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A View From Plainview: September 25, 2014

Written by Richard Siegelman Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:36

This Rice Is Overcooked

I assume that Long Island, unfortunately, has its own share of wife-beaters, so the reprehensible Ray Rice then-fiancée beating story and its repercussions should be of interest to all Anton readers, and not just football fans.  

Unless you’re a “man” who mistakenly believes it “manly” to punch a woman in the face, I’ll assume we all agree that his indefensible act was despicable and criminal — even if his victim, and law enforcement, appallingly did not.

The basic facts of the original, Feb. 15 incident are undisputed. Inside an elevator, Ray Rice punched Janay Palmer in the face, and she fell to the floor unconscious. As the outside-the-elevator video showed, he then dragged her out of the elevator as if she was a sack of potatoes. He did not seem upset or concerned about her condition, and didn’t appear to try summoning medical help for her.

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:28

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint. Or have I misremembered that?

 

Letter: Surprising Speeders

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:33

Residents were surprised to get tickets during the summer when they did not know schools were in summer session.

People know the difference between justice, and the law. Ticketing people who did not know school was in session is not just.

Not every school has summer sessions, nor is it obvious sessions are in progress for those that do. The Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron states no schools are in session now, so none of the cameras are active. I am glad he knows when the speed limit changes, but what about the rest of us?

 

Letter: The Joys Of Animal Rescue

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:31

You have read of the sorry record of municipal animal shelters. It has been estimated that some 8 – 10 million animals enter the United States shelters annually. Unfortunately it is also estimated that 4 million of these dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are annually euthanized. That’s 11,000 lives ended daily.

But since 1944 there is an exceptional alternative — the North Shore Animal League America, a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable corporation, located in Port Washington, has saved more than 1 million precious and innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. North Shore is a pioneer in the no-kill movement, adoptions and in promoting education programs to reduce animal cruelty. For example, in 2010, in cooperation with Yale University they developed a Mutt-i-grees Curriculum that teaches the next generation of children crucial social and emotional skills. Hopefully these efforts may also lead to fewer or perhaps even no school shootings. An emotional attachment to animals may then lead to compassion for humans as well.

 

Letter: Recapturing The Israeli Narrative

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, many of us find ourselves faced with questions and concerns. What can we do? How can we help? How can this horror go away?

These were the questions on people’s minds as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst and Historian, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview about the current Mid-East conflict.

 

Letter: The Suicide Conversation

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

So much has already been said about Robin Williams’ death by suicide that there really isn’t much left to say. While shining a light on the serious issues of substance abuse, mental illness and suicide helps to remove the stigma attached, journalists and radio and TV personalities have an obligation to their readers, viewers, etc. to report the news in a responsible way. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

I heard a DJ on the radio say that he heard that the people who were close to Robin Williams are now saying that warning signs of suicide were there. The DJ then went on to ask the question, “why didn’t those people get him some help?” It is public knowledge that Robin Williams was seeking help for both his addiction and his severe depression. However, “help” doesn’t fix the problem overnight or miraculously make a person feel instantaneously good again. “Help” requires hard work over a period of time. Sometimes when a person is in such a depressed state, they start to feel hopeless, which means that they don’t believe there is any hope that things will ever get better. At that point, they may decide that asking for or accepting further “help” will not do any good. They just want to do something that will end the pain.

 

Letter: The Kids Aren’t Alright

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

While perusing the new summer fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong.

Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by.  

 

Editorial: The Next Mexico

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Remy International is closing the Bay Shore auto parts plant it purchased less than eight months ago. “USA has an outstanding reputation with strong product distribution and a diverse product line,” the acquiring CEO said back then. But the short gap between purchase and closing suggests Remy never intended to keep USA’s plant or its 271 workers, just its customers.

The loss will surely have a ripple effect.

 

Letter: Not Another Lusitania

Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:13

This year occasions the centennial of the beginning of World War One and I can’t throw off the glum feeling that Americans have learned absolutely nothing from the conflict.

There are thousands of young American men from the farms of Nebraska to the fishing villages of Oregon to the streets of Brooklyn who now rest in cemeteries in France. Their bodies are riddled with German machine gun bullets because an Austrian archduke was murdered by a Serbian assassin sparking a war in which a British ocean liner was sank off the coast of Ireland. These men’s lives were thrown away by the stupid politicians that led them and the arms merchants and bankers that led the politicians. The war was a waste. The Central Powers were never a threat to America, never attacked America, never conspired to attack America, and never had the means to attack America. And all the war did was create the chaotic conditions that paved the way for more wars, revolutions, and economic upheavals.

 

Letter: Put The Shhhhh! In Schumer

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:40

Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

It appears to Quietskies.net and other community activist groups that, based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). We believe that Sen. Schumer’s voting record and consistent support of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (whose state is the home of Boeing as well as a primary manufacturer of RNAV equipment) were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry.

 

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