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Karl Grossman: Obama and Islamic Terrorism‏

Monday, February 23, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Obama and Islamic Terrorism‏

The following first appeared in The Times of Israel. It was an extraordinary front page even for the New York Post—a tabloid known for unusual front pages. There was a photo of President Barack Obama wearing a blindfold and the words: “Islamic terror? I just don’t see it.” [1] The Post front page came last […]

Karl Grossman: East Hampton law to quell airport noise‏

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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Karl Grossman: East Hampton law to quell airport noise‏

The new East Hampton Town Board has come up with a strategy to deal with what has become Long Island’s biggest noisemaker—helicopter traffic in and out of the town-owned airport in warm-weather months. The choppers fly loud and low over Long Island carrying the well-heeled, able to pay $500 for a one-way ticket, between East […]

Karl Grossman: In Albany, if there ever was a moment for true reform — it’s now

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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Karl Grossman: In Albany, if there ever was a moment for true reform — it’s now

“To sum it up: over the last 15 years more members of the State Assembly have left Albany through the criminal justice system than the ballot box,” notes Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. of Sag Harbor. The indictment of 20-year State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for allegedly taking $4 million in kickbacks for steering legislation […]

Suffok Legislator Sarah Anker Responds to Recent Push Poll

Friday, February 13, 2015

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Suffok Legislator Sarah Anker Responds to Recent Push Poll

I am writing in response to a recent push poll taken to determine electability in upcoming Suffolk County elections. Push polls are phone surveys often with purposely-deceptive questions meant to lead the caller in a direction that benefits a party candidate. A poll recently conducted to test the waters of a potential candidate for Suffolk […]

Karl Grossman: Outlaw push polls as being yet more pollution of our political system

Saturday, February 7, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Outlaw push polls as being yet more pollution of our political system

After last year’s election campaign on Long Island, a negative advertising slugfest—topped by six-term incumbent Tim Bishop being pummeled repeatedly for being “the most corrupt member of Congress” and, in turn, his opponent, Lee Zeldin, being accused of taking thousands of dollars “from corporate polluters who dumped toxic waste in parks and at veterans’ homes”—you […]

Karl Grossman: The world is facing “the new Nazism” —and has to deal with it

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Karl Grossman: The world is facing “the new Nazism” —and has to deal with it

David Cameron, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, was totally correct—being thoroughly realistic—when he spoke recently about the “poisonous, radical death cult” of radical Islam. Cameron was speaking at a press conference with President Barack Obama. His words on radical Islam came after Obama said that “intelligence and military force alone will not solve […]

Karl Grossman: Hooray for Southampton and East Hampton for instituting bans on single-use plastic bags

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Hooray for Southampton and East Hampton for instituting bans on single-use plastic bags

    Hooray for the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton for instituting bans on those single-use plastic bags that litter our landscape and impact on wildlife. Birds get entangled in the bags and sea life can die from ingesting them mistaking them for food. Now it’s high time for all of Long Island as […]

Karl Grossman: It’s Time to Look at the Thermal Effects of Millstone Nukes on Long Island Marine Life

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Karl Grossman: It’s Time to Look at the Thermal Effects of Millstone Nukes on Long Island Marine Life

  Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is seeking to get county government to commission a study on the heating of waters of the Long Island Sound and Peconic Estuary by the two Millstone nuclear power plants in Connecticut, just 11 miles cross the Sound from the North Fork, and the impact of this on marine […]

Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick: Create a Bi-Partisan Coalition to take Speaker Seat out of NYC

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick: Create a Bi-Partisan Coalition to take Speaker Seat out of NYC

The time has come for a new era. While Speaker Sheldon Silver is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the stain of these allegations can never be washed away. The Assembly needs a fresh start, not just a fresh face. A temporary ceding of power cannot, and will not, work. The people we serve, the very […]

Karl Grossman: Will Mr. Krupski’s lone voice in Suffolk county government be heeded?

Monday, January 19, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Will Mr. Krupski’s lone voice in Suffolk county government be heeded?

“We live on an island made of sand.” That’s how Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski accurately describes Long Island. Mr. Krupski well understands the nature of the island’s coastline. For 20 years he was a member of the Southold Town Board of Trustees, for14 years its president. The Southold Trustees, with origins dating back to […]

Michael A. Montesano: New Yorkers Need Real Solutions

Friday, January 16, 2015

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Michael A. Montesano: New Yorkers Need Real Solutions

A statement on the governor’s proposal for a new property tax credit “Tax relief in any form will always be welcomed by Long Islanders, but the recent property tax credit proposal from the governor does not appear to be a suitable, long-term solution to our exorbitant taxes. While I look forward to learning more about […]

Kudos to Obama for Not Going to the Paris Protest

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Kudos to Obama for Not Going to the Paris Protest

  Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen the powerful images of foreign leaders marching arm-in-arm, with France, to protest the Paris attacks on the satirical political weekly Charlie Hebdo.  President Obama has been taking a beating lately for not sending a high-ranking official to the rally that attracted the largest crowds to the […]

Karl Grossman: Have you been to the movies lately — and suffered through the ads?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Karl Grossman: Have you been to the movies lately — and suffered through the ads?

Have you been to the movies lately and suffered through the half-hour mostly of ads and then coming attractions before the feature film finally appears?  On Long Island, indeed across the United States, that has now become the movie-going experience. It’s obnoxious, punishing. And, I’d say, counter-productive for the film industry. “Movies Have Worst Summer […]

Johnson & Atherton: Eminent domain abuse in Brookhaven

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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Johnson & Atherton: Eminent domain abuse in Brookhaven

  By Robert Everett Johnson and Garrett Atherton Almost anywhere else in America, what the Town of Brookhaven is doing to Greg Mensch would be against the law. The town has declared Mench’s property to be “blighted,” although nobody would consider his property blighted in the normal sense of the word. The blight designation is a first procedural […]

Guest Columnist Douglas Gladstone: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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Guest Columnist Douglas Gladstone: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore

“The truth is like the sun, you can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.” That quote from Elvis Presley has always struck a chord with me. Especially when my thoughts turn to an obscure Italian immigrant named Luigi Del Bianco. Hopefully, since 28 percent of Suffolk County’s population identifies themselves […]

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