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Bob McMillanAn Opinion

By Bob McMillan
Presidents v. The Supreme Court

The recent political chatter about “Obamacare” before the Supreme Court of the United States got a great deal of media attention.  President Obama added fuel to the fire when he declared, “Ultimately, I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

For someone who was a law professor those words were absurd.  Even if a bill passed unanimously in the house and senate, it could still be overturned – if the law was in violation of the Constitution.


Michael Miller

Viewpoint

By Michael Miller
1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing

Nelson Rockefeller’s nomination for Governor in 1958 was partly an upstate revolt against the continued domination of party affairs by the Nassau Republican organization. Rockefeller was a man who always had bigger fish to fry, and throughout his almost 15 years as governor, he often went out of his way not to step on the toes of the touchy Nassau GOP. That’s why Nassau is the only large New York county without a state office building. Respect the turf.

Just before taking office, Rockefeller announced that State Senator William Hults would be Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, but not until the end of the 1959 legislative session, so that Glen Cove, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay and a sliver of Hempstead wouldn’t lose their Senate representation until 1960.


Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry
The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’

The Nassau County district attorney’s (DA) office makes a cameo appearance in Empty Mansions, an incredible book about Huguette Clark (1906-2011), the Manhattan-raised heiress whose generosity and eccentricities were legendary.

Now that Ryan Murphy, a creator of television’s “Glee,” has optioned Empty Mansions’ film rights, I imagine a scrum of top actresses are vying to play Clark.


Honey And Cinnamon

If, a few weeks ago, someone said to me that you need to write a column about the word “honey,” I would have laughed it off. Then, my wife attended a luncheon where the hostess expanded on the virtues of honey and cinnamon. And she even handed out a paper with the way honey and cinnamon could be used for better health.

Before getting into the health issues, take a look at the origin of “honeymoon.” The word goes back 4,000 years to Ancient Babylon when newly married couples would drink mead, a honey based alcoholic drink, for a lunar month after marriage. Thus, evolved the word honeymoon.

Next, honey was used for dressing wounds. The application of honey to a wound prevents microbial growth and it causes no tissue damage.

As for the use of the word honey when talking to a loved one, the sweet relationship fits closely to the taste of honey.

Now, on to the health application of honey and cinnamon. By the way, honey is the only food which does not spoil.

As I got into the details of honey and cinnamon, I found the health benefits almost impossible to comprehend. The list of diseases treatable by the combination goes on and on.

First, it is recommended that the honey be “real raw unpasteurized honey.” The first incredible treatment is that a paste of cinnamon and honey on a slice of toast can actually lower cholesterol.

Next, arthritis patients who take, every morning and at night, the cinnamon and honey with a glass of warm water, find that the pain leaves and those unable to walk actually started to walk again.

Even cancer can be treated. Some recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that bone and stomach cancer have been treated successfully through the use of cinnamon and honey.

The common cold can also be treated with cinnamon and honey. The process will cure the cough and clear the sinuses. Recently, with a cough, I found that the process did help me.

Beyond the above treatments, cinnamon and honey can treat skin infections, pimples, indigestion, upset stomachs, weight loss, insect bites, toothaches, and hair loss. To me, the research has just been amazing!

If you want to check out some of the details and the formulas for cinnamon and honey treatments, go to http://www. snopes.com/homecure/honey.asp. Now, I am not a doctor and cannot authenticate these treatments, I can say that my research has come up with very interesting websites with significant supporting information.