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Some Residents Object as Mercer Proposes Expansion Some residents in the incorporated Village of Head of the Harbor are sounding alarms, stating that the rural character of their village is about to change. They’re accusing officials of concealing from residents for more than six months a proposed “commercial style” development plan submitted by their billionaire neighbor Robert Mercer, who helped finance the Trump 2016 campaign, Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly played a role in the Brexit campaign for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. “The Mercer project is probably the largest undertaking in our small village in 50 years,” said village resident Anthony Coates. “It’s a medical center, gas station, parking garage and apartment building all rolled into one. Yet, you can’t get a bit of information about it from Village Hall. Why?” Residents have formed the Head of the Harbor Neighborhood Preservation Coalition that aims to gather information about the

The situation with the Mercer project raises questions about the transparency issues in village operation, perceived and real. Harlan Fischer, chairman of the Planning Board for Head of the Harbor has said in a telephone interview that the only project he has in front of him for the 74-acre Mercer property is a roughly 9,000 sq. ft. equipment shed. That plan, Fischer said, was submitted one month The Mercer’s proposed project at 149 Harbor Road is situated next to the historic Thatch Meadow Farms. Photo by Anthony Coates ago for review. The Planning Board will hold a public proposed scope of the project. They estimate hearing for that structure at its Dec. 10 that the project may be as large as 28,500 meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. “There’s a lot of misinformation out square feet. The village clerk and Building Department there,” Fischer said. “I think that people staff did not respond to telephone messages. might have a problem with the political Officials have previously stated that its email leanings of the property owner, but we’re not system is only used internally, a practice that a political board.” The Planning Board, Fischer said, follows is in potential violation of New York State’s the village code, which is published on the Freedom of Information Law.

Head of the Harbor’s website. Residents, he said, can view the plans at Village Hall. Cleo Beletsis, a member of the village’s Joint Coastal Commission, which ensures that projects conform with the Town of Smithtown Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, said that discrepancies in the project’s scope may possibly be discussed at the commission’s next meeting Dec. 5. There may also be a host of zoning issues that need to be discussed, but these matters are not in the Joint Coastal Commission’s purview. Coates said he has information suggesting that the Mercer plans call for construction of three separate buildings, a maintenance facility with a six-bay garage, a “guest” cottage equipped with medical facilities including a cryotherapy chamber and hyperbaric suite and “service entrance for doctors and related staff” and an accessory building with a four-bay garage. The Times of Smithtown was unable to reach Mercer for comment. The Village of Head of the Harbor’s meeting dates and code can be found at its website: www.villagehohny.org.

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Peter Scully, Suffolk County deputy county executive and water czar, responds to questions from TBR News Media’s editorial staff: 1. You’ve been called Suffolk County’s water czar. Why does Suffolk County need a water czar? The need for the county to have a highlevel point person to advance the water quality agenda of County Executive Steve Bellone [D] is a result of two factors: The high priority that the county executive has placed on water quality issues, and the tremendous progress his administration has made over the past seven years in building a solid foundation to reverse decades of nitrogen pollution that has resulted primarily from the lack of sewers in Suffolk County and reliance on cesspools and septic systems that discharge untreated wastewater into the environment. The county executive succeeded in landing $390 million in postHurricane Sandy resiliency funding to eliminate 5,000 cesspools along river corridors on the South Shore by connecting parcels to sewers, and the county’s success in creating a grant program to make it affordable for homeowners to replace cesspools and septic systems with new nitrogen-reducing septic systems in areas where sewers are not a cost-effective solution, prompted the state to award Suffolk County $10 million to expand the county’s own Septic Improvement Program. These are the largest investments in water quality Suffolk has seen in 50 years, and the county executive saw the need to appoint a high-level quarterback to oversee the implementation of these programs. 2. Which groundwater contaminants are the highest priorities for Suffolk County? In 2014, the county executive declared nitrogen to be water quality public enemy No. 1. The nitrogen in groundwater is ultimately discharged into our bays, and about 70 percent of this nitrogen comes from on-site wastewater disposal (septic) systems. Excess nutrients have created crisis conditions, causing harmful algal blooms, contributing to fish kills and depleting dissolved oxygen necessary for health aquatic life. They have also made it impossible to restore our once nationally significant hard clam and bay scallop fisheries, have devastated submerged aquatic vegetation and weakened coastal resiliency through reduction of wetlands. Nitrogen also adversely impacts quality of drinking water, especially in areas with private wells, although public water supply wells consistently meet drinking water standards for nitrogen. Other major contaminants of concern include volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs. For example, there is perchloroethlyene, historically from dry cleaners; and petroleum constituents — most recently MTBE, a gasoline additive — from

