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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 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.

On Monday, July 7, Vincent J. Calamia, 48, of Floral Park, was arrested on charges related to the production and possession of child pornography. The criminal complaint, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that between approximately 2005 and the date of his arrest, Calamia engaged in sexually explicit conduct with minors and possessed and produced child pornography. The complaint further alleges that approximately 10 videos seized from the defendant’s computer depict the defendant engaging in sexual contact with boys who appear to be as young as between 15 and 17 years old.


Calendar

Village Concert

Friday, July 25

Magic & Comedy

Friday, July 25

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser

Saturday, July 26



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