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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

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Elmont Library reneges on

Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:


Calendar

Alice in Nanoland

Thursday, August 28

Nature’s Nighttime Noises

Saturday, August 30

Art With A French Twist

Thursday, September 11



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