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November 8, 2018


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A raccoon with his face cramped tight in a peanut butter jar wandered onto a Centereach homeowner’s property Oct. 29, but luckily a local rescue group managed to save its life. The homeowner contacted Frankie Floridia, the president of Strong Island Animal Rescue League, a Sound Beach-based animal rescue group, concerned for the creature’s life. By the time the rescuer arrived, the animal had disappeared. He then set up thermal cameras and told the Centereach resident to call him again if he heard anything more. At 3 a.m. Oct. 30, the creature appeared again, and this time climbed a tall tree. Floridia took a catchpole up a 20-foot ladder to nab the raccoon before getting down on the ground and physically removing the jar as the raccoon squeaked in fear. “It was a high adrenaline moment,” Floridia said. “He was so strong, and that’s to say I’m not a light guy, I’m 175 pounds, but I was pulling and pulling, and we both came off, and I hit the ground hard.”

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After the animal had calmed down, he gave one last gracious look to his two rescuers before scampering off. The raccoon even came back the next night for cat food from the homeowner. Floridia said that raccoons often get their faces stuck in jars as they look for food. He added that the raccoon in Centereach most likely had been stuck for close to 24 hours, and it most likely did not have much time to live if it remained in that state without being able to breathe, eat or drink. “I don’t think he had much longer to go,” he said.

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Armistice Day and its aftereffects around the world BY CHARLES MORGAN

“Der Krieg ist vorbei.” “La guerre est finie.” “The damned thing is ended.” “Let’s git the hell home.” So it was 100 years ago on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. that World War I, the most destructive war in the world at the time, was over. The Germans, French, Austrian-Hungarians, Italians, Turks, British and Americans, among others, had stopped shooting at one another; the Russians had ceased the previous year. At this single juncture, several empires had fallen: the Hohenzollern of Germany, the Romanov of Russia by internal

Communist revolution, the Habsburg of Austria and the Ottoman of Turkey. Even the victors suffered. The British Empire was all but broke; France was gutted; and the United States was becoming aloof as it entered the Roaring Twenties with most people not knowing what the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 was all about. However, there were four more, known as the suburban treaties: St. Germain with Austria, Neuilly with Bulgaria, Trianon with Hungary and Sèvres with Ottoman Turkey. This last one had to be renegotiated at Lausanne in Switzerland in 1923. Germany had to give up Alsace-Lorraine which it had taken from France in 1870. The Germans were limited to an army

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no larger than 100,000 men and a navy with manpower not exceeding 15,000, possessing only a limited fleet and absolutely no submarines. There was to be no air force. Two countries were literally invented. Parts of the Habsburg Empire with Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia became CzechoSlovakia. In the Balkans, the Paris peacemakers instituted the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, later mercifully shortened to Yugoslavia. The famous T.E. Lawrence of Arabia had helped unify the various desert tribes in the Arab Revolt against the Turkish armies. King Faisal I of Iraq assumed he would be king of it all, but saw his plan nullified by the secret 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, which enabled France to take over Syria and Lebanon among other countries, while Britain established protectorates over Palestine and Transjordan. These were called mandates. Eventually, in 1932, a large piece of desert land would be called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The viscous black fluid that soiled the camels’ hooves was to be the future of “the Middle East.” Disarmament was the outcry, and it engendered a series of treaties the first of which was the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-22. The United States, Britain, Japan, France, Italy and others hammered out a treaty severely limiting construction of warships. It referred mainly to battleships, leaving little consideration of cruisers and aircraft carriers. In effect, this was the first arms-control conference in history. A small coterie of American and Japanese admirals held that aircraft carriers would be the strategic naval weapon of the future — a point disastrously proven Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. Then came Benito Mussolini. In 1922, he and his followers, called Fascisti, gathered in Rome, allowing King Victor Emmanuel III to remain on the throne, but with Mussolini as Il Duce. His navy was to dominate the Mediterranean, with its state-of-theart battleships such as the Vittorio Veneto; the Condottieri-class cruisers with flowing names like Eugenio di Savoia; and speedy Soldati-class destroyers. Yet when the Italians clashed with the British Royal Navy as early as 1936 in the Spanish Civil War and later battles, they revealed a lack of leadership as did the land forces. The fighting had not stopped. The 1918 Treaty of BrestLitovsk, which took Russia out of the war also ushered in communism. The Spartacists violently took over Bavaria, calling it the People’s State of Bavaria. Demobilized German soldiers made short work of this nascent Communist effort. At the same time, now-Communist Russia under Lenin sent the Red Army into Poland under Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky. In 1920, the Russians pushed back the Poles all the way to the gates of Warsaw. But then came the “Miracle on the Vistula,” when Polish Marshal Józef Pilsudski sent the Reds reeling back to Russia. The Poles, therefore, became the first ever to defeat the Red Army in the field of battle. In 1919 Hungarian revolutionary Béla Kun fomented the Communist revolution in Budapest which was put down by the forces of Regent Miklós Horthy. By 1926, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Turkey, who had abolished the caliphate, was making changes designed to convert the country into a secular republic, including taking fezzes and turbans off the men, and introducing the Latin alphabet. On that November day in 1918 an Austrian corporal, recovering from wounds in a field hospital and sporting a sizable imperial handlebar mustache — later trimmed to a Chaplinesque toothbrush — as well as the Iron Cross 1st Class, was mulling over in the darkest recesses of his mind, a way to avenge Germany’s defeat brought about by the “November Criminals.” His name was Adolf Hitler. Charles Morgan is a freelance writer from Stony Brook, and gives a personal view of the aftermath of World War I.


