Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
There is no law or treaty that supersedes the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. We elect men and women who swear to defend it against all enemies; foreign and domestic.
The United Nations was formed following the Second World War from allied nations in hopes of bringing peace and unity after the atrocities witnessed after the war. Further, since its inception it has been helping out third world nations, and assisting them with everything from voter fraud to helping out children in need, among others.
However, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, United States Secretary of State John Kerry signed the controversial United Nations Arms Treaty, despite wide felt objection from many Republicans in the United States Senate and citizens alike. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, head of the U.N. General Assembly, applauded Secretary Kerry’s effort, as his signature marks 118 member nations to endorse this treaty. The aim of this treaty seems pretty simple. It was designed to eradicate the sale of certain weapons used in “commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, and certain war crimes,” in addition to sale of certain weapons and vehicles. The U.N. is doing this in hopes that we will never see another act of terrorism or genocide.
The issue is that Kerry should have allowed this treaty to go before the Senate first for debate, then for vote, before taking it upon himself to sign it. Despite the fact that Kerry signed the treaty, which some argue will have little to no impact on the Constitution, is that Kerry should have had it sent to the Senate first. Now, the battle will have to be brought before the Senate for ratification where many believe it will fail. One can argue, by going behind the back of the Senate, people who are elected to serve both the American people and the Constitution is downright deceitful and malicious. Nonetheless, now it has to go back to the Senate.
Many people will ask what effect this treaty will have in stopping and/or preventing any crimes or atrocities from being committed. One can argue none whatsoever. In other words, war lords and dictators will do anything in their power to hurt, kill, maim or torture their citizens. Many of these sick despotic war lords or dictators already possess weapons and vehicles which they probably purchased on the black market.
We are a sovereign nation, independent of the U.N. and its articles. Importantly, no articles of the U.S. Constitution shall be challenged by the U.N. or anyone else. Our founders put the Constitution in place for this reason. The Constitution shall not be ignored or stepped on. It is here to give us freedoms and rights that were not given to other nations and our ancestors. We are a perfect example to the U.N. what other nations should be. The U.S.A. is an open and tolerant nation, we have a proud, but long, history and must not let anyone influence us otherwise we may lose our rights altogether.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.
It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00
Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.
“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”
After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.