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Michael Miller

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By Michael Miller

Idea Storm

Thursday, 04 June 2009 12:21

It is amazing to what extent some people will bitterly resist change, even when that change actually represents a wide highway of expansion and profit. For example, a new study by the respected Norwegian School of Management demonstrates that, contrary to years of hysterical claims by the recording industry, people who download music from free file-sharing sites actually buy ten times as much music than others.

The current and coming local finance crises offer opportunities to employ technologies that not only reduce costs but free up resources that can start to clear wish lists.

 

The School Vote

Thursday, 28 May 2009 14:17

Despite nationwide uncertainty, support for proposed school budgets exceeded previous records on Long Island.

Of the 58 school districts wholly or partly within Nassau County, we have 57 passed budgets as of this writing, equaling last year’s stunning results. Across Nassau and Suffolk counties’ 124 districts, voters in only three districts did not approve their budgets, a record in the post-World War II era.

 

More Really Big Stuff

Thursday, 21 May 2009 15:40
1. Let me get this straight. Lehman Brothers is gone, Chrysler is bankrupt, some of our largest banks are propped up only through massive infusions of national treasure. But somehow, all of Long Island’s special taxing districts and various layers of local government are surviving intact. All of them. Only federal bailout money has headed off statewide budget meltdowns, but the web-like political infrastructure has outlived Pontiac. At the end of the world, emerging from the radioactive cinders, we will have atomic cockroaches, and special districts.
 

Super County Smackdown

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 11:50
1. As of the day this will be published, there are 174 days until Election Day. It will take a very, very smart campaign for Nassau County Republicans to even look like they have any chance of unseating County Executive Suozzi or almost any other Democrat this fall.…

2. There is no government or political party body actively dedicated to meaningfully raising standards of behavior in our local affairs.…

 

An Explanation Is Owed

Friday, 08 May 2009 00:00
In 2007, control of several county highways and 10 county parks were transferred to the town of North Hempstead and the Village of Flower Hill. Many people concerned with parks and open space, including an environmental advocacy organization in a nearby state, have been aghast at this expedient dismantling of the county park system, designed to reduce maintenance and operating costs in the county budget. It has been reported in some of these papers and other media that the towns of Oyster Bay and Hempstead and perhaps other villages and cities have discussed picking off highway and park facilities from the county, although another Cone of Silence has been placed over the whole thing. Again.
 

Final Notes for 2008

Written by Michael Miller Monday, 05 January 2009 12:55
A Question: What is an "American" car? BMW, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota have major factories in the United States. The Chevy Aveo is built in South Korea. The new Ford Fiesta compact will be built just outside of Mexico City. Automobiles can have over 20,000 parts, and it's not easy to tell what counts as an American-made item.
 

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Michael Miller is a freelance writer, designer and strategic consultant who has worked in state and local government. Email: millercolumn@optimum.net