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Letter: NYS Needs to Address Concerns

Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

The most insane aspect of the manner in which education is financed is that it’s an investment that, from a strictly financial point of view, has a return that’s paltry at best. High taxes (to pay for things like public schools), depressed wages and unaffordable housing are driving the young off Long Island.

Honestly, what percentage of the Class of 2010 will be living and/or working in the district in which they attended school 10 years from now? Just go on an alumni website and see how many of your classmates still live anywhere near their high school.

To address the issue of school budgets without addressing the issues of jobs, housing, wages, immigration and other taxes is akin to a doctor ignoring a severed limb as he attempts to determine why his patient’s blood pressure is rapidly falling. Still, until we can address these concerns, students in the classroom need to be educated. We can’t put them in some kind of suspended animation deep freeze.

The basic curriculum and enrichment programs (like field trips) need to be sustained, otherwise in 2020 our graduates will be young adults who are less educated than their parents looking at the prospect of having kids who will be even less educated.

If local school districts can’t obtain aid from a New York State facing bankruptcy, and a federal government heading in the same direction, perhaps they should consider loans from overseas banks and governments.

Paul Manton

 

From the Desk of Assemblyman Michael Montesano: April 23, 2010

Written by Assemblyman Michael Montesano Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

‘Schedule a Mammogram’

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) joined with Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in its annual Mother’s Day campaign to urge women to get mammograms.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson: April 23, 2010

Written by Senator Craig Johnson Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

Calls for Conference Committees to Resolve Budget Differences, Stop Political Games

“I, and many of my colleagues, have become frustrated by the lack of action on finalizing a budget. That is why we called upon Senate and Assembly leaders to immediately convene conference committees in order to hammer out our remaining differences and get a responsible plan approved.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson

Written by Senator Craig Johnson Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Calculator Launched

Senator Craig M. Johnson announces the launch of an online calculator that will show how much your family could save under the “Circuit Breaker” tax credit program that recently passed the Senate.

He additionally urges the Assembly to take action on this critically important legislation.

 

Legionnaires Log: April 16, 2010

Written by Greg Bennett Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
Days of Remembrance

April 11 was Holocaust Remembrance Day, part of a week-long remembrance established by the U.S. Congress to never forget the victims of the Nazi Holocaust which the Nazis called “The Final Solution” to exterminate all European Jews and other unacceptable groups. During and before World War II, over six million Jews were murdered in Nazi death camps such as Treblinka and Auschwitz. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is asking Americans to honor veterans who defeated the Nazis and liberated the death camps. On Sunday, April 25 the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove is having a Walk To Remember the Children of the Holocaust. Their website is www.Holocaust-Nassau.org.

 

Legionnaires Log: April 9, 2010

Written by Greg Bennett Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00
Third Division Caucus

Hicksville Post Commander Charles Rockwood, John Mauro PC and Greg Bennett attended the 3rd Division Caucus of the Nassau County American Legion held on Wednesday, March 31 at the Williston Post #144. All the 3rd Division Post delegates gathered before 3rd Division Commander James Barton to nominate 3rd Division officer for next Legion year and to pass resolutions for this year’s County Convention. The 3rd Division is often referred to as the “ Mighty 3rd,” with its 20 Posts and over 2,300 Legionnaires. It was a proud moment when Past County Commander Arlene Howard, of our Post, was nominated to be the 10th District Sergeant at Arms. The 10th District is made up of all Legion Posts in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens County. County Commander Ned Yost and his staff and Past County Commanders attended the caucus.

 

Letter: Is the Internet Safe for Children?

Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

I was very sad to read about the recent suicide of a teenage girl due to Internet bullying. I wonder how can people be so cruel? Unfortunately, there are many cruel people in the world who get their kicks by hurting others. Or, they may have mental illness.

 

Letter: Supports Increasing Cigarette Tax

Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

Last week I traveled with the American Heart Association to Albany to let our representatives know what they can do to help in the fight against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of New Yorkers. I survived my heart attack but many won’t.

 

Legionnaires Log: April 2, 2010

Written by Greg Bennett Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

Commemorating National Medal of Honor Day

March 25, 2010

Greg Bennett of Charles Wagner Post 421 attended the National Medal of Honor Day Program held at the Long Island National Cemtery in Farmingdale, New York on March 25, 2010. The ceremony was hosted by the Long Island National Cemetery Memorial Organization. The program chairman was Moe Fletcher, a Gold Star Parent.

 

Letter: Mangano’s State of the County Speech

Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

During County Executive Ed Mangano’s State of the County speech this week, he outlined a long list of goals - fixing assessment, cutting waste, creating jobs, rebuilding our parks and even exploring the possibility of a tunnel to Connecticut. All I care about is, how is he going to lower our taxes!

 

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