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Something Is Wrong in America

Perhaps it is the 24/7 news on cable TV or maybe there is something wrong in America. The number of murders, missing children, and sexual predators seems to have grown beyond any realism. Every time cable news comes on, there seems to be a new nasty story. It can be dangerous out there. It is no wonder that you regularly see parents waiting for children to both board and return on school buses. In the "old days," we walked to school or got off and on the bus with little, if any, concern.

But, there are other issues.

When greed in boardrooms of corporations permits scandals, our free enterprise system is ripped off. Just think of the judgments made by two Government sponsored enterprises - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Without the Congress stepping up and passing a bailout program, it is possible that the housing mortgage industry could have totally gone under.

Many - not all - mortgage brokers and banks, along with the automobile industry, have failed their shareholders, employees and customers. The lack of accountability is staggering. And it is probably not over. Just recently we have a "ponzi" scheme where some $50 billion has been bilked from charities and individuals.

Next, we have the failures in the political arena - shades of Watergate. It looks like the current Democratic Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich will follow his Republican predecessor, George Ryan to jail. The charges about selling President-elect Obama's Senate seat are very, very sick. Before that we had the affairs of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer with "call girls." Where is the character? Where is the moral backbone? I feel that some of our elected leaders - not all - take their elections as a form of "coronation." They are just above the law. Their heads just get too big.

While not connected to business and certainly not as critical as the failure of the moral compass in the political world, why do so many people fail to RSVP to an invitation? Friends have told me that they have had to follow up personally on wedding invitations, because invitees do not respond - not just one or two, but over 15 percent. The same is true for email responses. It could be that our in - boxes are too full, and we just pass over even making a simple acknowledgment. It is probably just a lack of courtesy, and I would also say a lack of good manners.

There are many other issues which I am sure you could add to this list. There just seems to be a lack of caring and even too much self focus. Take cheating on high school tests. Some statistics say that over 50 percent of students have cheated in some way while taking a test. And remember my column about the man hit by a car while crossing the street? Traffic just passed him by while even pedestrians ignored the man as he lay dying in the street.

Something is truly wrong in America. We must return to values of honesty, caring for others, kindness, and decency. It is not about your religion or mine. It is about reinforcing the character and moral guidelines which are so badly needed at this time.


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

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