Journalism is about gathering important information and preparing it for public dissemination. It should be interesting and unique, but sometimes it involves events like the shopping stampede known as Black Friday.
You, the reader, may have found yourself standing in line at a big-box chain on a Thanksgiving night, hoping to get a fantastic price on a flat-screen TV. Maybe you just did it one year as a lark; one of those masochistic things you do just so you can say you did it, like going to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Or perhaps you woke up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving one year, and you drove bleary-eyed and morning-breathed to the nearest mall to live out your Black Friday fantasy just once.
My office released a report which found many troubling demographic trends. The study found that the Nassau County population has remained stagnant since 2000 and will decline by 3 percent over the next 10 years, while the ages 60 and over population will be increasing from about 22 percent of the total population today to more than 27 percent. More worrisome is that our young adults between the ages of 10- to 19 years-old and our children between 0 to 9 years are declining at alarming rates. This highlights that about 11 percent of our young adults go off to college and do not return for local careers, and our 0- to 9-year-old school-age children population will decline by more than 60,000 by 2024 compared to 2000. These trends will have serious negative consequences on our local economy, our schools, property taxes and housing values.
I am not celebrating this mid-term election. What it means to me is set backs! “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
Inequity and inequality will expand. There will be more unfair voting restrictions, more low wages for women and men, lack of affordable birth control and child care, and no concern for our planet. Fossil fuels will boom under corporations as they continue to pollute and destroy air, water and our food system. Renewable energy will be on the back burners along with good education and immigration reform for those who need and deserve it. The global corporations and their investors will rule. I believe the American dream is vanishing and an America run by the elite is rising.
As the Thanksgiving grocery list nears completion and turkeys are reserved at farms and food stores, a lumbering giant casts a large, round shadow over that Thursday of food, family, football and forty winks.
With rosey cheeks, long white beard and an overweight man’s gait, Santa Claus continues his annual mission: to crowd the national consciousness as soon as the calendar flips from October to November, completely eclipsing Thanksgiving in the process. Many folks talk about a “war on Christmas,” arguing that the phrase “happy holidays” robs them of their Yule Tide pride. But the real national travesty can be seen on television daily—an endless parade of the red and green horror show that is Christmas consumerism.
Trees in Nassau County are being cut down on orders from Mangano. The reason is supposedly to repave roads and sidewalks. That method is not necessary as per several certified arborists. There are several other options. Trees are gone alongside Christopher Morley Park/W. John St.-Hicksville/Plainview Rd./South Oyster Bay Road from Bethpage to Jericho Turnpike and the east side of the South Oyster Bay Expressway from Sunrise Northbound. So far it’s probably 600 to 800 trees some 40 to 50 years old and beautiful. The replacement plantings will be trees that will never in our lifetime grow to those heights.
The word for this tree murdering is coming from Mangano’s office. What a legacy he will leave. Please look up the website “STOMP” Save Trees Over More Pavement, for an extensive story on exactly why this is happening. It has to do with money. There are about 4,000 members of STOMP. All trees on a county road could be subject to this murder-even yours. The birds are also bewildered looking for their homes.
Michael Miller wrote a piece in last week’s edition that was viciously anti-Christopher Columbus. It would have made his intelligent and sophisticated cocktail party, too-smart-to-like Columbus types proud. Michael even pointed out in the column that after Columbus landed in the New World, that “millions died.” Now Michael, Columbus made his voyage in 1492. Columbus died in 1506. That’s 14 years to kill millions. I think that would qualify as a holocaust. But I have never heard of the Columbian Holocaust. I would bet that Michael Miller went to public schools his whole life who supported this ridiculous theory that explorers were evil-doers and that we are benefiting from their evil deeds done on the backs on native Americans who are still today victims of our savage European ancestors. Just wanted to let you know that at my daughter’s Catholic school, everybody celebrated Columbus for days leading up to Oct. 12, recognizing his bravery and determination and courage, and nobody pouted or wrung their hands like Mr. Miller seems to when he thinks about Columbus Day.
James J. Di Maio, MD
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it was hard to avoid the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Portland woman who ended her own life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act.”
Maynard quickly became the face of the hot-button topic when her stage four diagnosis of glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor) became public and announced that she was an advocate for the right to die.
West Africa has an ebola outbreak. It has become global. Hysteria abounds. It is not theirs alone. It is now humanity’s outbreak which has no borders. However, in fact, everything in the world today transcends borders: from the Internet to capitalism to climate change to wars.
In West Africa, there is also the capitalism outbreak and it is as rampant as the ebola crisis. Their gold mines and rubber resources make huge profits for global capitalists (profiteers). In the United States much of the GDP [Gross Domestic Product] goes into the military for worldwide “protection.” Very little money is spent for a vaccine, which has probably been available, to combat ebola as too costly. One nation, Nigeria, stopped ebola in its tracks because it had the money and an infrastructure willing to do so. The poorer nations in West Africa do not.
Many confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but the difference is easy to remember.
While Veterans Day is observed each Nov. 11 to honor veterans who have died, the holiday also thanks and honors all men and women who have served honorably in the military—in wartime and peacetime. Veterans Day is, for the most part, to thank living veterans for their service to the nation, acknowledging their contributions to national security and defending the freedoms of our country. All veterans, both living and deceased, who have served honorably and have sacrificed and done their duty are celebrated.
The basic facts of the news story are that retired NYPD officer Michael Elardo’s hit-and-run killing of Bryanna Soplin, 13, has resulted in his being fined $2,500 and sentenced to possibly up to four years in prison. Case closed, and justice is now officially deemed to have been served. But I don’t view it that way, and here are some of the reasons I consider this verdict an injustice.
After Elardo hit Soplin with his car, he left her dying in the street and fled, not turning himself in until 42 hours later. So, technically, this was not a case of hit-and-run, but a hit-and-drive-away-like-an-irresponsible coward-rather-than-like-a-cop-with-a-conscience case. If he had immediately stopped and administered his policeman’s training first aid to Soplin, or driven her to the nearby hospital, perhaps her life could have been saved.
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