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Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Friday, 19 September 2014 08:32

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.                                                                                  

— Alfred Griswold Whitney

 

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”

 

Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? 

 

Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including seven residents of Farmingdale — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses. 

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

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:Bugged About Bugs

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

I read your ALB (Asian long-horned beetle) article with interest. [‘Landscape-Altering Pest Creeping North’ in the Aug. 29 edition] 

 

Recently two young gentlemen from ALB Cooperative Eradication Program in Amityville knocked on my front door and asked permission to inspect the two trees on my property. I let them; there were no beetles.

 

Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including seven residents of Farmingdale — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses. 

 

Editorial: Riding A Green Tide Of Knowledge

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

With all the talk about American teens lagging behind their international peers regarding knowledge of science and technology, the Long Island Children’s Museum has addressed this intellectual gap by hosting Green Teens, a hands-on science camp the past six summers that teaches high school students about myriad environmental topics.

Thanks in part to a $150,000 grant from National Grid, the museum has become a certified Nature Explore Classroom and among the subjects these eco-warriors in training have learned about are hydropower and conservation.

 

Letter: The Suicide Conversation

Thursday, 28 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?”

 

Letter: Much Ado About Taxes

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Regarding John Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay piercing the property tax cap for the second year in a row:  

 

Supervisor Venditto and the one-party town board have raised the town portion of property taxes by over 50% in the last 11 years. There have been 9 town tax raises in those 11 years.  During that same period Town debt has ballooned nearly 1000% to $1 billion dollars. Under Venditto’s watch every tax dollar and borrowing opportunity has been squeezed out of residents. And he has the gall to run on the sham 3rd party “Tax Revolt” line last November.  Where is the tea party? ...Crickets.

 

Putting Vets First

Written by Commander Bob Fullam Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

To show you the strength and power of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, members were asked to contact their representatives and encourage them to vote yes on the VA Access, Choice  and Accountability Act of 2014. More than 16,000 messages to congressional offices demanded quick action on the bill. Our voice was heard and made a difference and reminded Congress that they must put veterans, service members and their families before budget wrangling or partisan politics.  

 

We also want to remind you to see how your members voted.  For those who voted “nay” make sure we will hold them accountable when we attend Town Hall meetings and go to the ballot box in

November.

 

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. 

 

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