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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.
“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....Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
No matter how disgusted and appalled we were primed to feel about the massive conspiracy to defraud the Long Island Rail Road via fake disability claims for retirees, the details that have followed are still shocking. The federal trial of two Long Island men accused of disability fraud are delivering plots so jaw-dropping that they seem like storylines from a movie.
Witnesses say Frederick...Read more »
Call it a fitting tribute to a master technologist: the dedication of a statue and monument to Nikola Tesla in Shoreham Monday was livestreamed worldwide over the Internet for his devoted fans.
For Nikola Tesla devotees, the event was another sign that the movement to get their hero the recognition he deserves just keep growing.
The monument graces Wardenclyffe, the laboratory in Shoreham...Read more »
It’s so tempting, when we hear of something painfully and obviously stupid being done, to get all downcast about the state of things and declare, “Well, that just proves the world is going to heck in a hoopskirt.”
Such is the case of the judge in Tennessee who legally changed a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin because, in Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew’s words, “The word Messiah...Read more »
At this point -- as it's becoming clear that part of Anthony Weiner's personal life exists in a dark place most of us can't really relate to, but his wife seems able to smilingly accept -- what I want from Weiner has changed.
I'm not asking him not to send photos of his various body parts to make-believe sexual partners all over the planet. I'm not asking him to stop sexting, or using his...Read more »
At this point, you could almost praise Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's close associates for the openness with which they're trying to manipulate the election system to improve their man's chances at winning.
Almost, but not quite.
There's a new candidate looking to represent the Green Party in the race, which will pit the Republican Mangano against one of two Democrats: former...Read more »