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Zeldin fends off ‘blue wave,’ but Democrats flip state Senate Nationally the Democratic Party experienced a successful night, winning enough Congressional races to flip the House of Representatives from Republican control. The long-billed blue wave petered out on the North Shore of Long Island however, as twoterm incumbent U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) fended off a challenge from first-time candidate Democrat Perry Gershon, an East Hampton resident and commercial real estate lender, winning re-election by securing more than 52 percent of the vote. “This was the clear contrast of results versus resistance, and results won today,” Zeldin said from the podium at Stereo Garden in Patchogue after results were in Nov. 6. “It’s important we get to people’s business and deliver results.” As many — if not all — House races did across the country, Zeldin and Gershon’s battle took on a nasty tone, largely focused on their opinions of President Donald Trump (R) and his job performance thus far. “Our country needs to do much better uniting,” Zeldin said. “We also need to make sure our scores are settled at the ballot box, and that next day we wake up to govern.” He thanked his opponent for running a tough race. “It’s not the outcome we wanted but life goes on,” Gershon said when his fate appeared sealed from IBEW Local 25 Long Island Electricians union headquarters in Hauppauge. “We’re so much better off than we were two years ago. We showed the Democratic Party has a heart here in eastern Suffolk County.”



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Both candidates’ respective Suffolk County party chairmen applauded their efforts. “He worked very hard and developed a grassroots campaign,” Democratic Party Chairman Rich Schaffer said. “We have not heard the last of Perry Gershon.” John Jay LaValle, Republican Party chairman for the county, dismissed the idea Election Day 2018 was something to be celebrated by Democrats locally. “There was no blue wave in Suffolk County tonight, in fact the only thing blue tonight was my tie,” he said. Incumbent 3rd District U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) secured 58 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Dan DeBono to secure another term as well. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!” Suozzi posted on his campaign Facebook page. “It is an honor to serve.” Despite LaValle’s assertion, the blue party scored major victories in several statewide battles, enough to flip the New York State Senate to Democratic control, meaning all three houses of the state government are controlled by the same party. Nearly all incumbent state legislators from both parties held serve on the North Shore though. The 2nd District state Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) won re-election to continue his more than 30 years in the Senate, defeating challenger Kathleen Cleary by about 11 percentage points. Flanagan will relinquish his spot as Senate Majority Leader with the Democrats seizing control. He could not be reached for comment by press time Nov. 7.

