Two letters appearing in the Manhasset Press on Sept. 24 contend that insufficient regulation is to blame for problems with the economy and in our health care system. One writer claims, “It wasn’t social policies that led to our current deficits.” The other thinks, “We need more regulation to protect patient’s rights.” Both take swipes at war expenditures, favor more socialism and seem dismissive of free market capitalism. With respect, I don’t agree.
Two-thirds of health care costs are related to unhealthy behaviors: smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, etc. The main emphasis for improvements in health care needs to be prevention of these behaviors. This will save money and lives. The elimination of Medicaid/Medicare fraud and elimination of unjust medical lawsuits and outrageously high malpractice premiums will also bring about major savings. This will result largely through reduction of defensive medical tests and procedures (inappropriate extra tests performed to create the illusion that all precautions, however unreasonable, have been taken).
In her Letters to the Editor of Sept. 10 and 17, Margaret Guddat opposes President Obama’s health care reform, and does what conservatives always do when faced with an advance in social justice; she invokes the boogeyman of socialism.
I write at the direction of the executive board of the Norgate Civic Association to express the opposition of our association to the town’s proposed acquisition of the private residence located at 51 Andrew Street, adjacent to the parking lot behind Town Hall.
The Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of a country is the sum of all output produced by economic activity within a country. It is a good measure of a nation’s wealth. It is well known that the GDP of Moslem nations falls way short of that of the Western World. But how far short? I decided to investigate.
As a Manhasset resident who attended the Aug. 31 meeting with Jon Kaiman regarding 51 Andrew Street, I was particularly startled by what was not said during the meeting.
The Manhasset Park Civic Association adamantly opposes the Town of North Hempstead’s proposed purchase of the residential home at 51 Andrew Street in Manhasset for additional parking and/or office space for the town. Any use of this home other than a single-family home is simply not in the best interest of the area residents.
If you are involved with athletics in Manhasset-whether you have a child who plays sports, you are a coach or an observer-you quickly realize that the athletic infrastructure in Manhasset is inadequate.
Our elected officials have a duty to be fiscally responsible and to act in the best interest of their constituents. With the potential town acquisition of 51 Andrew St. in Manhasset, the town appears to be ignoring both of these responsibilities. At a special meeting on Aug. 31, Supervisor Kaiman and Councilperson Poons explained that the town wanted the property so that it could obtain 10 additional parking spaces for town hall and additional office space in which the code department would be temporarily housed.
I am writing on behalf of the Strathmore Village Civic Association to express our opposition to the acquisition of this property by the Town of North Hempstead. We object for the following reasons:
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