Well here we are smack in the middle of the dog days of summer. Normally we think of this time as the hottest part of the year and this year. As rainy as it’s been, we may have been spared some of the heat, but the summer is not over yet. Strangely enough, the expression does not actually refer to the heat but rather an astronomical event.
Sheldon Silver, who, as speaker of the New York State House of Representatives, was one of the three most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was convicted in 2015 of honest services fraud, meaning that in carrying out the functions of his office, he put personal profit ahead of honestly serving the public.
Wawayanda Six verdict unjust
[“Peace and Justice Files” columnist Skip Mendler left the United States on January 19, and is headed toward the Eastern Mediterranean to help with refugee assistance. He’s making a few stops along the way.]
Did you know that a giraffe’s tongue is purple to protect it from sunburn in hot climates? Or that a giraffe has seven vertebrae in its long neck—the same as other mammals including people?
I didn’t. That is, until the giraffe April brought all things giraffe to my attention.
The Sullivan County Legislature has released information saying it has received several responses to a request for proposals (RFP) that will establish baseline measures of the air, water and noise in the area near the proposed gas compressor station near Eldred.
The real story behind those statistics
Thirty-two of 33 developed nations have universal healthcare, with the United States the lone exception. The cost to us is 50% to 100% higher per capita than these other countries, yet the World Health Organization ranks the U.S. at 37 out of 199 in health-care outcomes. With what we spend we should be number one.
I’m grateful to James Barth for pointing out an unintentional ambiguity in my last column. I failed to make it clear that, like the job creation data I mentioned, the statistic I quoted on GHG reduction—“27% since 2005”—relates only to the electricity generation sector, which accounts for roughly a third of CO2 emissions in the U.S.
Congressman John Faso continues his attack on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the way the state handles the Medicaid program.