I know we are all busy, but I am asking you to read the following email and help our students in NY State.
By now I am certain you have all heard of Common Core. Though the intent may have been good, the resulting standards and implementation have been a complete debacle.
Impatience is rampant these days, with harried drivers blaring horns to speed up traffic. The car horn was designed to alert other automobile drivers to potential hazards, i.e. swerving into oncoming traffic, drifting into the next lane,
Recently, I observed the impatient driver of a beautiful white Mercedes sedan waiting to turn onto Plandome Rd. at a traffic light. When the light turned green, traffic proceeded slowly due to cavernous potholes deceptively filled with water. This driver honked his horn abrasively and then barreled through the intersection, damaging the undercarriage of his Mercedes. It forced him to stop in his tracks.
I’m lucky to live only blocks away from an unspoiled piece of nature, where a pond-side bench lets me sit and enjoy a big cup of coffee and a plastic-tipped cigar.
From this vantage point, my mind wanders freely. I often reminisce of my childhood, where in every season and at every age I spent time here.
I found Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s article on Michael Dowling (“An Immigrant Who Hasn’t Forgotten”) very interesting.
My parents also immigrated from Ireland, with an 18-month-old daughter, after waiting two years for permission to come. My mother was nine months pregnant with me at that time, but decided to come anyway.
I read John Owens’ article on Inisfada (“Not Just A Mansion, But A Monument Lost,” http://www.antonnews.com/features/35742-not-just-a-mansion-but-a-monument-lost.html) with nostalgia and sadness. I knew the history of the Brady family, in particular Mrs. Brady.
I miss attending mass, retreats and wonderful holiday events. Inisfada was a very cohesive local community.
The article offered some small amount of closure, so thanks for that.
With record temperatures on a daily basis, most of us need an extra sweater or a warm blanket when we settle down in the evening for our favorite television show. Not comfortable, but nowhere near as difficult as what this weather means to seniors. Seniors are often forced into isolation or left to face the danger of icy conditions on their own. As 20 percent of Nassau County’s population reach the age of 85, centers like ours are more critical than ever. We are proud to be the one organization in this community that focuses 100 percent of our efforts on improving conditions for seniors. Regardless of how brutal the weather, your community’s seniors can count on us.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the New York State Senate Education Committee met with State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. to discuss the flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum and to find out what he was prepared to do to help students, parents and teachers.
During the meeting, I specifically asked the commissioner about changes to Regents Exams to match Common Core standards. I have serious concerns for our students who will be forced to take Common Core-based Regents Exams without the proper preparation. I asked the commissioner to address this issue.
Reading John Owens’ column on the Long Island Rail Road (“Cheaper Railroad Fares: That’s The Ticket”), it occurred to me that congestion pricing in general, for peak and non-peak, may make sense. Trains in the middle of the night may be much cheaper than, say, a 9 a.m. weekday train that may be running almost to capacity. Monthly ticket holders, I guess, get to travel whenever.
I found it disconcerting that an article titled “Concussions: Stop The Invisible Injury,” which talked about “concussion prevention,” “fostering an atmosphere of safety first,” “the athlete’s health is first priority,” “protecting an athlete’s future,” “the lifelong impact this injury can have on an athlete,” and “parents can reinforce a safe sports environment by not promoting or encouraging moves that might compromise an athlete’s safety,” never once suggested the advisability of simply not allowing one’s young child to endanger his growing brain by playing (tackle!) football, playing other helmet-required sports like hockey, becoming a boxer or playing a brain-rattling (from “heading” the ball) sport like soccer.
The article began with several false premises and assumptions. One is that “a concussion can occur in any sport,” as if it’s as common in basketball as in football. It also said that “a concussion...can occur in both contact and non-contact sports,” as if the incidences are equal in frequency or severity. I daresay concussions are nowhere near as common in baseball as in football. There’s a good reason that some sports require helmets be worn to protect one’s head and the brain inside the skull.
If you checked your most recent county real estate tax bill (for Jan-Dec 2014) to confirm that you were credited with your senior abatement on your county taxes, you will find no information. In fact, there was no way to verify credit for my senior abatement for 2014 except to ask the Glen Cove Assessor’s office for the amount, if any, that was credited for senior abatement on my current bill.
Thus alarmed, I checked previous county tax bills and found not only that senior abatements had not been itemized in any year after 2010, but also that neither the “Rate per $100” nor the “County Tax” itemized on each bill after 2010 represented the full county tax before abatements. Only the tax bill for 2010 itemized the following six quantities, which must appear as a minimum on every proper bill: Fair Market Value $, Senior Abatement $, Total Tax Levy $, County Tax Rate per $100 & Amount $ (both before abatement), and Net Tax Due $ (now called “Total”). It is also meaningless and confusing to itemize a Rate per $100 after abatement. In the future Nassau County should be required to issue fully and clearly itemized bills.
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