If we're looking for an economic rising tide to carry all our boats, I don't see it locally just yet. I see the holes in leaking vessels being plugged, while those onboard are still carrying excess weight.
One of Long Island's greatest and most under-appreciated assets is the Long Island Rail Road, but that asset must be put to more effective use if Long Island is to be in the economic forefront of our times.
I never prayed for Steve to win the election, only to keep our sanity intact. With President Obama's inauguration this week, my thoughts turn to election night of my husband's campaign for the U. S. Congress.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I witnessed two Long Island communities, Long Beach and Oceanside, located just 1.5 miles from one another, experience very different fates. When disaster struck, Oceanside had few resources to rely on.
That's the way it is for toxic products and processes: There are safe alternatives for them. There are safe substitutes for virtually every deadly product and process. The problem? The vested interests that continue to push and defend them.
I'm not a member of a book club, so I don't know if it's de rigueur for literary associations to throw back a few cocktails and to unsheath verbal knives at holiday get-togethers. If it is, then I was in the presence of a masterful group of readers.
At AOL, our first value as a company is "We're in the business of helping people -- period." To date, we have shipped over 5,000 boxes of supplies to affected communities throughout New Jersey and Long Island. There is still a lot of rebuilding to be done. And we're going to keep helping!
In response to Hurricane Sandy I have been working with teacher education students to develop lessons secondary school teachers can use to help students understand global climate change, how hurricanes develop, and how young people can be involved in their communities.