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print email Source: Editorial: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRLS
teenagers
February 21, 2017 | 02:01 PM

so funny comparing the list with Albanian population...One thing for sure ..these boys will be all over world and approximately 12 million in number.
Good luck to whoever has a child between 14-16 of age..Including myself

Barda
print email Source: Editorial: WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM
February 17, 2017 | 01:10 PM

I love u,jerry

lynn
print email Source: Editorial: Remembering Sag Harbor Circa 1937
Remembering Sag Harbor
February 09, 2017 | 07:08 PM

Enjoyed this article.
Looking forward to reading others in the series.

Joan Tutt
print email Source: Editorial: Remembering Sag Harbor Circa 1937
Remembering Sag Harbor
February 09, 2017 | 07:06 PM

Enjoyed this article.
Looking forward to reading others in the series.

Joan Tutt
print email Source: Editorial: Remembering Sag Harbor Circa 1937
Remembering Sag Harbor
February 07, 2017 | 03:39 PM

I LOVE this! How interesting!!

Lucille Garypie
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Hey would you like some Knockwurst
February 06, 2017 | 03:57 AM

Where would all the good food be if we did not have our immigrants. Just Mayo on bread with cheese...give me a Hebrew National anyday...dark mustard.

Karl
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Jerry's editorial this week
February 02, 2017 | 02:36 AM

Just a thank you for writing it -- the USA should never forget that we are basically a nation of immigrants who made this country what we are today. Not bad!

Bob Legenhausen
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Trump
January 31, 2017 | 11:09 PM

Is TRUMP your President?

Lenn
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
New York City ... The One and Only
January 31, 2017 | 06:53 PM

Good for you Jerry. The very thing that makes our beloved NYC and its environs so great is the sheer diversity of our people - with all their hopes, dreams, and unique contributions at hand. And if we ever lose that, we'll just be "another" town on the map.

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Fantastic
January 31, 2017 | 06:49 PM

Jerry, I totally support your views. Thanks for speaking up.

Jim Lang
print email Source: Editorial: DID YOU VOTE FOR STEVE BANNON FOR PRESIDENT? NEITHER DID I
Bravo!
January 31, 2017 | 01:47 PM

Bravo to you and Boot! And, To our Italian heritage. This is a Country of Immigrants!

Peace,

Bob Kerr



Bob Kerr
print email Source: Editorial: Whats With All The Illinois License Plates?
License plates
January 28, 2017 | 09:07 AM

Come on now all I see is latinos and Virginia plates or Illinois. When will something be done ! The amount of accidents and un-licensed operators is insane why is this being allowed to continue. The police have their hands tied and can't check if someone is illegal. Think of all these cars riding around with no safety inspection. Massive loss of revenue and unsafe as well not to mention the insane trade parade I drive thru everyday.


Michael Ried
print email Source: Editorial: Whats With All The Illinois License Plates?
License plates and illegals
January 28, 2017 | 09:06 AM

Come on now all I see is latinos and Virginia plates or Illinois. When will something be done ! The amount of accidents and un-licensed operators is insane why is this being allowed to continue. The police have their hands tied and can't check if someone is illegal. Think of all these cars riding around with no safety inspection. Massive loss of revenue and unsafe as well not to mention the insane trade parade I drive thru everyday.

Michael
print email Source: Editorial: FROM THAT WONDERFUL GUY WHO GAVE US DONALD TRUMP
First Nafta with Clinton, then wars with Bush
January 27, 2017 | 07:07 AM

Obama had to pick up the pieces...which ended with him not leading enough. The end result is massive unemployment, not reflected accurately in the figures(most people have given up) a inefficiently run health care system and a president now who should be removed from office for mental incapacity.

Karl
print email Source: Editorial: Flu Season Comes Home To Roost
January 26, 2017 | 12:33 PM

Good article, awareness and prevention must be spread

DrLove
print email Source: Editorial: Voter Registration Forms Questioned
January 25, 2017 | 11:12 AM

I know they were using these forms in Huntington. They were in the Public Library.

Paul Grasso
print email Source: Editorial: FROM THAT WONDERFUL GUY WHO GAVE US DONALD TRUMP
An American Tragedy
January 18, 2017 | 05:03 PM

The Obama legacy is having left this Country with the Holy Trinity of a grouchy old Socialist, a Democratic hybrid of Lady Mac Beth and Richard Nixon, with bosoms, and a quasi Republican with orange skin and a bad combover.
Let's not forget the supporting cast of a blond, blue eyed pseudo Indian and the Bastard son of Tail Gunner Joe and Clare Booth Luce.
This truly has all the ingredients for a "must see TV event."

