While it is true that the issues related to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” are not simple we should not be influenced by much of the misinformation that has been disseminated and we should base our decisions on the facts and develop a regulatory regime which can assure safety and environmental sensitivity.
It is ironic that natural gas development, which can reduce carbon emissions by a third compared to oil and a half compared to coal, is caught in an emotional debate over environmental impacts. As businessman and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, using data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, this abundant new gas source has reduced our oil imports from 60 percent in 2005 to 47 percent today. Recent events in the Middle East should reinforce the need for a U.S. energy policy based on domestic natural gas.
It was like a dagger in the heart.
“Your kitchen is so dated,” was the remark that belittled the Greenberg kitchen. It was true that we were living with the original cabinetry from the builder when we moved into our new home on April 3, 1983. How do you get outdated so quickly?
The cabinet doors still close well and they still manage to hold our spices and cans of tomato soup. The wine cabinets and the varied types of glasses are ensconced comfortably. Vitamins and fish oil fit comfortably into their space. The knives and forks and spoons all lie in their spots.
Considering that from September 2005 until February 2010, nothing was done about its “systematic failure”— under the leadership(?) of two different police commissioners— how can the public have any faith that now, things will finally change for the better? Especially since not one person has been fired for their dereliction of duty; no one has had to forfeit the salary they were paid for jobs they clearly weren’t doing (at least not properly); and nobody has been arrested, prosecuted, or imprisoned for their failures to do their part in keeping the lab “compliant with state law,” which seem to me like “crimes” (whether of commission or omission.)
As representatives of many voices in the breast cancer community on Long Island, our coalition urges Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York State since 25 percent of chemicals used in the fracking process have been demonstrated to cause cancer or mutations. Hydrofracking companies use products containing 13 different known and suspected carcinogens. Two of those carcinogens, benzene and ethylene oxide are linked with breast cancer as cited recently by a report released by the Institute of Medicine.
Moreover, 37 percent of chemicals in fracking fluids are endocrine disruptors which alter hormonal signaling and in doing so can place cells on the pathway to tumor formation. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has been implicated in cancers of the breast, prostate, pituitary, testicle, and ovary.
A few weeks ago, in an attempt to fight off a cold, I ordered a bowl of chicken soup at a local lunch counter. One of the counter boys who is in his late teens asked me if I heard that the United States was just declared a war-zone by the U.S. Senate. I said, “What are you talking about?”
He filled me in. But what he told me didn’t fully compute. What he said, in a nutshell, was that the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would empower the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens and detain them anywhere in the world without being charged or without a trial. I didn’t want to be dismissive. I questioned myself, “Why didn’t I hear about this in the mainstream media?”
We left Hicksville Station at 4:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon on our way to see Seminar, a Broadway play on 45th Street at the Golden Theater. Our seats were in the rear-mezzanine, but they offered a great view of the stage.
Sitting next to me was a tall fellow and his date. When we spoke he had this smooth, rich, husky bass voice. It was quite impressive. He laughed at all the right places so I assumed he was well-read and up-to-date.
If ever you wanted to compare the benefits of Capitalism and Communism, all you have to do is look at the Korean Peninsula. The recent death of Kim Jong Il at age 69 brought this question to mind in a stark manner. North Korea (above the 38th parallel) is suffering from food shortages and a harsh economic climate while South Korea (below the 38th) is a thriving democracy selling cars and electronic devices to the world.
While North Korea is producing nuclear bombs and rockets, South Korea is producing Samsung wide television sets and automobiles such as Hyundai, Kia and many other peaceful products.
Don’t let the unseasonably warm weather fool you. Winter is coming soon, and things are going to get frosty before you know it! Cold weather can cause serious problems for household water pipes and sprinkler systems. Each winter, your pipes can freeze and possibly burst, potentially costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. While these issues affect many homeowners each year, there are a variety of quick, easy steps that you can take to protect your home from water-related damage and unnecessary expenses during the winter months.
In order to avoid damaging pipes, sprinkler systems should be winterized before the temperature dips below freezing. Make sure to drain and turn off your sprinkler system before the start of the winter season. Also be sure to drain outside faucets and turn off all other outside water sources to prevent freezing and breaks. Additionally, check your water meter pit cover to ensure that it is intact and firmly bolted down. Shutting off and draining all water service lines to unheated structures until spring will prevent breaks to these lines.
The recent media revival of the shipboard death of Natalie Wood awakened a sore place, 30 years dormant in my heart. I definitely had a crush on this tiny little actress.
The first time I ever saw her perform, she was playing a little girl in Macy’s Department Store in the delightful 1947 fantasy Miracle on 34th Street. The wonderful cast included Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara and John Payne. After that performance, she was destined to become a movie star in later life.
We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in this week’s election for Water District Commissioner.
As always, the goal of the Water District Board of Commissioners is to serve the Plainview-Old Bethpage community and oversee that the district is protecting the region’s water supply for the present and future.
We will continue to implement proactive and progressive testing into our water supply and integrate state-of-the-art technology into the daily operation of the water supply system.
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