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Krupski: Proposed public assembly bill would have threatened basic rights

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It is my sincere belief that the unintended consequences for civil rights contained in this piece of legislation were an oversight on the county executive’s office and I am glad it has been withdrawn.

Greg Blass Why the disappearance of butterfly species should worry all of us

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Variation is normal, but the numbers of Monarch butterflies have all but crashed. The Monarch's food and nesting source, the wildflower known as milkweed, has disappeared rapidly — 150 million acres of milkweed in the U.S. are gone.

Pastor: I don’t know why event was moved

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The reason a meeting was moved from St. John the Evangelist was misunderstood, priest says.

Please fix what’s broken about health care, but don’t break what’s not: an open letter to my congressman

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Do we really want all Americans to have access to health care — effective, affordable health care? When people can’t afford to buy it on their own, should the rest of us pay? Is health care a right? Or is it privilege?

Suffolk Closeup Suffolk OTB gambles on video slots casino

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Suffolk OTB hopes a new casino in Islandia, which by summer will offer more than 1,000 video slot machines, will gross $2 billion per year and lift OTB out of bankruptcy.

Greg Blass As groundwater quality crisis worsens, it’s time to tap Pine Barrens water reserve

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Ever since the undeveloped acres in the Pine Barrens started to be bought up with a specially dedicated, quarter-cent sales tax-funded bonding in 1987, the intention was as a future, rainy day kind of water resource. That rainy day is here — in spades.

Suffolk Closeup Thiele introduces measure that would help fund advanced septic sytems

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Like the legislation sought by County Executive Steve Bellone last year, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele's proposal would create a fund with a $1-per-thousand water surcharge for public water customers. The fund would help homeowners install costly advanced septic systems.

In My Opinion Why Riverhead is still missing the mark on downtown revitalization

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Smart growth is needed. This takes planning and a strong commitment to encourage development that provides a variety of housing types, not just rental apartments.

Suffolk Closeup Signs, signs, everywhere the signs – It’s time to end New York’s visual pollution

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It's time to purge New York's roads and highways of the billboards and signs that litter and mar the landscape — starting with the state's own roadside ad campaign.

Letter: The health care Trump voters want

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Trump voters who obtained health care coverage on an ACA marketplace or through expanded Medicaid want more affordable premiums but are distressed about possibly losing their insurance.