“It’s the economy, stupid,” is a famous cliché for political shortsightedness. We all know what the economy can do politically both for and against the president. A good economy is likely to re-elect a president with overwhelming numbers and a bad one will most likely mean he will be spending his time raising funds for his presidential library. With the Cold War over and Iraqi forces driven out of Kuwait, President George Herbert Bush thought he could rest on his laurels by treating the 1991 recession with kid gloves. He was wrong. Within 21 months, Bush went from a 91 percent approval rating to losing to a governor from the small state of Arkansas. Barack Obama managed to escape defeat but the campaign gave him and his supporters some anxious moments all because of America’s limping economy.
Americans view economic performance as a close blood relation; foreign policy is more like a distant cousin —- you never worry about inviting them over for the holidays. These respective sentiments are a remnant of America’s isolationist past; a young nation that proudly and firmly repudiated the monarchial and despotic world in stirring and memorable language. It’s an ornament the United States still wears on its sleeve and whose echoes are heard more among Republicans than Democrats.
Hats off to the Floral Park Library giving those without power a chance to warm and charge up after Hurricane Sandy rocked Long Island, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Everything from extension cords and surge protectors were available to those who strolled in looking for some normalcy.
The narrative goes something like this: Hurricanes Sandy and Irene were no coincidence, but were caused by the phenomenon of global warming. These storms are the harbinger of the new normal. To deny climate change in the face of this new reality is to deny science itself.
The culprit is modern civilization with its fossil fuels, transportation, landfills and its patterns of land use all of which has resulted in ominous atmospheric changes that produce extreme weather. The only alternative, and it must begin now, is to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, otherwise, say the doomsayers, we’re doomed.
It took me 45 minutes to get home from work on Wednesday, Nov. 7 when Athena hit Long Island, which is an eternity because I live close. People were screaming at each other, horns were blaring throughout Old Country Road and I actually had to get out of my car and plead with a driver to let me over so I could make a right turn.
To get a head start on the commute the next morning, I shoveled my car, three other cars, my landlord’s path (he’s 90) and the steps leading up to my dwelling. Hand to God.
Phil and his team at Sunset Taxi in Hicksville stepped up big time by aiding Anton Community Newspapers with transporting some of our crew to their homes recently after working a late shift in order to get our papers out during the storm. They can be reached at 516-922-9292 or on the web at www.licheckercab.com, and we heartily recommend you use Sunset Taxi whenever you need a ride!
Hurricane Sandy has taken a toll on the lives of many in the areas that Anton Community Newspapers serves and well beyond. Our heartfelt wishes go out to all, hoping that life returns to normal, or somewhere close to that, for residents as soon as possible. Community spirit - neighbors helping neighbors - has been evident in so many situations. For those who need additional services, below is a list of contacts that we hope will be helpful.
- Angela Susan Anton
Anton Community Newspapers
Right before I lost power on Monday Oct. 29 during Hurricane Sandy at 8:45 p.m., Stephen King’s Storm of the Century was on television…I’m not kidding.
Was it an eerie coincidence or intentional? I think the former, because the TV listing that comes with the Sunday’s Daily News was printed way before the storm hit and there it was listed in the guide.
“The devil made me do it,” has long been the comical refrain of those seeking to divest responsibility for their actions by placing it on the shoulders of some extraneous outside agent. Is there such a thing as a bad seed; are there some people who are condemned by birth—those born to be bad?
The religious response is that all are born with original sin; that our biological destiny is inherently connected with wrongdoing both great and small. Take the history of human warfare, the ultimate social failure as a distressingly acute example of humankind being red in tooth and claw. Yet, blood lust and carnage are by no means innate as evidenced by the fact that our nature is also strongly inclined to foster cooperative agreements and networks to avoid and defuse hostility. So while Plato correctly observed that “only the dead have seen the end of war,” the human species is not hopelessly belligerent. Nor are we wired to be irremediably depraved. Yet our criminal justice system is increasingly acknowledging uncontrollable predispositions to violence and criminality. Brain scans are frequently accepted as evidence in courts of law to show that the criminal mind is genetically oriented to commit violence and this must be a factor when judging culpability for the crime committed.
It appears that the New York Islanders are leaving the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the comforts of the recently opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While it was urged that a major event facility be created at the 77-acre Hub site, to replace the outdated and obsolete coliseum, it seems that Charles Wang, the owner of the Islanders, has run out of time and patience. It is unfortunate that our former source of civic pride and identity has become a laughable source of civic disappointment and embarrassment.
Now that the Coliseum’s major tenant, our NHL hockey team, will abandon Nassau County for the new facility located over the MTA’s Atlantic Rail Yard in Brooklyn, there should be an open and transparent process to determine the best use for the site located in the heart of Nassau County. When the former Mitchel Field Air Force Base was closed in 1962, hundreds of acres were set aside for the campuses of Hofstra University and Nassau Community College. While Hofstra, the adjacent nonprofit landowner would probably love to have another 77 acres of public land for its own purposes, such efforts should be resisted.
I was there as a college student, writing for Nassau News and not as polished in the political landscape. I knew the players, but was a little in over my head. In 2008, while covering the presidential debate at Hofstra University, the issues were unclear and the platforms were uneven to my knowledge. This time around, I was ready.
Covering the debate last week, this time at Anton Community Newspapers, I researched, clicked, scrolled, flipped pages and the like, leading up to Oct. 16. Going in, I knew what had to be done.
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