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Greg Blass

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.

Hunkered down, waiting to hear that the worst is over

As things unfold rapidly around us, we can only hunker down, waiting, for reports — hopefully soon to come —that the worst is over.

Suffolk County needs an inspector general

We can stand up to inefficiency, incompetence and corruption, and the self-absorbed special interests and power elites who cause it
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Stressed and anxious? Green up your home and office

ndoor plants of any kind remind us of the outdoors, nature, and a slower pace of life, which is instantly calming.
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Abuse, cruelty and a system that failed a child it was supposed to protect

Questions that need answers in the death of 8-year-old Thomas Valva, who died of hypothermia after being forced to spend the night in a freezing garage at his father's Center Moriches home.

CBDs: Are these wonder meds for real?

Research into the value of CBDs shows some pretty powerful results: they relieve pain, aid sleep, reduce tension, ease nerve pain, slow aging, revitalize skin tissue, even balance blood sugar. They've even been called "the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric diseases in the last 50 years."

A daredevil first: Six men row across the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica — but why?

The spirit of adventure lies within each of us. Why do some people embrace it and go where it takes them?

Corruption laid bare — now what?

There was one chilling disclosure after another in the corruption trial of former Suffolk DA Thomas Spota, who, along with former chief of investigations and chief of the DA’s government corruption bureau Christopher McParland, was convicted this month of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and other charges in federal court.

Where have all the bluefish gone?

Vanishing bluefish bring to mind the compelling metaphor on a grand scale of the canary in the coal mine. Common sense dictates that we act far more decisively with restraint, care and rationality as fish in the wild face their unprecedented peril.

A meat-eater’s quandary

Given what we now know about animal sentience, is consuming meat immoral?

Laughter is the medicine for what ails us

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