I am loth to revisit the gay marriage debate; but much like the weather it can’t be avoided. The facts of life, Margaret Thatcher once said, are conservative. In that light my view that marriage is between one man and one woman is unbanishable. It’s undoubtedly true that the rearing of children (Plato called it society’s most important task) is best achieved within the committed bond of a man and woman who gave them life. I’ve personally experienced this and have learned of it from those who have grown up in single parent families. Where there are absent fathers children yearn not for another mother but a father. Where there are absent mothers children yearn not for another father, but a mother. Children desire love from parents of both genders.
The Gladiator Fund, which helps raise money for children in the community who have been affricated with a catastrophic illness, disease, disability or handicap, is seeking donations for its causes.
The fund was incorporated in the state of New York in October of 1989. It is a non-profit charitable tax-exempt 50i(c) (3) organization as prescribed by the law and has a Federal Tax identification Number and a state tax-exempt number. The Fund, through the generosity of people is now able to assist adults in the community who meet the same criteria we established for our children. Donations to: Gladiator Fund, C/o N.Y. Dirt Contracting Corp., 121 East Second St., Mineola, NY 11501
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The Notre Dame Flying Fish recently captured second place in the Division A CYO Swimming Championships at the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park. The team broke eight championship meet records on its way to its finish.
Learning from the past is always a retrospective activity and since this month marks 10 years of U.S. military involvement in Iraq it is worth investigating how this encounter, beginning with a widely supported invasion, gestated into one of America’s most unpopular wars.
At the March 13 budget workshop, the athletics, special education and technology departments presented their budget details for next year. These presentations can be found on our website at www.ewsdonline.org > click on District tab > Departments > Business & Finance > Budget Info > 13-14 Budget Info.
This year, the district needed to reduce the budget by $2 million in order to fall within the property tax levy cap. Through the restructuring and reallocation of district resources, as well as leveraging grants and cost-sharing with other districts, program and class sizes are being maintained, with some new class offerings at Wheatley.
I wish I could remind all the folks in Washington D.C. and Albany that if they look beyond the special interest agendas that consume them, they would find most of us still waiting on what counts: the economy. For all the media hoopla that highlights and exploits our disagreements, most people want exactly the same things: they want to work and make a decent living at a job that’s secure; they want to raise their families in peace; they want a good education for their kids and maybe a few of the finer things in life like a vacation or a new car once in a while. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. At one time all of these were taken as a given.
Recently, we received the glad tidings that an insane asylum called North Korea may have developed a missile capable of hitting the west coast of the United States. Meanwhile, the Democrats and the Republicans are about as far apart from a budget deal as Hoboken, New Jersey is from the next galaxy. If that isn’t bad enough, five weeks ago a funny thing happened on our planet’s revolution around the Sun: a meteor collided with our planet.
I can’t help but notice the outrageous irony in this: that the recent program to buy back illegal guns gave participants up to $400 for surrendering a functioning weapon, while granting them anonymity. These weapons may have been wrongly used, and now those who forfeited their ownership are cleared from exposure.
With women in their place, the celibate bishops of the Catholic Church elected a Pope that will set policy and dictate personal conduct to millions of people. Excluding women from the decision making process not only is discriminatory, but undemocratic, and further demonstrates the failure of the Church to come to terms with full female equality. It highlights the celibate lifestyle as an abnormality of nature inconsistent with the Biblical counsel to “go forth and multiply.”
Franklin Square resident
There is, I confess, a kind of perverse pride at work when I consider that my predictions about Obama’s economic policies have been borne out: an environment of minimal growth, alarming indebtedness, higher taxes and steep and protracted unemployment. Still, I would rather be a jovial myopic than a dismal prophet.
But this is not an exercise to flatter my vanity or celebrate my prescience, I can regale you chapter and verse on where I’ve gone awry in the past. Instead I choose to focus on what I got wrong on a subject in which I got nearly everything right. In a word it’s inflation. It’s almost non-existent and in an economy flushed with cash, courtesy of the U.S. Treasury Department, there should be too many dollars chasing too few goods. The effect of such an imbalance is inflation. But we’ve had very little of that and that’s a good thing since inflation is theft; it steals value from people’s savings and savings is a symptom of a healthy economy.
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