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.
I heard a DJ on the radio say that he heard that the people who were close to Robin Williams are now saying that warning signs of suicide were there. The DJ then went on to ask the question, “why didn’t those people get him some help?” It is public knowledge that Robin Williams was seeking help for both his addiction and his severe depression. However, “help” doesn’t fix the problem overnight or miraculously make a person feel instantaneously good again. “Help” requires hard work over a period of time. Sometimes when a person is in such a depressed state, they start to feel hopeless, which means that they don’t believe there is any hope that things will ever get better. At that point, they may decide that asking for or accepting further “help” will not do any good. They just want to do something that will end the pain.
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.
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.
A recent bill (A9492, S7832) seeks to alleviate the threat of the Grumman and Navy toxic waste plume originating in Bethpage and prevent it from spreading to south eastern Nassau County. It is now moving toward the Massapequa Water District water supply wells, as well as numerous preserves and parks, endangering these lands.
I am writing in response to Paul Manton’s letter “Are College Degrees Worth It?” (Weekend,” July 16-22)
I believe that for most high school graduates, college is the appropriate next step. While college educations can be very expensive, and accumulating debt is never a good thing, Nassau Community College provides an extremely affordable and valuable option.
Your “Train In Vain” editorial (July 16-22) referred to “genuflecting” to the MTA’s leaders — ”those six-figured salaried credits to humankind.” From that, I am inferring that you were implying that for salaries in the $100,000-to-$999,999 range, the public has a right to expect better leadership, and leaders. I agree with that, and feel even more strongly about the countless corporate executives being paid (not “earning”) seven-figure and eight-figure (millions and tens-of-millions of dollars annually) salaries. I refer to recent news stories stating that: “The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.”
The story also said, “A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009.”
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with personal friend and Hicksville artist, Kirk Larsen. Kirk recently returned from a two week Plein Air art competition in Easton, Maryland. The event is the largest and most prestigious juried Plein Air painting competition in the United States. Hundreds of artists apply, but only 50 are chosen internationally; another eight artists from Maryland are chosen, with a total of 58 artists competing over a two week period.
In 13 days, Kirk managed to eke out 20 paintings, 10 of which sold. His positive attitude allowed him to meet the challenges of little sleep and brutally hot temperatures with style and grace. He also had a few interesting stories to share as we sat down to coffee on his front porch.
I didn’t know exactly what was going on the day of July 11th but I certainly knew it was BIG. I live on 4th Street, between Jerusalem Avenue and Broadway. The portion of our block closest to Broadway is very narrow. It comes with parking and traffic challenges that being a new resident to the neighborhood was not anticipated.
While I appreciate and am proud that Hicksville was able to host the Fire Department Drill Tournament I am baffled by the lack of notification or concern given to the residents surrounding the area. I was not informed that my block would be subjected to increased traffic due to the drill road closures. By increased traffic I mean for hours we suffered through cars being backed up the entire length of the block. We couldn’t get on or off our block!
Within the Hicksville News Vol. 28 No. 36, I came across a Hicksville Voices article from Patty Servidio titled “The Wonder Of Hostess.” I too remember the Hostess Bakery Thriftstore, as I had often passed by it on my way to CNG. It was great, as at times I had bought my Hostess snack cakes there, as buying them in the grocery store was always more expensive. You can now get the similar experience at Big Lots in Hicksville, which sells various Hostess products for a low price.
Lawyers and Judges are bound by the Codes of Professional Responsibility and Judicial Conduct to avoid even the appearances of impropriety. While this rule is loosely applied to judges who seek campaign contributions from the lawyers who appear before them, it appears that the rules do not apply at all to elected officials even where they are attorneys.
In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the Citizens United case allowing for unlimited campaign contributions from unions and corporations under the guise of the First Amendment. The so-called originalists in the Supreme Court Majority found that the Framers of the Bill of Rights in 1791 intended to allow for unfettered campaign contributions. So it was that in the last Presidential campaign the two major candidates raised and spent over one billion dollars. I am sure that Benjamin Franklin and George Washington knew that electoral politics would come to this.
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