To show you the strength and power of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, members were asked to contact their representatives and encourage them to vote yes on the VA Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. More than 16,000 messages to congressional offices demanded quick action on the bill. Our voice was heard and made a difference and reminded Congress that they must put veterans, service members and their families before budget wrangling or partisan politics.
We also want to remind you to see how your members voted. For those who voted “nay” make sure we will hold them accountable when we attend Town Hall meetings and go to the ballot box in
Remy International is closing the Bay Shore auto parts plant it purchased less than eight months ago. “USA has an outstanding reputation with strong product distribution and a diverse product line,” the acquiring CEO said back then. But the short gap between purchase and closing suggests Remy never intended to keep USA’s plant or its 271 workers, just its customers.
While perusing the new summer fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals.
Where have they gone?
I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong. Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by.
A recent bill (A9492, S7832) seeks to alleviate the threat of the Grumman and Navy toxic waste plume originating in Bethpage and prevent it from spreading to south eastern Nassau County.
It is now moving toward the Massapequa Water District water supply wells, as well as numerous preserves and parks, endangering these lands.
The bill was passed by the state assembly and state senate and now sits on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk.
Nothing, it seems, gets people’s dander up as much as kittens in peril.
Our sister paper, the Massapequa Observer, last week told of the Town of Oyster Bay closing a nonprofit no-kill cat rescue shelter for code violations, after neighboring businesses complained about odor.
The tale has brought our offices a flood of calls from across Nassau — Massapequa to Mill Neck, Floral Park to Farmingdale, Port Washington to Plainview. Our two stories on the rescue shelter’s closing have unleashed a torrent of comments — some in support of the shelter, some in support of the businesses (but all in support of the kittens) — on the Massapequa Observer Facebook page (www.facebook.com/massapequaobserver). Passionate pleas for animal welfare mingle with calls for the business owner to correct code violations. It’s a lively debate with many points of view and at times it gets contentious — and we couldn’t be happier about hosting a platform for the public.
Being a veteran myself, I understand what it takes to readjust back to civilian life. Questions like: What benefits did I earn? Where do I go to retrieve this information? How to I gain access to this information?
To begin with let me thank all the veterans for your service. You should all be proud to have helped secure our precious freedoms for our great country. Freedom is not free but attained through the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices of you veterans. Regardless of what branch of service we were involved with and whether we volunteered or not, we gave up part of our lives to help the oppressed people of this world and also protect our American freedoms.
I believe that for most high school graduates, college is the appropriate next step. While college educations can be very expensive, and accumulating debt is never a good thing, Nassau Community College provides an extremely affordable and valuable option.
Many public service jobs, including law enforcement and the FDNY, now require college degrees or a specific amount of college credits. Chances are that members of your family tree who received the pensions of which you wrote, were members of either NYPD or FDNY, and today would need at least a two years of college.
With all of this new state-of-the-art sporting equipment, we’re made to believe that high school sports have actually been made safer over the years. But, when we hear the chants and cheers; the utter excitement of the local crowd as the pigskin is sent hurtling into the air towards the Dalers’ top receiver, it almost makes us, the spectators, forget how hard these teens are really hitting each other.
Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.
It appears to Quietskies.net and other community activist groups that, based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). We believe that Sen. Schumer’s voting record and consistent support of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (whose state is the home of Boeing as well as a primary manufacturer of RNAV equipment) were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry. RNAV equipment is a technology that the FAA believes allows aircraft to fly narrow paths that concentrate noise. In addition, the technology allows for closer spacing that supposedly maintains or improves safety. Bottom line, however, is that the Senator and the aircraft and airline industries are more concerned about flying more and more aircraft into the New York area than about our quality of life.
Your “Train In Vain” editorial (July 16-22) referred to “genuflecting” to the MTA’s leaders — ”those six-figured salaried credits to humankind.” From that, I am inferring that you were implying that for salaries in the $100,000-to-$999,999 range, the public has a right to expect better leadership, and leaders. I agree with that, and feel even more strongly about the countless corporate executives being paid (not “earning”) seven-figure and eight-figure (millions and tens-of-millions of dollars annually) salaries. I refer to recent news stories stating that: “The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.”
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