4. Which industries currently generate the most groundwater pollution in Suffolk County? The county’s Department of Health Services Division of Environmental Quality staff advise that, historically, the major contributors to groundwater pollution in the county were dry cleaners, and fuel storage and transfer facilities. However, current dry cleaning practices have minimized any possible groundwater discharges, and modern fuel facilities are engineered to more stringent code requirements that have substantially eliminated catastrophic releases. Low-level discharges are still a concern, and are the subject of the county’s VOC action plan to increase inspections and optimize regulatory compliance. There are thousands of commercial and industrial facilities, most of which have the potential to pollute — for example, with solvent cleaners. Best management practices and industrial compliance inspections are key to minimizing and eliminating further contamination.

More than 1,000 Suffolk County residents have applied for grants to replace their antiquated septic systems in an effort to improve water quality on Long Island. Photo from Suffolk County

fuel storage and transfer facilities. Then there are pesticides. Active ingredients such as chlordane, aldicarb and dacthal have been banned, but some legacy contamination concerns exist, especially for private wells. Some currently registered pesticides are appearing in water supplies at low levels, including simazine/ atrazine, imidacloprid and metalaxyl. Emerging contaminants include PFAS, historically used in firefighting foams, water repellents, nonstick cookware; and 1,4-dioxane, an industrial solvent stabilizer also present at low levels in some consumer products. 3. Are the chemicals coming from residential or industrial sites? Contamination can emanate from a variety of sites, including commercial, industrial and residential properties. Many of the best-known cleanup sites are dealing with legacy impacts from past industrial activity. Examples include Grumman in Bethpage, Lawrence Aviation in Port Jefferson Station, Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton and the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant in Calverton. There have been

hundreds of Superfund sites on Long Island, Fortunately, most are legacy sites and new Superfund sites are relatively rare. More recently, the use of firefighting foam has resulted in Superfund designations at the Suffolk County Firematics site in Yaphank, Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, and East Hampton Airport. The foam was used properly at the time of discharge, but it was not known that PFAS would leach and contaminate groundwater. The county’s 2015 Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan found that some chemicals, such as VOCs, continue to increase in frequency of detection and concentration. While some of this is attributable to legacy industrial plumes, experts believe that residential and small commercial sites are partially responsible for contamination. This is partly because any substances that are dumped into a toilet or drain will reach the environment, and because solvents move readily through our sandy aquifer. Septic waste is, of course a major of contamination. Residential properties can be also responsible for other pollution, such as

5. The word “ban” is often a dirty word in politics, but do you see benefits to banning certain products, and/or practices, for the sake of protecting the county’s drinking water supply? (The bans on DDT, lead in gasoline and HFCS, for example, were very effective at addressing environmental and human health concerns.) Policymakers have not hesitated to ban the use of certain substances — DDT, lead in gasoline, chlordane, MTBE — in the face of evidence that the risks associated with the continued introduction of a chemical into the environment outweigh the benefits from a public health or environmental standpoint. Based on health concerns, I expect that there will be active discussion in the years ahead about the merits of restricting the use of products that introduce emerging contaminants like 1,4-dioxane and PFCs into the environment. 6. If people had more heightened awareness, could we slow or even eliminate specific contaminants? As consumers, can people do more to protect groundwater? There is no question that heightened awareness about ways in which everyday human activities impact the environment leads people to change their behaviors in ways that can reduce the release of contaminants into the environment. A good example is the county’s Septic Improvement Program, which provides grants and low interest loans for homeowners who choose to voluntarily replace their cesspools or septic systems with new nitrogen-reducing technology. More than 1,000 homeowners have applied for grants under the program, which set a record in October with Water Quality CONTINUED ON A7


