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I remember hiking in 90-degree heat on a dusty but paved road, past fields of fruit trees and vegetable plants. Suddenly, my father-in-law pointed and said in Bulgarian that we should turn into a thicket. more
Watching the Democratic debate marathon(s) two weeks ago drove home to me just how far to the political left the Democratic Party has veered. If it keeps this up . . . more
We’re in the warm clutch of summer, when fireflies begin their dance through the deep velvet nights of June and early July. Summer in our villages and towns has to be held close and breathed in . . . more
Every June 15 we commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is important that we speak openly about elder abuse, because it is a hidden crime that most Americans are reluctant to talk about or even acknowledge. more
With the anxiety of Superstorm Sandy never far from our minds, Long Islanders have watched painfully familiar scenes unfold across the South, the mid-Atlantic and the Caribbean over the past two years . . . more
I have read enough Holocaust literature and American slavery narratives and stories of the infamous poor houses of the 18th and 19th centuries to wonder what I would do if I were a witness to the abuse and persecution of innocent people. more
Remember Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day”? He played a TV reporter repeating Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa., again and again. I often feel the same when I look back at my 20 years of public meetings and debates about multifamily housing’s effects on Long Island schools. more
There are real benefits to holding the collective memory of a community in one’s head. To that point, I recall that more than 25 years ago, a college admissions scandal rocked a nearby high school. more
For decades now, the radical Islamic dictatorship of Iran has been a major supporter and exporter of terrorism. The Iranian ayatollahs who hold their nation in a fanatical grip are desperate . . . more
In just the first five months of this year, 15 states have passed legislation restricting access to abortions in what can only be described as the most egregious attack on women’s rights in 50 years. more
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