(This letter is in response to a letter printed in the July 16, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune, entitled “Discrepancies in Schumer Speech at MacArthur Graduation.”)
Washington critics often joke that, “the most dangerous place to stand in our nation’s capitol, is between Senator Charles Schumer and the nearest television camera.” Tune into the evening news, on a hot and sultry “slow news night,” and you’re bound to see Schumer expounding on any issue that will gain him media coverage. The man is obviously a media hound, yet, over the past decade has risen to become one of the most powerful and influential members of the United States Senate.
No urban myth seems more pervasive and troublesome than the myth of “white flight” to the suburbs in the post-WWII years. Unlike other urban myths - UFOs, ghost sightings, JFK conspiracy theories, Bigfoot, creationism, a Republican-orchestrated 9/11, and President Obama as a foreign-born national - the myth of “white flight” has been perpetuated by journalists, academicians, and civil rights activists who know it’s a myth.
Too, over the years, Levittown has become to “white flight” what Roswell, New Mexico is to UFO buffs. Consider the facts:
On June 19, 2010 Senator Schumer spoke at the MacArthur High School graduation ceremony and during his commencement speech, stated that anyone with an income of less than $200,000 will receive a federal tuition tax credit of $2,500. This is totally incorrect. The information can be verified online by looking up American Opportunity Education Credit. One will find that the correct information states that married couples filing jointly and making less than $160,000 will receive the $2,500 tuition credit but it phases out between $160,000 and $180,000. For a single filer, the income must be below $80,000 and phases out at $90,000. Most importantly this credit expires after 2010.
Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is upon us and members of the local community still have the chance to make it memorable for a child from New York City! Thanks to the many families in Nassau County and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have enjoyed free summer experiences in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund. The Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a two-week experience this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town program, a child can have a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.
I’ve been thinking a lot, of late, about the shape of things to come with respect to the whole American Dream thing here on suburban Long Island; what it’ll look like a generation hence and/or what I’d like it to look like - and the reality that will fall somewhere betwixt. I always think of these things in summertime because seeing block parties, barbecues, and people lovingly tending their patch of earth makes me think of the American Dream.
On Monday, June 28 the Levittown Community Council sponsored a drug and alcohol seminar held at Levittown Memorial Education Center on Abbey Lane. The presenters were Gene Gallagher and Lisa Kessler from Central Nassau Guidance of Hicksville, who have been providing services in mental health and substance abuse for over 38 years.
(This letter was sent to State Senator Kemp Hannon and State Assemblyman David McDonough and printed here at the author’s request.)
Why is it that New York City and New York State subsidize the transportation costs for NYC schools? Why is it that on Long Island and the remainder of the state student transportation costs are covered by the homeowners and landowners in their school taxes? Why can’t these subsidies be passed along in the real estate taxes of the NYC resident-the same as the remainder of NYS? Where is my subsidy?
(This letter is in response to a column entitled “Frustrated With Broken Immigration System? Arizona Law Isn’t the Answer” in the June 18, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune.)
Once again I must pick up my pen and respond to an article of Maryann Sinclair Slutsky in regard to her recent column in your paper on June 18.
Everyone agrees that immigration needs fixing but all Ms. Slutsky advises is to boycott Arizona.
On the news tonight, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is bringing a lawsuit against Arizona to challenge their immigration law.
Arizona is overrun with illegal immigrants, their schools are crowded, their people are being kidnapped and they are close to bankruptcy.
Arizona has asked the government for help; that didn’t happen. This is how they help? We should boycott them? Let’s help our neighbors.
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