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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.

The return of the Monarch butterfly and the Mexican man who became its unlikely champion

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Millions of Monarch butterflies will return to the Northeast this spring in unexpectedly large numbers. Here's the story of Homero Gomez, a Mexican man who became an unlikely champion of the Monarch.

What awaits us as we step into this strange new world?

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It’s as if every tentative step we take to reopen is an experiment in a laboratory. But we have already pulled through some grim times — and we’ll pull through these worst of times as well.
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Wild turkeys: Wonder of nature or annoying pest?

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Benjamin Franklin preferred this native American bird over the Bald Eagle for the centerpiece of the Great Seal of the United States. As the wild turkey population has rebounded from virtual extinction to about 6,000 on Long Island, not all residents would agree with the Founding Father's assessment.

Coronavirus may expose Suffolk’s dire fiscal condition to be worse than feared

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County officials say that a two-month extension of the property tax deadline will put the county in default on paying some of its bonded debt of $329 million due in July, and another $74 million due in August. Column by Greg Blass

What can we learn from humanity’s long history of pandemics?

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The history of pandemics dates back to at least 430 B.C. What have we learned from these periodic deadly outbreaks?

Hunkered down, waiting to hear that the worst is over

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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."
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