Michael A. Miller - Viewpoint

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Want Reform And Change? Do It Yourself

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear,” wrote Mark Twain. One of the critical questions those in the increasingly self-described “Resistance” movement must answer is this: Why did the grassroots Occupy...

The Fading Legislative Tradition

Delusional thinking is always present in totalitarian states. Hannah Arendt wrote that when democratic institutions collapse, it is “easier to accept patently absurd propositions than the old truths which have become pious banalities.” As the world...

Nassau Voters Owed Real Ideas

Heading into the 1961-1962 school year, there were still 20 Nassau County school districts that did not have their own superintendent of schools. These districts enrolled 74,000 students. In the non-superintendent districts, there was a...

Reclaim Highways, Reclaim Our Future?

The Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx was one of the last of the urban expressways undertaken by Robert Moses, Long Island and New York City’s so-called “Master Builder.” By the time its first phase was...

New Voters, New Nassau

Where were you on January 1, 2000? It’s a nice round date. The year started with a different numeral. For the first time since 1917, Democrats assumed full majority control of Nassau County’s legislative apparatus,...

Want Change? Then Change The Government

A KIND OF COUP D’ETAT founded Nassau County. When some of the elite citizens of 1898 called a mass meeting at Mineola to discuss their plan to break away from Queens County, they were greeted...
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