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Phil-osophically Speaking: April 5, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

A Cycle of Violence

Tremors over the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida continue to reverberate among civil rights leaders, elected officials and minority communities. Martin was a 17-year-old black male who encountered George Zimmerman, a half-white, half Hispanic neighborhood watch man. Their confrontation resulted in the shooting death of Martin, who was unarmed and apparently walking away from Zimmerman. The facts of the case are still being investigated, and while the case against Zimmerman looks strong, he is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law. Facts are still being uncovered, some of which may support Zimmerman. Unfortunately, it’s been grist for the media that’s intent on trial by television. Racial politics saturate the whole sorry saga and I, for one, believe that it’s a reasonable surmise that if the shooter had been black he most likely would have been arrested. I can understand the anger and resentment that Zimmerman is free. But it hardly justifies the media circus and the racial bombast that hovers over this case like a lit match being waved over an open container of gasoline. The whole messy episode has fueled outrage over what is perceived as different standards of justice.


Guest Column: The Audacity to Hope

Written by Moses Miller Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
If the multi-colored Skittles were a clever planted prop, I’d have to say the all natural Snapple was a masterful addition. And even if the hooded sweatshirt was pure white and angelic like snow, it would have done very little to mask those eyes; yes, those deep menancing eyes, which were only a shade lighter than his dark intimidating skin. The eyes peering from that oversized hood betrayed any facade of innocence, possibly afforded by youth.

Phil-osophically Speaking: March 29, 2012

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

Judgment in Washington

It’s been years since a Supreme Court case has had such widespread and inherent implications and consequences. The current challenge by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses to the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” will be heard by the nine court justices this week.

On Monday, March 26, the highest court in the land was to preside over a dramatic three-day hearing on the constitutionality of Obamacare. The reason the court chose this case may be because there has been no consensus among the Circuit Courts or, I hope, that Chief Justice Roberts sees in this case a potential redefining, if not upheaval, of the Madisonian architecture that established the core of limited government.


Letter: The Floral Park Community Is Stronger as One

Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Saint Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven organization to which they are dedicated to help find cures for childhood cancers. There are a total of 160,000 children diagnosed with cancer worldwide. The more volunteers the better!

This event unites the community and helps bring everyone a little closer. Strangers become friends and stories about survival spark a little hope in everyone’s mind. The Floral Park community in time of need always grows and creates a bond that is inseparable. We are stronger as one. Last year, the total fundraising for Saint Baldrick’s Day from Floral Park was $275,00, which is phenomenal!


Letter: Thank You Floral Parkers

Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

The 100th Anniversary Committee of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Floral Park, along with Lutheran Social Services, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone in the congregation and the community for their contributions to our “Baby Shower.” Many people who could not attend dropped off bags and boxes of baby items and clothing.  For those who attended, we had a great time.  Thank you again to everyone who donated.  

Lisa Santoro
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Floral Park


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 22, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

You Don’t Know Jack

He was short, corpulent and sported a finely manicured mustache. There was no mistaking him for anyone else when his beefy body swaggered (walked is too mild a description) down the sidewalks of New York. He had the air of someone who knew his way around the concrete jungle. Every byway, thoroughfare, back ally and even the subterranean world in this great big city was imprinted in his DNA. He was born for New York; the kind of colorful character you read about but are surprised actually exists.


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 15, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Language Barriers

What is the substance that binds a people, a culture, and a way of life into a common purpose and a common future? Is it a creed, shared ideals or a communal history that congeals diversity into unity? While the United States is the most successful multi-cultural nation in the world, criticism abounds about immigrant populations that are not as eager to Americanize as their forebears. The school curriculum and the political and social forces in our culture once served as a bridge for immigrants between the land of their birth and their adopted country. Now it’s a one-way ticket to monolingualism — usually in a language other than English.


Mayor’s Message Village of Floral Park: March 15, 2012

Written by Thomas J. Tweedy Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Mayor Tweedy wanted to share a story as to why living in a full-service village can be very special. At the Department of Public Works (DPW), there are a myriad of details and coordination that need to be executed daily.  These functions are essential for keeping our village, and our lives within it, healthy, cleanly and safe. But occasionally, something is missed and needs attending to by one of our department supervisors.


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 8, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

A Moment of Truth in The Iranian Crisis

The Mideast, was there ever a time when its blustering winds grew still or its roiling spirit found peace? The war drums — they’re beating — beating with the fury of ancient hatreds. In the world’s largest tinderbox, overtaxed centrifuges crank unabated and unimpeded in underground Iranian bunkers. In an inexorable march toward madness, energy stored in atoms is being converted into heat to ignite a chain reaction capable of producing a nuclear warhead. An Iranian bomb feels like a cold shiver down the spine of the civilized world.

With the clock ominously ticking, interminable negotiations, biting economic sanctions and even a covert war to eliminate the regime’s nuclear scientists have not succeeded in derailing their killing machines. What is called soft power has failed; muscular diplomacy is all that remains.


From the desk of NY State Senator Jack Martins: March 8, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

That Dog Don’t Hunt

In the South, if you were to make a plan that isn’t particularly sound or useful, you might hear someone utter, “That dog don’t hunt.”

For example, if a husband planned to golf on his wedding anniversary, that’s definitely “a dog that don’t hunt.”  His decision to smooth things over by telling his wife he’ll take her along - even more so.  If she responds with tickets to a Broadway show on Super Bowl Sunday – well, you get the picture.


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