Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:29
A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.
“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua.
For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown.
While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:34
The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally.
The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:33
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”