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Letter: Our Veterans Deserve Better

Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:29

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has come under fire for delays with veterans’ benefits and care at their facilities. While I have already called for a criminal investigation into wrongdoing at the VA, I am writing to inform readers of my bill that would enact a common-sense solution to ensure veterans aren’t left waiting for claims.

Currently, New York veterans wait an average of 297 days to receive disability compensation and benefits, a time table that falls far short of the 125-day goal the VA has set for filling these claims. This is unacceptable.

 

Letter: Good Fishing In Oyster Bay

Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:05

As a Captain and operator of four recreational fishing boats that fish for flounder and other fish in Oyster Bay, I have been asked about the claim that these fish no longer exist in Oyster Bay, or that somehow the operations of the Flower shellfish farmers have made them scarce.

I understand that local newspapers have published this twisted tale, apparently without checking its veracity with people such as myself, who could have provided the truth if asked. I have been fishing this area for more than 30 years.

 

Letter: The Circle Of Gratitude

Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:05

Alas, it isn’t often that I read something in a local newspaper that I consider a real contribution to our community or our society. So, I was very moved and so pleasantly surprised when I read this article about gratitude. [“Feeling Grateful In Oyster Bay” by Denise Trezza, Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot, June 6]

I don’t know how many people will be positively affected after reading it, but I suspect a great many will, and with a ripple effect, will enhance many lives!

 

Letter: Billionaires vs. Our Kids

Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:34

I don’t mind reasonable incremental changes to our children’s education. What I see, however, when you follow the money with Common Core, is an opportunity for billionaires like Bill Gates to apply monetary influence over politicians in order to gain political favor. I see a public school system focused more on testing and memorization of useless trivia, than students truly learning and grasping concepts.

With Common Core, I see corporations eventually profiting from access to our children’s confidential information, and a further invasion into our privacy. Will any of us be surprised if somehow Bill Gates’ Microsoft eventually benefits from computerized testing and educational software in our public schools?

 

Letter: ‘Taste’ A Success

Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:26

On May 15 in beautiful downtown Oyster Bay, “The Taste of the Town” once again proved to be a tremendous celebration of our community, benefiting the students of Oyster Bay High School as well as spotlighting our local restaurants and businesses.

We appreciate the incredible support and generosity of our sponsors in making this event a huge success.

 

Letter: The Overworked American

Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:24

I’m a journalist, author and psychoanalyst. I have written editorials and have been editorialized myself in Newsday, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. When I read Michael Miller’s “Viewpoint” (“American’s Deserve a Life After 6 p.m.,” The Weekend, April 30-May 6), I recognized it as one of the finest editorial pieces I have ever come across.

I recall the first time I watched the infamous Cadillac commercial Mr. Miller referred to, and how persuasive and really evil it was. For those who have not seen the ad, it was a 60-second spot of a handsome actor walking through his luxury home, past his built-in pool and approaching his new Cadillac. All the while he discusses how ridiculous the lazy French are for taking off “all of August!” and how Americans are so smart to be willing to sacrifice all their time and energy to work and buy and work and buy.

 

Letter: Memorial Day Should Be A Day Of Mourning And Reflection

Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Memorial Day was meant as a somber day of mourning for the war dead and reflection about the horrors and costs of war.

The annual Jones Beach extravaganza, co-hosted by Newsday, uses flashy, flying weapons of war to “celebrate” a day meant for mourning. Why is this continued every year? For profits? To glorify war machines, hoping we don’t realize that these sleek fighters and bombers are meant for killing?

 

Letter: Avoid The ‘Heroin Highway’ Detour

Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

A recent article by Senator Jack Martins regarding “The Heroin Highway” touched upon some very important concerns for every parent in our community. And while most of our children do not find themselves on this “highway,” the statistics and trends for drug use and abuse are alarming. And sadly, in spite of our best efforts, they are not decreasing.

Drug use is not a problem we can arrest our way out of. It is not a problem that emerges overnight because of “bad parenting” as some have proclaimed. It is not a problem that emerges because of one choice in one moment, although we do know that for some, lives can be lost that quickly. More often than not, drug use begins because of so many things that have gone wrong or not enough things going right. It often begins not with the use of drugs but with the breakdown of those things we know to be vital for children growing up in today’s times.

 

Letter: Let’s Bury The Power Lines

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:11

I was reading a recent copy of the Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot and came across your article covering the massive utility poles that have gone up in Port Washington. Having a vested interest as an Oyster Bay Cove resident, I am clearly concerned that we express our strong desire to not have PSEG-LI put up any of these utility poles in our village. Furthermore, as a recently appointed director on the board of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, I feel any such developments would undermine our mission to revitalize and redevelop our downtown. I believe it to be my civic duty to reach out to PSEG-LI and start discussions to figure out how best to approach the topic of utility poles in general in the Hamlet of Oyster Bay.

 

Letter: No Justice Served By Failing The School Budget

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:10

As a Bayville resident with three children attending Locust Valley middle and high schools, and an active member of several parent councils, I am well aware of the controversy surrounding John Benstock and the lawsuits involving both the LVCSD and the LVSEA.

In recent weeks a faceless group, “The LV Parents Against Child Abuse,” has taken out ads in local newspapers, attempting to link the lawsuit brought by the LVSEA directly with the 2014/15 LVCSD school budget. A Google search of “The LV Parents Against Child Abuse” yielded no results for any organized group. As far as I know, no such group has attended any BOE meetings or LVCSD Public Budget Forums to speak out publicly about their concerns. To say that I disagree with their tactics would be an understatement. It is hard for me to entertain a group, or their platform, when their sole method of disseminating their message is done in such a covert, secretive manner.

 

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