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Micah Danney (Editor) June 1, 2012 at 04:14 pm
Some Mayan scholars say 2012 has been misinterpreted as a "doomsday" event - that the yearRead More is actually a rough prediction for the time the next great civilization will be transformed. They say the Mayans understood societies as progressing cyclically rather than in a linear fashion, and that societies reach a tipping point as technological advances and population growth create an excessive use of resources which leads to conflict. Their prediction, as I understand it, pertains to how the society responds to this tipping point - by adapting to the changing circumstances and surviving, or continuing destructive habits and ensuring its own destruction.
Joe Dowd (Editor) June 1, 2012 at 04:22 pm
No matter what happens, I plan to cover it.
Kristen Ferrari June 1, 2012 at 05:01 pm
Joe, if you get any tips that its near, please pass it along!
Catherine Mary May 15, 2012 at 07:44 pm
I have no problem with gay marriage, never did. We are supposedly entitled to life, liberty and theRead More pursuit of happiness. I do however have a problem with changing your political position to gain votes. I have no time for a political panderer. And I personally doubt Obama really approves of gay marriage. But he does need votes.
Robert Powers May 21, 2012 at 08:20 pm
Tom - well said. Thank you for being an ally. You hit the mark on many points. My partner Howard andRead More I have been together for almost 22 years and married 3 years. As consenting adults all we want is the same benefits given to us as you and your wife receive through marriage. What people do not realize is that we do not have the same benefits. I was in the hospital and Howard was not going to be able to visit beacuse he was not considered family. If either one of us die the other can not receive the others Social Security. The list of missing benefits go on and on. There is a great article in this months New Yorker Magazine that I think everyone should read. Thanks again you you Tom and all of the other ally's.
Tom LaSusa May 21, 2012 at 08:23 pm
Hi Robert, Congratulations to you and your husband! Thanks for your thoughts. Best, T
Tom LaSusa March 19, 2012 at 07:58 pm
Hey there Matthew! Thanks for your thoughts. Funny, I had written this before I had seen the DarkRead More Shadows trailer. I was a big fan of the original, and I didn't completely hate the short lived reboot back in '91 (which suffered primarily from constant pre-emptings by news of the War). As for this version -- when I saw how cartoonish Johnny Depp looked in some of the early pictures, I was worried. But now that I know they are going for an intentional spoof (sort of what they did with 'The Brady Bunch' movies some years back), Im ready to breathe a sigh of relief and just enjoy the sillyness. Guess we'll see. I'll have to give the Prometheus trailers another go around. Maybe my interest will peak! T
Matthew Hogan March 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm
Yeah, I just can't bite on the spoof. I remember watching reruns of the original series when I wasRead More around 10 and I loved it ... still do. I like a couple of the viral videos they've done for 'Prometheus' -- I have faith in Scott, but I guess we'll see.
Tom LaSusa March 20, 2012 at 01:09 am
Just saw the most recent 'Prometheus' trailer. I'll admit I'm more intrigued a bit more now. DoRead More you think this is really a tie-in to the original 'Alien' series?
Kim Ciano March 10, 2012 at 02:15 am
I love your article !!!! I have a similar story. My mother had her first colonoscopy at 67 yearsRead More old. Hind sight shows us that she had symptoms for many years. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer after her FIRST colonoscopy. Colon Cancer is preventable and curable. Get your colonoscopy !!!! It takes 7 years for a polyp to turn to cancer.
Tom LaSusa March 10, 2012 at 04:59 am
Hi Kim, Thanks for sharing your story and condolences on the loss of your mom. And thanks alsoRead More for the reminder on the time it takes for the polyp to turn cancerous. I completely forgot about that. Hopefully others will take heed! Best, Tom
Robert J. Pape, Jr. March 24, 2012 at 09:38 pm
Tom: Great article and very accurate. It is the best 20 minutes sleep I've had in 25 years.Read More Even the prep the day before has gotten better. It is a test well worth taking for yourself and those you love.
John Meoff February 21, 2012 at 08:04 pm
Funny thing is, I agree mostly with what you say. But have you ever -- I'm sure you have --Read More encountered the "Don't tell me how to raise my kids" parent? I'm sure most people in this day and age just don't want the confrontation. Granted, calling Friendly's a greasy spoon insults greasy spoons. The other patrons were not, after all, at the Waldorf. They should have asked for a different table if it really bothered them that much.
