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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.
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Laughter is the medicine for what ails us

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Laughter is good for us and may even provide healing refuge in a culture where arguments and attacks prevail.

The power of forgiveness in an unforgiving world

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping that it will kill your enemies.” - Nelson Mandela, who spent nearly 30 years in prison for anti-apartheid activism, shown here shaking hands with State President of South Africa Frederik de Klerk in 1992.

Alexei Leonov, space artist and pioneer

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Trailblazing voyager cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, 85, the first person to walk in space (in March 1965) died Oct. 11 — as two astronauts worked outside the International Space Station.

Local folklore: the common wisdom, customs and superstitions that shaped the way our ancestors lived

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A look at the the beliefs and practical knowledge that guided people's lives in a bygone era.

In Suffolk’s jail, a nun with a heart for those behind bars

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A chaplain at the Suffolk County jail for 26 years, Sister Michelle Bremer counsels, teaches and restores trust in the hearts of the incarcerated.

Despite denials and assurances, a Calverton casino remains a real possibility

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If the State of New York and the billionaire-backed Shinnecock/Seminole partnership decide to develop a casino at EPCAL, will Riverhead have anything to say about it?

Are your water and soda bottles hacking into your body’s hormone system?

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Unregulated inert ingredients in plastic bottles disrupt the functions of the human endocrine system, the glands that produce the hormones that control nearly every bodily function.
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Lessons I learned about the perils of dehydration and the quality of health care in our community

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Hot weather, dehydration and the pain of a kidney stone leads to a trip to the hospital via ambulance.

Will county taxpayers recoup any money from a ‘faithless servant’?

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After Democrats squashed a Republican attempt to get restitution from Suffolk's ex-police chief for a $1.5 million judgment due to his criminal behavior, a lawsuit to recover the ex-chief 's pay has been placed in the hands of a law firm whose partners have contributed more than $30,000 to the county executive's campaigns. Will that affect the outcome of the suit — or at least keep it out of the public eye until after Election Day?

Since we have to go, why not go green?

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It's time to rethink our traditions surrounding death from an environmental perspective. Column by Greg Blass
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