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On right, Trump Jr. hits local catering hall and draws a crowd to promote Lee Zeldin’s 2020 congressional campaign. Left photo, outside the venue protesters called for better access to their local congressional representative. Photos by Donna Deedy

Zeldin Holds Fundraiser/Book Signing for Trump Jr. BY DONNA DEEDY DONNA@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM

It’s a book signing. … It’s a political fundraiser. … It’s the latest trend in party politics. Donald Trump Jr. attended an event at the Flowerfields Catering Hall in St. James Thursday, Nov. 21, where campaign lawn signs for U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) were planted along the walkway into the venue. Inside the reception hall, stacks of Trump Jr.’s new book, “Triggered,” were piled high. Released on Nov. 5, the book shot to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list after the Republican National Committee bought the book in bulk, spending nearly $100,000,

to distribute as donor prizes, according to a New York Times report. Tickets for Zeldin’s VIP Reception at Flowerfields cost $1,000 per person, which included a signed copy of Trump Jr.’s book. General admission cost $200 per person with a signed copy of the book or $150 with an unsigned copy. Additional copies of a signed book were being sold for $100. Checks were to be made out to Zeldin Victory Committee. “The Congressman is grateful for the sweeping support he’s received, highlighted by record fundraising numbers this year,” Zeldin’s spokesperson Katie Vincentz stated. “Attended by over 350 people and raising over $200,000, this latest smash success fundraiser

builds on that increasing momentum.” Members of the press were turned away from the event. “Sorry, the Secret Service said no,” reporters were told at the reception desk inside. A Secret Service representative, though, later stated in an email that the agency does not facilitate media access issues. Outside the Gyrodyne Property on Moriches Road several dozen protesters assembled. “No public town hall in two and half years,” they yelled out to cars passing by. “Tell Zeldin to hold a public town hall.” St. James resident Maria LaMalga was among the protesters. She said she asked to speak with the congressman, had left messages and submitted written requests to

talk with Zeldin, but she said that she has not yet received a response. “I only see him tweeting about impeachment,” she said. “I wish he would work for his constituents.” The North Shore Peace Group organized the protest. The group’s priority issues include comprehensive gun laws, deficit spending and U.S.-Mexico border policies, especially concerning ongoing detentions and restrictions and limitations put on refugees. In response to the criticism, Zeldin stated in an email that an open town hall meeting was hosted in September by the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association. To date, Zeldin has raised $1.8 million, according to FEC filings.


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Water Quality Continued from A5 more 100 applications received. If a home is not connected to sewers, a homeowner can replace their cesspool or septic system with an innovative/alternative on-site wastewater treatment system. Suffolk County, New York State and several East End towns are offering grants which can make it possible for homeowners to make this positive change with no significant out-of-pocket expense. Consumers can choose to not flush bleaches or toxic/hazardous materials down the drain or into their toilets. Consumers can also take care to deliver any potentially toxic or hazardous household chemicals to approved Stop Throwing Out Pollutants program sites. Homeowners can choose not to use fertilizers or pesticides, or to opt for an organic, slow-release fertilizer at lowest label setting rates. 7. Can you offer examples of products to avoid or practices to adopt that would better protect the drinking water supply? Consumers can choose to not flush bleaches or household hazardous materials down the drain or into their toilets. Consumers can also take care to deliver any potentially toxic or hazardous household chemicals to approved STOP program sites. Homeowners can choose not to use fertilizers or pesticides, or to opt for an organic, slow release fertilizer at lowest label setting rates. 8. Aside from banning products or chemicals, and raising awareness, how do you address the issue? Promoting the use of less impactful alternatives to products which have been shown to have a significant and/or unanticipated impact on public health or the environment, on a voluntary basis, is a less contentious approach than banning a substance or placing restrictions on its use through a legislative or rulemaking process. Such an approach should only be taken with the understanding that its success, value and significance will depend in large part on public awareness and education. 9. What about product labeling, similar to the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General warnings about cigarettes, or carcinogens in California, etc.? Can the county require products sold to include a groundwater contamination warning? The question of whether the county Legislature has authority to implement labeling requirements could be better addressed by an attorney. 10. People, including some elected officials and people running for public office, sometimes say that sewage treatment plants remove all contaminants from wastewater. Can you set the record straight? What chemicals, including radioactive chemicals, are and are not removed from wastewater via sewage treatment? Tertiary wastewater treatment plants are designed primarily to remove nitrogen, in addition to biodegradable organic matter. However, wastewater treatment is also effective

