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Letter: New Bottle Bill Requirements Begin November 8

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) is spreading the word that the extended Bottle Bill begins Sunday, November 8, 2009. The extended bill was originally set to begin this Saturday, October 31, but New York officials are giving retailers a “grace period” to comply with the new requirement (according to Department of Environmental Conservation spokesperson Maureen Wren).


Letter: Support for Hudes, Murray

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

I read last week’s Letter to the Editor and I couldn’t disagree more. The Town of Hempstead election race is not a Republican/Democrat race at all. It is an election of who has been there for this community, time and time again. I started thinking about the things that have improved since our town officials have been in office.


Letter: Support for Hudes

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

I urge the continued support of Town Councilman Gary Hudes.


Letter: Support for Murray and Hudes

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

I am thrilled to see the support for Kate Murray and Gary Hudes on people’s lawns all over Levittown.


Letter: Supports for Hynes, Other Democratic Candidates

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

I am writing to you to know that I am in full support of Mr. Matt Hynes as candidate for the Town of Hempstead Sixth Council District. Even though I have voted for the incumbent Republican candidates in the past, I can no longer give them my support.


Letter: Johnson Lauds Work Done to Get Turning Lane

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

I am elated and wish to inform you and the Levittown Tribune and friends and neighbors that your report published Dec. 3, 2004 regarding the dangerous intersection of Wantagh Avenue at Miller Place/Cotton Lane in Levittown has finally come to fruition.


From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: October 9, 2009

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00
Health Fair in Your Backyard

Senator Kemp Hannon is sponsoring his eighth annual Health Fair and Awareness Day on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the David S. Mack Sports Complex at Hofstra University in Uniondale on the north side of campus.

Flu shots, various health screenings and the health information you want to know will all be available as over 90 health providers and health specialists gather at one venue to address your every concern.

Free flu shots will be dispensed in cooperation with Nassau University Medical Center to persons 60 years or older. If you live in Senator Hannon’s district, call 739-1700 on any Wednesday or Thursday beginning Oct. 7 to reserve an appointment.

Also, please help our community by bringing non-perishable food items for the Mary Brennan INN and Island Harvest charities to the fair. Senator Hannon’s staff will deliver all of the items to the charities. Thank you for your help!

Important Fire Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

A house fire can occur at any time, so what’s your family’s game plan? It’s easy to hope for the best, but if a fire were to start in your home, do your children immediately know what they should do?

During October, Fire Prevention Month, Senator Kemp Hannon encourages parents not only to speak to their kids about fire safety, but to have practice fire drills as well.

“Every family is different and every home is different. That’s why it’s crucial for parents to develop a specific plan that works for the layout of their home and family,” Senator Hannon said. “Kids need to practice their family’s fire escape plan so they are confident in case of a real emergency. During a house fire, there’s no time to second-guess what you should do.”

The senator asks parents to review the following safety measures in order to ensure the safety of their loved ones. The seven fire prevention steps families need to know:

• Practice drills should be held at least twice a year. Hold family drills at night with all the lights out and door closed.

• Name one family member as the drill leader. The drill leader is responsible for sounding an alarm to start the drill and for the timing of the drill.

• Each family member should pretend the door is warm and practice opening it carefully.

• Everyone should pretend there is smoke and proceed to crawl following the normal exit route.

• Once outside, everyone should go to the designated meeting place. The drill leader should take a roll count. If this were a real fire, one person would use the neighbor’s phone to call the fire department.

• Conduct a second drill having family members follow alternate exit routes

Hannon Proposes Bill to Provide ‘One-Stop Shopping’ For H1N1 Info

Senator Kemp Hannon is proposing a bill calling for the state to consolidate all of the pertinent information regarding the H1N1 flu onto one online forum to ensure accuracy and convenience for New Yorkers.

“We need to provide information for New Yorkers in a clear and coherent manner that is readily accessible,” Senator Hannon said. “The current information posted on websites is difficult to find, organized in a confusing fashion and scattered over different governmental agencies and, within the agencies, over different web pages.”

Senator Hannon’s proposed legislation will provide New Yorkers with the confidence of knowing that their questions regarding the H1N1 flu can be answered quickly and accurately by visiting one website. “Concerned parents should not be burdened with determining which specific information applies to their children and how to efficiently find that information,” Hannon said. “I recommend that we work together. For example, the Department of Health and Department of Education should cross-reference each other prior to posting H1N1 information.”

In his letter sent to Governor Paterson, Health Commissioner Daines and Education Interim Commissioner Huxley on Sept. 3, Senator Hannon conveyed the urgency of providing one informational H1N1 flu website for the benefit of all New Yorkers.  

