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Editorial: Pols vs Polls

When the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed the Compassionate Care Act last Friday, it was only succumbing to the will of the people. According to the TK NAME OF YOUR PAPER’S online poll, more than 68% responding support medical marijuana, with 25% opposed and 6% undecided.

Our results mirror other findings. Most recently, Quinnipiac found support for medical marijuana in Florida rose from 82% of registered voters in May 2013 to 88% of registered voters in May 2014. An international poll by the New England Journal of Medicine found 76% of physicians worldwide would allowing medical marijuana, with 24% opposed (and none undecided). In 2011, CBS News found 77% of adults nationwide in favor; 17% against. An AARP poll as far back as 2004 saw support from 72% of adults nationwide.

If only we could believe our pols are driven by the will of the people. If so, we’d have fewer guns and more health insurance. But when the smoke clears, we see a political calculation, driven less by what’s good for the public than by incumbents’ re-election prospects.

And that’s a bummer.

News

The Town of North Hempstead has prepared a transportation contingency plan for local commuters who may be looking for alternatives if the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers strike on July 20.

The plan includes adding free parking at North Hempstead Beach Park, on West Shore Rd. in Port Washington, to aid car pooling, and providing up to 300 spaces at iPark, 1305 Union Tpke. in New Hyde Park, enabling commuters to catch bus service along Union Tpke. or meet up with carpooling buddies.

Speaking for a group of local residents, Santo Cipolla is asking the Sewanhaka Central High School District to revisit a 28-year-old policy that allows one community to attend any of the five district high schools, including Floral Park Memorial High School.

“It was a policy that was created to desegregate South Floral Park and a portion of Floral Park called Jamaica Square,” Cipolla said at a school board meeting last week. “It is our belief that there is not equal access to the schools and violates the equal protection clause under the Fourteenth Amendment.”


Calendar

Mike Barry will perform at Swing The Teapot

Friday, July 18

Bellerose Village’s Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, July 21

Summer Rummage Sale

Wednesday, July 23

 


 

 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com