Tom LaSusa February 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm
That's a very good point, John. And you're right to play 'Devil's Advocate' on this, because we'veRead More all seen more than our share of out of control kids, with parents completely ignoring the situation or getting bent out of shape when they're asked to wrangle them in. This woman didn't know me from a hole in the wall, so perhaps she thought I might react similarly. However, if she was spending that much time watching us (while she made her disparaging comments), she would have seen me and my wife reminding the kids not to get too unruly. Sometimes all it takes is a little human intelligence to survey the situation and determine what the best course of action is. I can assure you it's not "I wish that little black kid would shut up." You're absolutely right though -- they could have asked for another table if it was that much of a concern. However IMO, I think the patron was eager for a confrontation. Which, had I heard her directly, I still wouldn't have given her the satisfaction of -- that's not the kind of behavior you display in front of your children. Guess that's a lesson she never learned.
Robert Demarco February 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Unfortunately, nastiness has become part of the landscape on Long Island. It is obvious in the wayRead More people act, the way they drive, the "me first" attitude. If you go to a place like Friendly's, you need to expect there will be children acting like children. If this bothers you, go to a diner or someplace that is quieter.
James M. February 20, 2012 at 07:46 pm
Here Here
Anthony Basile March 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm
The premise that religious groups want gays, lesbians and transgenders to be attacked or brutalizedRead More is absurd. The religious groups, by necessity, have to attempt to influence the political landscape. The past 100 years have seen our religious freedoms trampled and our beliefs ridiculed. It's time that we have our voice heard over the din of everyone else calling us zealots, wacos and "archaic". The role of government as intended by our founders was to ensure the safety of it's citizens, protection of their land from outside invaders and champions of the rights "endowed by our Creator". The problem is people spew hate filled cliches' without thinking about what they mean or actually engaging in a conversation to try to understand. So, yes, it's about time people of faith stand up and defend their rights under Article I of the Constitution. Debate is Healthy
John Rennhack March 8, 2012 at 01:56 am
PLEASE provide examples of "religious freedoms trampled." PLEASE. I would LOVE to find outRead More that government agencies are now open on christmas (a religious holiday) or that churches have been closed and religious texts burned. I'd love to find out about how people are not allowed to congregate and observe their holy days. I'd liek to defend my right as a taxpayer not having to subsidize religion. No more tax exempt status.
Tom LaSusa January 26, 2012 at 09:42 pm
Thanks for your thoughts, James! T
Concerned taxpayer February 9, 2012 at 03:06 pm
Why should the wealthy pay more in taxes. They use fewer services and at some point they have to beRead More saying "enough is enough." It is vile and obscene that Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame will owe over TWO BILLION DOLLARS in tax upon the IPO of his company. Think about it! $2,000,000,000! No one should pay that much in their entire working lives much yet in a single tax year. But that's his REWARD for ingenuity and hard wark. Hardly capitalist is it?
Concerned taxpayer February 9, 2012 at 03:17 pm
In these arguements I always reminded of this hydopthetical anecdode: An admin assistant for a titanRead More of Wall Street lives in public housing in the Bronx and uses heavily-subsidized mass transit to travel to and from her job. Her two kids attend public schools where they recieve free breakfast and lunch, arriving on public school buses. On summer weekends, the assistant takes them to Orchard Beach by bus. After the day of sun and fun, she buys the ingredients fpor dinner on food stamps. When they fall ill, her medical costs are borne by the city and state. Elsewhere, the Wall Streeter resides in a pre-war doorman building on Park Avenue for which she paid $4M cash and which continues to cost her over $65k in property taxes each year. This is on top of the more than $11k in common charges that are used to employ a staff of 12 union workers. She travels to and from work in a private car paid in full by her employer. Her only child attends a prestigious private school and travels there via a car paid for by his mother. During the summer months, they helicopter each Friday to their summer rental in the Hamptons ($150k for the season). Her housekeeper does the weekly grocery shopping online, spending more than $500 with Fresh Direct, again employing people. Now tell me who uses services and who should have to pay for them?
John Ren December 11, 2011 at 09:29 am
Only someone posting anonymously would go for the ad hominem attack. Also what is incredible is thatRead More someone claiming someone else is "anti-Christian" is probably not as " christian" as they pretend to be.