Sadly,

JT Fangio

JT Fangio
print email Source: Editorial: FROM THAT WONDERFUL GUY WHO GAVE US DONALD TRUMP
Caveat Emptor
January 18, 2017 | 04:02 AM

Jerry ! As one of the 98 percent of your Dem friends, let me first say what a great headline to your editorial column. Some of your readers may not get the reference to your landmark book, but the headline still stands per se. Next, let me say that I agree with most of what you said; especially your main point ! That Obama "teed up" the ball pretty nicely for Trump, who took full advantage of all the things Obama didn't accomplish. Yet here we are with a President-elect Trump with the lowest POTUS "transition" approval ratings reported in American history, at least according to Gallup's latest polling data. So I'm confused. Didn't Trump just beat Clinton by a convincing margin in the Electoral vote? Popular vote being inconsequential. Most of America saying "Yes" to Trump on 11/8/16, yet now saying "No" even before his 01/20/17 inauguration. What the Hell happened? "Buyers' remorse" over his Cabinet picks? One too many reckless Tweets? Or maybe just the old idiom, "Be careful what you wish for". Bill

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: Obituaries
Johanna Waschaureck
January 17, 2017 | 01:06 PM

She was my Great Aunt, who died in Viena, Austria, Looking for info. for Family.

Laura Harris
print email Source: Editorial: A STAR IS ABOUT TO BE BORN
lessons
January 11, 2017 | 07:36 PM

Not sure my parents paid that much for my guitar lessons. By the way i was never considered for any performance.

Michael Travis
print email Source: Editorial: A STAR IS ABOUT TO BE BORN
"My dick's bigger than your dick!
January 11, 2017 | 10:15 AM


When people care about who's the entertainment at a Presidential inauguration it shows how shallow we all are.

Mike

mike koulermos
print email Source: Editorial: A STAR IS ABOUT TO BE BORN
putz
January 10, 2017 | 07:27 PM

sooooooooo funny jerry...love this.

tesch
print email Source: Editorial: Cathy Cahill Appeal Moves Forward
Cahill judgement
January 09, 2017 | 05:16 PM

Cato these people who foget their friends having depended on you for years should be ashamed of themselves.

Chin up

stephen miele
print email Source: Editorial: The Death Of Dorothy Kilgallen
"her friend Florence Smith"
January 06, 2017 | 06:52 AM

Mr. Murphy's book review is accurate with the following exception:

"She often bounced ideas off her friend Florence Smith who also served as a proofreader and a confidant. Smith was found dead two days later."

These falsehoods originated from 1960s JFK conspiracy theorist Penn Jones, also known as William Penn Jones Jr. He published a minor newspaper in Texas. It was called the Midlothian Mirror.

Mr. Jones referred to Dorothy's friend as "Mrs. Earl T. Smith." Other book authors have cited her maiden name: Florence Pritchett.

Mr. Jones never contacted anyone in New York who had known Florence Smith. I contacted her son Earl Jr. in the 1990s. He told me his mother (Florence) had died at home following a long battle with leukemia. She was in no position, while she was so sick, to listen to Dorothy Kilgallen's ideas about JFK's death or to proofread any of Dorothy's writing.

Penn Jones claimed in the 1960s that the New York City medical examiner never had been able to determine the cause of Mrs. Smith's death. Wrong. Her death certificate was signed by her personal physician, not a medical examiner. You don't have to obtain a copy of her death certificate to determine that.

You can visit the main branch of the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue and West 42nd Street, where an index book that includes the year 1965 lists which deaths were medical examiner cases and which weren't. All five boroughs are covered by the book. The death of "Florence Smith" in Manhattan wasn't a medical examiner case. Her date of death was November 9, 1965.

Also, Penn Jones claimed in the 1960s that Florence had died two days after Dorothy. Wrong. Dorothy died on a Monday. Florence died the next day: Tuesday, November 9.

The truth: Dorothy Kilgallen could have been murdered. Florence Pritchett Smith couldn't have been.

Florence's son Earl Smith Jr. is the president of a corporation located in Boston, Massachusetts. You can use the following web page to find more than one snail mail address for him.

http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/CorpWeb/CorpSearch/CorpSummary.aspx?FEIN=043250032

Earl's wife's first name is Tatiana, but please contact him at one or more of the addresses on that web page before google leads you to her mother's 2009 obituary.

Mr. Smith can tell you that his mother and Dorothy Kilgallen were friends, but they did not interact toward the end of his mother's life while she was at home dying of leukemia. They weren't neighbors, as some bloggers have claimed. Florence, her husband and son lived on Fifth Avenue. She died there. Dorothy lived on East 68th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue.

Kathryn Fauble
print email Source: Editorial: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
January 03, 2017 | 01:50 AM

Excellent, Jerry.

JT Fangio
print email Source: Editorial: Sweet Charities
Denim and Diamonds
January 01, 2017 | 12:07 PM

Denim and Diamonds has been postponed. A future date will be announced shortly.

