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Letter: Need Luminati public hearing now

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Opinion: The town should hold a public hearing on the EPCAL deal before it moves further along.

Thiele: $7.6 billion bailout for aging upstate nuclear plants a double insult to L.I. ratepayers

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Long Islanders paid for LILCO’s Shoreham mistake so that a nuclear plant would not open. Now the state wants Long Islanders to pay again so that nuclear plants in another part of New York will not close.

Greg Blass How will the SCCC fitness center fare?

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The fitness center at Suffolk County Community College's eastern campus will have a lot of private sector competition on the East End. How will it measure up?

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contained in this piece of legislation were an oversight on the county executive’s office and I am glad it has been withdrawn.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.