“We must act now to provide New Yorkers with easily accessible and clear information. We need to reassure New Yorkers that there is no need to read between the lines and conduct their own research to discover the answers to their questions,” Hannon said.

For more information about the New York State Senate and to sign up for email updates, visit Senator Hannon’s website,


Letter: Epstein Discusses Lighthouse Project

Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00

Much attention has been paid this summer to the proposed Lighthouse Project, which is designed to refurbish the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and develop the 150 acres surrounding the arena. Public comment has centered around the project’s economic benefits to Long Island, with admonitions to prevent negative impact on water supply, air quality, waste disposal and traffic.


Letter: Manton Discusses Eighth Anniversary of Invasion of Afghanistan

Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00

October of 2009 marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, an invasion that has lasted longer than World War II. In these eight years, the United States has made no more progress than the Soviet Union made eight years into its invasion of that country back in the 1980s. The nation that defeated the central and axis powers and held the U.S.S.R. and Warsaw Pact at bay through the deterrence of massive military response can’t vanquish an enemy that has no navy, no air force, no military-industrial complex, no planet-wide military and diplomatic alliances, no place in the global market, and no arsenal of such lethal contrivances as nuclear weapons, nerve gas, fuel-air explosives, and enhanced radiation devices.

The United States and its allies are losing the war against international terrorism in the classic example of insurgency vs. military giant (barbarians/Romans, Finns/Soviets, American colonists/British, Viet Cong/Americans) because they never understood its fundamental nature in the first place. An enraged elephant can’t defeat a colony of determined army ants no matter how many of them it tramples upon. It can only avoid them and, using its great strength, erect barriers that they will find insurmountable and unable to perform their tasks.

What do I mean? In the 1990s the Clinton administration was rightly criticized for handling international terrorism much like a routine law enforcement matter as though terrorists could only function as isolated criminal gangs. The Bush and Obama administration was, and is, criticized for addressing the problem as one strictly military in nature. It’s far more complex than either of those things: it’s part and parcel of the whole problem of modernity and the clash of civilizational values thereof. In 1960, for example, Moslems growing up in Egypt or Saudi Arabia saw modernization and the West in terms of modern medicine, electricity, sanitation, and the oil industry. Today, in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Moslems are moving away from the secularism their parents embraced and toward religious fundamentalism much as the United States has done in some respects. (It would be difficult, for example, to picture Truman or Eisenhower expressing the overt religious sentiments that have been expressed by U.S. presidents since Carter). They grow up taking the material comforts and technology of the modern world for granted but are disillusioned because - and this is also true of people outside the Islamic world - man does not live by McDonald’s alone. Material wealth and freedom mean nothing if they arrive accompanied by spiritual and intellectual impoverishment; crass consumerism, childish gadgetry, and the mindless worship of celebrity athletes and entertainers leave human beings empty shells. In such a world, the clergyman who can convince young radical Moslems that hijacking aircraft and crashing them into buildings does not reflect the true teachings of the Koran is worth more than an entire platoon of marines.

It is very likely that the U.S. will fail to subdue the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan and be compelled to withdraw its military forces. In the end, however, international terrorism is fueled by an ideological mechanism that will eventually run out of steam and stumble over its own intransigence just as Puritanism did at the end of the 17th century and just as international communism did at the end of the 20th century. In the meanwhile, it needs to be contained and dismantled piecemeal with a multitude of solutions fitting given situations and crisis’. Yes, occasional military strikes conducted against terrorist targets will be necessary. Yes, such controversial techniques like assassination of terrorist leaders and the torture and execution of captured terrorists will be required. (The rights of thousands of innocent people not to be murdered being more important than the “rights” of terrorists conjured by pie-in-the-sky law professors who evidently have little of value to teach their students about the real world and the nature of human conflict). And yes, houses of worship will have to be monitored, clergymen kept under close watch, freedom of religion more adequately defined, and transglobal communications systems censored. Perhaps, too, an international effort to abolish the global arms trade and economic sanctions against those nations that flood the world with weapons that invariably fall into the hands of terrorists. And certainly the militarization of the U.S. border to prevent illegal crossing by potential criminals and terrorists.

What’s being done in Iraq and Afghanistan, what’s been done these last eight years, not only defies sanity but will have no more significant impact on international terrorism than the Vietnam War had in bringing down international communism. The irony, too, is that the United States in Afghanistan is making some of the same mistakes made by the Soviet Union even though its intent is benign.

Paul Manton


Letter: East Broadway Student Thanks Community for Donations

Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00

My name is Erin Vaughan Ware, I am 10 years old and go to East Broadway School. Over the summer while I was shopping for school supplies, I had an idea to donate my backpack to someone who might need it, and thought my friends might want to do the same.


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