The American Lung Association joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World No Tobacco Day on May 31. This year’s theme, Tobacco Industry Interference, focused on the need to expose and counter the industry’s increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.
What we’re seeing in New York, and throughout the country, is the point of sale product display marketing that is cleverly designed to appeal to children. On World No Tobacco Day, attention was drawn to the fact that when these tobacco displays are placed prominently at checkout counters next to candy and gum and outside of stores at kids’ eye level, it encourages them to smoke.
On this day when we come to honor our veterans, especially those whom Abraham Lincoln said, “gave their last full measure.”
Assemblyman James D. Conte (R,I,C,WF-Huntington Station) announced that local libraries will receive over $183,000 in construction grants to support the continued efforts of public libraries to educate and enlighten. The grants are supported by a $14 million capital-fund appropriation in the 2011 state budget, which Assemblyman Conte helped to pass.
I was horrified this week to see, on TV, former soldiers chucking their military service medals over barricades, in the direction of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, during the scheduled NATO summit. Their decision to return the medals was a message to NATO leaders that they detest U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and the U.S. participation in foreign wars. They are disappointed with how they have been treated, both within the “system” and by the general public, since returning home.
The Farmingdale School District would like to thank the community for passing the 2012-13 school budget and for their engagement throughout the process. We worked hard and diligently to put together a sound budget that the community could support.
John Lorentz, Farmingdale School
District superintendent of schools
The missions of today’s soldiers continuing to fight overseas remain a travesty back home. On Armed Forces Day it’s appropriate to acknowledge, and celebrate those who are serving, as well as those who have served. There is certainly reason to observe Armed Forces Day on Long Island, home to more than 250,000 veterans and hundreds of troops presently serving locally and abroad.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for people who impersonate attorneys in New York State.
“Phony lawyers deserve real punishment for defrauding innocent consumers. People hire lawyers to carry out some of their most important personal and financial wishes, such as wills, home purchases, and marital separations. All of these important matters can be jeopardized if a licensed attorney does not carry them out. This legislation would ensure that scam artists who pretend to be licensed attorneys face higher penalties,” said Senator Fuschillo.
An April 27th letter to the editor [published in Anton Community Newspapers] authored by Philip H. Smith, president of the United University Professions, leads one to believe that Mr. Smith does not closely follow the topics or institutions about which he writes. In his letter, titled “Let the Sun Shine on SUNY Foundations,” Mr. Smith states that The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (“Research Foundation”) is “largely led by government officials”; that it feels “no...compulsion to share information with the public,” and that it is an organization that “cloak[s] [its] activities in secrecy.”
All three statements are easily refutable and simply untrue. The Research Foundation is not led by government officials. Most importantly it is an organization that over the past year has demonstrated, and has been recognized for, its pledge to accountability and transparency.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has passed a legislative resolution designating May as “Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month” in New York State.
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but it is also one of the most treatable if it is detected early. Indoor tanning or even one bad sunburn can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer, which is why it’s so important for residents to be safe and get screened. With summer only a few short weeks away, now is the perfect time to remind residents about the importance of protecting themselves from skin cancer and being safe while in the sun,” said Senator Fuschillo.
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