“I did not win but we made sure that the issues important to us: women’s reproductive health, the Child Victims Act, ERPO, [the New York Health Act] were discussed and now that the [state] Senate has flipped to blue these bills will be passed,” Cleary said in a post on her campaign Facebook page. State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), who has represented the 1st District since the 1970s, easily won another term, besting Democrat Greg Fischer for a second consecutive cycle, this time by 17 percentage points. LaValle could not be reached for comment Nov. 7 either. “It’s very difficult to unseat a long-term incumbent,” Fischer said. “Like it or not, the system is filled with or based on lots of favors, so there’s always that tendency to reward people for their past performance.” Democrats Jim Gaughran and Monica Martinez won surprise upsets in nearby Long Island state Senate districts, defeating incumbent Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) in their respective races, which were major contributors to the shift of power in New York’s legislative branch. In the state Assembly, Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) was easily returned to his longtime post representing the 4th District, earning 60 percent of the vote to his challenger Christian Kalinowski’s 40 percent. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the task at hand, protecting the environment, the quality of life of our community and enhancing it, making sure we have adequate funding for our schools and for the next generation,”

Englebright said. “We have a lot to do.” Englebright’s Assembly colleagues from across the aisle on the North Shore will all be returning to Albany as well. The 2nd District Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) blew out first-time candidate Democrat Rona Smith to earn a third term, winning about 60 percent of the vote. “It’s great to see we won by a nice margin — it validates we’re going on the right direction,” Palumbo said. “I will try to discuss some issues raised by my opponent, including the issue of health care with the 5 percent uninsured rate.” Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown) will head to Albany for another term after beating Democrat and first-time candidate David Morrissey handily, 61 percent to 39 percent. “I’m going to continue to pursue my objective of being a strong voice for mandate relief and strengthening the private sector to make people aware of the need to slow down the growth of taxes,” Fitzpatrick said. “We are losing too many people — too many retirees, too many young people. Too many people in the middle class are looking elsewhere as the cost of living is getting too high.” Republican for the 12th Assembly District Andrew Raia (R-East Northport) will continue his tenure, as will Democrat Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), who captured the 10th Assembly District seat in a special election in April. Though members of Brookhaven Town’s board were not on the ballot this year, voters overwhelmingly passed a back-of-the-ballot proposition that extended officials terms in office from two years to four, and limited officeholders to three terms. A total of 58 percent voted in favor of that measure with 42 percent opposing. “We felt that this was the right time to put out this proposition, especially with all the talk about the president stimulating turnout,” said Councilwoman Jane Bonner (C-Rocky Point). Reporting contributed by Sara-Megan Walsh, Rita J. Egan and Kyle Barr.

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Hopped a curb

At about 2 a.m. Oct. 15, a 35-year-old man from Port Jefferson Station driving a 2001 Mitsubishi on Weldon Lane in Port Jefferson Station allegedly left the roadway, causing damage to property of a home on the street and fled the scene, according to police. He was arrested Oct. 25 in Port Jefferson Station and charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with property damage.

Gamer grift

At a home on Hudson Avenue in Lake Grove Oct. 28, a 33-year-old man from Port Jefferson Station allegedly stole assorted video games from another person, according to police. He was arrested in Port Jefferson and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

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A 16-year-old male from Port Jefferson Station allegedly opened a fire department standpipe on the top floor of an apartment complex on West Broadway in Port Jefferson Station Oct. 7 at about 10 p.m., causing water to pour into an elevator shaft and hallways of the building, according to police. He was arrested Oct. 25 in Port Jefferson Station and charged with second-degree criminal mischief.


A 46-year-old man from Mount Sinai allegedly drove a 1993 BMW on Route 347 near the intersection of Route 25A in Mount Sinai Oct. 26 with a suspended license, according to police. He was arrested and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Driving on drugs

In the parking lot of a shopping center on Route 25A in Miller Place Oct. 31 at about 1:30 p.m., a 26-year-old woman from Port Jefferson Station allegedly operated a 2014 Camry while intoxicated, according to police. Upon being pulled over, police discovered she also allegedly possessed a bag of heroin and a hypodermic needle, police said. She was arrested and charged with first-degree operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Heroin possession

At the corner of Oakland Avenue and North Country Road in Miller Place Oct. 26 at about 8:30 p.m., a 31-year-old man from Miller Place allegedly possessed heroin while seated in the driver’s seat of a 2002 Ford, according to police. He was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Knife-point robbery

A 20-year-old man from Ronkonkoma allegedly displayed a knife and attempted to steal marijuana from another person while at a home on Wagon Lane in Centereach at about midnight Oct. 27, according to police. He was arrested in Stony Brook Oct. 28 and charged with first-degree robbery.