at removing many volatile organic compounds. Some substances, such as 1,4-dioxane, are resistant to treatment and require advanced processes for removal. Evidence shows that the use of horizontal leaching structures instead of conventional drainage rings may facilitate removal of many pharmaceuticals and personal care products, known as PPCPs. Advanced treatment technologies, such as membrane bioreactors, are also being tested for efficacy of removal of PPCPs. Staff advise that the mere presence of chemicals in wastewater in trace amounts does not necessarily indicate the existence of a public health risk. All wastewater treatment must treat chemicals to stringent federal and state standards. In some cases, such as for emerging contaminants, specific standards do not exist. In those cases, the unspecified organic contaminant requirement of 50 parts per billion is commonly applied. 11. Can you provide an example of a place where residential and industrial groundwater contamination concerns were reversed or adequately addressed? There are numerous examples, mostly under the jurisdiction of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, in which groundwater concerns have been addressed through treatment to remove contaminants. Because health and safety are always the most important issues, the first priority is typically to make sure that people who live near an impacted site have a safe supply of drinking water. In areas served by public water suppliers — Suffolk County Water Authority or a local water district — this is not usually an issue, since public water suppliers are highly regulated and are required to test water supply wells regularly. In areas where people are not connected to a public water system, and rely instead on private wells, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will work with the water supplier to identify properties that are not connected to a public water system and then contact homeowners to urge them to have their water tested at no charge to make sure that it is safe for consumption. Over the past several years, Suffolk County, New York State and the Suffolk County Water Authority have worked together to connect hundreds of homes that had relied on private wells to the public water system, to make sure people have access to safe drinking water. 12. Are you hopeful about addressing the issues? I am hopeful and optimistic about the success of efforts to reverse the ongoing degradation of water quality that has resulted from reliance on cesspools and septic systems. For the first time in Long Island’s history, environmentalists, business leaders, scientists, organized labor and the building trades all agree that the long-term threat that has resulted from the lack of sewers to both the environment and economy is so great that a long-term plan to address the need for active wastewater treatment is not an option, but a necessity. Experience shows that public awareness can be a significant factor in driving public polic

Officials Offer Grants to Promote Septic Upgrades

The Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program was launched on July 3, 2017, at the website www.reclaimourwater.info. The program provides homeowners looking to install new nitrogen-reducing septic systems — known as I/A OWTS — with county grants up to $20,000 to offset the increased costs of these new technologies. In addition, homeowners can also qualify for a state grant of up to $10,000 for a total of $30,000 in grants. The county has enough funding to issue approximately 80 grants per month. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and priority is given to high- and medium-density residential parcels located within the 0-25 year groundwater travel time or within 1,000 feet of enclosed water bodies. Post-installation landscaping and irrigation restoration are the responsibilities of the property owner.

Map of 1,4-dioxane across Long Island by highest level detected within each water district. From Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Suffolk Water Authority Approves $20 Quarterly Fee to Clean Up 1,4-Dioxane

