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The Hippocratic Oath has been passed down through the ages because it contains some perennial wisdom: I will keep the sick from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asks for it, nor make a suggestion to this effect. more
Fifty-one years ago a handsome hunk of a guy showed up for Rosh Hashana dinner at my parents’ house in Cedarhurst with an engagement ring in his pocket. He was all dark curls, red cheeks and heavy breathing, and he couldn’t even wait . . . more
The good news is that the U.S. economy is expected to grow by a solid 3.7 percent in the second half of 2018, while unemployment is now 3.9 percent. Even better news is that the benefits of this growth . . . more
My stomach was churning furiously. The Press Club of Long Island’s first-ever poetry reading on Aug. 23 was to begin in a half-hour at the Huntington Station birthplace of the unparalleled poet and journalist Walt Whitman. Would anyone show? I wondered. more
The only real surprise is that all Melania Trump did was write an anonymous op-ed piece for The New York Times calling her husband impulsive, reckless, petty and amoral. What remarkable self-discipline she has demonstrated . . . more
The U.S. economy is humming along at a brisk pace, fueled by last year’s tax cuts, business growth and strong consumer confidence. Unemployment overall is the lowest in decades . . . more
Next week is the 17th Sept. 11 since Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the United States, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and crashing in a Pennsylvania field. Schools and villages will, I hope . . . more
I suggested that my granddaughter put out her school clothes for her first day back at school as a fourth-grader. When I popped into her room at bedtime . . . more
By every account, there is no question that America is more politically polarized than ever before. Husbands and wives are battling it out over President Trump. Relatives have stopped speaking because . . . more
This month, the Trump administration announced a fresh round of sanctions against Turkey for its continuing detention of an American evangelical pastor. In light of the Turkish government’s increasingly autocratic leanings and its past material support for the Islamic State . . . more
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