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Editorial: Wasted And Wanting

There is more than one way to make the news.

Last weekend, a couple dozen high schools from Nassau County went to Hofstra University to demonstrate their prowess at building robots in the 15th annual Long Island Regional First Robotics Competition. The teams have been working since early January, when they first got their assignment and parts kits from FIRST headquarters.

These are impressive students, who find joy — or at least satisfaction — in putting knowledge to practical use. These students are building bright futures for themselves. They are the students who will build the future for all of us.

Contrast that group with the students using technology to flaunt their drunken stupidity on the Twitter account @LIPartyStories, which was suspended last week. Although one of the creators told Daily News that it was designed to be “a good laugh,” the feed was rife with photos of people drinking, drunk, vomiting or passed out. Most of the individuals appear too young to drink, yet old enough to know better. These students are not building bright futures, either for themselves or the world.

Our teens are extraordinarily privileged compared to most of the world. They have better schools, better nutrition, better conditions — overall better opportunities — than the vast majority of the kids on the planet. The question is, will they use their power for good? Or waste it getting wasted?

News

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”

Hundreds of civic, business, community and elected officials gathered in Baldwin at the Coral House to support the annual kick-off of the Long Island Toys for Tots Drive on Monday, Oct. 27. The toy drive is the nation’s largest gift program for children during the holidays. Marine Corps Major Chuck Kilbride gave special recognition to the many people who make Toys For Tots possible locally, including U.S. Postal Service workers, marines, legislators, and the police and fire departments, who work tirelessly to collect toys each year.

The hundreds of guests were treated to special performances by the F.R.E.E. Players Jazz Ensemble and the American Bombshells trio.


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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