I have been at a loss for words the last week (and not just due to being sick) regarding Tuesday’s election. At about 7½ percent, the Republican primary turnout was almost as low as two years ago. Our margins reported at the polls were starkly different from the reactions of voters our campaign reached out to by phone and on the ground, but they reflected the ratio we were outspent.
The kind notes that have come my way remind me that no candidate can ask for a better group of supporters than we have had on this campaign. The level of dedication, hard work, and sacrifice — the amount of sheer heart you have shown — speaks volumes. Just a few examples are the petition carriers we had overcoming great physical challenges (in one case, chemotherapy) to collect pages of signatures; the many volunteers who awoke at the crack of dawn to come to train stations; and those who took time off from work to cover more territory going door to door when we were short-staffed.
They helped on principle out of love for our country and with no expectation of a job or other form of self-enrichment.
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.
Is Kimba Woods a judge — or a joke? Queen Kimba recently gave a convicted 60-year-old thief 39 years to pay back the $300,567 in disability pension benefits that he virtually stole by faking a Long Island Rail Road disability. She’s only asking him to pay back $700 a month; on top of her sentencing of another LIRR fraudster to pay back the $300,000 he stole at a mere $25 a month — meaning that it would theoretically take him 982 years. This “sentence” would be funny if it wasn’t sad for society and the rule of law. I’d like to point out to Judge Woods (whom I’d like to sentence for judicial malpractice in my own Court of Common Sense) that the dictionary defines a “judge” as “someone capable of making rational and wise decisions.” These decisions of hers could make iron statue of Lady Justice cry tears of shame underneath her blindfold.
— Richard Siegelman
Recently there have been many situations — unexplainable actions by desperate, stressed, mentally ill and suicidal people.
We, as a nation, seem to forget the millions of poor, needy and ill citizens. We pass by homeless veterans, many of us without a thought of helping them. We see runaway teenagers and we ignore them. Our leaders, so self righteous in their speeches about the American people, then with their next vote, remove millions from SNAP benefits.
“A picture does [not] say a thousand words” unless you are looking at Dorian Gray. The politicians have started early this year due to the primary season. Noted advertising guru Marshall McLuhan once wrote that “the medium is the message.” That being the case, what is the medium deployed by our politicians and what is the message?
Currently blighting our environment are political signs, illegally posted on both public and private lands. These signs tell us the name of the candidate, the office they are seeking and their political party — but that is all. The point is that candidates pray that signs will increase their name recognition causing voters to cast their ballots for them irrespective of their otherwise lackluster records.
The excitement of this year’s 146th running of the Belmont Stakes and the potential for a Triple Crown also brought much needed attention focused on Belmont Park itself. For years Floral Park has been a strong advocate for the preservation and improvement of Belmont Park as a state of the art, world class thoroughbred racing facility, as evidenced by our Statement of Principles submitted to State of New York leaders in 2007. Now even Newsday has published an editorial entitled, “Rebuild Belmont Park for the Long Run” which noted that for thoroughbred “racing to thrive there, Belmont has to be redeveloped to provide a better experience every day.” It’s about time our calls for an updating and improving of Belmont Park may finally be getting the attention they deserve.
After the latest school shooting—one that claimed the life of an Oregon teen—it was revealed an Oklahoma-based company is marketing the “Bodyguard Blanket,” a foldable, bright-orange pad that can be strapped onto a child’s chest or back. The product promises to protect against “90 percent of all weapons that have been used in school shootings in the United States.”
The Bodyguard Blanket is not a post-apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy, it is real life. Let this soak in: We now live in a country where school shootings are so routine that businesses see them as an opportunity to fill a niche and make some money. Ever industrious, America seems more prepared to flex its capitalistic muscle than figure out how to stop these mass murders.
I’m writing to inform readers of a simple and effective step we can take to protect our seniors from identity theft — removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
One in five Americans above the age of 65 fall victim to financial fraud. In New York alone, approximately half a million seniors have been prey for scammers.
Growing up in Floral Park in the 70s with health-conscious parents, we did not eat much in the way of processed, prepackaged foods, especially baked goods. One of few exceptions was Entenmann’s coffee cakes, which were made locally. Mom and Dad went for the pecan roll, though we kids were always hot for the crumb-topped coffee cake. (The chocolate-covered donuts, sadly, were never in play.)
For a while, every day we drove past the Entenmann’s factory outlet on Roslyn Road and Jericho Turnpike. In the morning, a line of eager shoppers formed outside the doors. Inside was a carb heaven (or hell, depending on your point of view), with Entenmann’s classics alongside exotic cookies and snack brands established by the LI company’s new parent in Mexico. But the writing was on the wall, or more properly the door. About a week after our first visit, the outlet closed.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has come under fire for delays with veterans’ benefits and care at their facilities. While I have already called for a criminal investigation into wrongdoing at the VA, I am writing to inform readers of my bill that would enact a common-sense solution to ensure veterans aren’t left waiting for claims.
Currently, New York veterans wait an average of 297 days to receive disability compensation and benefits, a time table that falls far short of the 125-day goal the VA has set for filling these claims. This is unacceptable.
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