Recent Op-Ed pieces in prominent newspapers have suggested that with proper regulatory oversight, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” can be accomplished safely in New York, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and bringing much needed economic benefits to hard-hit areas of the state. If the issue was that simple, and if the statements were true, surely everyone would be in favor.
But the facts don’t support these statements, and the issue is not as simple as the TV ads would have citizens believe. Fracking is an inherently dangerous and destructive extreme form of energy extraction that brings with it a myriad of serious environmental and economic problems. Now that we have the opportunity to see how fracking has actually impacted citizens in Pennsylvania and other states, we can more easily distinguish fact from fantasy and make smarter choices for New York.
Scholars have pondered for years the meaning of Christmas.
It has been described as a time of giving, caring and loving. The thing that most stands out, however, in my mind are the words to a very old song that was included on a Christmas album. I have no idea of the name of the song, but the words, as closely as I recall, went something like this….
We honor the peacemakers that all shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Of all things good with the world
In every season, good is everything.
To marvel at the Word unfurled with
Truth and grace altogether awakened.
He came to us when we floundered
To deliver a precious message.
Tributes to Craig Lagnese, who’s untimely death prompted many tributes to him. He was a teacher at Herricks High School and the head of the Herricks Teacher Association.(HTA).
Having been in Herricks for over 20 years, it wasn’t until I met Craig that I saw the person who I believed could be the leader that we desperately needed. Craig worked tirelessly to help everyone. It was because of his honesty and fortitude for righteousness that so many members became involved in the HTA.
We need strong leadership as exemplified by the existing Fire Commissioner Rick Stein...he has held leadership positions in the NHP Fire Department, NYC Fire Department, and Fire Island Fire Department, as well as the Police Auxiliary, the Elks, the Lions, the Boy Scouts, the courthouse, and he has been the man in the red suit at the NHP Christmas town tree lighting ceremony for over 30 years!
When Anthony Vaglica told me he was planning on running for fire commissioner, I knew he was making the right decision for New Hyde Park. His business expertise will help him make positive changes in the fire department that are sensible and cost effective.
The taxpayer will benefit from having Anthony Vaglica as the new fire department commissioner in New Hyde Park. We need a commissioner who knows how to balance the needs of the volunteers with the safety of our community.
Fran Lisio, New Hyde Park
I have known Anthony Vaglica for nine years, first as a customer, then a friend. He is one of the most helpful people I know. Anthony is quick to lend a hand and I have never doubted anything he has ever told me.
Anthony Vaglica will make an excellent fire commissioner and the Fire Department will be lucky to have him.
Eileen Amoriello, New Hyde Park
Anyone can throw their hat in the ring and want to fill this prestigious seat but it takes a man with integrity, dedication and a total committment to the overall goals of the firefighters and taxpayers to achieve and succeed in this position; and Rick Stein has done that for the past five years.
There are weeks I feel like I should wear a football helmet to the office. That’s because whenever powerful, special interest groups feel I’ve somehow threatened their status quo, they launch attacks. This past week a number of local teachers’ unions targeted me as the “deciding vote” in favor of the tax cap and, in that vote, as having participated in an attack on our children’s education.
I’d like to set the record straight. The tax cap passed the Senate with a near-unanimous 57-5 bi-partisan vote and was enthusiastically signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It limits increases in school and local property taxes to 2 percent a year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
We have been busy in the district with continued training in the Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching which will be used as the teacher evaluation tool for all staff in September of 2012. Teachers continue to meet and discuss the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Mathematics. New York State will be deciding next year as to whether they will continue their own state testing system or adapt the consortium assessment called PARC (Partners for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).
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