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posticon Editorial - How To Perk Up NY's Gun Industry

Opinions | Friday, April 12, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Wallethub, the financial website, just released an analysis of states most dependent on the gun industry.  New York ranks as the 3rd least dependent state, and also ranks low on gun prevalence and gun politics.  Our state has the 4th fewest gun industry jobs, receives the lowest total taxes paid by the gun industry (ranking 50th), has the 3rd lowest gun ownership, and the 3rd fewest NICS background checks per capita.  If you happen to be lucky enough to have a job in the gun industry in New York, the state ranks 3rd highest average wages and benefits for Firearms Industry employees.

That got me to thinking, and I came up with my 'million dollar idea' through a labarynthine train of thought.  It started with the gun industry news, which led me to I wonder what the highest dollar-producing industry in New York is.  I thought that with all the multi-million dollar farms in our area, and given the size of our mostly rural state, that farming might be the top industry.  But, nope, it is what, if you think about it for a half a minute, you would expect with New York City being part of the state: banking.

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posticon Thoughts - Fake Internet News

Opinions | Friday, April 12, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Being what some call a 'news junkie' for such a long time, I am inordinately interested in the continuing issue of not only what is deemed and termed 'fake news' (define as you wish, for I think there are at least three iterations/examples of this phenomena these days preceding the present administration) but also the more important question of 'what should we do about it?'

So, I'm going to try something and I need your help. I'm going to quote at length a piece from the Wall Street Journal, written on April 3rd, 2019 by Thomas Grove. There's the complete attribution and this is an experiment. I'm going to 'blank out' all the proper nouns in the story. You, dear reader, can feel free to leave the blanks blank as you read, or fill them in with whatever proper noun/name you feel is correct and/or appropriate. Pencils ready? This is a test. Begin.

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posticon Letters - 'Community Immunity' is a Real Thing

Opinions | Friday, April 12, 2019 | By Dr William Klepack Print
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mailmanLack of community immunity is a real thing as shown by the measles outbreak in Rockland County, which now accounts for about two hundred cases. This number continues to increase. More than 387 measles cases have been confirmed in the US so far this year.

When nearly everyone is immunized against a disease we say "community immunity" exists. When the majority of people are immunized, those who cannot be immunized because of a medical condition are far more protected. Children and adults who are on medications that weaken their immune systems or have a medical condition preventing vaccination are dependent for protection on whether others have been immunized. The disease can circulate far more easily in a community where many are not vaccinated. For a child or adult even to go to school, go shopping or go to work becomes risky because of the chance of encountering someone who is ill.

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