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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT FRIDAY * LOCATIONS...Vulnerable coastal locales along the western portions of the Long Island Sound. * TIDAL DEPARTURE...Minor coastal flooding from tidal departures of around 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides tonight. Localized minor coastal flooding from tidal departures around 1 ft above astronomical tides Friday. * COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline tonight. Expect around 1 to 1 1/2, to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...Breaking waves will result in beach erosion with splashover onto shoreline roads and adjacent properties and minor damage possible to shoreline structures during the times of high tide. * TIMING...During the times of high tide tonight and Friday.

An Open Letter To Our President Elect: As We Approach Veterans Day 2008...

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While last week I would have said, "If only...," now I'll say, "Yes we can!"

Dear President Elect Obama:

As a veteran who has health issues as a result of my service in Vietnam, I am all too aware of the difficulties facing veterans who attempt to obtain answers to even the simplest of health and benefit related questions. As a veteran service officer my own experiences help provide those missing answers to others.

If your choice for the Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary had their own experiences as a veteran service officer, perhaps at the 'county' level where one personally deals with veterans, these personal experiences could help them better understand the many issues they will be facing, in a way most of the recent past secretaries have not understood.

As to one thing your choice should avoid, any direct or indirect 'personal' involvement with QTC Management, Inc., something most of the recent past secretaries have not avoided.

Walter C. Schmidt, VSO CPA

--- Regards, Walt Schmidt