Mary Tillman is the mother of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan. She wrote the book Boots on the Ground by Dusk, which detailed her attempt to find out the truth about her son’s death and exposed a cover-up by the Pentagon and the White House. Mary Tillman dedicated the book to “all military families, who are seeking to understand the sacrifices their sons and daughters have made. They too are entitled to the truth from their government.”
I was disappointed but not surprised to hear that John Venditto just proposed a tax increase because, after all, this continues the pattern of the all-Republican Oyster Bay Town Board. Despite the fact that seven out of ten other towns on Long Island have found a way to hold the line on taxes, Oyster Bay has followed its normal playbook of increasing taxes in a non-election year. This maintains the practice, which has led to a 45 percent increase in taxes over the last six years. This translates to an average tax increase of approximately $600.00. My one hope is that Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia cannot possibly vote for this increase, inasmuch as she is running for re-election on the Tax Revolt line.
Peter J. Clines
“Three men in the Bronx – two of them teenagers – held against their will and tortured by a group of young men because they were suspected of being gay.
As we all know, distracted driving has become a very serious problem for our state and our country. In New York State at least one out of five motor vehicle crashes has distracted driving listed as a contributing factor. In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver and more than 440,000 were injured.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released its national survey on Drug Use and Health and sadly there weren’t too many surprises. Drug use among adolescents nationwide increased between 2008 and 2009, reflecting the trend we’ve seen here on Long Island - a trend that’s accelerated into 2010.
On behalf of the South Farmingdale Water District and Board of Commissioners, I have very exciting news to report; news that will give confidence and comfort to all residents in the South Farmingdale Water District.
Times are tough enough without unnecessary cuts to health care for older adults!
On Sept. 16, the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation was the host site for a Town Hall meeting to discuss the repeal of a Federal Medicaid Assistance (FMAP) Contingency Plan that had recently been adopted by the State, under the assumption that no federal fiscal relief for states would be approved by Congress.
The members of Locust Valley Fire Department are set to host their 3rd Annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser to benefit the Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW).
I applaud County Executive Edward I. Mangano for standing up to the Nassau County’s unions. It’s about time someone did. I, along with most other Nassau residents, have had to cut back and do without because of this recession, yet the unions refuse to give anything back. These are difficult times and we’ve all had to make sacrifices. It’s time the unions did too!
This year, 30 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in Nassau County. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures, including afternoons of swimming, fishing at sunset and roasting s’mores over a campfire.
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