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Phil-osophically Speaking - July 12, 2013

Written by By Phil Guarnieri, phgrnr@aol.com Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

The Extreme Court

The Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) did not come as a surprise, at least to me, but the court’s chutzpah never ceases to surprise. First the DOMA opinion, or specifically the majority decision written by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, is an intellectual mess. The court is overturning DOMA on narrow grounds based upon state rights. At the same the time the court says it won’t tolerate any laws that treat homosexuals differently than heterosexuals.
 

In Tribute

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00
For Katie McBride and her perfect run
This morning I heard a rare bird singing
A most beautiful song; in a voice so sweet
And pure it brightened sunlight.  
Surely you must have heard?

I thought she was the perfect answer
To my plight, and meditated on it.
I wanted to make my acquaintance,
But wherever I looked no bird sat atop
The bough, and the voice became
That of a child borne aloft—so eloquent
And elusive, like a snowflake in summer.

We run around, driven by our hectic pace
And thought, in too many directions,
Exhausting all our strength,
And we suffer for it.
Be that as it may, she gives us
The angelic gift of her impassioned song;
I always want to hear it.

That her faultless little steps not be lost
I linger on the thought: no shadow now
Can hurry her off at last; she makes
Her own sweet time, secure and snug,
To take her fill of God’s Heavenly will,
And blesses us for listening.
There she sings, so the greatest sorrow
Becomes a joy, that we may have
Our dreams and prayers to live by,
Promised all along.
--Stephen Cipot
 

Letter: A Real Shame: Princesses: Long Island

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.

Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - July 3 - July 9, 2013

Written by Phil Guarnieri Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

Crossing The Red Line

It is time to admit the painfully obvious: Things are a mess in the Middle East and half measures by the United States have only exacerbated the situation. What started as a local conflict in Syria has now become a multi-national bloodbath. We can no longer say that what’s happening there is a civil war. It is impossible to argue that the struggle there is now trans-national.

We now have Iran and Hezbollah fighting with Bashar al-Assad. These are not populations indigenous to Syria. Add to that fiery mix Russia, China and a host of other belligerents and you have a 21st-century version of the Spanish American War, which claimed nearly a million lives in the 1930s and was a precursor to the global conflagration we know as World War II. Everyone, until most recently, seems to be involved in the struggle over Syria except the United States who has a great deal to lose if either Assad or another one of the radical elements prevails.

 

Sky Blue

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

an Ode to Catherine Cipot

 

It surrounds 

like a sudden stillness.

Wistful.  A whisper

of sorts.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Bringing Home The Bacon

Things were crackling on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program as she took to task pundits Erick Erickson, Lou Dobbs and Juan Williams about the meaning of a Pew Research Center study that revealed that in two out of five American homes, it’s mom who brings home the bacon. Megyn Kelly, a mother of two with one on the way, was sizzling over her all-male panel’s dismay about these findings and its unhappy forebodings about the future of American society. 

 

Letter: Fire Department Seeks Volunteers

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

When a medical emergency strikes, you take it for granted that your call for help will be answered. And it will be… but only because there are volunteers who willingly contribute time and energy to keeping your community safe.

 

These men and women come from every walk of life; they work and live all around you. They share an unselfish, often underappreciated commitment to being there, ready to serve whenever a crisis occurs. That is truly being a good neighbor.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Slow And Steady

In Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, we learn that “slow and steady wins the race.” Truthfully, many of us probably learned this first from an overconfident Bugs Bunny who challenged Cecil Turtle to a footrace.  Who can forget his look-alike cousins who help the slow-talking tortoise outwit Bugs to win the race?

 

There’s something to be said about enlisting the help of others to steadily accomplish goals and this is true of my effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water.  That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to create the Long Island Aquifer Commission.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

The Non-Scandal

There was a time in the not so distant past, when President Obama could rise above the noise and cacophony of politics and partisanship to champion the rights of man. A time when he could cloak himself in the resplendent robes of civil libertarianism, wear the diadem of moral righteousness and wield the terrible swift sword against shredders of the Constitution.

 

Letter: Support Your Local Chamber Of Commerce Members

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

A fundamental element of a vibrant community is the symbiotic relationship between businesses and residents working together for all concerned.  In New Hyde Park, long standing and well established ties have created an atmosphere of mutual respect, understanding, and common purpose.

 

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