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Opinion: Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Written by Donald Parker Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.                                                                                   

 

— Alfred Griswold Whitney

 

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”

 

Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four:

 

Letter: Thanks For Support

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

The Back to School event on Saturday, Aug. 30, sponsored by Calvary AME Church, EOC Glen Cove, and Glen Cove Housing Authority was a huge success. We would like to thank the following donors:  Members of Calvary AME Church, Glen Cove Housing Authority, Glen Cove EOC, American Community Bank, T.D. Bank Glen Head, J D Stylist & Barber Shop, Strong Island Barber Shop in Glen Cove, Glen Cove Bagel Café, Stop & Shop in Glen Cove, AHRC Locust Valley, in addition to the many volunteers that came out to assist with face painting, and other activities, and the wonderful music played by the Next Level Band.

 

Calvary AME Church


 

Letter: Call A Court House A Court House

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

After the bantering back and fourth about who did more for GC and the court house saga I can’t help thinking about Bill Boeddener. Naming anything after him would be anathema to Bill, because he always believed those buildings belong to all Glen Covers.

 

Letter: ‘The Feast’ Is No Disappointment To Us

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

(The following letter is a response to Dominick Malinaro’s letter in the Aug. 29 issue)

 

I read in the most recent edition of the Record Pilot of your displeasure with the “Best Feast In The East.”  How very sorry I am that you feel that way, sir.  I suppose after 40 years you would see many changes and, I understand, that change is a bit difficult for some of us. The Feast has grown in tremendous proportions and guests who come to visit are in the thousands!  The hundreds of volunteers who help “pull it off” are very dedicated each year in achieving a financial profit—enough to help sustain the upkeep of our beautiful Church of St. Rocco. It is not cheap to run such a wonderful Parish that we have. The sausage and pepper stand is only one source of income for us. We choose not to have an outside vendor in competition and we have that right. In regard to your comments about St. Rocco Bakery, they are a totally separate entity and, I am sure, must find Feast week quite profitable. Their excellent baked goods speak for themselves and deserve the attention that was given during Feast week…. All around, everyone was a winner – faith/family/fun/food.

Do try to visit again next year and enjoy yourself!

 

— Maryann Ward

 

Vendor Coordinator   


 

Recent Happenings At City Hall

Written by Mayor Reginald Spinello Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Drive Safely Schools Are Open: Glen Cove students have begun their school year. Please obey the law and drive safely. When a stopped school bus flashes its red light(s), all traffic approaching from either direction must stop. Drivers can’t proceed until the red lights stop flashing. Don’t text or talk on a cell phone while driving—this law applies to drivers of all ages. 

 

Speeders Beware: Drivers speeding through our streets, you are now forewarned. The Police Department’s ongoing initiative to monitor speed conditions in various locations throughout our city is coming to a neighborhood near you. 

 

Letter: Recapturing The Israeli Narrative

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, many of us find ourselves faced with questions and concerns. What can we do? How can we help? How can this horror go away?

 

These were the questions on people’s minds as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst and Historian, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview about the current Mid-East conflict.

 

Letter: The Suicide Conversation

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

So much has already been said about Robin Williams’ death by suicide that there really isn’t much left to say. While shining a light on the serious issues of substance abuse, mental illness and suicide helps to remove the stigma attached, journalists and radio and TV personalities have an obligation to their readers, viewers, etc. to report the news in a responsible way. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. 

 

Letter: IT Staff Needed In Doctors’ Offices

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

If you’ve visited your doctor in the last year, then you probably had to fill out a ridiculous amount of paperwork - most of it seemingly redundant. The cause of this is the push from the federal government for medical practices to adopt an electronic medical record (EMR) system.

An EMR is a platform, either cloud- or software-based, to collect patient information all into one place, making evaluation of a patient’s overall health, in theory, a simpler task. However, such platforms have the potential for privacy risks if the proper security precautions are not taken. Although the government has required physicians to adopt EMR systems, as of now the responsibility for maintaining Internet security and privacy lies with the health provider.

 

Letter: The Kids Aren’t Alright

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

While perusing the new summer fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong. Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by.  

 

Letter: Golf Support Appreciated

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

On Monday, July 21 the 26th Annual John Maccarone Hall of Fame Golf Tournament was held at the Glen Cove Golf Course.  All the money raised from this tournament goes to the John MaccaroneScholarship Fund and to date approximately $77,000 has been awarded to outstanding student athletes. This year, as a result of the 2013 golf tournament revenues and the generosity of the family of the late Dr. Sidney Canarick, we awarded $6,000 in scholarships to five graduating seniors at Glen Cove High School. 

 

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