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Greg Blass

Greg Blass
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Greg has spent his life in public service since he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a teenager. He is a former Suffolk County Family Court judge, six-term Suffolk County legislator and commissioner of Social Services. Now retired, Greg is active in volunteer work and is a board member of several charities. He lives in Jamesport. Email Greg

In Suffolk, hidden taxes help fund runaway government spending

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Suffolk County government's already fat fees keep climbing — along with county debt — allowing politicians to fund runaway spending and make the (false) claim they're not raising taxes.

Our pets rule, influencing lifestyle and housing choices across generations

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Pet ownership is on the rise, with millennials more likely to have pets than any other demographic — and making pet-centered lifestyle, renting and home-buying choices.
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The real Columbus: There’s hard evidence that the modern recast of the great explorer is a myth

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Christopher Columbus has become a controversial figure, with a modern narrative casting him as a greedy, murderous brute. A thought-provoking and compelling reappraisal of Columbus and his legacy shows that there's plenty of hard evidence to the contrary.

Riverhead could see valuable benefits as regional solar energy center — but only if the town plays smart

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Riverhead Town should reap big benefits from being the Long Island 'capital' of solar power production — the way other communities have — but it will happen only if the town plays its cards right.

Why we should read to our kids

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The more we learn about what's best for our kids, the more we see how reading to them is at the top of the list.

How shellfish farming expansion in Suffolk’s waters hit the rocks

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If Suffolk County and the private sector can get their act together, however, the farming of shellfish in our bay waters could add big cash to our local economy and strengthen the ecosystem as well.

L.I. needs tough water consumption limits, a regional conservation plan and access to the Pine Barrens aquifer

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Long Island urgently needs to get serious about water conservation, with tough regulations limiting consumption and a regional plan to tap into the water resources of the Pine Barrens. Column by Greg Blass

There’s a cultural disconnect between soccer and U.S. sports fans

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"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." This maxim of the immortal American football icon Vince Lombardi sums it up. Winning is not "the only thing" in soccer.

Ethics opinions may be ‘advisory’ but moral character is not optional

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Anyone holding public office, or who seeks to, ought to reflect on Rushworth Kidder's simple explanation of ethics as the "science of the ideal human character as well as the science of moral duty."
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Screens, social isolation and suicide

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Screen-time so absorbs life that it leaves little time for anything else and is believed to lead to an increased sense of isolation and loneliness. Column by Greg Blass
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