Last week, the New York Institute of Technology hosted three events in which Paul Burrell, who was the butler to Princess Diana, was the guest of honor. I attended one of these events, and was eager to do so as I have always found Diana to be a fascinating historical figure. Despite her fame and fortune, she gave of herself to help others who were suffering. She was an individual who was truly working to change the world for the better and tragically, she was taken from us much too soon. During his presentation, Burrell spoke of this.
“It’s it better to give than to receive because when you give there are no strings attached,” Burrell recalls Diana saying.
While I was driving west on Boundary Avenue at the intersection of Rt. 135 in Massapequa on Sept. 14, a man driving east in a Town of Oyster Bay Code Enforcement car quite clearly had a cell phone in his ear in violation of Nassau County law, which requires a hands-free device.
Already, youngsters in the Massapequa area are back in school. It seems young people today face a double whammy: Television and computers. There’s not much choice with the latter contraption, as young people need the Internet for homework assignments. Still, there is a better way. The real jewel of Nassau County is its public libraries, with the finest system in the nation. That includes the Massapequa Library and its many thousands of fine volumes. When we say libraries, we do not mean electronic devices, but old-fashioned texts. Young people should spend as much time there as possible. The recent history of Massapequa is full of successful artists, musicians, entertainers and authors who spent much of their youth at the county’s various libraries and then went on to become creative talents in the larger world.
I want to thank you [Angela Anton] and Anton Community Newspapers for selecting me as a finalist in the Military Heroes Essay Contest. The flight aboard the B-17 was a wonderful and enlightening experience. Those who served aboard that aircraft during World War II were truly remarkable and heroic young men.
The Village of Massapequa Park has now agreed to purchase land from Nassau County on Sunrise Highway for a new cell tower. It’s a tough call, but, in fact, the village’s hands were tied. Mayor Altadonna has expressed concerns over possible health matters with the new structure. But what can the village do? The notorious 1996 Federal Communications Act – one passed by a Republican congress and signed into law by a Democratic president – allows companies to install such cell towers, even over local objections. Village officials in Massapequa are hardly the first ones to express misgivings over this unprecedented power grab by the federal government. Over the years, numerous mayors and trustees in Nassau County, many of them invoking the 10th Amendment, have voiced the same objections. The 1996 FCC Act runs roughshod over the delicate balance of power that once existed in our federal system. The fact that there are health concerns makes it even more frustrating to local officials. The FCC law is still young, but someday it will have to be revisited.
Recently I set out to run a few errands; I needed to take heavily traveled Hicksville Road, which is one lane in either direction. I quickly realized the small van in front of me was driving at about 20 MPH. I looked in my rear view mirror and there was a caravan of cars and trucks behind me. Just as I expected, the van’s driver was on his phone. He was oblivious to all the honking that was going on behind him. There was no escaping him until I drove up to the intersection. I wanted to give him a disgruntled look but I knew it was fruitless since he wasn’t remotely aware that the symphony of blaring horns was being directed at him.
Nearly all politicians willing to speak publicly on the recent court decision overturning the MTA payroll tax were pleased with the result. Nor did it break down on partisan lines. Judicial review is part of the governing process in the United States, but if the payroll tax is undesirable, then the ideal place to overturn it is through the legislative process, which has happened in certain elements of the tax. Higher courts, after all, can overturn lower court rulings. Long Island politicians, obviously, have to stand for the interest of local commuters. In doing so, they often run into the voting bloc that is the New York City delegation in the state assembly. The hard work of grass roots politics and old-fashioned arts of persuasion will have to go forward.
Bob, my younger brother, was a die-hard Penn State football fan going back to the early 1960s. In later years he became a college coach and athletic director. Presently, he is Chair of the Sports Studies Department at Guilford College. He has written and researched extensively on maximizing the educational value of sports participation for youths, middle and high school, and college athletes. I thought there was no one better to ask about the Penn State mess and what lessons parents could take from it? Here is what he told me:
“For the past few months, we have been inundated with news about what is now commonly known as the ‘Penn State Scandal.’ Although the focus has been on the horrific acts of Jerry Sandusky and decrying the actions – or lack thereof – of Penn State administrators and others, it may be helpful to consider what the parents of young athletes can learn from this tragic affair.
The month of August has not brought another heat wave, but instead, some cooling off in the temperature. As we pointed out in a recent editorial, it has been a trying summer, disputes over block parties seem to be the least of problems. We can echo District Attorney Kathleen Rice in praising various law enforcement agencies for their heroic work in what is allegedly one of the more bizarre crimes in recent Long Island history. We also note the time and money it cost Long Island taxpayers. The weather is cooling down and hopefully, that affects the always strange workings of the human psyche.
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