What first comes to mind when I look at the calendar and see Memorial Day highlighted is, “Yes! A day off from work!”
Yet, I need to remind myself that it’s so much more than that.
We have the opportunity to work because of the millions of servicemen and women who have worked – and died – for the preservation of our free society.
I want to commend Ronald Scaglia on an excellently written and well researched three-part series “Just One Pill” that appeared in three consecutive editions through May in the Anton Community Newspapers and is available online. As a former journalist and editor, I consider the series representative of excellent journalism and a contender for award recognition.
As editor of the paper, I know that the community takes fundraising, school activities and youth athletics very seriously, and that’s something I’m proud to be a part of.
An April 27th letter to the editor [published in Anton Community Newspapers] authored by Philip H. Smith, president of the United University Professions, leads one to believe that Mr. Smith does not closely follow the topics or institutions about which he writes. In his letter, titled “Let the Sun Shine on SUNY Foundations,” Mr. Smith states that The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (“Research Foundation”) is “largely led by government officials”; that it feels “no...compulsion to share information with the public,” and that it is an organization that “cloak[s] [its] activities in secrecy.”
All three statements are easily refutable and simply untrue. The Research Foundation is not led by government officials. Most importantly it is an organization that over the past year has demonstrated, and has been recognized for, its pledge to accountability and transparency.
The article highlighted a New Cassel man who was recently arrested for animal cruelty, among other charges. The man’s 3-year-old pit-bull terrier, Bronco, weighed in at 29 pounds when police officers found him, while pit-bull terriers that age normally weigh 60 or 65 pounds.
I have known Brenda Judson for the past 10 years as both a close personal friend and colleague working together during my tenure with the Hicksville Middle School PTA.
Ms. Judson is a very talented, hard-working professional and a dedicated mother to her two daughters – Jane and Shannon. She has an outstanding ability to focus on challenges, thoroughly analyze problems and provide creative solutions. Ms. Judson also possesses great interpersonal and communication skills. During her seven years of serving as PTA presidents for various Hicksville PTA units, Ms. Judson worked well with all parents in these PTA units and continues be very well respected by all within the Hicksville school community.
You would expect an organization created for public benefit that is largely led by government officials would be obligated to report to the public about its activities. Yet the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and its many campus foundations are not required to do so and apparently feel no such compulsion to share information with the public. Instead, these organizations often cloak their activities in secrecy.
As president of United University Professions – the union representing academic and professional faculty at SUNY’s state-operated campuses – I think it’s time to let the sun shine in. It’s time to require the SUNY Research Foundation and campus foundations to be held accountable and to be more transparent.
It’s never too late to get involved.
In my time here at Anton Community Newspapers, I’ve interviewed countless people from all walks of life, and many have lived most of their lives in Hicksville.
As has been reported in the media lately, a serious fire risk has developed this spring. Brush fires are the result of unseasonably high temperatures, very little rainfall, low humidity and dried out vegetation. Although the media have been reporting on large-scale brush fires in woodland areas of Suffolk County and other locations, a brush fire could start “in your own backyard,” literally. Don’t let your home or property fall victim to a brush fire.
As decent human beings, we ought to care about the peace and prosperity and happiness of other people everywhere.
Mediating peace in places of conflict, giving humanitarian aid in the wake of natural disasters and shunning all wars except those fought in self-defense is a manifestation of that caring. But, we are also citizens of a sovereign state and we should care more about the welfare of our fellow citizens who obey our laws and respect our culture, language and customs than the citizens of foreign countries who have entered our country illegally and, in a few cases, demonstrate their ignorance and contempt for said culture, language and customs. It is for the latter that Maryann Sinclair Slutsky of Long Island Wins expresses her supposed affection in screed after shrill screed in the pages of this newspaper.
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