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Letter: Left Or Right, It’s All Wrong

In many respects, Levittown and the growth of suburbia and the middle class in the three decades after World War II was a hybrid of politically charged goals and interests from both liberals and conservatives. 

 

Liberals once championed the oppressed and downtrodden. Not anymore. The right of affluent gay professionals with secure incomes and no family obligations to throw themselves lavish weddings in Phoenix’s most palatial catering hall means more to them than

Arizona’s homeless or jobless residents. The animal rights of cows is a greater concern than the low pay and working conditions of meat-packing workers; than the young people with college degrees who need food stamps to purchase beef. The rights of some deadbeat to get stoned on marijuana whilst awaiting the welfare check’s arrival is of greater import than families working three or four jobs to pay for those who won’t work one. 

 

Conservatives, on the other hand, have abandoned traditional family and community values. When they champion a corporation that pays its CEO millions of dollars, pays its employees the minimum wage, and drives Mom and Pop stores out of business with unscrupulous practices, that’s hardly a championing of family and community values. Nor is a fetish-like preoccupation with gun stockpiling and tobacco smoker’s rights whilst hospitals, schools, firehouses, and nursing homes close their doors. 

 

Neither Left nor Right, liberals nor conservatives, Democrats nor Republicans are interested in the trade, labor, tax, immigration, housing, or educational issues that circumscribed “the American Dream” decades after World War II,  which Levittown was the quintessential example. They have abandoned the working people, the Common Man, and the notion of a stable, prosperous, and tranquil social order for everyone. 

 

But just because liberals have abandoned the oppressed, downtrodden, and poor doesn’t mean we have to abandon them. And just because conservatives have abandoned working families and traditional values doesn’t mean we have to abandon them. The fact is, traditionalism can be quite progressive and the progressive can be quite traditionalist. Ultramodern, hi-tech Singapore, for example, went from Third World poverty to First World prosperity by embracing traditionalist Confucian values and adapting them to the modern world. At the other end of the technological spectrum, the ultra-traditionalist Amish have created communities free of the guns, gangs, drugs, homelessness, unemployment, broken homes, and crime that plague many communities that pride themselves on being “modern”. We can do better. 

 

Paul Manton  


News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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