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Letter: Kids Camps Combat Summer Slide

Friday, 11 July 2014 08:56

Once upon a time, back when we went to camp, camps focused on athletics and the arts. Primary activities at most included hiking, sports, running around, and blowing off physical steam, with arts and crafts for quiet periods or rainy days. Alternative camps inverted the formula, specializing in arts — drama or drawing or music — with games and sports as recreational add-ons. 

 

Letter: Addiction: A Local Solution

Friday, 11 July 2014 08:44

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.

 

There is a faith-based program on Long Island. It is called Teen Challenge (though most of its residents are older.)

 

Letter: Don’t Call Them “Nazis”

Friday, 11 July 2014 08:43

This letter is in response to your article about Airman Kosierowski which appeared in the Levittown Tribune last Friday. 

 

On behalf of the German-American community of Long Island, I would like to present a point-of-information and correction with regards to your article. 

 

Since WWII the American media has consistently and quite incorrectly referred to all members of the German armed forces during the Second World War as “Nazis.” Not only is this incorrect it is also unwarranted. 

 

Editorial: Summer Starts When The Sky Is Lit

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

While June 21 is considered the official start of summer, the real fun doesn’t kick off until bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles, sparklers and jumping jacks are lighting the night sky on July 4th, honoring the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago. Rarely does it rain on July 4th (we’re having a hard time remembering when it did), which makes the night that much more sweet. You can step out your door and find a fireworks celebration almost anywhere in Nassau County.

 

Gallow Gets A New Lease

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Last year, Nassau BOCES decided to close their special education preschool program at the Geneva N. Gallow School on Farmedge Road.  For 20 years, up until this year, Island Trees enjoyed our relationship with the Nassau BOCES Early Childhood Center.  After all, the Gallow School was occupied and used in a very positive manner: to educate children.  Naturally, the district was disappointed to lose this tenant, as well as the programs and services BOCES offered to Nassau County children.

 

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, 19 June 2014 00:00

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.Representatives deny FEMA assistance to a state hit by a devastating storm, but request the same assistance from FEMA when their state is hit with a raging flood that ravages the land.

 

Nassau Community College: Failing Our Students

Written by George Maragos Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

My office released a report last week that found the 2012 graduation and transfer rate at Nassau Community College (NCC) dropped to 28 percent: less than one third of NCC students finished their degrees or transferred to a four-year college. NCC went from being one of the best community colleges in New York in 2009 to one of the worst in 2012, when it ranked 31st out of 35 community colleges in New York State.

 

The steep decline in graduations and transfers at NCC should be of concern to every taxpayer in Nassau County and to the 23,000 students who enroll at NCC hoping to receive a quality college education at a reasonable price. NCC is funded primarily through student tuition, state aid and Nassau County taxpayer money, receiving more than $52 million from the County in 2012.

 

Editorial: Capitalism Over Common Sense

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

After the latest school shooting—one that claimed the life of an Oregon teen—it was revealed an Oklahoma-based company is marketing the “Bodyguard Blanket,” a foldable, bright-orange pad that can be strapped onto a child’s chest or back. The product promises to protect against “90 percent of all weapons that have been used in school shootings in the United States.”

 

Letter: The Past Informs The Future

Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

In response to Billionaires vs. Our Kids (May 21-27), or more to the point, an extension on what has been stated. Since 1979 when President Jimmy Carter created the U.S. Department of Education, the country has steadily lost it prominence in the fiedl of education and educating our kids. Why? It is because of all the politicians, special interest groups and bureaucrats that have made education policies based on their own interests and not the interest of 

the children or the learning process. 

 

At least 85 percent of all educators, teachers, in nursery to 12th grade do a fabulous job in the class rooms around the country. The problem is education administrators don’t hold children, parents, teachers’ unions and federal and state bureaucrats accountable to their responsibility to educating our kids.

 

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