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From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - February 11, 2011

Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

Tax Cap Supported By Cuomo in Assembly’s Court

 It’s been an historic week in Albany from the perspective that our state government is at last bringing tax relief to our residents. I was pleased to have voted along with my colleagues on a 2 percent tax cap to be imposed on local government. This will help to ensure that our residents will not be saddled with heavy tax increases that will drive them from their homes. The taxpayers have clearly spoken and we are listening.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - February 11, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

Tiger Mom’s School Of Hard Knocks

I cannot remember a book that invited such a visceral reaction as Amy Chua’s, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. With thousands of others, I read the sensational extract from the book written by Ms. Chua, a law professor at Yale University, published in the January 8 Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition and I was utterly mesmerized by the severity of the methods she employed in raising her two daughters. Home life seemed more like combat training for the Green Berets than a nurturing environment for bringing up two young girls.

 

From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - February 4, 2011

Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

Elmont On-Line’s Annual Black History Month Awards


This Sunday, Feb. 6, I will be co-hosting, with Elmont On-Line, the annual Black History Month awards at the Elmont Memorial Public Library located at 700 Hempstead Turnpike. This year’s program is going to be very exciting, educational and community spirited.

 

Letter: Armchair Quarterbacks

Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

Frankly, I am getting tired of the uninformed “Armchair Quarterbacks,” sitting at home on their couches watching TV, telling the Board of Education what we should and should not do.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - January 28, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

Sleep Perchance to Dream

I try to get 7 or even 8 hours of sleep a night if possible. Every study shows the restorative powers of sleep in our physical and mental lives. Lack of sleep not only affects our emotions and moods but also our immunological system. The more I live the more I believe this to be true.

 

Letter: Statement from ‘Hopefor Hempstead’ Director Derek Donnelly

Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

A few hours before the town board meeting on Jan. 11 Hope For Hempstead Shelter (HHS) was notified that public comment would not be allowed due to weather. A short while after HHS arrived, the town released a statement saying that public comment would not be permitted due to a security risk.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - January 21, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 20 January 2011 12:17

The Genealogy of Madness

Guns don’t kill people; people kill people, the saying goes. There is nothing really to dispute in that syllogism although the tragic event that unfolded in Tucson, AZ, poses many questions. I support Second Amendment rights for citizens to bear arms but think that with technological advances in firearms since the Constitution was written, it seems prudent that some of its more deadly elaborations like automatic and semi-automatic weapons be curtailed in some fashion. Former Mayor Ed Koch used to describe himself as ‘a liberal with sanity.’ I am a conservative and like to view myself in a similar light.

 

Village Board Notes - January 14, 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Jan. 4, at 8:30 p.m.

The meeting opened with a Pledge to the Flag. Present were Mayor Kevin J. Greene, Trustees Thomas J. Tweedy, James E. Rhatigan, Mary-Grace Tomecki, Dominick A. Longobardi, Village Administrator Virginia Appel, Village Clerk Susan E. Walsh, Superintendent of Building Department and Superintendent of Public Works Stephen L. Siwinski, Police Commission Stephen G. McAllister and Village Attorney John E. Ryan.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - January 14, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

A Farewell to Books?

It was not long ago when my cousin, Tim, a high school guidance counselor, groused to me about the arrival of the digital age and with it the impending extinction of the printed page. “I just love,” said Tim, “reading the morning newspaper while slowly sipping a cup of freshly brewed coffee. For me those precious minutes are a little piece of paradise.”

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - January 7, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

The Chess Effect

My curiosity was piqued when I read that the game of chess is part of the school curriculum in 30 countries and that New Jersey had, some years back, made it part of their elementary school program. This is not an extracurricular activity, mind you, but a required course. Other states have already implemented chess as part of the curriculum or are contemplating it. Its proponents argue that chess should be part of the scholastic fabric because it improves both critical thinking and problem-solving skills

 

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