This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including several in Hicksville — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses.
Local news broadcasts and cable television will once again air programs seeking the answers to questions that have seemingly been asked and answered hundreds of times over the last decade. However, the most important question — are we safer? — is the only one that truly matters.
Does anyone remember the name of the farm that used to stand on Woodbury Road, just before its intersection with Miller?
I recall the site well. It was a very large, white structure that almost appeared to be the size of a small bed and breakfast, with an adjacent barn and working yard behind the main building. I’ve done some investigating, but haven’t had any luck in obtaining records or information about the farm. It has since been torn down and several large single family dwellings currently take up space in the farm’s former lot.
Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.
Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?
I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint. Or have I misremembered that?
As I begin today’s column, my daughter is in full fledged “clear-out” mode. It began last night, after she opened her “store” on Vinted.com.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the website/application, it’s a place where you can purchase and sell gently-used items. You can open a “store” to sell those items which you no longer wish to keep, or you can purchase someone else’s previously worn merchandise. Basically, it’s an online thrift store, which my daughter regularly peruses.
Burger King benefits enormously from being an American company and should pay its fair share of taxes here in America.
Burger King is an American company worth more than $9 billion dollars. They’re in talks to buy Tim Hortons, Inc., Canada’s largest coffee-shop chain.
You have read of the sorry record of municipal animal shelters. It has been estimated that some 8 – 10 million animals enter the United States shelters annually. Unfortunately it is also estimated that 4 million of these dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are annually euthanized. That’s 11,000 lives ended daily.
But since 1944 there is an exceptional alternative — the North Shore Animal League America, a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable corporation, located in Port Washington, has saved more than 1 million precious and innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. North Shore is a pioneer in the no-kill movement, adoptions and in promoting education programs to reduce animal cruelty. For example, in 2010, in cooperation with Yale University they developed a Mutt-i-grees Curriculum that teaches the next generation of children crucial social and emotional skills. Hopefully these efforts may also lead to fewer or perhaps even no school shootings. An emotional attachment to animals may then lead to compassion for humans as well.
Residents were surprised to get tickets during the summer when they did not know schools were in summer session.
People know the difference between justice, and the law. Ticketing people who did not know school was in session is not just.
Since the beginning of June, I’ve noticed Target clearing out a small section in the back of their store, which would eventually make way for their “Back to School” section. The area opened officially in July, much to the dismay of school age children and parents alike.
Please do not get me wrong — there is clearly nothing in the world like the feel of new crayons in one’s hand or the smell of fresh notebooks. I always loved back to school time when I was a child, but the feeling didn’t last into my adult years. Once I had a child of my own the end of summer always held a certain amount of sadness. The free feeling of waking up late, going to the beach, the aroma of Coppertone in the air, clearing out sand from the carpets, bees humming gently on a summertime breeze, wonderful family time — these would be things that I would clearly miss once she returned to school in the fall. Although I loved the regimented order of things once she returned, and the routine that we kept, I secretly missed the lovely freedom of summer.
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.
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