A recent article by Senator Jack Martins regarding “The Heroin Highway” touched upon some very important concerns for every parent in our community. And while most of our children do not find themselves on this “highway,” the statistics and trends for drug use and abuse are alarming. And sadly, in spite of our best efforts, they are not decreasing.
Drug use is not a problem we can arrest our way out of. It is not a problem that emerges overnight because of “bad parenting” as some have proclaimed. It is not a problem that emerges because of one choice in one moment, although we do know that for some, lives can be lost that quickly. More often than not, drug use begins because of so many things that have gone wrong or not enough things going right. It often begins not with the use of drugs but with the breakdown of those things we know to be vital for children growing up in today’s times.
I don’t mind reasonable incremental changes to our children’s education. What I see, however, when you follow the money with Common Core, is an opportunity for billionaires like Bill Gates to apply monetary influence over politicians in order to gain political favor. I see a public school system focused more on testing and memorization of useless trivia, than students truly learning and grasping concepts.
With Common Core, I see corporations eventually profiting from access to our children’s confidential information, and a further invasion into our privacy. Will any of us be surprised if somehow Bill Gates’ Microsoft eventually benefits from computerized testing and educational software in our public schools?
The United Veterans of Hicksville would like to remind everyone to please use caution when arriving at the Memorial Day Parade assembly area, at the Sears parking lot, on Monday, May 26. We will begin assembling at 8 a.m. with a step off time of 9 a.m. We ask that anyone arriving early, please park on the north side of the light poles that run from the auto center to Bay Street. The south side is where the four parade divisions assemble.
If you are entering the parking lot from Bay Street please stay to the right, north, of the light poles. If you are entering from Broadway please stay on the left, north, of the light poles. There will be individuals with programs available to assist anyone in finding their position in the parade. Any of the participating organizations with floats, will be directed to the proper division that they are in.
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 Hicksville 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.
Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology hosted their Walk MS at Belmont Lake State Park on Saturday, May 4. It was a fabulous day for the walkers, with bright sunshine and moderate temperatures. Several teachers from the Hicksville School District walked, in support of all who suffer from this unpredictable disease.
I somehow blew up my brother-in-law’s power washer last week. I don’t know how, but you know the feeling. You try never to borrow anything but when you finally do, not 20 minutes in, the otherwise indestructible machinery that’s been well-used for 15 years suddenly and inexplicably starts sputtering and belching smoke like a wounded Godzilla.
It’s a shame too. I was trucking right along, smoothly blasting away muck and grime when I suddenly heard a bolt blow clean off the side of the machine. So my meticulously planned three-hour task turned into a full-day excursion as I headed to the Home Depot to educate myself on the wide world of power washers and where I bought new ones for both my brother-in-law and myself. Lesson one: better not to borrow anything expensive, for Murphy’s Law will surely intervene.
I ask any parent reading this column to read it all the way through.
Don’t put it down and think it doesn’t pertain to you, because it does. And if it makes you uncomfortable, that’s great. If we’re lucky, a little discomfort now will spare you a lot of heartache in the future.
The residents of the apartments at 355 Newbridge Road are experiencing a threat to our safety and rights to live in a peaceful environment. We have sent many letters to the Town of Oyster Bay Housing Authority and HUD regarding their placement and screening procedures of the new disabled persons that are now being placed at 355 and throughout most of the Town of Oyster Bay complexes they have jurisdiction over. I know and accept the fact that the new classification for disabled has opened the door to persons with mental, physical, former drug addicts, reformed alcoholics and former prisoners, to be housed in our communities, but not when it poses a safety issue to weak and frail seniors. Tenant selection officers are not screening new tenants properly. There is also a Section 504, in the HUD laws that states after careful screening a housing provider can deny applicants if they have a record of adversely affecting others such as disturbing neighbors, destroying property and failing to pay rent on time. Under Section 504, the housing provider must make sound and reasonable judgement based on evidence of current conduct or a history of overt acts.
As Memorial Day approaches, it is important that organizations and individuals, including many of our elected officials, be reminded that there is a Federal Flag Code (Public Law 94-344) that was passed by the 94th Congress (1975-1977) as a guide for handling and displaying the United States Flag. All too often, lately, I see the American Flag positioned incorrectly in a parade or behind someone during an interview on television or pictured in the newspaper. As per Public Law 94-344, Rule #10 states “When carried in a parade front with other flags, the U.S. Flag should be always to the marching right of the other flags, or to the front and center of the flag line.” Rule #35 states that when displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the U.S. Flag should be to the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he/she faces the audience. Any other flag should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience. And finally, Rule #26 states that on Memorial Day the Flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. Any organization or individual who may have a question about United States Flag etiquette should contact their local Veteran’s organization with their question. Many Veterans organizations have individuals who, if invited, would be able to give a presentation as to the etiquette of our “Stars and Stripes”.
William G. Walden
Commander, Hicksville Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3211
Alas, after 21 years of keeping us in good spirits and good company with his “Late Show” humor, David Letterman announced his retirement this past week. In his honor, I’ll share highlights from our state’s new budget in Letterman style with a “Top 10” countdown entitled: Top 10 — I mean 12 — reasons to like the new, New York State budget
12. This year’s budget is the fourth, consecutive, on-time budget we’ve delivered. That hasn’t happened in nearly four decades. For a little historical perspective, that’s further back than the Knicks’ last championship. (Sorry. I couldn’t help it.)
11. Moody’s Investors Service wasn’t so moody after all. They rated the new budget a “credit positive.”
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