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A New Probate Judge

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I won! On Nov 13, 2013, I was sworn in as the new Probate Judge for the Westport and Weston District in Connecticut. The tally was 58-42 percent in Westport, and 55-45 percent in Weston. It was truly a team effort- and I had the most fun.  The job of being judge is stimulating, serious and meaningful. I am very grateful for the opportunity. Unfortunately, the term is only for one year. So next November, I get to do it all again. If you'd like to help, please go to lisawexlerforprobatejudge.com. Your support is most welcome.

Repeal The IRS Part of Obamacare

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By Lisa Wexler Op-Ed Published in The Stamford Advocate on May 22, 2013 There never was any good reason for the IRS to be required to gather health care data about every U.S. individual taxpayer.  Now that we know the IRS can't be trusted, it's time to repeal that aspect of Obamacare entirely. READ MORE...

Should We Become Nosy Neighbors?

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After discovering the three women who were abducted in Cleveland, after the Boston bombing, Newtown, Aurora and all the rest, we ask the same questions: Did you suspect a monster in your midst? Were there any signs? Implicit in those questions are the real questions: What the hell did you miss? How could you have lived next door and not seen a thing?

I grew up in a small town on Long Island and played in the street every night, until well past dark. I biked all over — by myself — to supermarkets, schools and friend's houses. I lived in a bubble of imagined safety, assuming that strangers would help me when I was lost. I knew not to get in a car with them. I was taught to be friendly, but not stupid.

But, even in that friendly environment, we had a next-door neighbor for 30 years whom we never saw. Never.  READ MORE

A Mother's Guilt

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          The anguished cries of Zubeidat Tsarnaeva penetrate our brains. The mother of the two suspected Boston bombers, Tsarnaeva cries and wails and shouts, and we can’t take our eyes off of her. She accuses the United States of framing her sons, insisting they are innocent despite overwhelming proof to the contrary. Lashing out with fury and blame, she says that America is at fault for what happened here. But listen carefully, and you hear something else. You hear a mother’s guilt.

 

This mother’s guilt is not the shame or sense of responsibility shouldered by Uncle Ruslan Tsarni, who called the men “losers”, jealously hating those who could “settle themselves”.  On the contrary.  Zubeidat doesn’t feel guilty about the innocent victims of the bombing, because she takes no responsibility for that. In fact, she says that her only mistake was in bringing her family here, in believing that America was a good place to live. So what is she so guilty about?

          Every mother knows her children. She knows their good natures, their bad tempers, and their breaking points. This mother left her two sons alone in a country thousands of miles away from her, without any other family to watch over them. She knew Tamerlan was angry; she knew he was strong and dominating. She knew he had been accused of beating his wife. She knew this capable young man was not even earning a living- in fact he was living on welfare, feeling sorry for himself, nursing his grievances. She knew that Tamerlan’s dream of becoming a professional boxer had been thwarted, leaving him angrier than ever. She knew that Tamerlan had turned to the fundamentalist aspects of the Muslim faith, listening to leaders who blamed Americans and western values for their problems in the world.

          Despite everything that she knew, Zubeidat left her younger son Dzohar in Tamerlan’s care.  In her heart, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva knows that she is to blame for the fact that her surviving son will likely never see daylight again. She is the reason why her son now lays in a jail infirmary. She is the reason his future options, if convicted, are either solitary confinement or the death penalty. If she had been here she might have had a chance to intercept this plan. She might have been her sons’ confidante, she might have been a helpful influence on their lives. Though she might not have been able to stop Tamerlan from doing his evil, she might have saved her younger son. Instead, her message was- you are on your own. Good luck to you.

          I’m a mother too. In the first hours after the bombing suspects were taken, I heard the ravings of Tsarnaeva with sympathy. Grief over the sudden loss of children is horrific; who among us know what we would say to anyone when faced with these facts.  Denial, fury, pain and shock- all of it totally understandable, even normal.  But as the facts filter out, I admit to less pity and more scorn. The shrinks call it transference, when you attach blame to someone else for something that you cannot face about yourself.  Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is choosing to blame America for the fact that she was a really lousy mother. And no one knows that better than Zubeidat herself.

 

 

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Westchester Fights Fracking

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altFracking is our Number One Public Health Risk right now, and if we don't rise up and fight, we will lose. Billions of dollars are aligned against us. All we have on our side is the ability to educate the public of the dangers to our water and air. Please join me February 13th, 7PM, in Greenburgh. 

Our Air, Water And Food At Risk: Update On Hydrofracking In New York

Greenburgh Nature Center

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Ellen Weininger, of the organization Grassroots Environmental Education, will focus on public health impacts of hydrofracking and initiatives on the local, state, and national level whether or not NYS begins the permitting process. Grassroots Environmental Education is a New York, science-based, environmental health non-profit, providing public education on environmental health issues and practical solutions for schools, local and state governments, community groups, environmental and health organizations in the Northeast and nationwide. Grassroots, working directly with a network of leading medical and scientific experts in the field of environmental health, bridges the gap between emerging science and public understanding through communication and programs for education and advocacy.

Erin Heaton Meyer, a resident of both Westchester and Chenango Counties, one of 5 counties being considered for fracking by Governor Cuomo, will speak to how Governor Cuomo's choice affects New Yorkers both up- and downstate. Erin is a member of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and our Lower Hudson Group.

Refreshments by Sierra Club at 7:00, program starts at 7:30.

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