Our state is at a crossroads. After years of overtaxing and overspending, we are at the fiscal brink. We can continue down our current road to financial ruin or we can take a new course – a road to recovery.
(Editor’s note: This letter to the editor is in response to the From Long Island WINS column by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky that appeared in the Friday, Jan. 21 edition of the Farmingdale Observer titled “In Wake of Arizona, a Call for Civility”.)
“Governor Cuomo’s State of the State message focused on a number of issues which I believe are critical to putting New York State back on the right track; cutting spending, no new taxes, and creating jobs.
Sometimes in life, someone crosses our path for a reason. That someone for me is Nora Reade. As a parent of a special needs student, I have had the privilege of working with Nora, a high school senior for the last nine months.
I believe the citizens of Nassau County should know that under the Suozzi Administration they elected to close down the Cedar Creek Process Control Lab in Seaford, which tests sewage and sludge daily for both Bay Park and Cedar Creek Sewage plants.
I would like to thank our residents, businesses and the employees of Nassau County for their patience and cooperation during last week’s blizzard. With the storm dumping over 16 inches of snow in our community, County employees mobilized early the morning after Christmas Day to deal with its cleanup. Crews were instructed to plow lanes adequate for travel in both directions. First priorities for snow removal included major thorough fares and access to emergency services. In all, over 100 County employees were involved in clearing roadways and dropping over 2,880 pounds of salt on our roadways. When those County roadways were cleared, snow plowing operations were sent to assist towns and villages who requested such help with residential streets.
My friend, Ralph Kolodny, professor emeritus at Boston University School of Social Work, commented on the brutality of the schoolyard in children’s lives. He said, “We tend to forget the pain that normally characterizes interaction among children. Oddly enough,” he added, “the work of the imaginative journalist or novelist often provides a more accurate picture.”
(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “Support Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages” by Judith Wylie-Rosett, EdD, RD, volunteer of the American Heart Association that appeared in the Friday, Dec. 10 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)
The abuse of alcohol has ended the lives of moms, dads, children, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, nieces, nephews, co-workers, neighbors, members of the clergy, even the unborn!
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, a festive program on Farmingdale’s Village Green featured the holiday lighting of the Tri-centennial Tree. This blue spruce tree was planted following the Tri-centennial of Settlement commemoration of 1987, which noted the community’s 300th year since the arrival of first settler Thomas Powell in 1687. The historical society has been a proud co-sponsor of the event since it was first held in 1989.
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