We are all familiar with stories about the ineptitude of government officials and regulators in protecting the public. At the SEC, they fell asleep at the wheel as Bernie Madoff made off with billions. In its eagerness to put more low-income families into their own homes, HUD failed to rein in Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae from saddling borrowers with mortgages they could not afford. So, it comes as no surprise to me that I cannot get a straight answer about who regulates the commercial insurance industry in New York State.
(This letter was sent to President Barack Obama by the New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators President Charles Lavine, NYS Assemblyman, 13th A.D. and to Anton Community Newspapers.)
Dear President Obama:
The New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators urges you to remain resolute in American support of Israel, which continues to be our staunch ally.
Arizona’s draconian new anti-immigrant law has aroused some strong feelings, to say the least.
We often hear the labeling of so many different aspects of today’s world as “going green.” We hear about a building going green, a company going green, a person going green or even an entire town going green.
(This letter is in response to a column, “Arizona’s Draconian Immigration Law Reverberates Everywhere,” by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, one printed in the May 21, 2010 issue of The Massapequan Observer.)
Bob Krentz was a rancher. He was the most recent in a long line of family farmers that spans over 100 years. While checking the water levels, as he did every evening, Bob found a man lying on the ground. The man complained of being sick and asked for help. Bob quickly called for helicopter evac to bring the sickly man medical attention. As Bob turned his back to get supplies from his ATV, the man shot him in his side. The man was an illegal immigrant, trying to cross the border through the cover of darkness.
Now that the school budget has passed, I’m sure you will see even more homes for sale in Massapequa. It’s amazing that all the people you talk to about high taxes don’t vote. More troubling are some of the reasons for voting, such as “Yes, my daughter is a teacher.” “It’s going to pass anyway.” “It’s for the kids.” How many kids are going to be able to live in Massapequa when they get older? At the current tax rate or the ascending scale it is not reachable. Shame on all the media, including News 12 and Newsday for being sympathetic to the teachers union.
Jon H. Ruiss
Statement of Timothy G. Kremer Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association
The New York State School Boards Association is cautiously optimistic about a proposal to include student achievement data in teacher evaluations.
It’s school budget time, and wrath is in the air. Politicians are raging, taxpayers fuming, students protesting. The frustration is easy to understand. School budget votes in our region are a lose-lose proposition. Vote against the budget, and the ones we hurt are the children. Vote in favor, and we perpetuate the ruinous tax spiral that is devastating families and crippling our economy.
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