License plates lifted

Someone stole two license plates off of a single vehicle while parked at Walmart on Nesconset Highway in Setauket Nov. 3 at about 5:30 p.m., according to police.

Decorations stolen

Halloween decorations were stolen from the front porch of a home on Dyke Road in Setauket Nov. 1 at about 11 p.m., according to police.

Garden equipment taken

A garden reel with a hose was stolen from Branch Funeral Home on Route 25A in Miller Place Oct. 24 at about midnight, according to police. The incident was reported to police Nov. 1.

Fraudulent transaction

A resident of Strathmore Gate Drive in Stony Brook paid money in eBay gift cards through eBay Motors to purchase a 2007 Honda and never received the vehicle, according to police. The resident filed a police report on the matter Oct. 31 at about 5:30 p.m.

Car rummaged through

A Michael Kors handbag, driver’s license and credit cards were stolen from within a 2017 Chevrolet parked on Sycamore Street in Miller Place Oct. 30 at about 3:30 a.m., according to police.

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Optician helps his fellow Long Island veterans see better BY RITA J. EGAN RITA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

Andy Polan said his father is a big help to him not only assisting at Stony Brook Vision World and at the veterans home but also making house calls when he can’t. “I’m honored to have that,” the son said. “I’m luckier than a lot of people that my father at this age is able to still be very vital and helpful.” Father and son both said they feel residents are fortunate to have the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook nearby. “My dad is proud of what he sees over at the vets’ hospital,” Andy Polan said, adding that while many other veterans homes receive negative publicity, Long Island State Veterans Home executive director, Fred Sganga, goes above and beyond to make sure his patients are taken care of properly. The respect is mutual. Sganga said it’s clear Polan loves to work with his fellow veterans. “He is incredibly passionate about his work and is highly regarded by our residents,” Sganga said. “Sheldon’s optometry skills combined with his caring personality make him a welcome addition to our home. We salute


One World War II veteran’s weekly visit to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook is not about using its services — it’s about his passion for helping. Sheldon Polan, who retired from his career as a full-time optician in 1987, visits veterans at the home every Thursday to measure and fit patients for glasses and adjust the spectacles when they come in. The Selden resident, who turns 91 Nov. 10, said he’s been helping out at the home for seven years through his son Andy Polan’s business, Stony Brook Vision World, which is an affiliated practitioner of the veterans home. “One day Andy says to me, ‘Dad, I can’t get over there — maybe you can help to bail me out,’” Sheldon Polan said. The number of patients the optician sees varies from one or two to seven or eight depending on the day. When it comes to interacting with his fellow veterans, Polan, who served his time at West Point, said he enjoys talking to them about their military experiences. “It gives you a common ground,” the optician said. “It kind of relaxes them too. It’s not ‘What are you going to do next.’”

Recently, the elder Polan took 20 examinations to renew his license, which is now valid for three more years. Through the decades, he’s seen a lot of advances in eyeglasses, including eyewear going from thick glass, where eyeglass wearers felt like they were wearing Coke bottles, to lighter plastics. Polan said he occasionally helps his son out at Stony Brook Vision World, relieving some of the rigors of business ownership. Andy Polan is the president of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce and a former president of his synagogue. Being an optician wasn’t the veteran’s original career plan though. He said he was making a good living working for a large gas station in Brooklyn after the war, but freezing temperatures in the winter made it difficult to work sometimes. His brother, who was an optician, suggested he go to college to learn to become one. “I went into the school, I liked what I saw, and I persevered,” he said. Polan went on to work for 30 years with Dr. Norman Stahl in Garden City, who was the founder of Stahl Eyecare Experts, one of the first ophthalmologist offices in New York to use LASIK surgery when it became available in America in the ’90s.

Sheldon Polan, left, in uniform during WWII, and above center, with his son Andy Polan, left, and Fred Sganga, executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook

him for his ageless abilities and his passion to serve his fellow veterans.” Sheldon Polan said visiting veterans, where even a simple greeting means a lot to them, is important. “Once I saw what I was giving to them and what I was getting back, I was hooked,” the optician said. “You got to feel for these people.”

