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On Edge of Fiscal Cliff

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 30, 2012

For America to avoid going off the “fiscal cliff” of broad tax hikes and spending cuts starting to phase in on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Senate and House must agree on a bipartisan bill before then.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - At left, former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Democrat), and, at right, former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Republican), co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, speak at Hofstra University about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,? with (at center) moderator PATRICK SOCCI, Dean of Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. This event with the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan co-leaders, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – (L) ERSKINE BOWLES and (R) Sen. ALAN SIMPSON speak at Hofstra University about America’s Debt and Deficit Crises. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On October 15, 2012, Former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Dem), and former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Rep) – co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt – spoke at Hofstra University about “America’s Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,” with moderator PATRICK SOCCI Dean of Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. They discussed the seriousness of the fiscal debt, and the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan to decrease it and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on right there in lobby and wears it to event at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playouse., The campaign's co-founders, Simpson and Bowles, speak in the auditorium about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions.? This event with the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-leaders of Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on there and wears it to event at Hofstra University’s event.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

After Bowles and Simpson spoke, the audience of students and other members of the Long Island community had a chance to ask them questions, on the night before Hofstra hosted the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney.

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Woodward & Bernstein on 40th Anniversary of Watergate

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 18, 2012

When I first heard that Pulitzer Prize winning journalists BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN were speaking at Hofstra this year, I could barely believe it. Ever since playing such pivotal roles in America’s presidential earthquake in the 1970’s, they’ve been investigative reporting rockstars, and I was going to see them!

Four decades earlier….

Riding past the Watergate Hotel in 1973, during the summer I spent job hunting in Washington, DC, I stared at the curved buildings as if enough willpower would summon a recreation of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters there the year before.

March 20, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - BOB WOODWARD (left) and CARL BERNSTEIN (right), investigative journalists, speak on 40th Anniversary of the Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University. The lecture was about their investigation, while Washington Post reporters, into the break-in, and its cover-up, of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Wash. DC, which lead to the resignation of Pres. Nixon. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

March 20, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN speak on 40th Anniversary of  Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University.  (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

In 1974 President Nixon resigned after investigations spearheaded by Washington Post journalists BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN revealed break-in cover-up attempts that led all the way to the White House. And in 1976 the Academy Award-winning movie based on their non-fiction book All the President’s Men vividly brought to life the events that both brought down a president and profoundly altered the perception of the institution of the American presidency.

Forty years later, on March 20, 2012, Woodward and Bernstein spoke about the Watergate legacy at Hofstra University, which the Commission on Presidential Debates chose as the site of its October 16, 2012 Presidential Debate.

It was to be the first of a long series of outstanding Hofstra Debate 2012 Signature Events – all open and free to the public – that I covered this year. Talk about setting the bar high!

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Old Bethpage Village Restoration: American Civil War Camp Re-enactment

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 23, 2012

This Saturday morning, I visited the Old Bethpage Village Restoration’s re-creation of life at Camp Scott, a Union Training Camp located, back in 1861, where the Mineola Court House is now.

Old Bethpage, New York, USA - July 21, 2012: ROBERT WALKER, 4, and JULIAN LYNN ZOLL, 6, wear clothes of American Civil War era while portraying family members of Union soldiers at Camp Scott re-creation, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, to commemorate 150th Anniversary of American Civil War, on Saturday, July 21, 2012. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Bethpage, New York, USA – July 21, 2012: ROBERT WALKER, 4, and JULIAN LYNN ZOLL, 6, portray family members of Union soldiers at Camp Scott re-creation, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

And I was thrilled the blue blue sky with big white clouds held through the whole day, for it was the perfect background for the federal re-enactors in their blue and red uniforms, as they commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

The troops performed military maneuvers, fired muskets, ate at the Commissary, and went about life in general at the camp. And nearby, their wives and young children wore authentic Civil War era clothing.

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