Martin Luther King is a national hero on the scale of a George Washington or Thomas Edison in that he changed what seemed to be impossible to change. He galvanized the nation to a cause of injustice. He stood up to oppression in the same way that Jesus stood up to it by saying no and refusing to comply. Without attack, aggression or violence he refused to participate and committed to forging a new way. He said you can take my life but you cannot change me. That, in itself, is a commendable characteristic but we honor him because he was successful.
The first march on Washington proved to our capital that things needed to be changed to reflect the growing educated constituency. Subsequent marches were little more than pomp and fanfare. We constantly want things to change for the better but they seldom do. Dr. Martin Luther King opened the door and now we all continue to walk through it.
I would like to thank our residents, businesses and the employees of Nassau County for their patience and cooperation during last week’s blizzard. With the storm dumping over 16 inches of snow in our community, County employees mobilized early the morning after Christmas Day to deal with its cleanup. Crews were instructed to plow lanes adequate for travel in both directions. First priorities for snow removal included major thorough fares and access to emergency services. In all, over 100 County employees were involved in clearing roadways and dropping over 2,880 pounds of salt on our roadways. When those County roadways were cleared, snow plowing operations were sent to assist towns and villages who requested such help with residential streets.
I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season. Like most, the holidays represent a special time for me. Whether it is decorating the tree, hanging the stockings, or enjoying a holiday meal, it is all made more enjoyable by the presence of loved ones.
Along with the annual traditions and the time I get to spend with my family, my favorite part of the holidays is the spirit in which it brings. Through acts of kindness and a willingness to lend a helping hand, this time of the year seems to bring out the best in people. The charity you see is truly amazing and makes me proud to represent people that are so willing to give during these tough economic times.
Have you made any New Year’s Resolution for 2011? If not, here is an idea for a sustainable one.
There is always a room, a closet, or some other area in your home that is full of stuff. It’s stuff that you avoid dealing with like the 800-pound gorilla in the living room. But when you resolve to tackle it with the intention to pass it on, it will happen.
I was very saddened to hear about Goldman Bros., a beloved business here in Hicksville, which will be closing its doors. Personally, I have bought shoes and clothing there for years. I also know my grandfather, who owned a bakery at the time, used to shop there because they had certain long johns he would wear specifically during the cold nights when baking.
I love trains. I love everything about them.
I was about 7 when my dad took me down to the basement early Christmas morning to show me the brand new Lionel electric train set that Santa had supposedly left for me. It was complete with Plaster of Paris mountains and tunnels that my dad made. He also constructed small towns and villages with traffic cops and mailmen and lots of townspeople that he hand painted all by himself. I don’t know how he found the time since he always worked two jobs, sometimes working through the night. I’m still amazed at how he kept this clandestine project from us, but he did.
My dad led me to believe that Santa had done all this so he didn’t really receive the credit he deserved, yet he seemed ecstatic just watching me. Perhaps just watching me was his Christmas present.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Hicksville for their support and for exercising their right to vote during the recent fire commissioner election.
I am ready to get to work and am humbled by the vote of confidence the community of Hicksville has bestowed upon me. I would also like to personally thank all of my family and friends who worked tirelessly on my campaign. Whatever your effort, big or small, it was so much appreciated.
Holiday gifts can make a difference when they are green. Ceramic or metallic mugs for coffee or water, a share of a llama or bee colony or any other gift of nature are some to be had. You can look at arborday.org/gift ideas for something special. Also, you can purchase replicas of animals, crafts and clothing made from recyclable products and sustainable materials at many environmental sites (www.NRDCGreenGifts.org is one). Of course, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers Fair Trade Coffee, chocolate and other goodies. Just Google any organization such as The Nature Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Sierra Club, etc. and you will find other green treasures.
On Dec. 14, the residents of Hicksville will be electing a new fire commissioner to fill the vacancy presently held by Robert Manson who is not running for re-election. We are asking you to come out and support Ex Captain John Menig. John is a lifelong resident of Hicksville and has been an active member of the fire department since 1980.
George Washington famously stated that “government is not reason and eloquence but force” and therefore must be limited in its scope. True enough. But in addition to it not being reason or eloquence, it isn’t humanitarian either. In the Nov. 26, 2010 issue of this paper, Robert McMillan correctly pointed out that traffic cameras have demonstrably been found to save lives. He also said, “The cameras are not installed to raise money for local governments.” I don’t doubt the former. If, however, the latter is true, then local governments won’t object to donating fines collected from traffic cameras to some 501(C)3 charitable organization (I’d be happy to provide a list).
Let’s be honest with ourselves. All-too-often government agencies function as though they exist for no other reason than to perpetuate their own existence; to provide political patronage jobs, union featherbedding, and endless litigation fodder for law firms like the kind for which Mr. McMillan is employed. Government action to save lives? Since when has government ever cared about the preservation of human life? Cigarettes and alcohol addiction kill thousands of Americans every year. Phillip Morris and other tobacco companies have been responsible (albeit, a shared responsibility) for the loss of more American life than Al Qaeda. But federal, state, and local levels of government handsomely profit from cigarette taxes and taxes on alcohol products. If government was serious about protecting its citizens, tobacco and alcohol would be illegal or, at the very least, the government in its moral outrage would refuse to be a party to profiting off these industries much as Quakers refused to grow tobacco on their farms and abolitionists refused to purchase raw materials obtained through slave labor.
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