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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

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com