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Letter: The Kids Aren’t Alright

While perusing the new summer fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong.

Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by.  

I now observe the obvious void of decency in the ever influential media. Being of a seasoned age, I shouldn’t overreact to what is being hailed as a “must see” flick or limited television series. Shocked, hardly, disgusted and disappointed, most definitely. The “anything goes” mentality is flagrant. There was a time when major networks suggested that “adult themed” programs were being viewed after 9 p.m. Not anymore. Flashbacks to days when family television culminated in a life lesson to embrace, most certainly has gone by the wayside. To glorify nudity and pervasive language in today’s society is considered the “norm,” culture and refinement, a quality of the past. It is difficult not be offended and assaulted while four letter words are being bellowed from ones den.

I don’t want to “get with the times” if that means compromising my values and throwing my solid upbringing to the curb. I plan on hanging tightly to my memories when creed and standards were meaningful, decent and something to be proud of.  

Diane Sciacchitano

News

If you’re like most people, your medicine cabinet might be a jumbled assortment of boxes, bottles and tubes.  

That innocent bit of disorganization in your medicine cabinet might actually pose a risk if you’re not careful, according to Leonard Langino, a pharmacist with North Shore Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Group, who recently held a lecture on the subject at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.

In a pronounced response to the New York State Common Core standards, more than 800 Plainview-Old Bethpage students opted out of the English Language Arts and Mathematics exams, according to New York State Allies for Public Education.

In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.  


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