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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


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.

Arizona Law Before Supreme Court

On April 25, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments dealing with the Arizona State passed immigration law. One of the provisions of the Arizona law permits police to question the immigration status of anyone arrested or even stopped for a traffic violation. Some 20 other states have passed laws similar to the contested Arizona law.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself since she worked on the original Obama administration’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law.

There should be a decision sometime in June or early July of this year – again, just as with regard to the challenged Health Care law – right in the middle of the 2012 Presidential election. There is no doubt that the enforcement of immigration laws in the United States will get much attention over the next several months – and beyond.

When you look at the number of people who are waiting to immigrate to the United States from all over the globe, the statistics are amazing. Millions of people are waiting to become legal immigrants. At the same time, hundreds of thousands come here illegally each year. There has been no real enforcement of immigration laws by any president since Truman and Eisenhower.

Now, take a look with me at the number of people around the globe who want to make the United States their permanent home. A recent global poll shows that over 165 million adults want to permanently relocate to the United States – yes, over 165 million adults. And those statistics do not count the children of the adults who would want to relocate here.

With a world population of 7.1 billion, the above figure represents a conclusion that over 3 percent of the world’s population would move here at the drop of a hat! Then, when you add in Canada, the figure gets higher. Some 45 million people around the globe want to relocate to Canada.

We have a broken immigration system, and if it is not fixed, the United States could well expect chaos. At the same time, just think what would happen if our gates were totally opened to anyone who wants to come here – legal massive immigration. The result would be a shift in the culture of this nation never before seen. Would the immigrants from around the world “assimilate” themselves to our culture as President Teddy Roosevelt called for in the early 1900s, or could we expect dramatic shifts in our culture and even in the accepted English language? If people in the United States do not speak up, we will be headed down the wrong path.