Enjoy private shopping experience before the holidays BY ALEX PETROSKI ALEX@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM The holidays are just about here again, and before panicking about buying gifts, consider a unique, first time event slated for Setauket. TBR News Media is hosting a private shopping experience Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Bates House, located at 1 Bates Road in Setauket, at which local retailers and servicebased businesses will set up booths to offer attendees a chance to knock out some holiday shopping early, and all in one place. The event will feature discounts on certain products and services as well as prewrapped items ideal for gift giving. “We are going to have a wonderful, select group of local retailers who have decided to join us,” said Evelyn Costello, TBR News Media event planner and organizer of the first incarnation of the event, which will also be live streamed on “It’s a real community feel event.” Publisher Leah Dunaief shed light on the thinking behind putting together the experience.

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Letters to the editor

Let’s keep engaging

Too many of us Americans have unfortunate, unacceptable beliefs about our fellow inhabitants. Every American, as I have written here before, and as we all should realize, is either an immigrant or the descendant of immigrants, including even those whom we used to call Indians. Some Americans, of course, did not voluntarily migrate to America but were brought here as slaves, mainly from Africa, but their descendants are just as American as the rest of us. The fact that current Americans were born here or have lived here for some time does not automatically make them in any way superior to newcomers. Let’s focus on the fact that, thousands of years ago Asians were the first people to arrive in America, when there were apparently no resident human beings on American soil. Those early Asians and their descendants are referred to as Native Americans — we used to call them “Indians” (understandably). Europeans


Election Day may be over, but the work has just begun. Political races are not just about the outcomes. Consistent engagement is needed to make actual change once campaigning is over. The momentum we have seen from our community needs to be kept up by members of both political parties, regardless of the 2018 midterm results. Political engagement starts with voting, but continues with having conversations with elected officials, attending meetings and keeping an eye on meeting agendas. Let the officials know where you stand on critical issues and how you want them to vote while in office to continue to receive your support. Make a call, send an email or set an appointment to meet your state assemblymember, congressional representative or town councilperson at his or her office. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and let your officials know what’s on your mind. Another key part of civic engagement is having conversations with the people you encounter in everyday life, whether you agree with them or not, and even joining civic associations. There is no denying that there has been an air of growing divisiveness during the last few years in our country. Conversations across the aisle are needed more than ever. Those discussions aren’t happening amid disagreements about gun control, health care, taxes and more. Conversations quickly become so heated people who were once friends, or at least cordial acquaintances, avoid each other in supermarkets or delete and block each other on social media rather than talking it through. We encourage you to take the first steps in saying the chasm forming in this country is unacceptable. Painting swastikas on election signs is unacceptable. Comedians joking about a U.S. congressman with an eye patch saying, “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever,” is just not appropriate. Openly promoting racism and encouraging violence goes against fundamental human rights and American principles. With two years left until the next presidential election, and campaigns warming up already, it’s time to radically change the tone of the nation’s political discourse before it’s too late. People from different political parties can meet up, have intelligent conversations and come to an agreement. Or, simply agree to disagree and respect each other. There used to be a baseline acceptance that differing opinions were just that, and not an indication of evil motives. Not satisfied with election results or your elected representative? Start demanding political party leaders seek candidates who have fresh, new ideas supported by concrete plans and the knowledge, confidence and energy to get things done, but do it constructively and with an open mind. Neither party should take anything for granted, nor should President Donald Trump (R). After a turbulent first couple of years, there is serious work that needs to be done to unite our country to get it moving forward, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

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Remembering where we came from began to come here hundreds and hundreds of years after the Asians had already established themselves here, and many of the Europeans, alas, attempted to exterminate the Asian inhabitants. Beginning in 1492, the Americas were explored and then populated by the Spanish, British, Portuguese, Dutch, French, etc. The language of England came to dominate what is now the United States, but the Spanish language dominates the Central American — and most of the South American and Caribbean — nations. Other Europeans besides the British came here, and their languages contributed to the development of American English. Of course, many names of American places derive from Native American languages: Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee —and yes, Setauket and Montauk, too — plus thousands of other American places. Furthermore, let’s not forget that all human beings are the descendants of just

