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Lane Filler

Lane Filler is a member of the Newsday editorial board. He came to Long Island in 2010 after working for newspapers in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Filler: Suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson is just business

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, left, with Jase

(Credit: AP)

“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson has an absolute and unqualified constitutional right to speak his mind. We all do. What we don’t have is a constitutional right to a job, or the use of someone else’s microphone and media platform.

Robertson was suspended from his family’s show indefinitely Wednesday, because of comments he made about homosexuality in an article set to appear in GQ, primarily....

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Filler: Common Core subcommittee should focus on better implementation, not self-esteem

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent Lorna Lewis

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

With all the controversy over the implementation of Common Core standards in New York and all the changes wrought in its name, it’s not surprising that Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch has decided to appoint a subcommittee of five Regents to review the process and report back.

What may be more telling than the creation of that group is the eventual announcement of which Regents actually...

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Filler: Buy a Mega Millions ticket, it's not such a bad investment

Scott Rogers, of Port Jefferson, holds up his

(Credit: Ed Betz)

What if I were to tell you that tonight’s Mega Millions drawing, besides being a great fantasy investment at $1 a ticket (most of my fantasies have cost quite a bit more) is also, in one mathematical way of looking at it, a darn strong mathematical investment.

The drawing is at 11 this evening, and the odds of winning are about 258 million to one: in other words, you have a better chance of...

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Filler: To call a snow day or not? The school administrator's dilemma

Traffic on Old Country Road in Westbury as

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Long Island’s education leaders know they’re damned if they do call off school before the kids show up, and they’re damned if you don’t.

If they sound the “No School, Let the Celebrations of Children and Wailing of Parents Begin” alarm and call it off, they risk the possibility that by the time the kids actually creep from the bed and peer outside the clouds will have passed by without dropping...

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