Dear Editor:

I went down to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma to check up on my house and my friend’s houses. I had little warning about Hurricane Maria. I went down for a two-day trip and wound up there for about two months. With no electric or water, and after my generator seized after three days, I was in total lock down. I prayed for rain so I could take a warm bath in my garbage can. Yes, you heard that right. I would align the can under the roof eave and afterwards bask in an incredible warm feeling. Who would relate to that today? But I survived. I was alone but still managed to get out texts on my phone when I could. Bottom line to everyone today. We are all together. Maybe now is the chance to learn Spanish or play guitar or

Dear Editor:

I would like to remind everyone to say thank you to the people who are risking their health to come to work and keep our lives running. Last Thursday, as my Rockaway Times was being delivered, almost like clockwork, the same woman no bigger than the wagon she was pushing, came to deliver the paper. Today, she was covered with a face mask and gloves. As she approached the house, I walked down the steps to greet her and get the paper. Watching me come toward her, she seemed a

Dear Editor:

As an Emergency Physician, I have been following this from the beginning and staying updated on developments. So, I’m jumping back into the internet communication world mid-stream. Here are some current thoughts, without specific order.

  1. This is YOUR story. Behind the data are narratives and you are responsible for what story you plan on writing. We have two simple facts. A) You can spread disease before or without having symptoms. B) Everyone you interact with will interact

Dear Editor:
There are so many incredible things that make Rockaway so special. It is the only place I know where 70+ year-olds who shared the same first-grade class still hang out together. It is a place where we all just walk right into each other’s houses without knocking and have been doing it for 40, 50, or 60 years. It is a place with one social event after the next where the motto is “come one, come all” or “more the merrier.” It is a place where you can easily have four generations

Dear Editor:

As a mom to four little ones, three school-age, what our world is currently going through fills me with fear and anxiety. Explaining it to kids and putting on my “everything is fine” face has been hard, if not impossible. But thanks to their amazing school, SFDS, led by Dr. Chris Scharbach and Mrs. Megan Faughnan, it has been a bit easier and for that, I am truly grateful.

The team at SFDS has worked tirelessly to make sure our kids stay on track academically and maintain some

Dear Editor:

I hope you all join me in thanking all our first responders (police, firemen and our EMT workers), our sanitation workers, the grocery store workers, the pharmacists and their staff, all the medical community, the taxi/ livery drivers, those who are delivering our packages, food and newspapers, those who are volunteering at food banks and senior distribution centers, our buildings maintenance workers, porters and front desk, the elevator repair people, electricians, plumbers and

Dear Editor:

I am a past president of the Nassau County Medical Society and a past member of the House of Delegates of the Medical Society of the State of New York and, as such, fought many a battle in the malpractice wars. Unfortunately, we lost the war, and Dr. Galvin’s words ring oh, so true. I, along with many of my fellow physicians, left independent practice because the malpractice insurance premiums were so high, and the insurance companies' reimbursement for patient care was so low

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