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.”
The story also said, “A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009.”
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 Island Trees Bulldogs’ top receiver, it almost makes us, the spectators, forget how hard these teens are really hitting each other.
That is why in 1982, the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research was founded, to use data and research to prevent these catastrophic sports injuries from occurring. Through their research, scientists have developed the modern sporting equipment we use today to try and prevent further injuries in the game.
I have lived in Roslyn for 29 years. I have been very impressed with the fresh ideas Adam Haber has brought to our School Board. He pushed us to refinance our debt, consolidate our bus routes, and renegotiate our broadcast rights with Cablevision. These ideas were all unique to Roslyn, and they started with Adam Haber. I voted to put him on the Board of Education five years ago because he promised he would find new ways to save money, and he delivered. We haven’t cut teachers, we’ve preserved and added programs, and our district has boasted the lowest budgetary increases in Nassau each year he’s been on our Board.
It can be difficult to function in the summertime. Oppressively humid air hangs heavy, transforming Long Island into Wet Island. Add disease-carrying winged creatures to the mix and we’ve got a reason to pray for a winter chill.
The horror...the horror.
Last month, elected officials pleaded with the federal government for help in fighting a particularly nasty breed of blood suckers — the Asian tiger mosquito. Among its talents, the Asian tiger mosquito is known to carry dengue fever. While this breed of mosquito has been found on Long Island, none were found to be carrying the dengue virus, which is far more prevalent in year-round tropical climates.
I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. We have an action-packed line-up. Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality.
This week, I would like to alert you to upcoming happenings. Pack up your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store. To round out the last few days of July, we have planned a number of great activities and performances to enjoy, beginning with a free showcase at Eisenhower Park’s Lakeside Theatre by the American Ballet on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Next, head over to Parking Field 6A at Eisenhower Park on Wednesday, for what is sure to be an incredible concert by Barbara Harris & the Toys.
With the push from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York State Senate is shifting to a more left leaning progressive agenda. Who is running this state? Is it Governor Andrew Cuomo who understands that New York has major taxing problems and has pushed a more moderate agenda? Or is it the Liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio who will push every one out of New York state with his agenda?
There’s upstate and their problems and there’s Long Island with our huge problems, one size doesn’t fit all. Most of us don’t believe in late term abortions, most of us don’t believe in more taxes, and certainly most of us understand that this state is a long way from the top 10 places to live, work and retire. The mayor should take care of his area where he was elected to serve , not act like a governor, and let our representatives try to work out what’s best for us.
— Patrick Nicolosi
I’m a journalist, author and psychoanalyst. I have written editorials and have been editorialized myself in Newsday,The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. When I read Michael Miller’s “Viewpoint” (“American’s Deserve a Life After 6 p.m.,” The Weekend, April 30-May 6), I recognized it as one of the finest editorial pieces I have ever come across.
I recall the first time I watched the infamous Cadillac commercial Mr. Miller referred to, and how persuasive and really evil it was. For those who have not seen the ad, it was a 60-second spot of a handsome actor walking through his luxury home, past his built-in pool and approaching his new Cadillac. All the while he discusses how ridiculous the lazy French are for taking off “all of August!” and how Americans are so smart to be willing to sacrifice all their time and energy to work and buy and work and buy.
The next time you find yourself sitting on a Long Island Rail Road platform during a train delay with some time to kill, be sure to genuflect to the Metropolitan Transporation Authority’s leaders — for without those six-figure salaried credits to humankind, you might be faced with the boredom of an uneventful and on-time commute.
As negotiations between the authority and unions prove more laborious by the day, the approximately 300,000 weekday riders of the nation’s busiest railroad prepare to find an alternative passage to Manhattan. We think this might be the perfect time to take a vacation; as long as that vacation destination isn’t the Hamptons, as throngs of beachgoers may also find themselves without a ride.
The Floral Park Belmont Stakes Festival sponsored by the chamber of commerce, NYRA, and the village was a success. The event could not have gone so well without the participation Floral Park businesses, entertainers, and community members. The festival included face painters and performers provided by Event King; inflatable-bouncy rides provided by Send in the Clowns; and food from local Floral Park eateries. Attendees also participated in raffles generously donated by TD Bank, Pita Park, Butts & Such, J Fallons Tap Room, Korner Kutters, AAA Taxi, Poppy’s Place, Floral Station Deli, Village Pizza, LAI Acupuncture, Sewanhaka Travel, Pellegrini Meats, Ben Peters Hair Salon, Salon DiCaperci, Sheishinkan Martial Arts, JoMar Grooming, Carriage Trade Insurance, Michael D. Squire DDS, Eileen Dolan and the Keats Agency.
Once upon a time, back when we went to camp, camps focused on athletics and the arts. Primary activities at most included hiking, sports, running around, and blowing off physical steam, with arts and crafts for quiet periods or rainy days. Alternative camps inverted the formula, specializing in arts—drama or drawing or music—with games and sports as recreational add-ons.
That has changed. These days camps are offering more and more in the way of high-end intellectual stimulation, extending the learning of the school year with STEM programs or courses in multimedia design. It’s no surprise that modern, more activist parents have embraced camp as an extension of school, as more than 100 years of research has detailed the loss of learning that takes place when intellectual exercise is eliminated. Kids slide about two months backward in math skills during the summer. (They also, despite all the exercise, tend to gain weight.)
So the shift to incorporating some brain stimulation into summer programs is welcome. It’s certainly good for the kids who participate. Those who can’t afford such camps—which run from around $500 to $1,200 per week—the gap only grows.
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