BY KYLE BARR KYLE@TBRNEWSMEDIA.COM Suffolk County residents are being asked to reach into their wallets to help the water authority deal with the ongoing presence of 1,4-dioxane in local groundwater, which is the sole source of drinking water on Long Island. The Suffolk County Water Authority announced Nov. 22 that the board approved a $20 quarterly fee added onto customers bills starting Jan. 1, 2020. The bill will go toward the cost of developing and operating treatment systems for filtering 1,4-dioxane and other perfluorinated compounds PFOS and PFOA in anticipation of New York State mandating such regulations. “As we’ve said since state officials first began considering the regulation of 1,4-dioxane and perfluorinated compounds, we fully support taking whatever measures are necessary to ensure our customers continue to have a drinking water supply that is among the best in the country,” said SCWA CEO Jeffrey Szabo. “But, as we’ve also said, these regulations come at a high cost. We need the funds that will be raised by the

quarterly fee to develop the treatment systems to meet the new standards.” In an October presentation to Suffolk County legislators, SCWA proposed installing 31 new advanced treatment systems at a number of sites where the levels of 1,4-dioxane are higher than the state proposed limit, which is 1 part per billion. Water officials and environmental activists have made 1,4-dioxane a topic of concern this year, pointing out that it is a likely carcinogen with links to liver and kidney damage after a lifetime of exposure. If the state limits 1,4-dioxane to 1 part per billion and PFOS and PFOA at 10 parts per trillion, the water authority will have to put into service 56 new advanced oxidation process treatments, and 20 new granular activated carbon systems. The total cost for all these systems is expected to exceed $177 million over the next five to six years. The $80 yearly charge is expected to cover those costs over time. The water authority services approximately 1.2 million Suffolk residents, including most parts of the North Shore.


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County/Town

Clockwise from left, Lavena Sipes and her son Cameron with a photo of Courtney. A crowd gathers to honor the life of Courtney. Crowd shares the flame for the candlelight vigil. Photos by Media Origins

Candlelight Vigil Memorializes Lives Lost at Main and Lawrence Intersection Trotta Hosts Coat Drive Ten years ago the Sipes family lost their daughter Courtney, who was struck and killed while crossing Main Street in Smithtown. Within 18 months, Seamus Byrne and Charles Doonan lost their lives after being struck as pedestrians crossing the same intersection. In the 10 years that have passed, the three families have been instrumental in making Smithtown safer for pedestrians. They worked with the New York State D.O.T. to see the fourlane roadway repainted, lanes redesigned, lights retimed and audible crosswalk signs implemented, among other measures.

“We do believe that the changes have reduced the rate of serious injuries,” said Lavena Sipes, the mother of Courtney. All the measures, she said, serve as an ongoing reminder to pedestrians to keep vigilant. Sipes, who now lives in Arkansas, said that the families are coordinating a permanent memorial at the intersection to recognize the lives of their loved ones. Plans are still underway, but they hope to install possibly a bench. More than 20 people attended the Nov. 24 candlelight vigil.

For several years, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) has been working with SMM Advertising in Smithtown to conduct a winter coat drive to benefit the residents of Suffolk County who are in need of warm winter clothing. They are collecting gently used or new coats, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and new socks for infants, children, teens and adult men and women. “As people prepare for the winter and clean out their closets or plan to give a new coat as a gift, it is important for all

of us to help our fellow neighbors who need warm coats by contributing to this worthwhile drive,” said Trotta. Donations of coats and other outerwear may be dropped off at Trotta’s district office, located at 59 Landing Ave., Suite 1, in Smithtown, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The coat drive ends Jan. 6. For directions, questions or if you know of an organization with an urgent need, please call Trotta’s office at 631854-3900.


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Third-grade students from St. James Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District celebrate their ancestry during Heritage Day on Nov. 22. Photo from the Smithtown Central School District

