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Phil-osophically Speaking: December 7, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00

Will Opposites Attract?

Elections are supposed to determine, among other things, how revenue raised from taxes is spent. Should people who earn more money pay even more than they do to the government via taxes? The answer seems to be yes. If they pay more taxes are they entitled to more government services and entitlements? The answer is clearly no. Will people who pay no income tax get less than they do now? The answer is that they will certainly get more.

Equality before the law is the bedrock of our Constitution; economic equality is an entirely different species governed by asymmetrical and counter-intuitive bureaucratic rules and guidelines. Economics is colored by politics and the winning of constituencies. To the victor belongs the spoils and the Democrats enjoyed an impressive victory in November. But elections are not a putsch and American democracy is not a diktat. The minority party has rights and let’s not forget that the Republicans retained a majority in the House of Representatives.

 

Editorial: A Day To Remember For Local Youngsters

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

Football youngsters ages 7 to 14 got the experience of a lifetime on Nov. 17 at Hofstra University…personalized instruction from New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The kids were beaming with excitement. Not one child was turned away; smiles all around. I’m surprised more events like this haven’t occurred at the school, which has a state-of-the-art practice bubble, where the event took place.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: November 26, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

It’s The Military Stupid

“It’s the economy, stupid,” is a famous cliché for political shortsightedness. We all know what the economy can do politically both for and against the president. A good economy is likely to re-elect a president with overwhelming numbers and a bad one will most likely mean he will be spending his time raising funds for his presidential library. With the Cold War over and Iraqi forces driven out of Kuwait, President George Herbert Bush thought he could rest on his laurels by treating the 1991 recession with kid gloves. He was wrong. Within 21 months, Bush went from a 91 percent approval rating to losing to a governor from the small state of Arkansas.  Barack Obama managed to escape defeat but the campaign gave him and his supporters some anxious moments all because of America’s limping economy.

Americans view economic performance as a close blood relation; foreign policy is more like a distant cousin —- you never worry about inviting them over for the holidays. These respective sentiments are a remnant of America’s isolationist past; a young nation that proudly and firmly repudiated the monarchial and despotic world in stirring and memorable language. It’s an ornament the United States still wears on its sleeve and whose echoes are heard more among Republicans than Democrats.

 

Editorial: Showing Care In Floral Park

Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

Hats off to the Floral Park Library giving those without power a chance to warm and charge up after Hurricane Sandy rocked Long Island, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Everything from extension cords and surge protectors were available to those who strolled in looking for some normalcy. 

—RF

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: November 16, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

Extreme Science

The narrative goes something like this: Hurricanes Sandy and Irene were no coincidence, but were caused by the phenomenon of global warming. These storms are the harbinger of the new normal. To deny climate change in the face of this new reality is to deny science itself.

The culprit is modern civilization with its fossil fuels, transportation, landfills and its patterns of land use all of which has resulted in ominous atmospheric changes that produce extreme weather. The only alternative, and it must begin now, is to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, otherwise, say the doomsayers, we’re doomed.

 

Editorial: It Doesn’t End, Does It?

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

It took me 45 minutes to get home from work on Wednesday, Nov. 7 when Athena hit Long Island, which is an eternity because I live close. People were screaming at each other, horns were blaring throughout Old Country Road and I actually had to get out of my car and plead with a driver to let me over so I could make a right turn.

To get a head start on the commute the next morning, I shoveled my car, three other cars, my landlord’s path (he’s 90) and the steps leading up to my dwelling. Hand to God.

 

Anton Community Newspapers Thanks Sunset Taxi and Abbey Rent-All

Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

Phil and his team at Sunset Taxi in Hicksville stepped up big time by aiding Anton Community Newspapers with transporting some of our crew to their homes recently after working a late shift in order to get our papers out during the storm. They can be reached at 516-922-9292 or on the web at www.licheckercab.com, and we heartily recommend you use Sunset Taxi whenever you need a ride!

 

Editorial: Storm Of The Century? You Tell Me

Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

Right before I lost power on Monday Oct. 29 during Hurricane Sandy at 8:45 p.m., Stephen King’s Storm of the Century was on television…I’m not kidding.

Was it an eerie coincidence or intentional? I think the former, because the TV listing that comes with the Sunday’s Daily News was printed way before the storm hit and there it was listed in the guide.

 

From The Publisher

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

Hurricane Sandy has taken a toll on the lives of many in the areas that Anton Community Newspapers serves and well beyond. Our heartfelt wishes go out to all, hoping that life returns to normal, or somewhere close to that, for residents as soon as possible. Community spirit - neighbors helping neighbors - has been evident in so many situations. For those who need additional services, below is a list of contacts that we hope will be helpful.

- Angela Susan Anton

Anton Community Newspapers

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: November 6, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:29

The Devil Made Me Do It

“The devil made me do it,” has long been the comical refrain of those seeking to divest responsibility for their actions by placing it on the shoulders of some extraneous outside agent. Is there such a thing as a bad seed; are there some people who are condemned by birth—those born to be bad?

The religious response is that all are born with original sin; that our biological destiny is inherently connected with wrongdoing both great and small. Take the history of human warfare, the ultimate social failure as a distressingly acute example of humankind being red in tooth and claw. Yet, blood lust and carnage are by no means innate as evidenced by the fact that our nature is also strongly inclined to foster cooperative agreements and networks to avoid and defuse hostility. So while Plato correctly observed that “only the dead have seen the end of war,” the human species is not hopelessly belligerent. Nor are we wired to be irremediably depraved. Yet our criminal justice system is increasingly acknowledging uncontrollable predispositions to violence and criminality. Brain scans are frequently accepted as evidence in courts of law to show that the criminal mind is genetically oriented to commit violence and this must be a factor when judging culpability for the crime committed.

 

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