Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
The only thing wrong with Kathleen Rice’s public display of the 104 men arrested for illegally patronizing prostitutes in a police sting was the absence of “Client # 105”: former Governor Eliot Spitzer! When he committed a similar crime, he was not sent to jail or fined, even though people working for “his” house of prostitution were.
That was patently unfair. Especially since prostitution (the “supply”) would not exist if there were no (male) “demand.” As long as prostitution remains a “crime”, people who break that law have a lot of nerve to complain about the consequences---even if their identities are made public. They all CHOSE to respond to those escort service ads, travel to the hotel, walk into the rooms where they expected to meet their prostitutes, and offer their money as payment. As for these men being “innocent until proven guilty (in a court of law)”, their voluntary actions virtually “prove” their guilt, and the plea bargains which most of them will make will verify their “guilt.”
However, the most shocking revelation in the Herald’s story were the statistics that “in the last ten years, police have arrested fewer than 40 johns, compared to 1,169 prostitution arrests in the last nine years.” Equally disturbing was the fact that “While prostitutes are regularly the prime targets of investigations, those soliciting them are overlooked.” Could gender discrimination be more blatant? D.A. Rice was right when she referred to the “illogical and immoral nature of that equation”.
But the huge discrepancy in those numbers (especially since “it takes two to tango”) is also a condemnation of Rice herself (since she has been Nassau D.A. for years), her prosecutors, the police, our Albany lawmakers, and our court system’s judges.
They have all played a part in perpetuating this discriminatory (in)justice doled out to the men and women mutually engaging in prostitution over these decades of unequal “justice.” Shame on all of them.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe was the topic of discussion at the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library on Feb. 20.
Members of the audience were given an in-depth look into the life and artwork of O’Keeffe through a self-made and researched lecture and slideshow by art appraiser Louise Cella Caruso.
O’Keeffe lived for 98 years. Within her lifetime, she was granted the Medal of Arts by Ronald Regan, and in 1938, she was selected as one of the 12 most outstanding women of the previous 50 years. When she passed away she was accorded the honor of a first page obituary in the New York Times.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.