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Letter: Educate Restaurant Consumers

Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. One of the leading preventable causes of these diseases – the growing waistline of America! Being labeled as overweight or obese has disastrous effects on your cardiovascular health.


Parenting Plus - August 28, 2009

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

Project Rebirth

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America, several artists joined together to produce a soft cover book entitled 9/11: Artists Respond. The book of graphic art showcases the artists’ responses to the terror that befell the world. One nine-frame piece by Jeph Loeb and Scott Campbell entitled “Please Stand By…” features a girl of about eight years of age watching cartoons on television. By the third and fourth frames, the image on the screen changes to a live feed of the Twin Towers ablaze. As the little girl stands transfixed, stuffed animal in hand and her face less than 12 inches from the screen, the commentator announces, “We interrupt this program to take you live…” the little girl turns away and calls, “Mommy…” The next three frames show her mother dropping a basket of laundry. Then, with her face contorted in anguish, the mother embraces her daughter to shield her from the unrelenting images. The final frame is a close-up of the little girl asking, “Mommy, when are the cartoons gonna come back on?”


Letter: New Law Needed

Written by James Morgan McLaughlin Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

I am a Boy Scout who is working towards my Communications merit badge and I have a topic that I feel needs to be brought forward in the public forum.

Copyright laws were originally created to protect the intellectual properties of artists and writers. However, this system was created before the invention of the Internet and hasn’t changed much since that point.

With the widespread use of electronic media, copyright laws have become quite outdated. In my opinion, copyright protection agencies are taking advantage of copyright laws for their own gain, even to the point of going against the wishes of the actual copyright holders.

I firmly believe that this is a misuse of copyright laws in the United States and copyright laws need to be rewritten to adjust to newer forms of media.

James Morgan McLaughlin



Letter: Reach Out America Goes to Washington

Written by Marge Raphael, Chair Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00
On Thursday, July 30, six members of Reach Out America left for Washington, one by train, five by “full” chartered bus leaving from the Port Authority Terminal, at 7 a.m. Along with men and women from across the nation, we were going to celebrate Medicare’s 44th birthday by attending a rally and meeting with our legislators.

The rally at Upper Senate Park, featured many speakers including Dr. David Scheiner, President Obama’s personal physician of 22 years, Rep. John Conyers, Senator Bernie Sanders, state Senator Jim Ferlo, Terry O’Neil, president of the National Organization for Women, “Baucus arrestees,” Dr. Margaret Flowers (Physicians for a National Health Plan representing 16,000 doctors) and Katie Robbins (Healthcare Now!, representing 85,000 nurses) and many more.


What Do You Know About Herricks?

Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00

The Shelter Rock Public Library

Most of Long Island’s public libraries serve the residents of specific school districts, incorporated villages or cities. Herricks and some of the surrounding communities fell through the cracks, and it took a well-organized community campaign dedicated to learning and culture to create Shelter Rock Public Library.


Town Topics - August 7, 2009

Written by Supervisor Jon Kaiman Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

Project Independence

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.


From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - August 7, 2009

Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
State Senate Extends COBRA Healthcare Benefits

The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S5471) that will protect unemployed workers by extending their health insurance benefits from 18 months to 36 months, “ said, Senator Craig M. Johnson.

“In this current economic climate, it is more important than ever to alleviate some of the stress felt by families facing unemployment,” Senator Johnson said. “This legislation will ensure that hard working New Yorkers that have lost their jobs recently through no fault of their own can continue to have access to their healthcare during this transitional period.”


From Sustainable Long Island - July 31, 2009

Written by Sarah Lansdale Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

Secession Might Not Be L.I.’s Solution to Recession, But a Regional Agenda Is

Times have changed. From what seems like our never-ending economic downturn, we are all facing new insecurities about what the future holds for ourselves and our children. We’ve been engulfed in chaos, gloom and swarms of inconsistent responses to this crisis. We are questioning even more, what will it take for us to be better equipped, more prepared next time a recession hits?

Some advocates and lawmakers keep bringing up secession as Long Island’s solution.


Liver Lines - July 24, 2009

Written by David Bernstein Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Many people have been concerned about cholesterol levels in liver disease, especially in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis. People with primary biliary cirrhosis or simply, PBC, have elevated cholesterol levels in the blood. In the early stages of the disease, the good cholesterol or HDL is markedly elevated. As the disease progresses, the paradigm switches and LDL or the bad cholesterol becomes more dominant. The ramifications of an elevated serum cholesterol in PBC are not clear. In the absence of other risk factors, most studies show that elevated cholesterol in this condition is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease. This should be good news for the many people in our area with PBC.


Parenting Plus - July 24, 2009

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Hello Dalai

The Dalai Lama and the New York State Senate

On May 9, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate the Dalai Lama offered an invocation for the New York State Senate, calling for compassion during tough times. The 73-year old spiritual leader of Tibet spoke from the chamber floor about honesty and transparency and told the senators and spectators about his deep respect for American values. “This house,” he said, “I think demonstrates the American democratic system.” Ya think?

Just one month later, as we are now painfully aware, a failed legislative coup paralyzed the system that the Dalai Lama praised in the house that he sanctified. Since that time the State Senate deconstructed into a child’s game of “Who gets to hold the gavel.”


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