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Letter: Controlled Anger

I am thinking of that movie and saying to myself as many of you are: “I’m madder than hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”  It seems as if all of government has been a complete failure and that we should start all over. I am just so tired of politicians who put their own egos ahead of their constituents without any new ideas and characterizing themselves as saviors when really they are quite ordinary and mediocre. We’d be better off letting scientists, computer experts, statisticians and mathematicians run government than the generalists who profess to know everything but in reality know so little even about management.

To me it’s simply incredible that we have had two wars lasting more than 10 years; no world peace; hunger, homelessness and poor to non-existent educational programs throughout the world with terrorists seizing on these weaknesses and threatening our security. I cannot believe our national debt or that elected representatives would shut down government for two weeks. I cannot believe the proliferation of government at all levels, that public school superintendents are paid over $500,000.00 per year; that Correctional Officers can be paid over $400,000.00 per year or that police can make more than $300,000.00 per year. The laudable purposes of unions when they were first started have gone awry particularly municipal unions with politicians afraid to speak out of fear of losing campaign contributions and endorsements. Our politicians are bought and paid for by special interests and lobbyists.  None of this makes any sense.

Politicians come and go, patronage remains intact where they take care of their friends while in office only to be rewarded by those same special interests after leaving government with high paying jobs and other benefits.  Powerless taxpayers suffer with a failing assessment system that will cost them more than half a billion dollars in my County alone. We are still saddled with a debt of $6.5 billion dollars from the LILCO/Shoreham bailout from 18 years ago.

Our immigration policies are a dismal failure as is the War on Drugs. We are the most incarcerated nation on earth having caved into the prison lobby instead of focusing on the lower costs and recidivism that rehabilitation, alternative sentencing programs entail.  We are just one of three nations worldwide that still has a death penalty.  

Illegal guns are everywhere creating violence in our schools, workplaces and streets, yet the NRA, with its big dollars, buys off the politicians. Universal health care is a great idea but can we afford it while we are still paying for a recession, bailouts, wars and outrageous corporate bonuses. Our priorities are askew. The poor and middle class continue to pay for these mistakes while the rich get richer.

Our politicians cannot speak the truth to power because they are the power and the rest of us cannot take the truth so we just keep going along while our civilizations and society as we know it, are crumbling all around us. Global warming, pollution and climatic changes threaten our very existence. Wasn’t Hurricane Sandy and this winter’s snow storms enough of a wake up call? Just spending money to rebuild does not address the more endemic problems that are worldwide in scope. Basically it’s now or never. The old rhetoric just does not cut it anymore. We need radical change and honesty at all levels of government and business. At the moment, we have neither.  

Thomas F. Liotti, Garden City

News

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Back to school means back to the Garden City Public Library. September is not only back to school month, it is also Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is the most important school supply of all for both students and their parents. This September be sure your library card is in your wallet. If you don’t have one, sign up for a new one for you and for your children.

The Garden City Public Library offers programs for adults and for children of all ages. In addition, the library provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDS. The library also provides online access through its website www.gardencitypl.org to authoritative electronic databases as well as to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music. With a valid library card, you can register for programs, borrow materials and museum passes, and access electronic resources.

The Garden City Historical Society is gearing up for a really big celebration. In 2015, the Society will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Garden City Historical Society Museum.

To observe these two significant milestones and to further the Society’s capital campaign to restore the exterior of the museum building, the Society is planning a special event on May 14, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel. Early next year, an invitation to attend will be extended to residents and businesses in the village. The gala will include an open bar and full buffet, with music, mystery guests, a live auction and raffles.


Sports

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League

2014-15 Garden City Recreation Department Dance Conservatory

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted):

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class.


Calendar

Village Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, October 2

Benefit Yard Sale Goes To The Birds

Saturday, October 4

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 6



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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