Your “Train In Vain” editorial (July 16-22) referred to “genuflecting” to the MTA’s leaders — “those six-figured salaried credits to humankind.” From that, I am inferring that you were implying that for salaries in the $100,000-to-$999,999 range, the public has a right to expect better leadership, and leaders. I agree with that, and feel even more strongly about the countless corporate executives being paid (not “earning”) seven-figure and eight-figure (millions and tens-of-millions of dollars annually) salaries. I refer to recent news stories stating that: “The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.”
The story also said, “A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009.”
Well, one group of radicals here in New York is so upset that Republicans and Democrats were working together that they launched an all out war to stop it. They actually targeted people who were working together for progress. What’s worse is that it worked, and that should scare the hell out of all Long Islanders.
Recently, the five Senators of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) who formed a successful, functional, bipartisan governing coalition with Senate Republicans, caved in to threats of primaries from this group and pledged to sever their bipartisan ties. So too did Governor Andrew Cuomo, who earned this faction’s ire by having the nerve to work across the aisle. In doing so, they all turned their backs on an astonishing record of shared accomplishments that were widely recognized for having righted New York’s listing fiscal ship.
It can be difficult to function in the summertime. Oppressively humid air hangs heavy, transforming Long Island into wet island. Add disease-carrying winged creatures to the mix and we’ve got a reason to pray for a winter chill.
The horror ... the horror.
I am a director at Drug Free Long Island,Inc. and Drug Free Massapequa (a volunteer). I am retired after 25 years with Nassau County and 18 years with the Town of Oyster Bay.
At the Town I was deputy town attorney and in charge of employees relations and also drug and alcohol matters. At three seperate occasions, we had three individuals with drug and alcohol problems whose situations still haunt me. All three were desperately in need of long term inpatient care, over 30 days. Even I could tell by observation (as well as their doctor`s and therapists’ evaluations) that these were seriously ill people simply by listening to their speech patterns. Inpatient therapy had been ordered for them. The insurance company said no, not until they had failed two outpatient courses of treatment. The alcohol abuser had. He was initially placed for 30-60 days inpatient, but against therapist orders he was terminated from treatment after 15 days. He was dead a few weeks later.
I’m writing to inform readers of a simple and effective step we can take to protect our seniors from identity theft — removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
One in five Americans above the age of 65 fall victim to financial fraud. In New York alone, approximately half a million seniors have been prey for scammers.
I just read John Owens’ article about substance abuse and the mom’s letter about a wonderful place in Florida (“It Doesn’t Have To Be An Unhappy Ending,” The Weekend, July 2-8). I am very happy for her son.
I’m a journalist, author and psychoanalyst. I have written editorials and have been editorialized myself in Newsday,The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. When I read Michael Miller’s “Viewpoint” (“American’s Deserve a Life After 6 p.m.,” The Weekend, April 30-May 6), I recognized it as one of the finest editorial pieces I have ever come across.
I recall the first time I watched the infamous Cadillac commercial Mr. Miller referred to, and how persuasive and really evil it was. For those who have not seen the ad, it was a 60-second spot of a handsome actor walking through his luxury home, past his built-in pool and approaching his new Cadillac. All the while he discusses how ridiculous the lazy French are for taking off “all of August!” and how Americans are so smart to be willing to sacrifice all their time and energy to work and buy and work and buy.
With the push from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York State Senate is shifting to a more left leaning progressive agenda. Who is running this state? Is it Governor Andrew Cuomo who understands that New York has major taxing problems and has pushed a more moderate agenda? Or is it the Liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio who will push every one out of New York state with his agenda?
A recent issue of the New Hyde Park Illustrated News features a photograph of a cat found around the Park Circle area (“Is This Your Cat?” on page four). I live across the street from Park Circle and am forwarding information as per the request in the caption. About two months ago I had noticed several “lost cat” posters on lamp posts which featured two pictures of what I believe to be the same “tuxedo” cat. The poster cat’s name is Midnight. I called the number on the poster to alert Midnight’s owner about the newspaper picture.
When the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed the Compassionate Care Act last Friday, it was only succumbing to the will of the people. According to the New Hyde Park Illustrated’s online poll, more than 68 percent responding support medical marijuana, with 25 percent opposed and 6% undecided.
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