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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.

 

Letter: Prepare Your Children Well

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:39

I am writing in response to Paul Manton’s letter “Are College Degrees Worth It?” (Weekend,” July 16-22)

I believe that for most high school graduates, college is the appropriate next step. While college educations can be very expensive, and accumulating debt is never a good thing, Nassau Community College provides an extremely affordable and valuable option.

 

Letter: Multiplying The Outrage

Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:38

Your “Train In Vain” editorial (July 16-22) referred to “genuflecting” to the MTA’s leaders — ”those six-figured salaried credits to humankind.” From that, I am inferring that you were implying that for salaries in the $100,000-to-$999,999 range, the public has a right to expect better leadership, and leaders. I agree with that, and feel even more strongly about the countless corporate executives being paid (not “earning”) seven-figure and eight-figure (millions and tens-of-millions of dollars annually) salaries. I refer to recent news stories stating that: “The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.”

The story also said, “A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009.” Two-hundred and fifty seven times the salary! Not 257 times the hours; nor 257 times the education; nor 257 times the intelligence.

 

Letter: Bike Way To The Danger Zone

Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:20

I’ve recently raised a concern on the Plainview Moms Facebook page about a dangerous pedestrian/bicycle crossing on Old Bethpage Road in Plainview. It tends to be one of the busier crossings for those using the newly redone Greenbelt Trail.

The crossing seems to have gotten worse once a “traffic control” was added. It was actually a safer crossing prior, because it was very clear that the onus was on pedestrians and cyclists to wait for an opening in the traffic.

 

Letter: Local Community Stands With Israel

Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:17

Over the last several weeks, the outrage and pain emanating from Jewish communities around the world has affirmed the guiding principle that all Jews are a single family, bound by one heart, with a love for Israel. On Tuesday, July 14, 2014, more than 300 people from local synagogues and the surrounding community came to the Mid-Island Y JCC in prayer to support our brothers and sisters in Israel.

During the one-hour program, local synagogue clergy, Israeli nationals, and others spoke, including, Rick Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of the Mid-Island Y JCC, Richard Bass, JCRC-LI, Cantor Wolk and Rabbi Deborah Bravo. Our community shlichim, Eilon Goldstein and Tomer Weinberger; and Orna and Ronen Neutra and their family lit candles in memory of Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frankel, 16. Rabbi Jay Weinstin and Rabbi Debra Bennet led a prayer for the state of Israel, Rabbi Rank delivered reflections from the community, Rabbi Joel Levenson led a prayer for Israeli soldiers and Rabbi Shalhevet ending the evening with Hatikvah.

 

Letter: No Cussing In Baseball

Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

Please remember we have a zero tolerance rule for unreasonable conduct of a parent and or a coach. We all have had, during the course of our baseball careers, run across umpires we may not agree with. That DOES NOT give anyone permission to allow him to take abuse by any parent or parents. Especially with the younger kids, where we have high school/college kids umpiring games too.

A lot of these kids are our kids that run the tournament, and help with all maintenance of the fields too. These kids are being employed by us instead of hanging on the corner with their friends.  

 

Letter: Addiction: A Local Solution

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

I just read John Owens’ article about substance abuse and the mom’s letter about a wonderful place in Florida (“It Doesn’t Have To Be An Unhappy Ending,” The Weekend, July 2-8). I am very happy for her son.

There is a faith-based program on Long Island. It is called Teen Challenge (though most of its residents are older.) It has one of the highest success rates. The criteria are that the person wants to be there. The cost is very low.

I would love it if you might offer local people a lifeline out of such a devastating problem. This is their homepage:  www.freedomchapelny.org

Lynda Monez

 

Letter: Are College Degrees Worth It?

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

Are college degrees worth the time, effort, and money required to obtain them? Tough question. A question that would have been akin to asking “is oxygen of any value?” back in the 1950’s when, ironically, one could go much further in life even without a high school diploma. My father and uncles, like many men of their generation, never completed high school but became middle class suburban homeowners with comfortable pensions after twenty years of service. But it’s a 2014 question and it requires a 2014 answer.

When we behold, in intellectual honesty, not 1950’s nostalgia, the many people with advanced university degrees with even fewer prospects for gainful employment than high school dropouts (people who won’t even be considered by the manager of Pathmark or Home Depot because they’re “overqualified”), it needs to be asked. I know too many people with university degrees in fields like geology, biology, engineering, and computer science who are unemployed or working minimum wage jobs and/or on public assistance.

 

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