Make sure to celebrate
national baklava day!
Why not celebrate National
Baklava Day (Saturday,
Nov. 17) all year long?
Top off your lunch
or dinner with something sweet
for dessert and order a piece of
baklava at the end of the meal
at your favorite Greek Restaurant
.Baklava consists of 30 or
more sheets of phyllo dough
brushed with lots of butter, and
layered with finely chopped
pistachios, walnuts, and/or almonds.
Who better than the Greeks
to make this tasty treat?
Our favorite Greek Restaurant
for baklava is Fontana
Famous Pizza & Gyro on the
corner of Northern Boulevard
and Francis Lewis Boulevard
A slice of their baklava will
put a smile on your face. Just
don’t get up and start dancing
to block the aisle! Opa!
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The Democratic presidential primary got a shakeup
last week when former Mayor Michael Bloomberg began
taking steps toward formally entering the race.
After the word got out that he filed paperwork to
enter next year’s Alabama Primary, the news spread
quickly, as did the reaction to his potential late entry
into the crowded field of candidates.
Most of the reaction was mixed, to say the least, with
some suggesting his late bid would upset the Democrats’
apple cart in their bid to defeat President Trump.
Pundits also pointed to Bloomberg’s rather moderate
position — with some believing it a strength, and others
seeing it as a liability.
The former three-term mayor wouldn’t be the first
presidential candidate to jump into his party’s primary
within a year or less from the actual presidential election.
History shows the results have been mixed.
The late Senator Robert F. Kennedy joined the race
in March 1968, shortly after the New Hampshire Primary,
and was seemingly on his way to the nomination
when tragedy struck. Retired General Wesley Clark
also joined a wide-open Democratic field in 2003 after
a public draft movement, but his campaign fizzled out
How will former Mayor Bloomberg perform? That’s
up to him — and, more importantly, the voters.
His three terms as mayor of the nation’s largest city
were largely successful, as he helped lead the rebuilding
effort following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Bloomberg also spurred further development across
the five boroughs and helped diversify its economy by
attracting businesses in a wider variety of fields from
healthcare to technology.
Bloomberg’s record certainly qualifies him to be
part of the presidential conversation.
As for moderation and moderate candidates, we
don’t believe either should be eschewed by the voters.
Even before Bloomberg’s entry into the race, candidates
like former Vice President Joe Biden and South
Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg were getting a raw
deal because they’re not as far to the left as others.
But moderation is a strength because polarization
leads to dysfunction, as we have seen during the current
administration. We believe most American voters
want someone who will tilt left or right, but stay
grounded toward the center and put the country — not
the party — first.
We’ll find out in time if that candidate is Bloomberg
or someone else from the Democratic field. Either way,
the Democrats need to get it right — as another four
years of Donald Trump would be disastrous for the
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