Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.
— Alfred Griswold Whitney
The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”
Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four:
While perusing the new fare that is being offered in entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong.
September always signals the start of a new school year and the beginning of the fall season. The school year and fall are always alive with color and a sense of crispness in the air.
We begin the new academic year with enthusiasm and hope that all students will succeed towards excellence. As a school community we work as a team to meet the needs of the whole child. School has certainly changed from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with the advent of increased technology and extensive changes in curriculum offerings. Instead of just
“reading, writing, and arithmetic” we have many other responsibilities for educating students.
This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including 10 in New Hyde Park—we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses.
Road work ahead! Improvements, repaving and repair projects are all around you in the Town of North Hempstead as the town’s 2014-2018 Capital Plan forges ahead.
The town’s capital plan was unanimously approved in May by the town board with the intent of taking on major projects such as road repaving, repairing of town facilities and improving parks and just months later we are seeing real tangible results.
With all of this new state-of-the-art sporting equipment, we’re made to believe that high school sports have actually been made safer over the years. But, when we hear the chants and cheers; the utter excitement of the local crowd as the pigskin is sent hurtling into the air towards the New Hyde Park Gladiators’ top receiver, it almost makes us, the spectators, forget how hard these teens are really hitting each other.
As we approach the upcoming school year, we will be celebrating the 86th year of instruction in the Sewanhaka Central High School District. Before our students arrive in September, our professional staff will return on Aug. 27 and 28 for our opening day program, during which we will welcome new and returning faculty and staff. We also will honor our Teachers of the Year and employees who have been with the district for 25 years or more. Our goal continues to be to ensure that each child is provided with an education designed to meet his or her needs. We believe that our professional staff is instrumental in providing for this success.
There have been several capital projects that are underway and the goal remains to complete these projects prior to the beginning of the school year. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School gymnasium has been painted and a new ceiling has been installed. As a result, this facility is now one that is in the condition that our students deserve. At Elmont Memorial High School, a new elevator will be installed prior to the opening of the school year.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. — Charles Dickens
We hear the stories again and again. Parents spend their entire adult lives preparing their children for adulthood. We shepherd them to rewarding careers and impart valuable knowledge about how to best manage money only to see these same young people get into financial trouble. The truth is that the lessons on spending and saving are always the most difficult to teach. In particular, too many young people get into trouble with credit. It’s bad enough that they start with mountains of student debt, but it’s worse that banks offer them credit lines that they are neither ready for nor can repay. Let’s face it, credit separates you from the reality of your financial situation. It lets you kick that can of debt down the road and that’s when problems start.
Remy International is closing the Bay Shore auto parts plant it purchased less than eight months ago. “USA has an outstanding reputation with strong product distribution and a diverse product line,” the acquiring CEO said back then. But the short gap between purchase and closing suggests Remy never intended to keep USA’s plant or its 271 workers, just its customers.
Last year, I was selected as a Nassau County Senior Citizen of the Year. When I was in in Albany receiving my award, I was told that Jack Martins, my state senator, wanted to meet me in the Senate chamber. He was very courteous, gave me a tour of the room, and told me the history of the chamber. In all fairness, Michelle Schimel did the same in the Assembly, but she already had my vote; Jack Martins didn’t. The extreme partisan politics in both Albany and Washington make it very difficult for any of us, voters as well as legislators, to cross party lines.
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