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Editorial: Log On And Chime In

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Nothing, it seems, gets people’s dander up as much as kittens in peril. 

 

Our sister paper, the Massapequa Observer, last week told of the Town of Oyster Bay closing a nonprofit no-kill cat rescue shelter for code violations, after neighboring businesses complained about odor. 

 

The tale has brought our offices a flood of calls from across Nassau — Massapequa to Mill Neck, Floral Park to Farmingdale, Port Washington to Plainview. Our two stories on the rescue shelter’s closing have unleashed a torrent of comments — some in support of the shelter, some in support of the businesses (but all in support of the kittens) — on the Massapequa Observer Facebook page (www.facebook.com/massapequaobserver). Passionate pleas for animal welfare mingle with calls for the business owner to correct code violations. It’s a lively debate with many points of view and at times it gets contentious — and we couldn’t be happier about hosting a platform for the public.

 

Letter: Put The Shhhhh! In Schumer

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

 

Based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Senator Charles Schumer).  We believe that Schumer’s voting record and support of Senator

Maria Cantwell were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry. RNAV equipment is a technology the FAA believes allows aircraft to fly narrow paths that concentrating noise. In addition, the technology allows for closer spacing that supposedly maintains or improves safety. The senator and the aircraft and airline industries are more concerned about flying more and more aircraft into the New York area than about quality of life. 

 

Letter: Jobs Are Out There

Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

I enjoyed reading Paul Manton’s opinion on the value of the college degree for today’s youth in the July 16-22 edition of the Levittown Tribune and would like to share my opinion on this topic as well. I believe that for most high school graduates, college is the appropriate next step.

 

While college educations can be very expensive, and accumulating debt is never a good thing, Nassau Community College provides an extremely affordable and valuable option for high school graduates who are not certain of specific career paths or who are not financially able to attend private liberal arts colleges.

 

Letter: A Little Bit Concussed

Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

With all of this new state-of-the-art sporting equipment, we’re made to believe that high school sports have actually been made safer over the years.

 

But, when we hear the chants and cheers; the utter excitement of the local crowd as the pigskin is sent hurtling into the air towards the Island Trees Bulldogs’ top receiver, it almost makes us, the spectators, forget how hard these teens are really hitting each other. 

 

Mark Your Calendar: Events In County Parks

Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county.  This summer, we have an action-packed line-up. With a combination of quality entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, we look forward to seeing you out and about. 

 

Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality. 

 

This week, I would like to alert you to upcoming happenings. Pack up your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store.

 

Editoril: Exterminate All The Brutes

Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

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.

 

Letter: Kids Camps Combat Summer Slide

Friday, 11 July 2014 08:56

Once upon a time, back when we went to camp, camps focused on athletics and the arts. Primary activities at most included hiking, sports, running around, and blowing off physical steam, with arts and crafts for quiet periods or rainy days. Alternative camps inverted the formula, specializing in arts — drama or drawing or music — with games and sports as recreational add-ons. 

 

Letter: Addiction: A Local Solution

Friday, 11 July 2014 08:44

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.

 

There is a faith-based program on Long Island. It is called Teen Challenge (though most of its residents are older.)

 

Letter: Don’t Call Them “Nazis”

Friday, 11 July 2014 08:43

This letter is in response to your article about Airman Kosierowski which appeared in the Levittown Tribune last Friday. 

 

On behalf of the German-American community of Long Island, I would like to present a point-of-information and correction with regards to your article. 

 

Since WWII the American media has consistently and quite incorrectly referred to all members of the German armed forces during the Second World War as “Nazis.” Not only is this incorrect it is also unwarranted. 

 

Editorial: Summer Starts When The Sky Is Lit

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

While June 21 is considered the official start of summer, the real fun doesn’t kick off until bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles, sparklers and jumping jacks are lighting the night sky on July 4th, honoring the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago. Rarely does it rain on July 4th (we’re having a hard time remembering when it did), which makes the night that much more sweet. You can step out your door and find a fireworks celebration almost anywhere in Nassau County.

 

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