On August 10, the MTA released a Draft 2010-2014 Capital Program document and a 20-year Capital Needs Assessment document for public review and comment. It seems that the LIRR Main Line Corridor Improvements Project has morphed into something called the LIRR Strategic Corridor Improvement Program. The LIRR Strategic Corridor Improvements Program redefines the main line as being between Jamaica station in Queens County and the Ronkonkoma station in Suffolk County.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian (Dr. Death) would be proud of the members of Congress who have produced the current health recovery bill. I thought euthanasia was banned or at least against the law. Presently, there is a proposal in the bill that mandates seniors citizens attend, every five years, a government-sponsored counselor to suggest ways to end your life. That may sound drastic, but the counselor can or will outline how you are to receive health care, regardless of your doctor’s wishes, reduce medications and ask you to prepare a living will and appoint a healthcare proxy. There is nothing wrong with the last two items but that is your decision, not theirs. This seems to be a way of taking away your own decision to live out your life on your terms. Forget the talent and experience you still have to offer your children and grandchildren, love, encouragement, a wealth of understanding, guidance and warmth of just being there when they need you.
Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello has proposed new legislation to create a $25 million Sustainable Energy Loan Fund for Nassau residents. This “Green Energy” Fund will encourage local homeowners and businesses to make energy efficient improvements or add renewable energy sources to their homes by providing loans for energy-efficient building improvements.
Controversy has long marked the career of U.S. Congressman Peter King. He recently pointed out the many faults in the life Michael Jackson both proven and unproven and many saluted him for doing so. Others denounced King. His anti-illegal immigrant position has on several occasions found him criticizing the Catholic Church for their more lenient positions. King is a practicing Catholic and his strong anti-abortion statements have also made him controversial. King, one of the few remaining Republican office holders in this area, angered many in his party when he was the only Republican to vote against the impeachment of Bill Clinton. King is an interesting man to watch. He could run for the Senate in the next election.
We regularly put the reins of tomorrow in the capable hands of our youth. But, too often we fail to acknowledge that the hopes of past generations for a healthy, productive society were pinned on the shoulders of our present-day matriarchs and patriarchs, the progenitors of our history, our heritage.
For that, we owe them our eternal gratitude.
At the July 9 workshop meeting of the Mineola Board of Education, I was pleased to hear the announcement of the resolution of the lawsuit against the Mineola Public School District, Dr. Licopoli and Dr. Nagler. I was also pleased to read the coverage in the Mineola American (July 15) because I hope as many people in the district and elsewhere who knew of the suit will find out that it has been dropped without any settlement or admission of wrongdoing on the part of the school district, Dr. Nagler or Dr. Licopoli.
A recent column published in this paper completely missed the point about the race for Nassau County Executive. The 2009 campaign isn’t about who can raise and spend the most money; it’s about who is best able to govern our county for the next four years.
Who will be able to stop the bleeding that our taxpayers have endured for the past eight years, while the county budget increased $800 million? Who will turn around the current agenda to increase taxes by nearly 4 percent each of the next four years?
When members of Winthrop-University Hospital administration recently traveled to the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Annual Conference, they had something special to look forward to.
During the June 24-26 meeting at the Sagamore on Lake George, Winthrop was presented the 2009 HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety (Large Hospital Category) from HANYS. The award was in recognition of the hospital’s program that changed medication ordering processes leading to a very successful implementation of a Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system that dramatically enhanced patient safety and improved the quality of patient care. On hand to accept the award were John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop, and Maureen Gaffney, RPAC, RN, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Information Officer.
Last month, I wrote about all the wonderful Farmers’ Markets in our area. We are so fortunate to be able to buy fresh local produce and other assorted items from craftspeople who are our neighbors and friends.
This month, it has come to my attention that there is a problem with some of our tomatoes. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension, there is something called late blight which is affecting tomato and potato plants. This is the same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, so whether you have a small backyard garden like I do, or you are a major nursery, late blight is a disease to which we must all pay attention but be careful not to confuse with early blight, which is much less devastating. According to the experts, it is very destructive and very infectious. It presents with at least nickel-sized olive green to brown spots on leaves with slightly white fungal growth on the underside when conditions have been humid – early morning or after a rainfall. Sometimes the border of the spot is yellow or has a water-soaked appearance..Spots begin tiny, irregularly shaped, and brown. Firm, leather-like brown spots develop on tomato fruit.
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