The recent massacre in Norway with its “Islamophobic” undertones, no less than the approaching anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, once more breathes life into the whole “clash of civilizations” paradigm. Historical antagonisms notwithstanding, I do not believe that Islam and the West are intrinsically at odds in much the same manner as I do not believe evolutionary biology is intrinsically at odds with Christianity. (There’s nothing in paleontology and genetics, for example that contradicts anything said in the Nicene Creed). Our respective cultures, Islam and the West, are the inheritors of the civilizations of antiquity, which is why Plato and Aristotle influenced the early theologies of both Islam and Christianity. Our respective religions are based upon the revelations and worship of the same God. Our medieval periods - contrary to the popular culture’s misconception- produced exceptional scientific minds. Indeed, Ibn Sina, Al-Razi, and Al-Biruni were every bit as noteworthy as Kepler, Bacon, and Copernicus although the former are probably better known to most Moslems than the latter are to most Americans.
(Editor’s note: This is a letter in response to a donation collected by the employees of Anton Community Newspapers and delivered to the INN on Thursday, August 4 in response to their public call for baby items.)
On behalf of the individuals whom we feed and shelter at The INN, I wish to extend my gratitude to you for your generous donation of baby items.
Your donations were distributed to the guests living in The INN’s two family shelters and the guests who visit the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen, who are in need of not only food and shelter, but other basic amenities including personal care items.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
What did we do before cell phones? Personally, my cell phone and Blackberry has become my lifeline to the world. Seemingly I’m always checking it for messages – phone, emails and texts. In fact, a few years ago I would have laughed at the idea that I would “text” anyone – after all, texting was for teenagers.
Surprisingly, I have found texting a highly effective way to send a quick message or contact staff members, Board trustees, parents, and of course, family and friends. I am a Blackberry addict. What did I do before cell phones?
I’m sure everyone knows at least one very special person who is always doing for others and never asking for anything in return. He or she may be a neighbor, a friend, or a relative. When thinking about this person, you may ask yourself, where does he or she get the energy or time to volunteer for so many activities?
Each year around this time the Town of Hempstead prepares for a special awards program that is held in November. Our Make a Difference Awards are presented to Hempstead Town residents who have made a difference in the community or in the lives of others.
The summer is a great time for students to relax and recharge for another school year. Unfortunately, the long summer vacation erodes the knowledge, skills and concepts gained during the school year.
It is reported that the average student regresses one month by the end of summer vacation. In fact, the loss compounds over time. To help prevent further regression, our teachers and schools have organized summer reading assignments; put together reading lists; and have added new math assignments for students.
The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”
The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon, requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.
Upon the occasion of my retirement, I would like to thank the children, residents, and employees of the Levittown School District for the privilege of having served as its superintendent during what has been the golden era of the Levittown Public Schools.
Very few school superintendents have enjoyed a more successful and rewarding career than the children, parents, and employees of our school district have provided me for the past 30 years.
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