Mitt Romney has blown it by picking Paul Ryan.
Ryan’s plans to cut Medicare and Social Security are an assault on older Americans. At 42, Ryan has shown little empathy for them. Romney, on the other hand, being independently wealthy, could care less. Romney, from New Hampshire and Massachusetts with roots in Michigan and Utah, the sites of his parent church, has written off the northeast, Florida and California by his choice. While Ryan may be a far more intelligent voice than Sarah Palin, he has no experience outside of Congress and cannot see Russia from Wisconsin. He is obviously no match for Joe Biden with 40 years in Washington and formerly from the middle class Scranton, Pennsylvania and the largely middle class state of Delaware.
Long Island Cruizin’ For a Cure will showcase more than 500 classic and antique cars and offer free prostate cancer screenings for men at their Sept. 9 event in Hicksville at the Sears Auto Center on Route 107.
Prostate cancer was diagnosed in 230,000 men in this country last year and there were more reported cases than breast cancer. The disease will affect one in six men in their lifetimes.
I went to a wake in Woodside the other night. A good friend of mine lost his grandmother a few months shy of her 106th birthday. As soon as I stepped into the funeral home, I could tell this family matriarch was revered and was going to be sorely missed, but there was a celebratory air about the place, a proverbial “Irish wake” with joy and laughter for a life well lived.
As I sat listening to her family and friends, I got to thinking about just how much this remarkable life had seen. Born in 1906, she’d witnessed the development of almost all of the technological advancements that shape our world. She was there for the development of radio, telephone, television, the instant camera, the washing machine, gas ovens, and a new-fangled thing called the “icebox.” She observed the rise of motorcars and mechanized flight. She watched as we developed the atomic bomb, broke the sound barrier and put a man on the moon. She marveled at computers and in her later years she spoke to far-away family on their smart phones while looking at their photos via the Internet, all thanks to the miracle of satellites.
The complimentary wedding for a Nassau County veteran or active duty armed forces member at The Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury on Veteran’s Day is just one of many ways in which the community is giving back to those who have given their all for the United States.
The Viana is still looking for local organizations that want to contribute their services for the event, as no business has come forward to donate tuxedos, a cake and more. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this event, please call 572-6560 to get involved.
The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District has long provided cost- effective, efficient, and valuable services to all of the people of Nassau County. Since the district opened in 1977 it has been serving residents, businesses, nonprofits, agencies, schools and municipalities with environmental expertise and assistance. Like all conservation districts throughout New York State and the nation, it is a proven public-private partnership that leverages local taxpayer dollars by bringing in funding from grants, state matching funds and other sources. Yet, Nassau County may soon become the only county in the state without a Soil and Water Conservation District. The steady decline in funding over the last four years has depleted the district’s small reserves and it is in danger of closing.
As New York State celebrates our 76th year, the generosity of our members has helped to bring our civil and human rights agenda to underserved communities across this great state.
We hope you will continue to help the NAACP New York State Conference serve those communities who gain so much from our programs when we convene our 76th Annual Convention, Oct. 5-7, 2012 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville.
Lions are beautiful and majestic in their appearance and power. They are also dangerous especially at feeding time, which seems to be all the time. Whether George Steinbrenner was the last lion of baseball remains to be seen.
Bill Madden, a sportswriter for the Daily News has more than amply annotated the history of the New York Yankees under Steinbrenner. What is missing from the book is whether George’s erratic personality allowed him to achieve in spite of himself. Turning a $168,000 investment of his father’s money in 1972 to join with partners who bought the Yankees for $8.5 million and turned it into a business, according to Forbes, worth over $1 billion 30 years later, was a combination of luck, fear of him, which George instilled in others by being totally unpredictable and perhaps even bipolar. George was smart and capitalized on baseball’s free agency rules to buy up well-established major leaguers.
In 1977, fresh out of law school, I ran for supervisor in the Town of North Hempstead. I had been a zone leader and committeeman; ran election campaigns and I was a member of the New Democratic Coalition, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that championed the campaigns of Congressman Allard Lowenstein, Eugene McCarthy, Bobby Kennedy and George McGovern. I was an elected National Convention delegate. I received and gave campaign contributions. I headed Ed Muskie’s campaign in New York.
In 1978, I joined the Republican Party and then its Chairman’s Club, the alleged “Fat Cat” arm of what was then a political machine in my county. I ran the candidacies of judges and other candidates serving as the head of Ronald Reagan’s Nationalities Committee and being offered a position at the Department of Justice after he was elected. It was a standard custom and practice for candidates including judicial candidates to assemble teams of lawyers who then endorsed them and gave them money.
I have been reading with great interest as well as with some amusement, the weekly letters submitted to The Westbury Times by a former Westbury Board of Education Trustee, Mr. Larry Wornum, regarding for the most part, the Westbury Union Free School District’s spending and performance.
I must admit that while I do not always agree with Mr. Wornum’s views, and less often his presentation of his perspectives, in light of the recently published July 17 issue of Newsday, which featured the 2011 Long Island math and English test scores, I now wonder if Mr. Wornum has not cast the Westbury School District’s performance issues in the correct (if not new) light.
On June 9, nearly 400 community members participated in this year’s Relay for Life of Carle Place. Though we were unsure if the weather was going to affect our event, we were determined to have a successful night. After a couple of rain showers, the sun decided to shine and our event was kicked off with a beautiful survivor reception.
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