Monthly Archives: April 2017

NY Times’ new columnist: Global warming can’t be serious if activists have kids

The New York Times’ indefensible hire of a climate denier keeps getting worse. After hyping itself as antidote to fake news, New York Times hires extreme climate denier New columnist Bret Stephens dismisses as “imaginary” the climate reality routinely reported by … Continue reading

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New amendment to GOP health bill effectively allows full elimination of community rating, exposing sick to higher premiums

Brookings Institute Matthew FiedlerThursday, April 27, 2017 In recent weeks, the Trump Administration and House Republicans have been engaged in negotiations aimed at resurrecting the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Last night, the House Rules Committee posted an amendment to … Continue reading

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Schneiderman Pledges Renewable Energy, Affordable Housing in State of the Town Address

East End Beacon Posted by Beth Young • April 27, 2017 • Top Stories • Add Comment Jay Schneiderman Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman pledged to work to make sure all the town’s electrical energy generation comes from renewable sources … Continue reading

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Climate March Comes to Sag Harbor

East End Beacon Posted by Beth Young • April 29, 2017 • Top Stories • Add Comment As the procession began down the sidewalk of Sag Harbor’s Main Street Saturday afternoon. As more than 100,000 people gathered in Washington, DC for … Continue reading

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Trump names anti-abortion leader Yoest to top HHS post

Posted in Politico   By RACHANA PRADHAN | 04/28/17 10:32 AM EDT | Updated 04/28/17 03:03 PM EDT   President Donald Trump on Friday said he would name one of the most prominent anti-abortion activists in the country to a top … Continue reading

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Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon

Published in Orazz.con Rick Friday has been giving farmers a voice and a laugh every Friday for two decades through his cartoons in Farm News. Now the long-time Iowa farm cartoonist tells KCCI that he has been fired. Friday announced … Continue reading

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Republicans Don’t Want to Eat Their Own Dog Food

Posted on Mother Earth KEVIN DRUM  APR. 26, 2017 11:24 AM In case you missed it in last night’s post because I kind of buried it, the latest Republican amendment to their health care bill allows states to opt out of Obamacare’s … Continue reading

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Stop the poisonous spraying of Accabonac and Napeague Harbors

A petition launched by the signatories Stop The Spraying Springs, NY The State of Connecticut banned it in coastal areas in 2013. The towns of East Hampton and Southampton oppose its use locally. Our State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. opposes … Continue reading

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Punishing Students?

Letter to the East Hampton Star   Dear David: For the past eight years, I ran a non-profit that taught financial literacy. One of the most gnawing problems facing our young is the burden of student debt. Mr. Trump has … Continue reading

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CRFB President: Trump’s Tax Plan Will Add $5.5 Trillion to the Debt

This column first appeared in Time Maya MacGuineas Apr 27, 2017 Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. President Trump is on the right track by turning focus toward fixing our nation’s broken tax … Continue reading

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GOP Rep [Zeldin] brushes off town hall mom pleading for help for her heroin-addicted son

Published by ShareBlue Media By Oliver Willis   |APRIL 28, 2017 Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) refused to answer a mother after she pleaded with him to stop Donald Trump from gutting coverage for substance abuse treatment for her heroin-addicted son. Rep. Lee … Continue reading

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Trump’s First 100 days: An appreciation

An excellent column from one of my favorites at The Washington Post. By Jonathan Capehart April 21 As we approach the 100th day of the chaos that is President Trump, I must admit things are going better than I thought. See, … Continue reading

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Demise of Trumpcare on Steroids (AHCA II)

There is a great article by MARGOT SANGER-KATZ in the NY Times today, which makes this complicated topic quite simple. This is about the amended AHCA (AHCA II) as dratted by Tom MacArthur, a New Jersey congressman. This legislation was … Continue reading

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Endangering Our Kids

Letter to the Editor:  Published in The East Hampton Star, April 27, 2017   Dear David: In one of Kate McKinnon’s last appearances on Saturday Night Live as Hillary Clinton, she appeared at the door of an Electoral College voter. … Continue reading

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Offshore Drilling on the Horizon?

Letter to the Editor Published in The East Hampton Star, April 27, 2017   On Sunday, Guild Hall hosted a program concerned with the preservation of the waters surrounding the East End. Flanked by scientists supporting their efforts, Deputy Town … Continue reading

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Zeldin’s Membership in Bipartisan Climate Caucus a sham?

By Marc Rauch, Bellport. Lee Zeldin joined the Bi-Partisan Climate Solutions Caucus last October (just before the election) to great fanfare.  However, he failed to join other members of that caucus (including Republican members) in taking meaningful actions (e.g. votes … Continue reading

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Have the Plague? Me Neither. Thank Science!

Thoughts on the March for Science  (By David and Rebecca Friedman, St. James) I joined tens of thousands of peaceful protesters on a rainy April Saturday at the Washington monument to “March for Science” along Constitution Avenue.  In spite of … Continue reading

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National Monuments Threatened

Posted on April 26, 2017 by B Colbath. Zinke could target any site he deems lacked ‘outreach’ Jennifer Yachnin, E&E News reporter Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 President Trump today triggered the clock on an Interior Department review of the … Continue reading

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The YUGE job losses Trump is ignoring: retail workers

Originally posted in Daily Kos By Sher Watts Spooner Sunday Apr 23, 2017 · 10:20 AM EDT Malls across the U.S., like this mall in Milford, Connecticut, are growing emptier and emptier. Which is bad news for those employed by … Continue reading

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Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, 19th U.S. Surgeon General

Thanks to Sue Hornik and Mike Anthony for providing this indirectly, from Facebook. April 21, 2017 – Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, 19th U.S. Surgeon General, on the Opportunity to Serve and Lessons Learned – Facebook Post: DrVivekMurthy/posts/ 251023231970308) – … Continue reading

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