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Letter: Islam and West: Not at Odds

Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00
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.

Letter: Mangano, Republican Party Should Pay Back Taxpayers for Failed Referendum

Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

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.


From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: August 4, 2011

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Charles Murphy Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

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?


Around the Town: August 4, 2011

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Make a Difference Awards

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.    


From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: July 27, 2011

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Charles Murphy Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

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.


From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: July 27, 2011

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Sexting, Cyberbullying Prevention Bill

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.


Letter: An Open Letter to the Children, Residents, and Employees of the Levittown School District

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

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.


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.


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