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Opinion column by Greg Blass, a retired public servant who served as Suffolk County social services commissioner, NYS family court judge and Suffolk County legislator.

Suffolk’s one-party rule: A compliant legislature rubber-stamps costly measures that benefit the county executive’s political fortunes

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Last month, 11 costly union contracts were rammed through on an emergency basis, with no chance for legislators to review them, no public hearing, no public comment.

EPCAL, Luminati, Triple Five: so many questions we shouldn’t be asking

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It's been more than two months since the town learned of Luminati Aerospace's mounting legal and financial troubles — and CEO Daniel Preston's intention to move his operation off Long Island. Where does that leave the town? We still don't know.

Defend yourself against dangerous germs — especially if you visit the doctor or hospital

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With the rise of drug-resistant bacteria — and now drug resistant yeast — and the resurgence of preventable diseases as more people go without vaccines, protection and prevention practices are more important now than ever. Column by Greg Blass

With arrest warrants already piling up in Riverhead, how will justice court and town police deal with new no-bail system?

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In Riverhead Justice Court, outstanding arrest warrants are already piling up. What's going to happen after the 'bail reform' law kicks in next year and most people charged with crimes will no longer be arrested and brought before a judge?

Stressed? Distracted? Hit the pause button and take a nice, deep breath

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Our in-breath is a remote control for our brains, with direct impact on the electrical signals that communicate with our memory and our emotions. That's why deep, nasal breathing settles the mind proves to be the ideal path to coping with anxiety and stress.

Why does Riverhead allow continued assault on its woodlands?

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Woodlands have real value for all of us — for our individual good health as well as the environment. Yet our town does little to protect them.

Seeking the essence of consciousness in the human brain: spirituality or science?

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Can human consciousness exist outside the physical body? Here's where where science, the spiritual and the paranormal meet.

Sunshine has health benefits that can’t be replaced with a pill

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The negative health effects of zero-tolerance for unblocked exposure to sunlight can't be offset by dietary supplements.

Many reasons why town partnership in waste-to-energy plant is a bad idea

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There are plenty of red flags about the proposal for the Town of Riverhead to partner in a waste-to-energy plant on Youngs Avenue. Column by Greg Blass.

‘Anti-vaxxers’ bring resurgence of preventable — and dangerous — diseases

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A movement based on discredited science has put a generation of children at risk. Measles is a serious virus that can kill your child and you can prevent it with a simple, safe vaccination. Column by Greg Blass
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