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The pending impeachment proceedings of the 45th president of the United States means dinner table conversations this holiday season could get extra heated and dicey. So, it may be in everyone’s best interest to avoid breaching the topic, which risks exposing the passionate political leanings of loved ones. So, what’s a family to do? As the saying goes, you can’t pick your relatives. But you certainly can choose and encourage activities that bring people together rather than widen the divide. As you and your loved ones gather, equip yourself with a solid plan that keeps the peace. Keep in mind, talking about the weather, once a light, safeharbor topic, could backfire. Discussing California wildfires, for example, could spark a fruitless debate over the scientific theories behind climate change. Knowing this tendency, if you see news footage of the flooding in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, you might want to quickly change the channel. The first step in any successful endeavor is to set a realistic goal: Coming away from the weekend festivities without anyone suffering black eyes or bruised egos. The best option may in fact be: Eat in silence like monks. Other options, though, do exist. One idea is to play a game. Try coming up with a new name for the country, one that drops the word “United” in the United States of America. To keep it democratic, go around the table allowing each person to suggest their own clever alternative. Before or after dinner, you can also play the fast-paced word game Bananagrams, only conduct politics-themed rounds. The entertaining activity allows for self-expression and could likely become a fair-minded approach to spending quality time together while eliminating tensions in the air. If it doesn’t? Hold a regulation wrestling match on the living room floor and keep score. Takedowns, reversals, near falls and escapes all count. If tensions rise? Flip the bird. As in turkey. (Thanksgiving is the one day of the year that you can get away with this one.) Music soothes the savage beast. So, stream it in. Or better yet, make your own. Form a drum circle using common household objects as percussion instruments. The ancient practice of striking rhythm together is known to alleviate isolation and alienation. But be sure to hide the good china from the tribe. Building crafts can also be a fun and rewarding activity for family members. Martha Stewart built a dynasty, once she acknowledged this fundamental fact. Try building sock gnomes together. The blind, deaf and mute miniature humanoids can actually become an unexpected and perhaps even necessary source of inspiration for the crowd. Instead of discussing politics, you might also try identifying the moral virtues of each of the world’s many different major religions. On second thought, don’t do this. You can also give thanks with everyone recounting their blessings out loud in turn. It may in fact be the wisest strategy and there’s likely plenty of material to go around. Happy Thanksgiving!

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As our country comes to the start of the holiday season, a welcome opportunity for all of us to pause and spend quality time with our family and friends, my staff and I would like to wish our community a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. We hope that everyone is able to enjoy all the things in their lives that they are thankful for and that they appreciate. With the Thanksgiving weekend serving as the unofficial start of the holiday season, we would also like to invite our residents to visit our 2019 Helpful Holiday Safety and Shopping Tips section on our

website. This section is designed to help take some of the stress out of the holidays by providing families with information on how to protect their homes, their finances and their loved ones. The site contains some easy-to-use advice and links to informative websites about cyber security, home safety and other important topics. It also contains a list of local charities that are working to make the holidays brighter for all in our community. From organizations that are at the forefront of the fight against hunger to ones that are working to make sure that every family

has a happy holiday season, these organizations are there for our less fortunate neighbors. We hope that everyone who is able will reach out and assist those in need as we enjoy the holidays. Residents can visit the 2019 Helpful Holiday Safety and Shopping Tips section by visiting www.flanagan.nysenate.gov and clicking on the link on the home page. We wish everyone in our community a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. John Flanagan N.Y. State Senator

Trump Is No Slump Rebuttal A [Nov. 21] letter appearing in this newspaper [“Trump Is No Slump”] paints a picture of a benevolent Donald Trump showering benefits on a grateful nation. This picture is preposterous. The writers laughably claim Trump “has worked so hard for the American citizenry.” To see how hard take a look at www.Trumpgolfcount.com. When he’s not on the links he seems to spend most of his time watching Fox News or tweeting about enemies real or imagined. The claim that we now have the lowest unemployment on record is false. The claim Trump has strengthened the military is true only if you think pardoning convicted war criminals equals a strong military. Trump’s intervention has enraged the top military leaders of our country by undermining the chain of command and good order and discipline. Rear Adm. Collin Green, the commander of the Navy SEALs, has threatened to resign because of Trump’s continued interference. [Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy, was fired on Sunday by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper because of his handling of the SEAL issue.] Does stabbing our Kurdish allies in the back, who did most of the fighting and dying in combat against ISIS, strengthen our military? Our troops who fought alongside them don’t think so. They were mortified and ashamed. What did the spectacle of ignominiously departing American troops being pelted with rotten vegetables by angry Kurds do for our military prestige and deterrence? If you think building a wall “protect[s]

