Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
We spent billions of dollars on the war in Iraq that led to the loss of our servicemen and the loss of innocent civilians. We do not need and cannot afford another war.
Ten years ago the United States engaged in military action against Iraq after President George W. Bush presented evidence looking for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). No WMDs were ever discovered, nonetheless, the US military engaged in war with an already troubled nation. Eventually, the Iraqi people were freed from the clutches of a despotic madman who has been in power since 1979 who left behind mass graves and torture chambers. However, they were freed at the cost of brave men and women of the United States, and they will not be forgotten.
Ten years later, Iraq and its people are in a state of disrepair with unemployment in the double digits, and basic utility services previously offered are no more. Iraq went from bad to worse in a matter of years; despite being number two in
OPEC, the nation is broke. One can argue this is largely due to the fact that Iraq’s system of government is corrupt, has been always will be. Furthermore, many of the people living in Iraq are going to bed hungry. To make matters worse, suicide bombers roam the streets killing themselves and anyone who is around.
In 2013 the United States discovered that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad used chemical weapons, notably sarin gas, (a gas that acts as a nerve agent which attacks the nerves and muscles and can kill, depending on exposure, as quickly as one minute) to kill innocent men, women and children. After this report surfaced, theories began to emerge that Assad did not use sarin gas on his people and that in all likelihood if anyone were to use this gas would be the Muslim
Brotherhood. Now, there are so many ambiguities surrounding Pres. Assad that to jump into a war is not in this nation’s best interest. Importantly, how can one even trust this current administration when the previous administration lied to us, which led us into war?
For the USA to engage in another war in the Middle East would most certainly bankrupt us, as well as adding to more innocent lives lost. Furthermore, the USA would be doing this alone! The United Kingdom voted already not to go to war with Syria. Both Russia and Iran are threatening the United States if we were to engage in war with Syria. A logical approach would be to have the United Nations work with Syria and either impose sanctions or send in inspectors. The UN is there to help in these situations.
President Obama and congress should be more than aware that a war now is not what the people want. We need to focus on repairing the USA and fixing our debt before we go to war with anyone else. We need to focus on bringing jobs back home. We need to fix the unemployment. We are a nation already in crisis and we must not add to that.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.