I read with interest about the panel discussion on the pros and cons of so-called “hydrofracking.” The debate as framed makes good points, however, it also misses a few key points.
When I was an exploration and development geologist for a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, for all the majors I worked with the preferred industry standard practice for both oil and gas well completions was called an “acid frac,” or an “acid job.” Based on my understanding, this is still the preferred method for non-horizontal wells, not hydrofracking.
I am writing in response to Howard Weitzman’s letter to the editor dated May 31, 2013 wherein he disputes the highly respected journalist Mike Barry’s commentary “Quietly Vindicated” which complimented the Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, published on May 17, 2013.
Let’s remember that Mr. Weitzman is the former Comptroller who left the County nearly bankrupt with a $250 million structural deficit. He is now a candidate for Comptroller attempting gain attention with misleading statements. He is wrong in every allegation.
(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins’ column titled “Stupid is as Stupid Does” which appeared in the April 26 printed editions within Martins’ district, and online at http://www.antonnews.com/mineolaamerican/opinion/28866-from-the-desk-of-ny-state-senator-jack-martins.html/. )
I always read the Letters to the Editor. I was very disappointed in the cartoon that was in the paper. Here is a woman with five kids, looking for a babysitter, so she voted for the school budget. It is in poor taste. Our school is not a babysitting service.
I read your story about Canadian Geese. A large part of the problem is a man-made one. This is a migratory species that no longer migrates. I understand that geese were originally introduced into the area by hunters, and they never learned to migrate. Since there are very few predators in this area, the problem does worsen every year.
Thank you for writing about this problem,
Rich Cameron, Hauppauge, NY
On behalf of Peggy and myself—we wish to thank the Levittown community for re-electing us to serve the students and taxpayers of Levittown. As always, we will do our best to serve the community, as we have the last three years. Also, thank you for passing the budget; it was not an easy year to prepare a fiscally sound budget, insuring our children and taxpayers get the most for their money. We are excited to be part of the team to take Levittown to the next level. Thanks, again.
James Moran and Peggy Marenghi, Levittown School Board of Education
It is important for students to begin visiting colleges during their junior year of high school. It is during these visits that they will be able to narrow down their list of schools to a more manageable number. Not surprisingly, many colleges consider these visitations in their decision-making process. If a student has not visited the school, the admissions office may question his or her true interest and commitment. In fact, for borderline students, it could be the reason why a student is or is not selected for admittance.
Therefore, it is important that you sign in during one of these visits so the schools have a record of your child’s personal contacts. In many cases, however, it may be impossible for your child to see all of the schools on his/her list. Under these circumstances, it is essential that your child make multiple contacts with the college representative for our area.
On behalf of the Island Trees Board of Education, I would like to thank the community for their continued support of the educational programs, services and activities in our school district. While a number of other Long Island school districts have reduced their school programs, Island Trees has been able to sustain these vital structures in these very challenging economic times.
We are fortunate to have such supportive community who give their approval to our school budget year after year. Again, our sincerest thanks to the Island Trees community for their commitment to our school district, and most importantly, our students.
Dr. Charles Murphy,
Superintendent of Schools, Island Trees
I enjoyed John Owens’ article “When The Goose Poop Hits The Fan.” In England (I am English), this is a problem that has been dealt with humanely for many years by feeding corn or other feeds treated to interfere with the egg laying; a form of birth control.
Something similar is available here: www.idausa.org/ida-offers-free-birth-control-for-geese/
Gavin E. Pike
There are some events in the news that are easy to track and follow what’s going on, for example, the NBA playoffs, or The Voice.
And then there are the debates in Washington. By the time the legislative maneuvering is underway and the rhetoric is streaming from both sides, it can be hard to figure out what’s happening, why it’s happening, who benefits from what’s happening, and whether what’s happening will be of any use.
But here’s one thing that should be clear to all of us: immigration reform will save us all money. Let me repeat that: immigration reform will save us all money.
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