a look at what we might expect to see over the next 20 years?

One of the future inventions, we do see every once in a while on television – microscopic robots. A part of nanotechnology, these robots will help fight infections in our bodies and will even be able to clean our homes.

 

Another Controversial Issue

Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Having written this column for over 20 years, the reaction I get on various pieces is very interesting. Also, interesting to me is how the number of emails has increased over the last few months. Readers have sent intelligent responses about everything from China to government spending and from global warming to protecting your home while you are away.

While I am not looking for negative comments, I am sure today’s subject will be somewhat controversial. I want to provide some facts about the number of people here without authorization – illegal immigrants.

 

Transformation of Panama

Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

Panama has a new democratically elected President. The May 3, 2009 presidential election in Panama was an extremely important event. Years ago the question was whether Panama could continue to transform into a real democracy? With four democratically elected presidents since 1989, eyes were focused on 2009 when the two front runners were Balbina Herrera, a Panamanian leftist with an anti-U.S. past and Ricardo Martinelli, a businessman and chairman of the Panama Canal Authority from 1999 to 2004 during the Presidency of Mireya Moscoso. He was very directly involved in the plans for expansion of the Canal. Everyone in Panama expected a close race with many Panamanian leaders expecting Balbina Herrera to win.

 

Your Local American Red Cross

Tuesday, 07 July 2009 15:10

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to have breakfast with Robert Nori, the director of development for the American Red Cross in Nassau County. Bob could not have been more enthusiastic about the plans to expand operations in Nassau. Some of the activities surprised me as I had no idea of the productive efforts taken to help local residents. And the upcoming “Open House” will create even more public awareness of local activities. Here are some of those activities.

 

‘Gitmo’ and Water Boarding

Thursday, 02 July 2009 11:38

We probably have not heard the last about detainees at Guantanamo nor the methods used, after the 9/11 attacks to get intelligence from them. President Obama has weighed in on both issues. As a result, the stories will not go away.

 

Healthcare – the Past and the Future

Tuesday, 23 June 2009 16:59

One of President Barack Obama’s campaign pledges was to provide healthcare coverage for every American. Some 47 million of us do not have healthcare insurance. Healthcare is our nation’s largest industry - $2.4 trillion and expected to double in the next ten years. Before getting into where the current debate will take us. Look with me at the past.

 

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