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Letter: Immigrants, Then And Now

I found Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s article on Michael Dowling (“An Immigrant Who Hasn’t Forgotten”) very interesting.

My parents also immigrated from Ireland, with an 18-month-old daughter, after waiting two years for permission to come. My mother was nine months pregnant with me at that time, but decided to come anyway.

This was in 1929, and they were here two weeks when I was born. So, you talk about struggle, no job, and then came the start of the Depression.

But they grew to love this country, and were proud to become citizens. They followed the laws and taught their children to always do the same.

Now, I understand Mr. Dowling’s love of finding work here and sending money home to help the family, but he must respect this country and its laws.

The American people aren’t against immigrants because they are Mexican or Haitian, because at one time we were all immigrants.

People are concerned because they don’t obey the laws, they go to our schools and do not pay taxes.

They say there are 11 million here, but there must be more than that by now. Many of our states are struggling, and the border crossings, like Arizona and California, are bankrupt.

America is the country that always helped the “struggling”—look around the world and see what we do.

We never cut off immigration—people take advantage of our good nature and illegally enter our country. Instead of waiting for permission, as in other countries.

Winifred Larkin

 

News

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com