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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.

Greg Blass: Sleep is much more than ‘beauty rest’

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We've become a sleep-deprived society, beginning with childhood. And it's wreaking havoc on our health.

Greg Blass on EPCAL: Tread carefully, Riverhead

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There's more than meets the eye in this suspenseful mix of high-end finance, jet-set real estate investors, a huge, daunting land deal and local politics.

Greg Blass How will the SCCC fitness center fare?

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The fitness center at Suffolk County Community College's eastern campus will have a lot of private sector competition on the East End. How will it measure up?

Greg Blass Why the disappearance of butterfly species should worry all of us

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Variation is normal, but the numbers of Monarch butterflies have all but crashed. The Monarch's food and nesting source, the wildflower known as milkweed, has disappeared rapidly — 150 million acres of milkweed in the U.S. are gone.

Greg Blass As groundwater quality crisis worsens, it’s time to tap Pine Barrens water reserve

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Ever since the undeveloped acres in the Pine Barrens started to be bought up with a specially dedicated, quarter-cent sales tax-funded bonding in 1987, the intention was as a future, rainy day kind of water resource. That rainy day is here — in spades.

Greg Blass The president versus the press: news conferences like we’ve never seen before

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A self-confessed presidential news conference groupie, Greg Blass reflects on how point-counterpoint of the past has evolved into punch-counterpunch, with news conferences suited less for the East Room and more for Madison Square Garden.

Greg Blass This court can save your child’s life

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The return of the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court in Suffolk County is good news for parents and families.

Greg Blass Ever-elusive, wisdom requires an open mind and plenty of self-doubt

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"Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."

Greg Blass Should state step in to stop Suffolk’s fiscal free-fall? Probably, but politics intervenes

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Drastic action is needed to save our insolvent county, but political alliances get in the way.

Greg Blass American political discourse today: with malice toward all who disagree

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Is there room for civil discourse anymore, as ridicule and disrespect take a tighter grip on both sides? Seeing the problem this way may help solve it. Is there any hope for the approach Abe Lincoln prescribed: "with malice toward none?"