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Letter: Cutting To The ‘Common’ Core

Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

After reading John Owens’ article on Common Core, I agree even more. It really cuts through all the “educanese” the state is throwing at the public and fully exposes the serious flaws with the roll-out of the curriculum. You wonder how much teaching experience the people who wrote the curriculum modules have. Is the state trying to make the state program “teacher proof” by providing a virtual script for the curriculum? The curriculum is not complete and math chairs are being forced to turn to other states for a complete scope and sequence.

Of course the test results were bad because the teachers did not know what to experts, and the kids did not have the prerequisite background and knowledge that the course they were learning pre-supposed. Also, implied in the results of the tests was that the teacher was doing a terrible teaching job. An obvious teaching bashing in the public schools. There is a terrible disconnect between the tests and what the teacher is doing in the classroom. I have been through five curriculum changes in my career. Never have I witnessed such confusion.

Vincent Pane

 

Letter: Veterans at Risk for Lung Cancer

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

 

 

As we salute the men and women who served our nation on Veterans Day, the American Lung Association wants veterans and their loved ones to know that those who served have a higher incidence of lung cancer than the general population. November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the message that veterans have an increased risk for acquiring this dreaded disease is an important one that’s too often overlooked in the stories we typically read about both veterans and about lung cancer.

 

It’s no secret that tobacco use in the military was once encouraged and that many who served developed a lifelong addiction.  Yet despite all that we now know about tobacco’s dangers, members of our military still smoke at rates that exceed the general population.  Add in the exposure to chemicals like asbestos, depleted uranium, smoke from burn pits and other harmful emissions, and this risk becomes even greater.

 

The Lung Association urges veterans to talk with their doctors about their risk for lung cancer. We also encourage veterans who smoke or did smoke to visit lungcancerscreeningsaveslives.org, to see if lung cancer screening might be appropriate for them.

 

We are here for veterans, and all Americans, who need help quitting smoking. It’s the most important thing a person can do to reduce his or her risk for lung cancer. Learn more about how we can help you quit at quitterinyou.org.

 

Our Lung Helpline, at 1-800-586-4872 is available 7 days a week to answer questions about lung health and provide reliable information about quitting smoking. To learn even more about lung cancer, lung disease and how to best protect your lung health, visit our website at www.LungNE.org. Working together, we can raise awareness about lung cancer, reduce its incidence and increase the number of survivors.

 

Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast 

 

From The Desk Of Assemblyman Michael Montesano: October 31, 2013

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Sandy Money Must Go To Sandy Victims

Like all of you, I was shocked and disgusted by the revelations in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s report that roughly 40 percent of the $570 million raised by non-profits in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts have yet to be given out to storm victims. This is unacceptable and I commend the Attorney General for making public the malfeasance of these non-profit organizations in keeping the charitable donations of good people looking to help those in need for themselves.

 

Letter: It Just Doesn’t Add Up

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Tom Suozzi is my cousin, so obviously you know I’m supporting him this November. He’s running again for Nassau County Executive because he believes that this county can be one of the greatest places to live in the country.  He’s a deeply caring man that wants nothing more than to use his skills, abilities and leadership to serve his community and provide a better future for our children.

I believe Ed Mangano probably wants to do the same, however, sometimes the things I hear from Mangano and see in his commercials just don’t add up.

 

Letter: Assessment System Winners and Losers

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Something is very wrong with Nassau County’s assessment system when 87 percent of appeals are successful. You don’t have to look hard to see evidence of a broken system. The county website shows that several nearly identical homes on one block in Hicksville had assessed values that ranged from $322,000 to $436,000. These were homes built the same year by the same builder and had very little difference in modifications yet their 2013 total property taxes, based on assessed value, vary by almost $2500!

 

Letter: Voting To Opt Out

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

I was planning to vote against Ed Mangano until three of “his” ads in the Oct. 16-22 Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald almost convinced me to vote for him. What influenced me were the three different, eye-catching, quarter-page ads (on pages 12, 8A, and 54A) about exciting, upcoming events. The top line of all three ads read “Nassau County Executive ED MANGANO,” with his name made to stand out through boldface lettering, color, and/or capital letters. Two of the ads’ top lines said that “Ed Mangano PRESENTS” the event to us, while one said that “Ed Mangano INVITES” us to the event.

 

Letter: ‘For’ Proper Language Usage

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Recent Herald stories were about a “FARE Walk FOR Food Allergy,” the “6th Annual Walk FOR Autism” and the “10th Annual Walk FOR Alzheimer’s Disease.” I thought the Herald practiced good journalism by changing the word “FOR” to the word “AGAINST” in some of its own headlines, but the poor choice of wording used by some of these admirable charitable organizations still bothers me. Elsewhere, I’ve also read about the “Avon Walk FOR Breast Cancer,” a “Walk FOR Diabetes,” a “Walk FOR Multiple Sclerosis” and “Project Bread’s Walk FOR Hunger, etc. Personally, I am not “FOR” any of these debilitating diseases and otherwise horrible conditions, which combined afflict tens or hundreds of millions of people across the country and planet. I’m “AGAINST” these horrible  scourges, and wish they could all be wiped off the face of the Earth. 

 

Letter: Common Sense Is Needed

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.

Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.

 

Letter: Don’t Threaten Our Representatives

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Is threatening a lawsuit the new way of responding to a legitimate issue? We have two examples of such threats in response to questions to which on their face seem to have merit.

The Nassau County Comptroller, Mr. Maragos, apparently successfully placed $88 million of 2012 debt into the 2013 ledger so he could show a surplus for 2012. Mr. Howard Weitzman has pointed out that this is a questionable accounting practice and Mr. Maragos’s answer was to threaten to sue Mr. Weitzman.

 

Letter: ‘Raise The Age’ Outrage

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Your “Raise The Age” story pointed  out that  74.4 percent of crimes that 16-and-17-year-olds are arrested for are only “minor” misdemeanors. Of course, that means that 25.6 percent are felonies, including burglaries, robberies, muggings, assaults, molestations, rapes, torture and murders. Yet District Attorney Kathleen Rice is against arresting, prosecuting and punishing 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for these horrible crimes “Regardless of the offense.”  Similarly, Assemblyman Charles Lavine feels that “children should be treated as children regardless of the crime” they chose to commit.

However, I consider the crime committed (and its victim) much more important than the age of the perpetrator. Presumably, Rice and Lavine would both object to treating the following “youths” as adults: The two 16-year-olds who recently beat an 88-year-old World War ll hero to death; the trio of 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds who recently shot a visiting Australian baseball player to death because they were “bored;” and the 8-year-old who recently shot his 90-year-old babysitter to death. These were not the acts of “innocent children.”

 

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