Nick Tonno Sr December 19, 2011 at 01:22 am
It is America,i was brought up that Christmas is MERRY CHRISTMAS and my grandparents grandparentsRead More said MERRY CHRISTMAS ,this is our holiday and lets respect the founding fathers and folks from america,it is MERRY CHRISTMAS,for those choose happy holidays ,wish me a happy holiday on 4th of july ,memorial day ,flag day ,veterans day labor day.CHRISTMAS IS CHRISTMAS ITS MERRY CHRISTMAS ,your here from another country that doesnt call it Christmas oh well.IM NOT BEING HARSH IM SICK OF ALL THIS CRAP and now theres some nut in nrday today say rudolph the red nose reindeer shouldnt be watched cause it is considered bullying ,what the hell is this country doing ,this is such crap.just leave our holiday alone and stay out of it if you do not celebrate Christmas.MERRY CHRISTMAS
Tanii C. December 21, 2011 at 05:51 pm
FYI the United States and the world for that fact is not a Christian place. And as I have stated inRead More other posts, the choice of December 25th as Christ's birthday was a tactic by the early Church to more easily convert Pagans to Christianity, most of the Christian holidays are centered around early Pagan celebrations. Merry ChristmaHanuKwanzica! and Happy Festivius!
Tom LaSusa November 17, 2011 at 07:08 pm
Thanks for the comment, Adrienne! I think it's a great idea, and one I hope our boys will embraceRead More when that time comes. :)
Christine November 30, 2011 at 08:26 pm
Great piece. :)
Tom LaSusa November 30, 2011 at 08:46 pm
Thanks so much Christine!
John Q November 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm
There is a law in Nassau County that you can not post any signs on telephone poles. Why would peopleRead More vote for a politician who starts out his campaign by breaking the Law? I don’t mind people putting signs on their lawns or business supporting a politician but when I see a sign posted on state, county and town property that is illegal as well. The candidate should be held responsible and if they are not removed in a timely fashion they should be fined. Are politicians above the law? Try and place a sign promoting your business in the middle of Hempstead turnpike and see what happens. Why would someone want to vote for a candidate that already is making Levittown look like a ghetto? They want you to believe that they care about you but they will make your town look like a ghetto just to get in office.
diane November 8, 2011 at 01:31 pm
Also...Today is election day, I would like to vote for whomever passes legislation to make it aRead More felony to leave any signs posted more than 24 hours after the election is over! Anybody running on a platform to take-back the turnpike???
John Q November 8, 2011 at 08:36 pm
I Agree Diane
Tanii C. September 28, 2011 at 11:21 am
First off, that was an amazing post. As to my opinion I have to agree that social services of anyRead More kind are a tricky subject. If we just stick to health care, I do believe we need to have a universal basic health care package for all legal citizens. You should be able to walk into any doctor's office and get free preventative medical care/medicines. If you are born with an illness and at least one of your parents is a legal citizen then you should be covered by long term free medical care. Anything above and beyond normal preventative/post childhood diseases people should have to carry some sort of out of pocket medical insurance, for example - because a person did not listen to their free doctor's preventative advice a person gets a disease then said person should have to pay out of pocket/through insurance to remedy the issue i.e. obesity related diseases. For diseases like most cancers that can't be completely attributed to human behavior (I think everything at some point has been determined to give you cancer) then people when they are diagnosed should have to obtain insurance to help cover the medical costs other wise they have to pay for everything out of pocket. I know it sounds weird but it would be kind of like a disease club plan, you're diagnosed you sign up/pay in and you save on treatment. (I really need to flush this idea out so don't be too harsh) As for those who are out of work and contract diseases, we should provide temporary assistance until they
Tanii C. September 28, 2011 at 11:27 am
can find employment or figure out a way that they can be productive members of society and still beRead More sick. Maybe some sort of government sponsored terminally ill work as home program. And finally the health care industry needs to stop being about making money hand over fist and more about helping people. I know doctors, nurses etc need to be compensated for the work they do but come on why should they charge 100 bucks for a vaccine? I know they probably only get $10-$20 from the insurance company but then shouldn't they just charge the insurance company/patient $10-$20. Oye health care is a very tricky subject indeed because on the one hand its so simple and the other hand so complex. Again great post.
Tom LaSusa October 8, 2011 at 05:21 am
Hi Tanii, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! You have some pretty solid ideas there. BestRead More Tom
Martin August 30, 2011 at 12:57 am
Aren't you the same Tom LaSusa that slammed the school district and said that you don't believe thatRead More there will ever be all day kindergarten and they are all liars when it was announced this year we would have it in 2011/12??? Where is your apology? Didn't you also loudly complain but do nothing when YOM closed down? You wanted the district to open a day care and where concerned about the effects it would have on your mom? Now that there is an early morning program cheaper then YOM's where is that apology for the name calling too?? I don't see that kindergarten thread anywhere. Did you take it down? I guess you can keep waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive in your fantasy world Mr. LaSusa, but I can tell you one thing for certain. ALL DAY KINDERGARTEN WILL ARRIVE SEPTEMBER 7TH 2011. So will the early morning program, and I intend to use it fully. As for yourself, you have finally found something more suited to your beliefs, the coming of the Great Pumpkin. You can sit in your pumpkin patch, He won't show up. Doers make things happen, not complainers.