a few people who lived somewhere else on Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago. Thus, all of us are connected to one another genetically. We are a grand nation, true. But those disgraceful individuals among us who are prejudiced against various races, ethnic groups, religions, nations, etc., are fundamentally ignorant, crazed and definitely un-American. A recent extreme example is the horrendously vile maniac who horribly murdered several innocent Jewish people in a Pittsburgh temple. No group in our nation is either basically inferior or superior to any other. To feel superior to any immigrant group is totally unacceptable and extraordinarily immoral — and, let’s face it, terribly ignorant. Shame on all those who are prejudiced. Let us never forget Thomas Jefferson’s absolutely truthful phrase: “All men are created equal.” Elio Zappulla Stony Brook

Knowing your lung cancer risks As a nurse practitioner working with adults who have various smokingrelated lung diseases, lung cancer is always top of mind. Many New York residents may be unaware that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the U.S., accounting for about one in four cancer deaths. It is estimated that in 2018 alone 13,190 people in New York state will be diagnosed with lung cancer. One of the reasons that lung cancer is so deadly is that it is often diagnosed in later stages after the disease has already spread. It’s important for everyone to be proactive about knowing their risk for

the disease, but especially critical for former smokers who may not realize they are still at risk. Lung cancer screening is a new method of early detection that is a powerful tool to save lives. Too many of my patients have been diagnosed with lung cancer at a later stage — but this newly available screening can be a game changer. If we can catch the disease earlier, we can save lives. That’s why this November (Lung Cancer Awareness Month) I’m working to help the American Lung Association raise awareness about the disease and encourage all current and former smokers

to visit and take an easy quiz at saved-by-the-scan/quiz/ to learn if they are at high risk and eligible for screening. Screening is covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans for those who meet the high-risk criteria. Please encourage your friends and loved ones to get screened. Through lung cancer screening, we have a powerful opportunity to save lives and change the narrative about this disease. April Plank, DNP The Center for Lung Cancer Screening and Prevention Stony Brook

President provoked recent crimes Recent events — the latest — the attempted assassination of major Democratic officials and the murder of Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh — reveal once again that Trump is an ignorant and dangerous man with a powerful instinct for autocracy and

autocratic rule, and he is the president of the once-liberal United States of America. There is no doubt that he has provoked these crimes, no matter who the surrogates are that carry them out. He must be stopped. His very ignorance of everything, including

the history of the 20th century, is what powers him and his supporters. It is incumbent upon us liberals to expose him day in, day out. And stop him from speaking out. Gus Franza East Setauket

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Anticipating words that resonate through the new year


ords are the symphony that warms the skin and colors the silence. Words can be like the sound of reinforcements coming over the horizon when we feel penned down by an adversary. They rescue us just as we use them to swaddle others in their warmth. As we make the transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, Black Friday and, eventually, the December holidays and the new year, D. None we can take solace of the above in the anticipation of words that BY DANIEL DUNAIEF provide warmth through the darker days of winter. We might take a trip to Central Park, where

the sound of sleigh bells from carriages around a corner alerts us to the appearance of an approaching horse, even as the animal might remind us of a city that predated internal combustion engines. Just the words “sleigh ride” might inspire our minds to play a song we performed in high school. Words can also convey the remarkable scents of the coming seasons, with the air carrying the mouthwatering Pavlovian cue from gingerbread houses or holiday cookies. I recently attended a wedding where a few well-chosen words triggered an almost immediate and reflexive “awww” from an audience delighted to hear how much a younger brother was inspired by his older brother, the groom. Reading about how important our coat donations are can inspire us to rummage through our closets to help a child or an adult become more comfortable in the frigid air. Well-chosen words can provide the kind of environment that empowers people to see and appreciate everything from the inspira-

tional image of a person overcoming physical limitations to the intricate beauty of a well-woven spiderweb shimmering in the low light of winter. Sometimes, as when a friend or family member is going through a significant medical procedure or crisis, words or prayer or encouragement are all we have to offer, giving us something to do or say as we hope the words provide even a scintilla of comfort. Words can feel insufficient to express how we feel or what we hope happens when someone who has been in the foreground of our lives for years seems suddenly vulnerable. Simple tools which we all take for granted, words can take us to a peaceful beach with the sound of water lapping on the coarse sand under our feet, transporting our minds and bodies away from the cacophony of busy lives. In big moments, athletes often suggest that they are at a loss for words. In reality, their words and emotions are undergoing so much competition that their brain experiences a word

