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Editorial: Gold Star Mother’s Day Sept. 30

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
I recently heard a Gold Star Mother on Long Island speaking to several in attendance at an event for veterans at Eisenhower Park; I was captivated when I heard her say, “Being a Gold Star Mother is a honor, but not a ‘membership’ that any parent wants to be a part of.”

Historically, a service flag with a blue star was hung in the front window, or flown outside of a home when someone in the family was actively serving in World War I. If the soldier died while serving in France or elsewhere during WWI, the blue star was replaced with the gold star to indicate the family’s loss. A gold star on a purple background banner is a symbol of a battlefield death.


Letter: Thanks For Hosting Essay Contest

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

I want to thank Anton News, and you for running the World War II Heroes contest and for choosing my essay as one of the finalists. Our family really appreciates your recognition of the World War II veterans and all that they sacrificed for our country. It was an honor to actually fly aboard a B-17. This experience was not only awesome, but will remain one of my most memorable. Thank you again.

Rose Wilson


Editorial: Rose Garden Rededication Celebrates Organ Donation

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

On Saturday, Sept. 22 the Rose Garden at Eisenhower Park will be rededicated, as part of the Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization’s (LITRIO) annual ceremony to recognize and honor organ donors and donor families. The opening ceremony begins at noon near parking field 6 in the park.

I recently made the effort to check that little box on my driver’s license to indicate that I am a willing participant in the organ donation program. It was simple and could enhance the quality of life for dozens. Thousands of people die each year waiting for vital organs. My gesture could also one day save a life. In addition, something that I have not done yet is also indicating my organ donation intentions in the language of my will.


Letter: Third Party Politics

Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

(Editor’s note: The following is a response to Karen Gellender’s column, “The Opposite Of Voting.”)

I too have been finding it’s much easier this year to identify the candidates I don’t like than to pick one that I do like. So, I’m thinking about “third party” candidates, but worried that a vote for a third party is a vote thrown away. But here’s how I convinced myself that voting for a third party candidate is an okay thing to do: Unless you live in one of the “swing” states (like Michigan) that the polls say can go either way, then voting for a major party candidate, who isn’t the favorite in your state, is pretty much a thrown away vote anyhow. By voting instead for a suitable third party candidate, you at least convey the message to the major parties that the candidates they provided were not attractive to you.


Editorial: Dads, Take Your Child To Work Day September 20

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

On Thursday, Sept. 20 schools across New York will sponsor the sixth annual “Dads, Take Your Child to School Day.” This is an exciting opportunity for many fathers who are employed by the school districts to be able to demonstrate their occupations to their children, allowing for extra hours of quality time spent with their children during what would normally be a workday away from their families.

Fathers, grandfathers, and significant male caregivers are encouraged to bring their children to their workplaces at the school on that day. Many schools have activities being planned, to encourage interaction, making it more than just a workstudy day.


Letter: Thanks For The Most Memorable Day

Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

I want to thank you [Angela Anton] and Anton Community Newspapers for selecting me as a finalist in the Military Heroes Essay Contest. The flight aboard the B-17 was a wonderful and enlightening experience. Those who served aboard that aircraft during World War II were truly remarkable and heroic young men.


Editorial: Patriot Day: Serve and Remember

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
Since the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the nation has begun to observe the anniversary as Patriot Day, and also as a day of service. In addition to flying the American Flag in celebration of freedom, it is important to observe a moment of silence to honor the thousands of lives lost on that day, right here on American soil.

Editorial: Proper Flag Disposal

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

I have been asked several times by residents recently about what to do with worn and tattered American flags. Naturally, when a flag is flown and used enough it will become torn, faded or worn. Flying an American flag in any of these conditions is unacceptable and disrespectful. Never put an American flag in the garbage; the only appropriate thing to do with it is a proper disposal.

Believe it or not, there is a whole protocol, an official U.S. Flag Code to abide by for flying, using, or discarding a flag. While the U.S. has a code for the flag, it is only a guide on how to handle and use the flag. Each state has its own flag laws.


Minute Of History: A Salute To Veterans - Stand Up And Be Proud

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, Aug. 8, Christy Hinko, Navy veteran and editor of the Farmingdale Observer, delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches that were delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)

Let me just start by saying that I am honored to have been asked to present the speech preceding this evening’s Salute to Veterans concert. A special thanks to Bill Johnston, grandfather of two active duty Army men, who gave me the privilege to speak tonight. I applaud Brad DeMilo and community for making these Village Pops concerts such a success, year after year.


Letter: Precautions Against Fracking

Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

New Yorkers are debating the many serious issues related to the extraction of natural gas from shale deposits that underlie parts of upstate New York. Recent news stories indicate that the state Department of Environmental Conservation may soon begin to permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing in our state on a limited basis.

We need a program that will ensure New Yorkers are protected from harm and cleanup costs are covered if contamination from drilling happens. We simply cannot afford to cross our fingers and hope accidents won’t occur.


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