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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.

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

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

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

"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

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."

Screens, social isolation and suicide

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

Tree-huggers are onto something: How trees support life, reduce stress and increase property values

As much as the air we breathe, most of us take trees for granted. But the very air we breathe depends on trees. Some...

From shrinking navigable waterways to scarce repair technicians, local marine industry faces existential challenges

Column: The small businesses that make up the marine industry, a staple of our local economy, face mounting challenges that must be addressed.

If you support the current EPCAL land deal, did you actually read the contract?

What does the contract say about what the buyer has to do with the property after the $40 million deal closes? What guarantee does the town get about the buyer's performance? The answers to these two simple questions should shock you. Column by Greg Blass.

Is the battle to control vectors — and the diseases they spread — winnable?

Long Island is now considered "ground zero" for Lyme disease and once-exotic viruses and other infections are gaining a growing foothold. How goes our struggle against these vectors and the costly and deadly illness they bring with their bites? In two understated words: not well.

Exploring the magic and mystery of music

Let’s take a breather from all the stressful goings on here and about, and take the time to dwell on something special in life...
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