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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

 

Letter: Thanks from Mangano For Patience and Cooperation During Blizzard

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

I would like to thank our residents, businesses and the employees of Nassau County for their patience and cooperation during last week’s blizzard.  With the storm dumping over 16 inches of snow in our community, County employees mobilized early the morning after Christmas Day to deal with its cleanup. Crews were instructed to plow lanes adequate for travel in both directions. First priorities for snow removal included major thorough fares and access to emergency services.  In all, over 100 County employees were involved in clearing roadways and dropping over 2,880 pounds of salt on our roadways. When those County roadways were cleared, snow plowing operations were sent to assist towns and villages who requested such help with residential streets.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - December 31, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

Government Unions — The New Leviathan

We have heard about the economic mudslides in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland due to years of unrestrained spending, cheap lending, rising debts, deficits and poor banking practices. Credit ratings in those countries have been downgraded to such depths that they might as well reside in mineshafts. These countries are struggling to pay their bills as interest rates on their existing debts rise.

 

Letter: A Wing and a Prayer

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

So I turn the corner by Little Neck Parkway and stop behind this Mazda and wait my turn for the lights. I, initially, notice nothing, then ‘something’ catches my eye.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - December 24, 2010

Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

A Statement from Senator Craig Johnson

“I congratulate Senator elect-Martins on his victory and wish him the best as the next representative of the 7th State Senate District.

“I am truly thankful to those who supported me throughout my 10 years of public service in Nassau County and Albany, during this hard fought campaign, and during this lengthy —but vitally important — recount process.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - December 24, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

The Monsters on Maple Street

What would you say to an individual who was raising the alarm about another large-scale terror threat facing the United States? Would you lend him an ear? What if he were the same individual who spent most of 2001 warning the Bush Administration about an impending al Qaida attack?

 

Village Board Notes - December 17, 2010

Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Dec. 7, at 8:15 p.m.

Mayor Greene asked for a moment of silence in  remembrance of all the service men and women who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor 69 years ago.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - December 17, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

The Timeless Magic of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

“Marley is dead…There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the Chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”

 

Letter: The Floral Park-Bellerose Board of Education Responds to Letter to the Editor

Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00
We, the Floral Park-Bellerose Board of Education, would like to comment on the letter from Mr. Jim Joinnides, which appeared in your Nov. 26, 2010 edition. 
 

Phil-osophically Speaking - December 10, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

Compromise: Democracy’s Golden RuleCom-pro-mise — a beautiful three syllable word upon which the nation was founded and perpetuated over the expanse of a continent and a span of several centuries. Americans love to think of themselves as individualists, independent, unwavering in their beliefs and principles. But the truth is very different. The genius of America, the reason for its survival, is its unique acumen for compromise.

 

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