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Letter: Revisiting Hurricane Sandy and the Fracking Debate

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, memories of the destruction produced by the storm still haunts most Long Islanders. 

 

I have lived in Massapequa since 1982. During that time, I have lived through Hurricane Gloria, blizzards, torrential rainstorms and Hurricane Irene. What happened the night of 10-29-12 was traumatic for me, my wife and daughter. 

 

Editorial: Scouting For Leaders

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:28

Nassau County got into Scouting way back in 1917 with the first Boy Scout council and first Girl Scout troop. At the time, the orienteering and outdoor skills Scouting promotes were still useful, even in Levittown.

Nearly 100 years later, our lives are much less rustic. Scouting has adapted. Now, troops are more likely to promote robotics studies and entrepreneurship than how to start a fire or build a lean-to. What endures through the decades of change are lessons of leadership and teamwork, as useful for survival on Hempstead Tpke. as wielding an axe is in a forest.

 

Letter: Supporting Ethan Irwin’s Election

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:30

I am writing this letter in support of a local Levittown resident for New York State Senate, Ethan Irwin.  I have lived in Levittown for more than 30 years and am so proud to be a part of this wonderful community.

Levittown is known throughout New York as a beautiful suburban community where a man like me can raise his children. This is also due to the efforts and accomplishments of our neighbors like Ethan Irwin.

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint.  Or have I misremembered that?

 

Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Friday, 19 September 2014 08:32

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? 

 

Letter:Bugged About Bugs

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

I read your ALB (Asian long-horned beetle) article with interest. [‘Landscape-Altering Pest Creeping North’ in the Aug. 29 edition] 

 

Recently two young gentlemen from ALB Cooperative Eradication Program in Amityville knocked on my front door and asked permission to inspect the two trees on my property. I let them; there were no beetles.

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

 

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

 

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint.  Or have I misremembered that?

 

Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

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 ten residents of Levittown — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses. 

 

Letter: Surprising Speeders

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Residents were surprised to get tickets during the summer when they did not know schools were in summer session.

People know the difference between justice, and the law. Ticketing people who did not know school was in session is not just.

Not every school has summer sessions, nor is it obvious sessions are in progress for those that do.  The Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron states no schools are in session now, so none of the cameras are active.  I am glad he knows when the speed limit changes, but what about the rest of us?

 

Letter: Happy Anniversary Father Christopher

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Next month, St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Wantagh celebrates not merely a decade of pastoral service by the Rev. Christopher Hofer, but a writ small reflection on the nature of spiritual leadership; how a charismatic individual can enter a moribund institution and reject entirely the notion of managed decline and wholly embrace the possibilities of rejuvenation. Father Hofer took a parish church that was dwindling in numbers, rapidly ageing, and dysfunctional in some respects — an unlikely home for newcomers from the now-defunct St. Francis Episcopal Church of Levittown — and crafted it into a burgeoning one overrun with young families and children.

The irony of its namesake patron saint is not lost in the mix and whilst St. Jude’s has become, again, the kind of parish many over fifty remember in their Baby Boom youth, there is much work to be done in the painfully uncertain future. Father Christopher and the vestry harbor no delusions in this respect; are not blinded by nostalgia for 1956 when the church was established in an entirely different America on a wholly different Long Island when life in the suburbs arrived with assurances for even the most modest working class family. Indeed, his own story as a gay priest from the mid-West who married his husband in the Episcopal Church in 2011 before his jubilant parishioners is one of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Those which await in the future shall be no less challenging.

 

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