Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
Recent Herald stories were about a “FARE Walk FOR Food Allergy,” the “6th Annual Walk FOR Autism” and the “10th Annual Walk FOR Alzheimer’s Disease.” I thought the Herald practiced good journalism by changing the word “FOR” to the word “AGAINST” in some of its own headlines, but the poor choice of wording used by some of these admirable charitable organizations still bothers me. Elsewhere, I’ve also read about the “Avon Walk FOR Breast Cancer,” a “Walk FOR Diabetes,” a “Walk FOR Multiple Sclerosis” and “Project Bread’s Walk FOR Hunger, etc. Personally, I am not “FOR” any of these debilitating diseases and otherwise horrible conditions, which combined afflict tens or hundreds of millions of people across the country and planet. I’m “AGAINST” these horrible scourges, and wish they could all be wiped off the face of the Earth.
Of course, I’m sure that view is especially shared by all the fine people who work FOR these charitable organizations, and good-deed events. I just wish they’d be a little more judicious with the language used to name the groups and their activities. If they can’t replace the word “FOR” with the word “AGAINST,” then perhaps they’d consider directly following the word “FOR” with phrases like “(For) Research Into The Causes Of,” “(For) The Cure Of,” “(For) People with” or “(For) The End Of;” or titles like “Walk FOR Parkinson’s PREVENTION.” etc.
I’m sure you get the idea. Of course, “actions usually do speak louder than mere words,” but words do carry meaning. For instance, I would hesitate to sign a petition titled “Walk FOR Drunk Driving,” no matter how sure I was about what the people behind it meant.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
A Plainview professor coached a young Farmingdale math talent all the way to a mathematical championship recently.
Farmingdale State College sophomore Javier Garcia took first place in the 2013 annual U.S. National Collegiate Mathematics Championship, part of the Mathematical Association of America’s conference, Mathfest, held in Hartfod, Conn.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Farmingdale and Levittown.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.