The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released its national survey on Drug Use and Health and sadly there weren’t too many surprises. Drug use among adolescents nationwide increased between 2008 and 2009, reflecting the trend we’ve seen here on Long Island - a trend that’s accelerated into 2010.
There was a sizable increase in those reporting marijuana use, and the percentage of youth perceiving great risk of harm associated with smoking marijuana weekly dropped from 54.7 percent in 2007 to 49.3 percent in 2009, marking the first time since 2002 that less than half of young people perceived great harm from frequent marijuana use.
The Summer 2010 edition of Plandome Manor’s “Your Village” newsletter brought residents up to date on a number of issues. An issue of concern for village residents and all residents of Manhasset and Port Washington is the intersection of Stonytown Road and Plandome Road, also known to many as the triangle.
The newsletter states “Mayor Donno is grateful to NYS Senator Craig Johnson for his efforts on the project. Senator Johnson has allocated $50,000 in state road improvement funds for this work.” The article goes on to say that Senator Johnson is trying to obtain a further $50,000 for this work.
(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Manhasset School District Superintendent Charles Cardillo and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
Thank you for honoring our son, Adam, and all of the other student inductees, by your presence at this year’s International Thespian Honor Society ceremony.
Held on a Tuesday at MHS’s Black Box Theatre, at 7:30 p.m., when most educators are enjoying a well deserved night off, you and Music and Fine Arts Director Anthony Ambrogio and theatre educator Robert Fessler sacrificed your personal, after-hours time quite early in the year, to pay tribute to some of Manhasset’s hardest working and talented actors and stage crew.
Catherine Dillon’s letter of September 16 shows she would not mind our country becoming “The United Judges of America” if she could appoint the judges. In her initial letter of August 19 she should have simply said that she disagreed with Judge Walker’s decision, rather than complain about judicial overreach.
Mrs. Dillon says that only the uninformed would object to a ban on embryonic stem cell research. I’m not a biologist, but a great many very talented people are staking their careers on embryonic stem cell research, and I have to assume they know what they are doing. It may be that up until now, embryonic stem cell research has not led to any cures because of the restrictions that have been placed on that research.
When a major weather event is forecasted, such as Hurricane Earl, LIPA will activate its storm procedures to secure the appropriate level of resources and manpower it needs so that if outages occur, LIPA can respond swiftly and safely to mitigate the number and length of those outages. In order to achieve that objective, it is imperative that LIPA secure linemen and tree trimming crews while they are available and before they are contracted to other utilities, and then deploy those resources to the potentially impacted areas in a timely manner.
In her letter of Sept. 9, Mrs. Clark says I ignored Judge Vaughn Walker’s “particular special interest in the outcome of this case.” I didn’t ignore it; I thought it irrelevant. Any reason for a homosexual judge to recuse himself from this case would also be a reason for a heterosexual judge to recuse herself. Does Mrs. Clark believe that female judges should not hear sex-discrimination cases? Or judges over 50 not hear age-discrimination cases?
Mrs. Clark says that equal rights for blacks granted by the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were inherent in the Constitution. That is apparent now, but for almost 100 years the prevailing opinion was that separate but equal was constitutional. It took an enlightened judicial opinion to show us that those rights inherent in the Constitution were incompatible with separate but equal. Today the prevailing opinion is that the inherent rights of gay and lesbian couples does not include the right to marry. Perhaps another enlightened judicial opinion will show us that their rights inherent in the Constitution are incompatible with denying them the right to marry.
Fortunately, Hurricane Earl veered away from our shores and his damage was contained mainly to Long Island’s fragile beaches. Yet when he passed, those of us working in emergency services all wiped our brows and collectively let out a sigh of relief—because if this storm had veered only a few degrees to the west, Long Island would have felt its fury.
Sadly, most Long Islanders would not have been prepared for a direct hit. Many don’t believe a hurricane will ever come and others have forgotten just how bad it can get when one does. At the American Red Cross though, we know better. During the summer of 2007, we, the Nassau and Suffolk County Red Cross Chapters, re-examined our sheltering plan and identified 50 locations that could serve as evacuation centers. Working with state and local officials, we then pre-positioned the cots, blankets and other supplies we would need at these locations—greatly reducing the time it would take to open shelters if ever needed. And we’ve drilled, constantly, to make sure the plan will work.
(Editor’s note: The following two letters were sent to Legislator Judi Bosworth, 10th L.D., and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
As always it was a pleasure to speak with you this morning [Aug. 10] at the NH Town Hall Meeting.
To reiterate our conversation, a few residents have complained to me about the disrepair of the wood benches and picnic tables on the Christopher Morley Golf Course. I myself frequent the golf course and have experienced firsthand the poor condition of the benches/tables. Not only are these benches/tables unsightly, but they are a danger to anyone who sits on them (i.e., splinters, etc.). CM Park is such a beautiful park with its lush, mature trees and other amenities to be ruined by a few rotted wooden benches/tables.
So now Labor Day weekend has come and gone and we’re still waiting for the Aerodrome to open.
The Town says it’s the County they’re waiting for, the County says the Town is being overly cautious and there’s no reason we couldn’t have been flying since last Spring. Frankly, I couldn’t care less who is holding things up. It just isn’t right.
(Editor’s Note: In an Aug. 5 Letter to the Editor, Theodore Theodorsen requested that Marian P. Robertson, library director, respond to his letter in an upcoming issue of the Manhasset Press. Ms. Robertson responded immediately with a letter to the paper dated Aug. 9. Due to vacation schedules her letter did not appear in a timely manner. We apologize. Marion Robertson’s letter to Theodore Theodorsen is printed below.)
Thank you for your alert concerning the number of cars in the library’s parking lot. I do not know what days you were here nor at what times but I can assure you that this library is a very busy place and it isn’t easy to count every person who is present. If you had stopped in my office I would have been pleased to talk with you.
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