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Letter: Very Bad, But No Worse

While I’m in total agreement with John Owens’ “Buttafuocoed” views about Long Island, I have some disagreements with John Collins’ reaction letter published last week (“Joey’s Legacy”).

Collins is absolutely right when he says that “[Long Island] lacks political leadership that has any sense of vision for this area. The politicians are too vested in partisan politics and patronage. They lack the intelligence, experience and commitment to develop any bold, creative solutions to Long Island’s challenges...how dysfunctional the governmental process is in both counties. It is a half-century history of one stupid decision after another.”

Where I disagree with Collins is when he implies that New York State and New York City both have better governments. He wrote that for Nassau and Suffolk counties’ “one missed opportunity after another,” “to happen in a state as great as New York, and in close proximity to a city as vibrant as NYC, is embarrassing and destructive”. 

However, I know that politics and government in Albany are an ethics-free cesspool; and reading the Daily News and New York Post daily demonstrate that New York City government is no better. And need I make a case about the pathetic politics that go on in the halls of our national Congress in Washington, D.C.?

So, I say that even though politicians and government on Long Island may stink, we’re still every bit as “good” as New York City, Albany and Washington, D.C.  (Not that I’m proud of that).

Richard Siegelman

News

School zone speed cameras are beginning to gear up in Plainview-Old Bethpage, and though the robot law enforcement tools are not yet fully operational, drivers are beginning to get road weary at the prospect of a surveillance state.

While officials at the Nassau County Traffic Safety board said that only five cameras have been activated, drivers are spotting far more on daily drives through the neighborhood. Michael Dulphin, a Plainview resident who makes a daily commute to a local college, said he has seen school zone speed cameras pop up near Parkway Elementary School as well as Our Lady of Mercy school on South Oyster Bay Road.

A symbol of freedom and expression for many, cars of all shapes and sizes have served as the gateway to adventure for both the young and young-at-heart alike for countless generations.

H. Roy Jaffe has collected and photographed cars for more than 70 years. It’s this lifetime of knowledge that he recently shared with a large audience in the form of an interactive visual presentation held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library entitled “The Rarest and Most Exotic Cars Ever Built.”  


Calendar

Joel Zelnik And Move

Saturday, Aug. 23

Beyond Bereavement

Monday, Aug. 25

Reminiscing With Veterans

Tuesday, Aug. 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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