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Letter: Drug Abusers Need Treatment

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

I am a director at Drug Free Long Island,Inc. and Drug Free Massapequa (a volunteer). I am retired after 25 years with Nassau County and 18 years with the Town of Oyster Bay.

 

At the Town I was deputy town attorney and in charge of employees relations and also drug and alcohol matters. At three seperate occasions, we had three individuals with drug and alcohol problems whose situations still haunt me. All three were desperately in need of long term inpatient care, over 30 days. Even I could tell by observation (as well as their doctor`s and therapists’ evaluations) that these were seriously ill people simply by listening to their speech patterns. Inpatient therapy had been ordered for them. The insurance company said no, not until they had failed two outpatient courses of treatment. The alcohol abuser had. He was initially placed for 30-60 days inpatient, but against therapist orders he was terminated from treatment after 15 days. He was dead a few weeks later. 

 

Letter: Senior Identity Protection

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

I’m writing to inform readers of a simple and effective step we can take to protect our seniors from identity theft — removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. 

 

One in five Americans above the age of 65 fall victim to financial fraud. In New York alone, approximately half a million seniors have been prey for scammers.

 

Letter: Addiction: A Local Solution

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

I just read John Owens’ article about substance abuse and the mom’s letter about a wonderful place in Florida (“It Doesn’t Have To Be An Unhappy Ending,” The Weekend, July 2-8). I am very happy for her son.

 

Letter: The Overworked American

Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

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.  

 

Letter: A Pushy Agenda?

Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

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?

 

Letter: Midnight Returns

Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

A recent issue of the New Hyde Park Illustrated News features a photograph of a cat found around the Park Circle area (“Is This Your Cat?” on page four). I live across the street from Park Circle and am forwarding information as per the request in the caption. About two months ago I had noticed several “lost cat” posters on lamp posts which featured two pictures of what I believe to be the same “tuxedo” cat. The poster cat’s name is Midnight. I called the number on the poster to alert Midnight’s owner about the newspaper picture.

 

Editorial: Pols vs Polls

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

When the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed the Compassionate Care Act last Friday, it was only succumbing to the will of the people. According to the New Hyde Park Illustrated’s online poll, more than 68 percent responding support medical marijuana, with 25 percent opposed and 6% undecided. 

 

Letter: Avoid The ‘Heroin Highway’ Detour

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

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.

 

Letter: A Real Court Jester

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Is Kimba Woods a Judge — or a joke? Queen Kimba recently gave a convicted 60-year-old thief 39 years to pay back the $300,567 in disability pension benefits that he virtually stole by faking a Long Island Rail Road disability. It’s bad enough that she’s only asking him to pay back $700 a month; but this is on top of her recent sentencing of another LIRR fraudster to pay back the $300,000 he stole at a mere $25 a month — meaning that it would theoretically take him 982(!) years (even though, according to the Bible, Methusaleh himself only made it to 969-years-old). This “sentence” would be funny if it wasn’t so sad for society and the rule of law. I’d like to point out to Judge Woods (whom I’d like to sentence for judicial malpractice in my own Court of Common Sense) that the dictionary defines a “judge” as “someone capable of making rational and wise decisions.” These recent decisions of hers could make even the famous iron statue of Lady Justice cry tears of shame underneath her blindfold.

— Richard Siegelman


 

Letter: One Nation Under The Gun

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

Recently there have been many tragic situations — unexplainable actions by desperate, stressed, mentally ill and suicidal people.  

 

We, as a nation, seem to forget the millions of poor, needy and ill citizens. We pass by homeless veterans, many of us without a thought of helping them. We see runaway teenagers and we ignore them. Our leaders, so self righteous in their speeches about the American people, then with their next vote, remove millions from SNAP benefits.

 

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