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Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

Politics, Health Care And The Cliff

We are now more than a week into the government shutdown and no end in sight. So things are not exactly hunky-dory in the nation’s capital. Both political parties are at loggerheads and the frustration of the American people continues to mount.

 

First things first: Despite the fact that there have been 17 shutdowns since the mid-1970s, it was foolhardy for Republicans to come to the table with “a take no prisoners” attitude. I have as many reservations about Obamacare being another government boondoggle as the next guy. But there is no sense in ignoring the political arithmetic. The Democrats have the White House and the Senate. That’s a deal breaker when it comes to defunding Obamacare, no matter how long Ted Cruz wants to filibuster on the floor of the Senate.

 

The Mayor's Corner: October 10, 2013

Written by Paul Ehrbar Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

On Sept. 11, the Williston Park Little League honored the both those Williston Park residents who perished in the terrorist attacks  of September 11, 2001 and their families. Former deputy Mayor Bill Darmstadt and John Hogan were instrumental , once again for putting this honored tradition together. The somber event is a reminded that we must never forget those who perished that day.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons once again sponsored the Williston Park Street Fair. As usual, this spectacular event attracted thousands. The weather was fantastic, the food selections were many and the numerous vendors were quite varied  with the items being sold. While many of the chamber members were involved in putting the event together, kudos go out to Lucille Walters who was the instrumental player in ensuring a successful day. This fair has grown over the years and this year’s event exceeded expectations.  

 

Letter: Elect Ellen Birnbaum

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

As a friend and neighbor of Ellen Birnbaum for over 20 years, I have seen her grow and flourish into a wonderful representative of our community who has the best interest of us all at heart.  For that reason, I am proud to support her as a candidate for Nassau County Legislature in the 10th District.

Ellen has lived in Nassau County her entire life and in Great Neck for 32 years.  She has the pulse of the community at her fingertips and is fully immersed in all of the important issues in our neighborhood. I have always found Ellen to be someone who you can count on to “get the job done.”

 

From The Desk Of Superintendent Robert Katulak: October 10, 2013

Written by Robert Katulak Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District was one of the only five districts in the state to be selected for the Commissioner’s Dissemination Grant. The purpose of the grant is to allow reward school districts such as ours, to share our expertise, strategies, and materials with other districts in the state that are struggling. The commissioner of education in conjunction with the governor, created this award so as our district mentors others, we also have the opportunity to improve our own practices and strategies as well.

 

Letter: Kaiman Says Goodbye

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

After serving ten years as your town supervisor, I am stepping down to join the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo as Special Advisor to the governor. I have also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) as its chairman.

 

In the coming months and years ahead, I will be handling storm recovery for the State of New York focusing on Sandy’s impact on Long Island and the resources and policies that are being so dedicated. In regard to NIFA, I will lead the board that conducts oversight over Nassau County’s Finances.  NIFA was established in 2000 by Governor Pataki to oversee and monitor the budgeting and fiscal operations of the county as a result of the county’s financial turmoil. 

 

From Long Island Wins

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Reaching out and Reaching Back

Twelve years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the tensions haven’t gone away. But the progress in resolving them hasn’t stopped, either. And it may surprise you to note that Nassau’s Muslim community is leading the way.

 

The Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) in Westbury, which was the first mosque built from the ground up on Long Island, has worked through the years to bring all Long Islanders together. A leader of those efforts has been Dr. Faroque

Khan, member of the ICLI board of trustees and a founding member. 

 

The Swim Meet

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Crack of the gun, they’re off!

Left, right, left… 

Waves of swimmers 

Slicing through crystal waters.

To cacophonous applause tossed like 

crazy laps beyond them, bouncing off walls—

drowning the void between air and space,

pledging deafening sorority that promises 

to go on forever past the finish line.

 

From the Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Are We Making The Grade

The new school year is well under way. 

 

I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things. 

 

Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

A Dream Deferred

It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech at the Lincoln Memorial. It was a sacred effort and the words and sentiments he spoke that day are grafted into the nation’s collective consciousness. The ideal of universal freedom is a uniquely American one and the struggle for civil rights under the shadows of slavery and Jim Crow is a compelling and courageous narrative in the volume of liberty in which King was a central figure.

African-Americans have made great strides toward equality under the law and are an integral part of America’s multi-cultural fabric. Over the last few decades their rise has been meteoric: In 1964, 26 percent of blacks graduated high school, now 85 percent do; in 1970 there were 1,469 black elected officials while today there are 10,500; a black middle class is a staple of society and from sports to politics to the entertainment industry discrimination against blacks is virtually non-existent. 

 

Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

In The Shadows

The Great Depression was a pivotal event whose causes have generated much heated debate. The consensus was that the stock market crash, fueled by reckless speculation, triggered an unprecedented bank crisis. This explanation became one of those unquestioning verities, an established fact, and a datum of certainty. It also happened to be dead wrong.  

 

Conceit is the queen of human presumptions. What we know is often overlevereged by what we don’t know. Proximity gropes in a fog of uncertainty.  Evidence, accumulative and accumulating, needs the luxury of time to purchase perspective and understanding. 

 

It was not until Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz’s A Monetary History of the United States established that monetary contraction was the true catalyst for economic calamity. It was not the loosening but the tightening of the money supply that was the real culprit.

 

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