This May marks the 50th anniversary of Older Americans’ Month. It recognizes the valuable contributions senior citizens make to our communities. With so many older Americans under economic assault, we need to take action so this anniversary is more than just another ‘Hallmark’ holiday.
In my working years, I and tens of millions of Americans like me, accepted lower pay and less vacation in exchange for pensions and retirement health benefit guarantees. Pay we didn’t receive then, was to fund benefits when we got older. Instead, over ten million American retirees are experiencing the cancellation or significant erosion of once-guaranteed benefits.
Freedom is our cause, but freedom does not come free and many have paid the ultimate price. The America we know would not be the same were it not for the men and women we honor on Memorial Day. All of us at the Long Island State Veterans Home would like to take this opportunity to remember those brave men and women whose ultimate sacrifice has helped to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
To All Nassau County residents, Nassau is one of the safest counties in the nation with overall crime at historic lows. We would like to keep it that way, but we need your help. Some crimes are difficult to prevent, but one crime you can help prevent is property theft, which happens largely from automobiles. Protect yourself by always locking your car, even in your driveway, and never leave your pocketbook, wallet, keys, and electronic devices visible from outside the car.
Remember, if you see suspicious activity, dial 911.
Chief Of Department, Nassau County Police
The old saying, “Busy as a Bee” comes from the fact that bees pollinate at least 70% of our crops, which is 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat - encompassing at least 95 varieties of crops.
The world’s bees are in jeopardy of extinction. Bees have been dying off in droves since the mid 1990s. This disaster began in France and kept spreading throughout the world, hitting the U.S. in 2006. It was given a name – colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Much has been made over the so-called mystery surrounding CCD.
Most of us know that nothing is perfect. This includes government and more specifically, the laws it creates. Every elected official comes to this realization sooner or later, even if they don’t have the guts to tell you so. You could take any law on any given issue and there will always be pros and cons. What may be perfectly fair and just to some, may leave others feeling nothing but the negative impacts.
Yet there are plenty of people who believe that some form of utopian government can be achieved in which all of our most complex problems can be resolved through legislation and unfortunately, there are plenty of politicians who see no advantage in disagreeing.
Who am I to make or think of making changes in Shakespeare’s plays? I have just taken a course in Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies. If only the Great Bard would make minor adjustments, the tragedies could become comedies and vice versa -- a comedy is a play that ends happily, a tragedy ends on an unhappy situation.
In “Romeo and Juliet,” if Shakespeare had left out the poisonings in the final scene, Romeo and Juliet could have gone off happily into the sunset and live till their golden wedding anniversary. Such a nice couple, why kill them off so haphazardly? Everyone would leave the theater in a positive mood.
I read the article “How To Read A School Budget,” and thought it contained some good information. I read it with interest as I currently serve on the financial advisory committee for the East Williston School district.
The only comment I would take exception with is the following: “for the most part, these costs [salaries and benefits] are uncontrollable.” In my opinion, this is not accurate and highly misleading. Salaries and healthcare benefits are controllable through contractual negotiations. However, I do agree that retirement costs are outside of the school district’s control, but these costs typically represent less than 20 percent of employee salaries.
Stephan A. Leccese
I am convinced that somewhere there exists a dingy, grey room, tucked away in the bowels of a huge Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) office building, hidden from any sunlight, deprived of any fresh air, pipes incessantly dripping and smelling of mold and mildew, with the words “Dept. of Bad Ideas” carefully stenciled onto its glass door. There, the excuse-ridden agency hatches the illogical follies that are to be foisted upon sensible taxpayers and hapless commuters. Among the classics that have sprung from the brain trust located there:
Charging Long Island Railroad (LIRR) commuters $10 to refund tickets that actually cost less than the refund fee itself (incredibly, this still stands despite my petitions for common sense).
In today’s climate of ever-shrinking funding, hard decisions need to be made in order to balance the school budget. As you consider where to make cuts and what programs to eliminate, please consider the following information about school library programs and school librarians.
While all school libraries are important, we believe that school libraries, especially elementary school libraries, and certified school librarians to staff them, are needed now more than ever. As you know, elementary school provides the basis upon which all further education is built. A strong school library program in elementary school will result in the future success of your students as they move toward college and careers.
When I was in high school in Levittown in the 1970s, I took all the “advanced” regents courses. Every question I had in class, every curiosity I needed to address, and every manifestation of my hunger for knowledge was met with a “don’t worry, that won’t be on the regents”.
I didn’t study English, social studies, or chemistry; I studied to take the English regents, social studies regents, and chemistry regents. Whilst students in the “less advanced” programs were exploring academic subjects in whatever direction their imaginations led them, I was training to be a game show contestant filled with much data and little knowledge.
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