Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Since you were one of the original and prime sponsors of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hereinafter referred to as “OBAMACARE,” I wrote to you this past August concerning your response to NSUH at Glen Cove announcing its scheduled January, 2014 closure as an in-patient hospital facility As you are fully aware “OBAMACARE” per se was reported by the press at that time to be the major contributing factor that precluded Glen Cove’s NSUH from continuing to afford the same high levels of medical care they have provided in the past. No response from your office. No surprise! I accepted your silence then and now as evidence of your unwillingness to have addressed this issue publicly, to wit, you had no defense then and you have none now.
Moving on to a further complication brought on by “OBAMACARE!” One professional couple known to me, a husband and wife are also partners in their law firm. For a long time, as partners, and jointly as husband and wife, they had the highest premium level of satisfactory health care insurance available to them in the private sector market. But, guess what? All of a sudden, and without warning, their health care insurance coverage was canceled simply because “OBAMACARE” disqualifies husband/wife type partnership coverage. As a result this husband and wife law firm partnership is forced by “OBAMACARE” to now obtain two separate health care insurance premiums which vastly increases their health care insurance costs. Good work Congressman – Government at its best, wouldn’t you say?
Let’s hear you stand on your own two feet and justify any of the foregoing especially in light of the fact that reasonable people are presently concluding that the current administration did in fact knowingly, willfully and deliberately mislead us to believe that under “OBAMACARE” “no one would lose their present health insurance coverage?” It is now quite obvious that many of you legislators knew from the very beginning that the President was not being candid with his public statements that “no one would lose their present health insurance coverage.” There is no evidence that you personally, or anyone else in Congress, did anything to stop it or intercede in any way. Why and how did all this take place?
There is right now a ground-swell smelling of malfeasance among those of you elected public officials who then and there consorted and conspired with the President of the United States and one another to be less than truthful in regard to this and other discernible flaws in “OBAMACARE.” As a result, trust and confidence in the fidelity of government is eroding fast. It is likely you will not prevail in the next election cycle if you don’t come clean.
The honorable things for you to do now are to take a leadership stance. Fall back, regroup, and attack again. This time apply honesty and integrity with a view toward reprimanding the President combined with correcting the previous negligent acts and/or omissions of your peers. Your constituency is entitled to expect no less from you as a member of Congress.
Robert N. Pemberton, Sr.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:49
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.