Tom LaSusa October 3, 2011 at 05:57 pm
Hi Martin, Sorry I missed your comment when you posted it in August. But better late than never IRead More guess. First, I guess you're not a fan of Halloween. No worries. It's not for everyone. Second, yes -- a while back I was upset, and expressed as such, that there was no full day kindergarten. Given the fact that the district had been promising full day for many years, however, I don't think I need to apologize. I'm just glad that my neighbors can take advantage of it now. As for when YOM closed, you make the mistake of saying I did nothing. First, I wrote letters to several politicians and local papers. Second, when the people operating YOM asked for help collecting signatures for a petition to keep YOM going, I went door to door on my block and asked anyone willing to sign to do so. So in fact, I did actually do something. Would you care to share with us what involvement YOU had? As for the morning daycare -- yes, I'm aware that there is now a service provided. I'm also aware of a number of parents that can't afford to use it because they are struggling to make ends meet. Some however are forced to now because of the change in school hours -- in order to get to work on time they had no choice but to put their child into the AM program, thereby stretching their income further... Will continue in next comment since I'm running out of characters here...
Tom LaSusa October 3, 2011 at 06:05 pm
So yes, it's great that they have it for those who can afford it. Again, not sure why I need toRead More apologize for voicing my frustrations about programs/benefits were being taken away from the community. Further, If memory serves, I didn't actually write the Kindergarten thread. I only commented on it -- I only started officially blogging for the patch back in July. So if you can't find it you may want to reach out to the editor. I'd be very interested to see that thread as well, Martin because you seem to have a recollection of it that suggests I was almost visceral in my opinions. And while I will admit I get passionate sometimes, I don't recall calling anyone a liar. By all means please drop me a line or post here if you find the original discussion Martin. But again, I will say that my opinions at the time were exactly THAT -- and during that time there seemed to be no clear sign of full day kindergarten. As for my mom and the other seniors in the area, there's still no YOM for them to my knowledge. Fortunately they have found other outlets, but even those are being threatened by budget cuts. If they do close down, you can be sure I'll have some opinions about that too. Now, if you don't mind, I have some pumpkins to carve. :)
carol klein August 7, 2011 at 05:27 pm
I had trouble learning, didn’t have the latest clothes, and I was heavy. I was the perfectRead More target for bullying. I was lucky to have good friends and some acquaintance through those hard years so I did had some sense of being a normal teenager and self worth. After high school, I lost a lot of weight, married, and work, have 3 children and a granddaughter, started a company and an organztion called, Our Heroes Night Out. Do I have a normal fulfilling life? Yes I do. Does the bulling still hurt? Not as much but yes it does. I sometimes thank those who bullied me, if I wasn’t the underdog all those years I wouldn’t have the compassion I have for others and would not be doing the things I am doing now. I feel sorry for bullies, your cowards who get your strength and needed attention from others by bullying. People go along with bulling, they think it’s just for fun and a game. It’s not so, keep the no tolerance strong and working. My simple rules for tolerance not everyone is suppose to be the same as you and even though a person isn’t wearing cool clothes or doesn’t do what you like they are people with feeling and bring diversity to the world. It takes a strong person to find something nice to say about someone then it does something cruel. Your not suppose to like or even get along with everyone just stay away from them. To those that bullied me, you missed your chance of having me as a friend! Carol Chaimowitz, Klein class of 76
Tom LaSusa September 29, 2011 at 08:49 pm
Chris and Carol, Apologies for not responding sooner -- I completely missed both your comments whenRead More they first posted. Thanks so much for sharing your personal experiences and insights here. I think Carol you have a great point there -- those that bullied us missed out on a great friend: Someone they could have counted on to be there for them. And yes, Chris -- when you find the right people, it makes all the difference in the world. The majority of my best/closest friends are all those I made in college, save for one I made in High school. It too many years for me to find those people, but in alot of ways the wait was very much worth it. Best T
Noelle Allen January 5, 2012 at 04:23 pm
the bullying was always there it may be taking on a different face now and i cant even imagine whatRead More kids are going through with these social media sites and the anonymity that goes along with them. I guess even bullying would eventually technically evolve as well.
Bob Koenig July 15, 2011 at 01:58 am
I'll be there tomorrow night, 7-9 PM.
Tom LaSusa July 15, 2011 at 02:15 am
Cool! I'll try to stop by!
Joe Williams July 15, 2011 at 11:33 am
Hey Tom great blog! Say hello to Kim and the boys for me!
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