Thank you,
Julie Ratner

Julie Ratner
print email Source: Editorial: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Great Memories Jerry
December 29, 2016 | 01:00 PM

See you can write in a heartfelt way too, not just humorous, I enjoyed your stories.

Karl
print email Source: Editorial: Cold Case: Renewed Hunt For Double Murder
Factual errors
December 21, 2016 | 03:39 PM

This article features numerous errors. Southampton Town PD had nothing to do with the case. Also, according to people that opened the trunk, there was no "stench". quit embellishing. Just report the facts. this is why people are losing their faith in the "news".

Cutman
print email Source: Editorial
How much will my metal knee cost?
December 19, 2016 | 11:34 AM

How much will my metal knee cost?

One of us is considering a total knee replacement. A titanium knee! So we did some research on cost (the below considerations are applicable to any surgical or medical treatment).

The average overall cost for a knee replacement in the US is $30,000 to $45,000. The cost is about $40,000 at a hospital in New York City.
http://www.kneereplacementcosts.com/.

More than 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries had knee or hip replacement surgery in 2014, the Department of Health & Human Services reported.

Medicare Part A and Part B (also known as Original Medicare) cover different portions of this procedure and the associated aftercare. How much is covered by Medicare? And what does the patient have to pay?

To keep costs down for the government, Medicare has contracted with the hospital in NYC. Medicare pays a set price for the inpatient hospital portion, let's estimate $8,000, leaving you to pay a pre-set deductible of $2000, either from your savings or using a secondary health insurance, if you have one. This covers the Part A portion of Medicare; Part B will pay for physician services.

What about the hospital and the surgeon? Can they charge above the negotiated prices? They have little choice: they can absorb the losses or flatly refuse to take Medicare/Medicaid patients. When Medicare fixes their prices for a given procedure the hospital/surgeon may not charge the difference between the posted charges and the Medicare reimbursement amount, and the physician accepts "assignment'. The Medicare program developed these payment systems because they realized that hospital charges rarely reflect the true cost of providing services.

The good news is that we found a hospital and a surgeon that will take on the case even though the patient is on Medicare.

Assuming Obamacare is repealed and Medicare is "privatized" in 2017, how is this going to change coverage for the planned surgery? The government is no longer a player. It is now just the provider (hospital/surgeon) vs. private insurance companies in a free market system. Insurance companies will want to minimize their costs. They will a) bargain with providers, b) increase the deductible, co-pay and co-insurance, paid by the patient, and c) increase the monthly patient premium insurance rates. There will be no incentive for providers to cut their costs and be less wasteful. Obamacare provided those incentives known as (1) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) designed to coordinate care and (2) transitioning from a fee-for-service model (paying on volume) to a bundled payment model (paying on disease episode). At the new bargaining table are only insurance companies and the hospital/surgeon. The patient has no representative at the table, since the government has pulled out. Like every lawyer will tell you, without legal representation you are screwed.

The worst case scenario is insurance companies increasing premium rates for everyone because covering an elderly and sicker patient population without help from the government will greatly impact their risk pool.

It is difficult to model a payment scenario under a newly voucherized system where consumers are given a pre-set premium amount and told to go find the insurance that best suits their needs. We do know the following, though:

1) With Obamacare care repealed, insurance companies would no longer be obligated to use 80% of premium payments toward patient coverage.
2) With Obamacare care repealed, lifetime limits may apply
3) With Obamacare repealed pre-existing exclusions may come back
4) With Medicare privatized, deductibles, co-insurance, and co-pays will no longer be set by Medicare, but by the needs of the insurance company.

Let's make some assumptions. The hospital still offers the procedure for $40,000, and they have contracted with your selected privatized Medicare insurance to do it for $20,000. However, that $20,000 will include a much higher deductible, co-pays and co-insurance that will be the patient's responsibility. So, whereas under traditional Medicare, in our example, the patient responsibility will be about $2,000, payments under a new privatized plan, unfortunately, will skyrocket, perhaps to $4,000 "" 8,000?

David N Posnett MD
Emeritus Prof. of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Mike Anthony
Sr Associate Executive Director, North Brooklyn Health Network



David Posnett MD
print email Source: Editorial: CHRISTMAS EVE IN BROOKLYN
everything
December 17, 2016 | 01:55 PM

I got my schwinn on Xmas 1950. it was the Cadillac of the neighborhood. I never knew how to spell "Sfullyadell" , now i know. Thanks for Dat. I lived behind the tanks on 80th st. and Grand Ave. It was a wonderful life. My father was John and they did not want me to be "junior" so they nicknamed me Barry after my Grandfather Antonio who was known as "Barracone" (the man that lived near the barracks). Thag was my Grandmother's strong influence. I will always bask in the sunshine of my Italian heritage.

John Fornuto

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