City Island Issues


Bowl Game Dangers


They call them foot ball games, but some fear that a few participants may be playing with fire. This weekend, its college football with a day full of bowl games from across this great nation.

A half dozen are scheduled this morning and others will be played past midnight. These are not professional sporting events, but those playing are subjected to similar injuries their counterparts have experienced over the years. It has been said that Life keeps imitating art, but in this case it may be the reverse.

This Week in Her and History


This Week in History, Feb 16 - Feb 22

Feb 16, 1923
Archaeologist opens tomb of King Tut. On this day in 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs containing rich treasures to accompany the rulers into the afterlife. In the 19th century, archeologists from all over the world flocked to Egypt, where they uncovered a number of these tombs. Many had long ago been broken into by robbers and stripped of their riches.

Feb 17, 1904
Madame Butterfly premieres. On this day in 1904, Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly premieres at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. The young Puccini decided to dedicate his life to opera after seeing a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in 1876. In his later life, he would write some of the best-loved operas of all time: La Boheme (1896), Tosca (1900), Madame Butterfly (1904) and Turandot (left unfinished when he died in 1906). Not one of these, however, was an immediate success when it opened. La Boheme, the now-classic story of a group of poor artists living in a Paris garret, earned mixed reviews, while Tosca was downright panned by critics.

Feb 18, 1885
Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. On this day in 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous--and famously controversial--novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck's story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was far more serious, focusing on the institution of slavery and other aspects of life in the antebellum South.

Feb 19, 1847
Donner Party rescued. On this day in 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the summer of 1846, in the midst of a Western-bound fever sweeping the United States, 89 people--including 31 members of the Donner and Reed families--set out in a wagon train from Springfield, Illinois. After arriving at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, the emigrants decided to avoid the usual route and try a new trail recently blazed by California promoter Lansford Hastings, the so-called "Hastings Cutoff." After electing George Donner as their captain, the party departed Fort Bridger in mid-July. The shortcut was nothing of the sort: It set the Donner Party back nearly three weeks and cost them much-needed supplies. After suffering great hardships in the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Salt Lake Desert and along the Humboldt River, they finally reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains in early October. Despite the lateness of the season, the emigrants continued to press on, and on October 28 they camped at Truckee Lake, located in the high mountains 21 kilometers northwest of Lake Tahoe. Overnight, an early winter storm blanketed the ground with snow, blocking the mountain pass and trapping the Donner Party.

Feb 20, 1985
Ireland allows sale of contraceptives. In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives. Up until 1979, Irish law prohibited the importation and sale of contraceptives. In a 1973 case, McGee v. The Attorney General, the Irish Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to marital privacy covered the use of contraceptives. Pressured by strong conservative forces in Irish society, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, the government was slow to change the law to reflect the court's decision, and a number of proposed bills failed before reaching the books.

Affordable Education


Do you want to economize your six figure college education? You may first wish to consider enrolling into a junior, otherwise known as a community college.

Many people who are planning to go to a university or four year college in the fall are worried about the high cost of tuition and the staggering student loan debt. Fortunately, if you're smart about it, a good education can be achieved without these pitfalls.



New York legislators today announced an agreement on a bill that will establish a medical marijuana program for New York State. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered in a manner that protects public health and safety.

Medical Marijuana Reserved for Patients with Serious Conditions:

No Coattails Kicked Tails


Alabama Firebrand judge Roy Moore won the Republican primary runoff for US Senate kicking the butt of an appointed incumbent backed by President Donald Trump Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Moore, a Bible-thumping preacher who has been removed from the bench several times vowed to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to Congress.

The tendency for political party leaders to attract votes for other candidates of the same party in an election is supposed to be victorious for candidates who will often win because they're “on the coattails” of the Senate majority leader, the vice president, and the president. Not any longer for Trump's #GOP Posse. #TrumpPosse

So much for political coattails and is he tired of winning yet? Is this STRANGE #GOP politics and doesn't it also seem that @POTUS and @VP are turning into Amos 'n' Andy because no one believes or takes it seriously. and they keep losing time and again?

Roy Moore, Alabama’s winning GOP Senate candidate, has us extremely worried

Trump-backed Senator Luther Strange loses Alabama Republican primary to Roy Moore

Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama

Regrets? In Alabama Senate race, Trump had a few



Now that Spring is here, it is time to know the risks and to prepare our home and family. Spring can bring about a mix of wild weather as it’s a time of transition; and depending on where you live you could be affected by:

Tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, floods, lightning, heat, wildfires, and even tsunamis if you live by the coast.

A few precautionary steps now can help you prepare for weather changes:

Know the potential hazards in your area and stay abreast of your local forecast at

Prepare or restock your disaster supplies kit.