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News That Matters – December 1, 2010 – The Hanukkah Edition

On average, 26 Americans die in a terrorist attack each year. Meanwhile, 400,000 will die from poor diet and physical inactivity, 200,000 will die from mistakes by doctors and/or hospitals including legal prescription drug interactions and 85,000 will die from alcohol consumption and related diseases. I’m willing to bet if we spent the resources on the health and welfare of the population that we do to prevent the loss of property from outsiders, those numbers might be very, very different. It’s like it’s okay to have our own establishments do the killing – even in mass numbers – but if anyone outside tries it we declare it a national emergency. Am I the only one who sees this? […]


News That Matters – December 11, 2009 – Things To Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning,

Hanukkah begins at sundown this evening.

According to a Gallup poll, 61% of Americans either do not believe in evolution or are unsure.

It’s been rumored for quite some time that the natural political progression in the south-eastern portion of our county would be that while part-time Assemblyman Greg Ball was off running full-time for Congress, County Legislator Dan Birmingham would be running for the Assembly seat in the 99th district. But things have changed and Mr. Birmingham has decided against a run for the State Assembly.

There were three main reasons Dan gave for not moving up in the political world. For one, he thinks he’d have a hard time asking voters to accept that after he gets sworn in for his three-year Legislative term, a month later he announces he’s running for the Assembly. Second, he was concerned that if he did dedicate the time to running for state office, time away from his Legislative responsibilities, that […]


News That Matters – December 9, 2009

It’s going to cost a little more to provide for your traditional Christmas this year than it has in the past. In fact, it’s going to set you back some $21,465.56, a 1.8% increase over last year. There are some bright spots however: The 6 geese a laying cost $240 last year but only $150 this year. On the other hand, your three french hens increased by 50% from $30 last year to $45 this year. But those twelve lords a’ leaping? Wow! They don’t come cheap, at $4413 for the ten. The nine ladies dancing however, will set you back $5473, the most expensive item the list. You can see the full results here. […]


News That Matters – December 7, 2009

So many of you thought Senator Leibell really did float a bill [S.6969] to outlaw divorce that I spent a good part of the day Saturday fielding questions about the bill and calming several who thought it was legit. I would have preferred the same outrage be directed at the New York State Senate for their outrageous behavior last week instead. Apparently, some married couples value divorce more than they do equal rights. […]