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Sacrificing Our Lands and Waters

Written by By Bill Ulfelder, New York State Director, The Nature Conservancy Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

The lands, waters, and wildlife of New York are vital to our state’s identity and strength. If enacted, Governor Paterson’s FY2010/11 Executive Budget proposal would strike a harsh blow to the state’s ability to address critical environmental issues now and for years to come. Our rich natural resources protect our drinking water, contribute billions of dollars a year in revenue through tourism and other industries, provide green spaces for millions of city residents, and support a breathtaking variety of wildlife. From the Adirondacks to the shores of the Hudson to the bays and beaches of Long Island, our precious lands and waters must be protected—for our health, for our prosperity and for our children’s future.

 

Letter: So Much History in Levittown

Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

People came from miles around to collect violets in the meadows across the street from the farmhouse, especially after the Wantagh Parkway came by in 1936. She recollected it well: the constellations of wildflowers splashed across the land, northwards, as far as the eye could see into Hicksville.

 

Letter: Republican Promises to Voters Were Broken

Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

In the recent Nassau County elections the voters were given promises from the Republican candidates. The promises consisted of fiscal restraint, cutting wasteful spending, and lowering taxes. Unfortunately the new Republican-led legislature chose to vote for a 47 percent pay raise for the new Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt and the leadership.

 

Letter: Community Rallied to Help Haiti Victims

Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

On Feb. 6, 2010, my friends and I, Erin Vaughan Ware, put together a clothing drive to benefit the families who were affected by the tragic Haiti disaster. Thanks to our generous community, we collected over 1,000 pounds of clothes!

 

Letter: Looking for History in Levittown

Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

I am an 11th-grade student at North Kingstown High in Rhode Island working on a National History Day Project. This year’s History Day theme is Innovation in History: Impact and Change. I have selected Levittown as my topic because it revolutionized not only the way houses were built but also the way people lived.

 

Letter: Thank You to Levittown’s Engine Co. No. 2

Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

After the last big snowfall, my car was stuck in a big snowdrift. I was unable to clear my walk or sidewalk, as I walk with a cane.

 

Letter: Unique Store at Tri-County Will Benefit Levittown Residents

Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

I just wanted to say a few words about Unique coming to Tri-County. I have lived in Levittown since 1951. My father and brother helped build Levittown and there have been many changes over the years.

 

 

Letter: Thoughts of Time Travelers

Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

I recently encountered a glittering gem that, much to my dismay, came before me without attribution. Conservatives, it said, can’t get over the fact that the 1960s happened and liberals can’t get over the fact that the 1980s happened. Both yearn for the 1950s, it continued, except that whereas conservatives want to live in the ’50s, liberals only want to work there. It’s easy to forget the decade in which one finds oneself, and no wonder. I’ve encountered five distinct types of time travelers:

 

Letter: Student Financial Aid Awareness Month

Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

Each winter, New Yorkers and families across the country are directly confronted with one of the most crucial financial concerns regarding their teenage children – how to pay for their college education.

 

Letter: Stunned at Legislator Schmitt’s Pay Raise

Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00

I am beyond stunned that Republican legislative leader Peter Schmitt has given himself a hefty pay raise, going from $63,000 to $99,000, while Nassau County struggles to cut expenses. He and his deputy have awarded themselves these increases during a time when Long Island families are struggling to make ends meet, losing jobs and their homes.

 

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