our sovereignty as a nation,” you should check the history of walls starting with the Great Wall of China. Somehow Genghis Kahn figured out a way through it. It won’t take Genghis Khan to defeat the Great Wall of Trump. Smugglers have already figured out how to saw right through it using a tool widely available at retail outlets for under $100. The claim that Trump’s made us energy independent is equally spurious. The fracking revolution began long before Trump took office. This claim also ignores the larger question of what kind of energy independence we’re after. If we used nothing but coal we’d be “energy independent.” No problem if we don’t mind coal ash, acid rain, arsenic, black lung disease, cancer and asthma, to say nothing of global warming. Meanwhile we are losing the race for the energy future. Maybe the most ludicrous claim of all is that Trump is protecting people with private health insurance. We all remember the fiasco of the AHCA, Trump’s wretched replacement for the Affordable Care Act. If by “protecting” you mean replacing real health insurance with high-deductible, limited coverage junk plans he’s doing a great job. There’s no mention of the other side of the ledger. The Trump Administration is possibly the most corrupt in U.S. history. His former national security adviser, campaign manager, personal lawyer and political adviser have all been convicted of federal crimes. A parade of Trump appointed cabinet officials have been forced to resign in disgrace for self-dealing. I say nothing about

the dealings of his children and son-in-law. As if not to be outdone, Trump himself brazenly attempted to arrange next year’s G7 meeting, which the United States gets to host, be held at his failing Trump Doral resort in Florida, at the height of the slack season, so that normally empty rooms would be booked at considerable profit to himself. He gave up this idea only reluctantly after it was almost universally condemned. As a final falsehood the writer claims Democrats have “passed zero legislation” since Trump became president. This year, after Democrats gained control of the House, they’ve passed a laundry list of important legislation, including legislation to reopen the government from the Trump shutdown (H.J. Res. 31), implement universal background checks for the purchase of firearms (H.R. 8), restore net neutrality after it was ended by the Trump designated head of the FCC (H.R. 1644), take meaningful action on climate change (H.R. 9), lower prescription drug prices and improve the ACA (H.R. 987), raise the pay of military personnel by 3.1 percent (H.R. 2500), raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years (H.R. 582), and improve election security against potential malefactors (H.R. 2722). If you’re wondering why most of this legislation hasn’t become law, you have no further to look than Mitch McConnell, who openly boasts of being the “grim reaper” of legislation. Mitch McConnell is not a Democrat. David Friedman St. James

The opinions of columnists and letter writers are their own. They do not speak for the newspaper.


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Opinion

Another Take on Words That Matter

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ast year at this time, I wrote a column celebrating words. I feel compelled to share another homage this year. This may start a new annual tradition. I hope you enjoy. Words dart away, just out of reach, like a fish in the ocean, a butterfly in a meadow or a Frisbee lifted overhead by a sudden breeze. Words emanate from nearby, startling us while we lay in bed, coaxing us to search the D. None house, the closet, the garage for the of the above source of elusive BY DANIEL DUNAIEF sounds. Words give strength to our arguments, power to our convictions, and a method to share our hopes, desper-

ation, dreams, fears, needs, wants and cravings. Individually and collectively, words enable us to invite others to share experiences. Words form the backbone of a democracy always challenged by new words, concepts, people and ideas. When we hold an infant, listen to the sound from the air leaving the lungs of a whale surfacing nearby or gaze from the top of a volcano at the rising sun over the horizon, we hope the words we choose to describe what we see, feel and experience bring us back to these magic moments. Words grow into unmanageable bundles as jargon triggers a metamorphosis that confounds and clutters their meaning, turning them into a sesquipedalian mess — that is the practice of using long-winded, obscure words. Words tell tales, show emotions and reach out across time from generations long since past, urging us to pay attention and learn lessons from those who came before. We select rhyming words that sing like chirping birds.

