As we start the New Year, I want to call to your attention a wonderful organization on Long Island which helps many in need. The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) was founded in 1983. First serving people in the Village of Hempstead, the INN now has 19 soup kitchens across Long Island with 1,500 volunteers.
In addition to feeding the hungry at the soup kitchen, the INN operates three shelters, as well. And homeless veterans are also served in cooperation with the VA Medical Center in Northport.
Remember the phrase “Home for the Holidays”? The question, today, for many families is the definition of “home.” Let me explain based on the geography of my own family.
Today, many young people complete college and move away from Long Island. It is just too expensive for them to be here. And even if they find jobs in New York City, those jobs often transfer them around the country or even around the globe. Those children who do not go to college soon find that it is less expensive to live elsewhere than finding a home on Long Island.
A few weeks ago, Werner Reich, a Holocaust victim and survivor, spoke eloquently at my Church. I will never forget his presentation and want to provide you with some of his experiences in this piece.
First, I want to lay out some history and background about his family. During WWI, his mother was a nurse on the front lines of the German Army. She was awarded the Iron Cross for her service taking care of German soldiers who were gassed during the reverse flow as the Germans tried to gas the opposition. Werner’s father was a United States citizen, and he died in 1933.
While I know there are arguments for lowering the consumption of electricity on Long Island, what about the issue of reliance on foreign oil to run our economy? Today, around 60 percent of U.S. crude oil and petroleum products are imported. We actually consume one quarter of the world’s oil and use much greater amounts of oil per capita than any other nation in the world!
We also know that as the price of gasoline goes up, that is when our elected officials call for action. Guess what. There is never any real action and as the price of gasoline goes down, the political rhetoric turns off.
All of us, in our lives, have challenges to solve and also want to have an impact on those challenges so we are not overcome. It can be a challenge at work or even at home. Sometimes we can get help and, other times we are forced to deal with the challenge alone.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me a story about a neighbor who was furious over getting a ticket for passing a red light based on a camera at the intersection. The ticketed person felt her privacy had been violated because of the camera. First of all, the cameras are not installed to raise money for local governments. And in my opinion, they do not invade anyone’s privacy.
This column is about my recurrence of prostate cancer. First, let me assure everyone that I am well – thanks to alert and excellent physicians.
When Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959 the relations between the United States and Cuba changed dramatically. Now, for some 51 years, there are few connections between the countries. And after the Cuban missile crisis things got even worse.
Over the years I have had the privilege of having personal meetings with four Presidents of the United States. This piece is not to promote any of them. It is to share with you some of those moments.
Canada is north of the United States and East of Alaska. The geographic area of Canada is slightly larger than the United States. The total border of Canada with the United States is over 7,000 miles, the largest border in the entire world.
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