bottleneck, with a flow of ideas and words awaiting the chance to dive from the tip of their tongues to the eager ears of their friends, family and fans. The coming holiday season is filled with diametrically opposed experiences, as the joy of opening presents and reconnecting with friends and family for the first time in months or even a year is counterbalanced by the stress and strain of those people who feel overwhelmed or alone. People who work at suicide hotlines or as 911 operators can and do use critical words to save people’s lives, bringing their minds back from the brink, restoring hope and offering a comforting verbal lifeline. We take words for granted because we see and hear them so often, but the right word at the right time can transcend the routine. Finding words that resonate is akin to strolling into a restaurant and discovering a combination of familiar and exotic flavors, all mixed together with a palate-pleasing texture that energizes us.

Proof that the more things change, the more they remain the same


s I sit here, writing my column on election eve, I can feel — or imagine I can feel — the nervousness of a nation on the threshold of the unknown. More than perhaps any other midterm election, this one has come to epitomize the turbulent and contradictory forces pulsating within America today. One thing is certain, however. The day after the election, we will still be living with those same forces: racism, income inequality, foreign affairs and the role today of the Between Constitution writyou and me ten more than two BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF centuries ago. Seemingly just in time, although he explains that he started the book two years before President Trump was elected, Joseph J. Ellis has written about these same subjects by sharing the conflicting view-

points of a quartet of our most admired Founding Fathers. Remarkably they concern these same issues, and hence Ellis states in “American Dialogue: The Founders and Us” that he is writing about “ongoing conversations between past and present.” He even labels chapters “then” and “now” lest the specific themes of his dialogues and how they relate to today are not clear. Our Founding Fathers not only argued among themselves, they argue across more than 240 years, speaking to us in the present — and in a way reassuring us that the dialoguing is not ruinous but rather an asset of our democracy. So much for our current concern about a divided country. The four founders are Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and James Madison. Ellis describes Jefferson’s contemptible views on race as he grew older, insisting as he did that the two races could not live together and that blacks could never be equal to whites. This after a younger Jefferson wrote that “all men were created equal,” and denounced slavery. But as we know, he benefited from many slaves at Monticello in Virginia and sired multiple children with his slave, Sally Hemings.

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Certainly he struggled with the whole issue of race but did little to try to ameliorate the problem. He might have banned the spread of slavery to the Louisiana Purchase that he so brilliantly acquired in 1803, or sold some of it to compensate slave owners for freeing their slaves or even have provided a safe haven for freed slaves to live there. He did none of that. In their final 14 years through 1826, Jefferson and Adams exchanged letters regularly, arguing not only for their time but consciously for future Americans to be able to read their deliberations. Jefferson held a romantic notion that economic and social equality — not between the races, however — would come to be the natural order of American life. Adams realistically insisted that “as long as property exists, it will accumulate in individuals and families ... the snowball will grow as it rolls.” Adams believed that government had a role in preventing the accumulation of wealth and power by American oligarchs. The Gilded Age of the late 1800s proved Adams right, as the unbridled freedom to pursue wealth essentially ensured the triumph of inequality. So has our own age. We have an endemic, widening gulf. What should be the role of government at



this juncture in our democracy? Madison — who orchestrated the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and the ratification, wrote many of The Federalist Papers and drafted the Bill of Rights — changed dramatically from a staunchly held belief in federal supremacy to one in which states and the federal government shared sovereignty, thus allowing future residents to interpret the Constitution according to a changing world. Washington famously warned against foreign adventuring in countries of little threat to the United States. It was almost as if he could see Afghanistan and Iraq over the horizon. Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of several books about our early history, believes that history helps us understand the present. We can see the same arguments going back and forth that somehow sound an optimistic chord. And what does he see as the ultimate fix? A great crisis would certainly unite us, he suggests, perhaps even that of evacuation of the coasts with rising seas. He also thinks mandatory national service would help, not necessarily from the military aspect but toward some form of public good.



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