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Letter: LWV Objects to Hub Referendum Vote Date

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00
(This letter was sent to County Executive Edward Mangano and the County Legislature.)

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County strongly objects to the August 1 scheduling of a Nassau County referendum on the proposal to permit the county to borrow up to an additional $400 million for a proposed “Nassau County Hub Area Development” construction project, which would include a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Our reasons include the following:

The cost of doing this as a special election, projected to be approximately $2 million, is not necessary and would come at a time when Nassau County is already experiencing serious financial difficulties. Though the cost would be picked up if the vote is “Yes,” if it is “No,” the voters would have to bear this unnecessary burden. This risk can easily be avoided by scheduling the vote on the same day and on the same ballots as those for the general election in the fall. Most bond issue votes have been done that way in the past.

 

Letter: Manton Follows Up His Opinion About Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

My recent letter on same-sex marriage in the June 23 issue of Levittown Tribune prompted many curious questions from people who wondered why my opinion on this issue was so vague given that the letter was several hundred words long. Simple, really. Life’s complicated and same-sex marriage is one of those issues that demonstrate that fact more than many others.

Life’s complicated and any reasonably intelligent understanding of the issues of the day entails, by necessity, a working-out of the dialectics inherent in those issues. If, for example, I wanted oversimplified, pre-packaged, mass-produced answers to life’s Big Question, I’d be a creationist fundamentalist or Marxist atheist rather than an Episcopalian student of Charles Darwin.

 

Letter: A Debt of Gratitude

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

As the Levittown Board of Education was honoring the athletic teams, individual athletes and their parents and coaches at this past board meeting, it occurred to me we had missed a key component of the Levittown Athletic success story, our youth programs!

My personal experience in these organizations (my 8 year old Levittown little league picture hangs in my office) puts a unique perspective on the matter. As the picture has yellowed, the memories still linger. The importance of those years for me and the thousands of other kids over these 60 plus years can never be understated.

 

Letter: It is Time for Alternatives to Opiates for Pain

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

With all the problems associated with taking pain medication, isn’t it baffling that they are still widely prescribed as a first line of treatment for pain. There are many safe, effective, and cost effective alternatives.

There is no reason why procedures such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy, and physical therapy should not be a physician’s first choice for referral for pain rather then prescription drugs.  Most of these drugs only mask symptoms.

 

Letter: NYS Legislature Should Crack Down On Insurance Fraud

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

The State Legislature accomplished a lot this year, but one important reform was conspicuously left out – passage of the legislation know as the “Fraud Tax Bill” that would crack down on crisis-level auto insurance fraud in New York State.

 

Letter: Nassau’s Mitchel Field Deteriorating

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.

 

Letter: On Gay Marriage

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

It’s not obvious from the debates, talk shows, and protests, but most people opposed to gay marriage are not bigots and homophobes and most people who support gay marriage are not advocating a decadent lifestyle of sexual hedonism. I, for example, am not opposed to gay marriage, as such.

The greatest threat to the institution of marriage, after all, is not same-sex couples wanting to marry but the divorce rate amongst opposite-sex couples. To wit: whilst same-sex unions will never be the dominant pattern even after legalization because homosexuals, like left-handed people, will always be a distinct minority within any given population, divorce between a man and a woman has become the norm. The results have been catastrophic - especially for children.

 

Around the Town: June 17, 2011

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Senior Summer Beach Program

Throughout the year, Hempstead Town offers a variety of activities and events for our senior residents. One of our most popular programs is the Town of Hempstead’s Senior Summer Beach Program, now in its 44th season. This year, our theme, “Lido Lights the Way,” promises an exciting lineup of entertainment and is the perfect way for our seniors to spend warm summer days.

This free ten-week program will begin Monday, June 27 and takes place every weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Friday, Sept. 2. Our “Lido Lights the Way” Senior Summer Beach Program will feature a series of special concerts, dance shows and other forms of live entertainment, as well as arts and crafts, dancing, shuffleboard, bocce, and leather crafting. What’s more, seniors can swim and relax at the beach, ocean and pool.

 

From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: June 17, 2010

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Charles Murphy Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

“Are you ready for the summer….are you ready for the good times…no more pencils…no books…” that music from Bill Murray’s iconic 1979 summertime classic Meatballs always resonates with me as another school year comes to a close.   

Summertime is a wonderful time for kids – summer camp, vacations, the pool, late evenings, barbeques, fireworks…it seems to creep up on us suddenly and leave more quickly, so enjoy the summer of 2011 and create many memories with your children, families and friends. The 2010-11 school year has been a terrific one in Island Trees.   

 

Letter: Employment: It All Starts Locally

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

A little quick jump up to the store to get some milk... I was in a real hurry... I saw the self-serve checkout platforms...hmmmmmm...what to do? What to do? I’m running late; cashier with one person in line already vs. one of the quick, newly installed platforms?

 

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