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Phil-osophically Speaking: September 8, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

The Case for Modernizing Our Military and Missile Defense

The one thing about the military, which rings absolutely true, is that you don’t need them until you need them. As America wearies over fighting two wars, breaking news that U.S. troops will be reduced to 3,000 in Iraq began to sizzle on the airwaves. These tidings will be welcomed by those who have found the death of American soldiers on foreign lands intolerable and an opportunity to reduce expenditures in an economy savaged by bad news.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: September 1, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Crimes Against Humanity

It was 50 years ago this month that Adolph Eichmann, after a four-month trial in Israel, was convicted of what we call today “crimes against humanity.” Israel suspended, for the first and only time, its anti-capital punishment law to hang Eichmann, who was one of the prime architects of the “Final Solution.”

The case has continued to fascinate me on several different levels. There was the dramatic and daring efforts by the Mossad, Israel’s legendary intelligence agency, to find and capture Eichmann, which they did in 1960, 15 years after the war. Eichmann had been living a normal life in Argentina raising his family as if nothing unusual had ever happened in his life. As head of the “Transportation Administration for the Final Solution of the Jewish Question,” he had been responsible for bringing Jews, men, women and children, to the concentration camps for the expressed purpose of destroying the entire race. The SS industrialized death on a massive scale, dehumanizing their victims and finally putting them to death. Millions of Jews would suffer and die in these camps; Auschwitz and Treblinka became names that have reverberated in the consciousness, leaving a bleeding and indelible scar on human civilization.

 

Letter: Floral Park Life Scout Conducting Brain Aneurysm Awareness Day on Sept. 10

Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

My name is Jake Early. I am currently a Life Scout in Troop 482 in Floral Park, trying to attain the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle Scout. In order to attain this rank, I must complete a leader service project.

The theme of my project is brain aneurysm awareness. This project means the world to me since brain aneurysms have greatly affected my life. In 2002, my aunt passed away due to a brain aneurysm and more recently in 2008, my grandmother suffered from a brain aneurysm and miraculously survived.

 

Mayor’s Message Village of Floral Park: August 25, 2011

Written by Thomas J. Tweedy Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Public safety is one area where Floral Park has exerted its rights as a community. The quality of life we enjoy is a function of the sense of security we feel. This week’s principle from our 2007 Statement of Principles addresses safety and security.  Safety and security may be the area of greatest concern, an area where the most negative impacts may be realized by the development of an Indian casino at Belmont Park.

 

Village Board Notes: August 25, 2011

Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Aug. 16, 2011 at 8 p.m.                

Building Department

Trustee Rhatigan reported that during the month of July the Building Department issued 18 building permits totaling an estimated $386,900 in construction costs. There were also 11 plumbing permits, 11 electrical permits, five fence permits and 18 miscellaneous permits issued. 

 

Mayor’s Message Village of Floral Park: August 18, 2011

Written by Thomas J. Tweedy Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Recently, the taxpayers of Nassau County unequivocally said NO to the Coliseum referendum, a proposal with more questions than answers. Too often we, the taxpayers and underwriters of these legislative follies, are left with jaws agape and wallets emptied when the details of these ‘good ideas’ are exposed. This week’s principle from our 2007 Statement of Principles deals with the importance details and rules are for a fair race.

 

From the desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: August 18, 2011

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), who is fighting to protect Social Security beneficiaries from devastating cuts proposed by some extreme members of the House Republican Majority, marked Social Security’s 76th anniversary by reaffirming her support for the program and its beneficiaries.  She issued the following statement/op-ed:

On Social Security’s 76th Birthday, Washington Must Put People Before Special Interests

If you had a good friend who has dutifully been there for you and your family and your neighbors for her entire life, and she was having her 76th birthday, how would you celebrate?

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating the safety net that’s helped millions of retired and disabled Americans stay out of poverty and contribute to the economy for several generations now.

 

Mayor’s Message Village of Floral Park: August 12, 2011

Written by Thomas J. Tweedy Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

The differences between an Indian Nation Casino and a state-operated VLT Racino are manifestly apparent discussing the fourth principle; funding revenue streams for education. Fairness, the foundation upon which we developed the 2007 Statement of Principles, should encompass all communities and extend to all, especially our children.

Education Funds Made Here Must Stay Here - First IV

Since Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) will be permitted by the State of New York at one or more facilities, there must be irrevocable commitment that the communities that are neighboring these three facilities receive a dedicated stream of revenue earmarked for educational institutions within their communities, prior to any additional funds being distributed to educational institutions outside those neighboring communities. One way to ensure the neighboring communities get at least their fair share of state aid to local school districts is to require that their state to local districts be at least what the overall state average is in any given year.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: August 12, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

The Market Tsunami

The unprecedented downgrade of the U.S. credit rating ignited the market into one of the greatest sell-offs in its history. Persistent market anxiety has rocketed U.S. financial institutions into a fully-fledged, albeit temporary, nervous breakdown. The “Financial Stability Oversight Council” went into emergency session to discuss, what else, but financial instability. Meanwhile, like those drowning in flooded lowlands, there was a headlong rush of investors to higher ground to find sanctuary in gold, U.S. Treasury Bonds and supposedly the safer currencies of countries like Switzerland. Bank stocks plunged a precipitous 11 percent, which is particularly alarming since banks serve as an umbilical cord between borrowers and savers. An even greater slowdown in bank lending could easily trigger another U.S. recession if, in fact, we ever fully climbed out of the last one.  

 

Mayor’s Message: August 4, 2011

Written by Thomas J. Tweedy Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Continuing our analysis of an Indian Casino at Belmont Park using our Statement of Principles from 2007, we focus on the third principle; infrastructure.  Nothing has been the same since Belmont Park-NYRA altered the natural contours and drainage piping subsequent to its renovation in 1964-67. Flooding in Floral Park and Elmont is not a natural occurrence; it is the consequence of unexamined development.

 

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