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Editorial: Don’t Get Pink Washed

Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:35

In case you haven’t noticed by the abundance of fundraising walks or pink that’s popping up everywhere, be it in the world of sports (bats, cleats) or  fashion (tons of ribbons), we’re neck-deep in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make no mistake that awareness for this disease is crucial and comes in the form of early detection, genetic susceptibility or making lifestyle choices. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, it will claim approximately 40,000 American lives this year and more than 228,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. and nearly 2,200 of those are men. It’s easy to get caught up in becoming a slacktivist when you think sporting a pink ribbon for the month is making any kind of inroads against this disease when the reality is that discussing the causes and prevention of breast cancer it's a productive way of battling cancer. For many, it’s easy to become an annual version of the ice bucket challenge.

Dave Gil de Rubio


Letter: Justice Remains Unserved

Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:35

The basic facts of the news story are that retired NYPD officer Michael Elardo’s hit-and-run killing of 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin has resulted in his being fined $2,500 and sentenced to possibly up to four years  in prison. Case closed, and justice is now officially deemed to have been served. But I don’t view it that way, and here are some of the reasons I consider this verdict an injustice.


After Mr. Elardo hit Bryanna Soplin with his car, he left her dying in the street and fled, not turning himself in until 42 hours later. So, technically, this was not a case of “hit-and-run,” but a hit-and-drive-away-like-an-irresponsible coward-rather-than-like-a-cop-with-a-conscience case. If he had immediately stopped and administered his policeman’s training first aid to Bryanna, or driven her to the nearby hospital, perhaps her life could have been saved.


Letter: The Tree Debate

Friday, 17 October 2014 08:34

Recently, a friend of mine told me about the trees that are designated for demolition along South Oyster Bay Road. The removal of these 180+ trees, which is currently underway, spans the distance between Syosset and Bethpage. A debate surrounds this issue, with residents on one side and county officials on the other. Those in favor of the demotion state that the trees, which are at least 40 years old, have uprooted sidewalks along South Oyster Bay Road. This poses a serious safety concern for those who walk there. Those opposed have stated that trees lend a charm and beauty to the area; they have also argued that trees help the ecosystem, as well as offer shade from the heat. As anyone who has driven along the roadway knows, rush hour traffic can be hampered by the angle of the sun at that time.


Opinion: County Goes Roots Radical

Friday, 17 October 2014 08:34

It recently came to light that the Nassau County Department of Public Works has begun a project to remove close to 200 grand old trees along roads spanning Syosset, Plainview, Hicksville and Bethpage. According to the department, the decision was made to remove these 30- to 40-foot behemoths and their far-reaching roots after years of complaints from residents about buckling sidewalks and damaged roadways.


Letter: Common Core Gets A Big Fat ‘F’

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting with New York State Senator Kemp Hannon on Sept. 4 to discuss our significant concerns with the Common Core Curriculum. The senator graciously agreed to meet and spent almost an hour with us, listening to the issues associated with the curriculum.   


Letter: Revisiting Hurricane Sandy and the Fracking Debate

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, memories of the destruction produced by the storm still haunts most Long Islanders. 


I have lived in Massapequa since 1982. During that time, I have lived through Hurricane Gloria, blizzards, torrential rainstorms and Hurricane Irene. What happened the night of 10-29-12 was traumatic for me, my wife and daughter. 


Editorial: Scouting For Leaders

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:28

Nassau County got into Scouting way back in 1917 with the first Boy Scout council and first Girl Scout troop. At the time, the orienteering and outdoor skills Scouting promotes were still useful, even in Levittown.

Nearly 100 years later, our lives are much less rustic. Scouting has adapted. Now, troops are more likely to promote robotics studies and entrepreneurship than how to start a fire or build a lean-to. What endures through the decades of change are lessons of leadership and teamwork, as useful for survival on Hempstead Tpke. as wielding an axe is in a forest.


Letter: Supporting Ethan Irwin’s Election

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:30

I am writing this letter in support of a local Levittown resident for New York State Senate, Ethan Irwin.  I have lived in Levittown for more than 30 years and am so proud to be a part of this wonderful community.

Levittown is known throughout New York as a beautiful suburban community where a man like me can raise his children. This is also due to the efforts and accomplishments of our neighbors like Ethan Irwin.


Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint.  Or have I misremembered that?


Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Friday, 19 September 2014 08:32

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.                                                                                  

— Alfred Griswold Whitney


The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”


Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? 


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