Words make us laugh, offering a salve to suffering and transportation out of intransigence. When we can’t understand something, we name it, giving a word to the unknown that allows us to refer to something in the cosmos, in our minds or buried under our fingernails. Ancient Romans used words to construct fantastic stories about the stars, the heavens and the gods, who exhibited a wide range of emotions that seemed remarkably human. We remember the words from our favorite movies: “May the force be with you” (“Star Wars”) and “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” (“Casablanca”). And from our favorite presidents, such as John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” (1961) or Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (1933). We carry with us the words that mean the most from our own lives. We don’t need to check them at the airport when we are in group 9, stuff them in an overstuffed backpack when we go to school

or keep them from getting waterlogged when the evapotranspiration cycle decides to dump rain, sleet, hail or snow upon us. We remember the person so critical to our existence that he or she “ruined us for all other” men or women. The words that elevate, inspire and encourage us to do and be our best allow us to stand straighter and taller, enabling us to wear a cryptic smile that those who know us best perceive immediately. Words give us hope, help us believe in ourselves and allow us to feel connected to someone halfway across the world. We pause from uttering words during moments of silence, as we pay respect with the unspoken words in our minds. We are surrounded by paper thin walls of meaningless, angry, spiteful, hateful words. We can combat those messages with words that reflect the best of us and our country. Words fill the toolbox with the parts to build the world as we choose. As you ponder words that matter at this time of year, I’d like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Lots of Tradition and No Disappointment at Our Thanksgiving Table

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hanksgiving 2019. Always a favorite holiday for me. What could be bad about an eating holiday? Even better, it’s a chance to see my children and grandchildren, because everyone comes to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. For this I have to give great thanks not only to my children, coming in from various parts of the country, but especially to my children-inlaw. As one of my daughters-in-law Between said not too long ago, “Thanksgivyou and me ing belongs to the BY LEAH S. DUNAIEF Dunaiefs.” What she meant by that is her family hasn’t seen her at Thanksgiving since she married into our family. She automatically

plans on coming here to Long Island for the holiday, as do my other two daughters-in-law. For that I am hugely grateful. Of course, for that monopoly I have had to give up other holidays to the other sides of the family, and I have done so cheerfully. We have worked out this arrangement amicably and made it into a rich tradition. What happens at my dining room table on Turkey Day is not just the consumption of the usual Thanksgiving fare but also in turn the sharing of experiences to be thankful for over the past year. In this way, I get to catch up on what my offspring and their offspring have been up to, and they hear what is important to each of them. Lest it should become too ritualistic and burdensome, I suggested one year that we could skip it, but they wanted to tell their stories. And I certainly wanted to listen. So how will this year be different from the others? I eagerly await the individual particulars but, from my perspective, one difference is consideration of the food. There was a time when I just

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presented the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, greens and a salad, and that was dinner — to be followed by ample portions of pumpkin pie. I probably don’t have to tell you that those innocent days are gone forever. My first clue that the Thanksgiving universe was changing came when my young children took me aside before the holiday one year and begged me to be understanding of what they were about to confess: They didn’t care for turkey. Wow! That was a shock to me because I prided myself on cooking the perfect turkey each year — roasted to a golden brown, yet not dried out even in the white meat. After the few minutes it took me to recover, I gamely said, “All right, I will make a couple of chickens instead.” That solution was received with enthusiasm. But that was not the end of that story: I cooked the chickens to a yummy golden brown, but I also made half a small turkey for any of the traditionalists who might be dining with us, and

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because I adore leftover turkey and stuffing the next day for lunch. Comes Thanksgiving Thursday, the table is set, there is a fire in the fireplace, the fare is served, and at the end of the meal the chickens are barely touched but the only part of the turkey left is the carcass. “Is there any more turkey?” someone asks. I learned. Now when they tell me that they don’t want to eat a lot of animal protein nor dairy because of lactose intolerance — an inherited gene from my dad — nor carbs, and that I should load up with veggies and salad and certainly barely any pie because they wish to eschew lots of sugary sweets in favor of fruit, I readily agree. There will be a cornucopia of spinach and Brussels sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower and bottomless salad and fruit bowls. Those veggies can be delicious steamed or roasted with some nuts and spices. And … there will also be mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, turkey, stuffing and — need I say it? — ample amounts of pumpkin and apple pies. We shall see what is left over this time. Happy Thanksgiving!

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