I read with interest and some confusion the Letter to the Editor by James P. Ward published on July 31, regarding Herman Sirois’ resignation. I’m not sure what response Mr. Ward expected from the community. Rioting and/or rejoicing in the streets?
“Old soldiers never die - they just fade away.” was among the concluding comments of General Douglas MacArthur, on April 19, 1951, before a packed joint session of Congress. A week earlier, on April 11, 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved MacArthur of his command as commander of United Nations forces for the General’s insubordination and unwillingness to conduct a limited war on the Korean peninsula.
A recent column published in this paper completely missed the point about the race for Nassau County Executive. The 2009 campaign isn’t about who can raise and spend the most money; it’s about who is best able to govern our county for the next four years.
Last month, I wrote about all the wonderful Farmers’ Markets in our area. We are so fortunate to be able to buy fresh local produce and other assorted items from craftspeople who are our neighbors and friends.
On May 9, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate the Dalai Lama offered an invocation for the New York State Senate, calling for compassion during tough times. The 73-year old spiritual leader of Tibet spoke from the chamber floor about honesty and transparency and told the senators and spectators about his deep respect for American values. “This house,” he said, “I think demonstrates the American democratic system.” Ya think?
Bravo to Tom Caro for speaking on behalf of many, many taxpayers of this district. If the board of education and administration were as thoughtful as he is on these issues perhaps our burdensome tax rates would not be so!
Over the last 25 years, although I suspect that many residents might be in denial on this point, the Nassau County that historian Edward Smits dubbed “Suburbia, USA” has become more urbanized; more Queens-like. We now discuss issues like crime, homelessness, taxes, and immigration in a manner that, prior to 1980, would have been seen largely as Big City concerns: concerns of places like Queens.
Two weeks ago marked the first official week of the summer. It also marked the beginning of Lightning Safety Week, a week of education and awareness designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As for the issue of increased distances for children before they are eligible for bus transportation a few of things come to mind:
I find it hard to accept Dr. Sirois’ statement that the $15.9 million overfunding of an employee account “had no adverse effect on the taxpayers.”
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