With so many competing voices on television, radio, blogs and social media, we can sometimes miss out on certain forthright messages that deserve special attention. Mike Barry’s Eye on the Island column in the March 10 edition, however, merits extraordinary recognition.
Entitled “Reform and the GOP,” the author’s premise is that New York’s Republicans can prove that they are not enemies of reform and that they can win the debate over their opposition to both public financing of elections and the fair and nonpartisan drawing of election districts. While former Mayor Ed Koch is incensed that every single Republican State Senator has rejected the solemn oaths they ceremoniously took to reform the political system, Mr. Barry reasons that the Republicans can save the day if Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos publicly confesses that signing the reform pledge was simply a desperate mistake, made in a moment of weakness just before the November election.
The wages and benefits of local government workers, police and school teachers are being discussed and debated across the country. Some have directed their anger at the above who provide the essential services that help our country run. Others wish to take away the collective bargaining rights in place for decades. With no negotiating rights, recognition and respect would be missing. Kind of like a batter already having two strikes on him when he steps up to the plate.
To all of my fellow Glen Cove residents who have supported me for the past eight years, I would like to extend a special thank you to all of you. Through the years, you have been very kind, supportive and always had faith in me.
I am now branching out into the music industry, which will expose me to music artists, writers and producers. Recently I was picked up by a manager in Los Angeles. I am also co-writing and producing my first album with two successful writers.
It was indeed stunning to read Planned Parenthood’s (Ms. Smith’s) defense of the indefensible, in a plea for continued funding of that organization. Notable also is the “extremist” label given to those who do not believe this organization is the benevolent “helper” of the millions of women they “serve.” The only thing extreme is the body count of the millions of babies who will never see the light of day; aborted due to PP’s “counseling” to those who wrongfully thought they had no other place to go and who, in their panic were glad to accept whatever would make things “right” for them. When a human face cannot be put on something (i.e. fetus instead of baby), the act becomes easy. How many minds were changed when sonograms were seen? How much mental human suffering has occurred for women who took their advice and when the panic and fear subsided, lived to regret their action?
Last month’s vote by the House of Representatives to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding reflects the pursuit of an extreme political agenda by the Republican House leadership.
It is also an outrageous assault on the millions of Americans who rely on Planned Parenthood for primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, HIV testing, and STI testing and treatment.
Anyone interested in the true state of Glen Cove’s finances would be wise to read the city’s Deficit Reduction Plan (“the Plan”) and the state comptroller’s response thereto, versus Mayor Suozzi’s interpretation, or even Newsday’s coverage, thereof.
The unfortunate fact is that, as revealed by the plan and the review to which it responds, if you include the almost $13 million the city has borrowed to reduce the deficit, it has continued to grow.
In the Feb. 3, 2011 issue of the Record Pilot you published the obituary of Margery Finley. What was missing from the obituary was the fact that Margery was the widow of Robert Marshall Finley, whose name is on the Glen Cove Middle School.
As Saturday night eased into the earliest part of Sunday morning, something truly wonderful began to unfold. Marine Sergeant Sal Cavallaro III returned to his home in Glen Cove from being in Afghanistan for 9 months to the thankful relief of his family and friends.
We are greatly dismayed at the attack that our police chief and other members of the Glen Cove Police Department were subjected to in the recent Letter to the Editor entitled “Privileged Council.” Police Chief William Whitton and the members of the Glen Cove Police Department are public servants whose sworn duty is to protect the security and property of Glen Cove residents at great risk to themselves. They are an integral part of, and essential to, our community as first responders and in providing a safe environment in which our children can grow and thrive. They are the driving force behind the excellence of the Police Department’s programs to educate schoolchildren against drug use and their participation in Glen Cove’s National Night Out Against Crime. They are doing great work for our community and they should be applauded.
As Assemblyman Lavine stated on Feb. 3 [at a press conference], there are “extraordinarily well-financed special interests, whose narrow agendas are far too often adverse to the well-being of the people of our state...” He could be referring to a New York State pension fund scandal. Last December, then New York State Attorney General Cuomo fined lobbyist Patricia Lynch $500,000 for her role in coordinating “pay-to-play” investments—i.e., political contributions to the former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s campaign got investments from the multi-billion dollar state pension fund.
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