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Letter: Major Change to Come to Mineola

Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

The Mineola schools are going through a major change, and change is usually difficult, and rarely easy. We are fortunate to have three board members with the vision to see the need to change the district schools, and the courage to do what is necessary, especially in the face of significant resistance, both on the part of the public, and even some board members.

 

Village Board Notes - April 15, 2011

Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

A regular meeting of the Floral Park Board of Trustees was held on April 5, at 8 p.m. The meeting opened with a pledge to the flag. Present were Mayor Thomas J. Tweedy, Trustees James E. Rhatigan, Mary-Grace Tomecki, Dominick A. Longobardi, Kevin M. Fitzgerald, Village Administrator Patrick E. Farrell, Village Clerk Susan E. Walsh, Superintendent of Building Department and Superintendent of Public Works Stephen L. Siwinski and Police Lieutenant Michael Suppe.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - April 15, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

The Language of God

It was one of those roundabout conversations where people were just sitting around sipping cocktails and talking about such novelties as, well, the weather for instance, when an evangelical acquaintance of mine abruptly asked if I believed in “Intelligent Design.” Well, I said, ‘if you’re talking about the U.S. Congress, the answer is no.’ This invited a few chuckles but, of course, I realized this question had nothing to do with Washington politics; nor was it intended to ascertain if I believed that an elegant, sentient mechanism is at work in creating life on Earth but was, in fact, nothing less than an inquiry into whether I believed in God. 

 

Philosophically Speaking: April 8, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

The Civil War: An American Anniversary

It was an extravaganza of bloodshed; so potent and sweeping in its consequences; so deadly in the colliding of human forces that it has been thrust to the forefront of the historical stage as America’s grand opera. Yet so little is heard or said about the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Perhaps, this is because so much has been written that we have become numb to how our country had once so bloodily and tragically turned upon itself.

 

From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: April 8, 2011

Written by Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

Women’s History — Looking Back and Ahead

As the first and only woman elected to Congress from Long Island, I have tried my best to address the issues that affect women the most, including education, public health and safety, and economic opportunity.

I owe a great deal of gratitude to the countless women who paved the way for women like me to contribute to society.  Unfortunately, we recently lost one of these pioneers, former Congresswoman and Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, when she passed away of blood cancer this week. Geraldine opened the door for a generation of new leaders.  She certainly was an inspiration – and ultimately mentor — to me as I sought my own path in public service years ago.

 

Around the Town - April 1, 2011

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance


Preparing tax returns can be frustrating and confusing, but we can help.  Hempstead Town’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program offers free tax assistance to senior citizens.  

 

From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - April 1, 2011

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Ending the Cycle of Business as Usual

What a difference a year makes.

If you think back to the budget crisis of a year ago and the discussions today, there truly is a marked difference. In both, the state was grappling with a devastating fiscal crisis, but this year the commitment was made to reduce spending as opposed to the cycle of ever more taxes and spending that was the norm in Albany from both sides of the aisle for far too long.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: March 25, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

The Computer as Human

It was one of the most haunting scenes in cinematic history: HAL 9000 is the latest in artificial intelligence; a sentient, on-board computer that functions as the brain of the spaceship Discovery. It understands human language, its nuances and ambiguities, and pleasantly converses with the crew by speaking in the softest, most dulcet tones.

Then Hal, the epitome of technological perfection, seriously malfunctions and Discovery’s two astronauts must disconnect its cognitive functions in order to protect the mission. Wary of HAL, they enter into a see-through soundproof pod to prevent the computer from overhearing their plan. The life force of HAL is represented by an enlarged, piercingly red eyeball. That eyeball now focuses menacingly on the pod. The camera shifts back and forth between the silently moving lips of the astronauts inside the pod and the iconic red eyeball of HAL. Suddenly, the viewers shockingly realize that HAL is reading the lips of the astronauts. HAL, fearing his own technological death embarks on a murderous rage against the crew.

 

From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins: March 25, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

Revenue Is Not the Problem; It’s the Spending

Throughout the budget process this year we have remained true to our commitment – to address the over $10 billion deficit by cutting spending, not raising taxes.  New York State does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.  To get our economy moving and create new jobs, we need to get government off people’s and businesses backs – hence spending cuts, not new taxes. 

We can’t tax our way out of this recession. Governor Cuomo gets it. I get it.  Unfortunately, there are others who don’t.

As we head into the final lap of budget discussions in Albany, it is increasingly clear that special interest groups plan to defend their stranglehold on New York State’s purse strings by stepping up their propaganda. These groups are committed to maintaining the historical status quo and will fight, tooth and nail, to block the change we were elected to implement.

 

Letter: Praise and Support For Teachers

Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00
I would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful teachers of the Floral Park-Bellerose Union Free School District. The residents, and most importantly the children, of Floral Park are fortunate to have a staff of teachers and assistants who excel at their craft. We have a group of professionals who are caring, kind, compassionate and creative. These educators consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them, despite the fact that they have continually been asked to do more with less. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Patsy Ann Joinnides

MA Childhood Education

Floral Park

 

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