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Editorial: Paranoia Is Infectious

Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:07

With only 11 confirmed and 114 potentially exposed to the West African Ebola virus, should our nation of more than 316 million people live in fear of a potential outbreak?

According to the Center for Disease Control, while the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in recorded history, impacting multiple countries in Western Africa, the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is very low.

 

Editorial: Don’t Get Pink Washed

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:31

In case you haven’t noticed by the abundance of fundraising walks/runs or pink that’s popping up everywhere, be it in the world of sports (bats, cleats, gloves, etc.) or fashion (tons of ribbons), we’re neck-deep in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make no mistake that awareness for this disease is crucial and comes in the form of early detection, genetic susceptibility or making proper lifestyle choices. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It will claim approximately 40,000 American lives this year alone and more than 226,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in U.S. women and nearly 2,200 in U.S. men. It’s easy to get caught up in becoming a slacktivist when you think sporting a pink ribbon for the month is making any kind of inroads against this disease when the reality is that discussing the causes and prevention of breast cancer is a far more productive way of battling breast cancer. For many, it’s far too easy for October to become an annual version of the ice bucket challenge.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Letter: Common Core Gets A Big Fat ‘F’

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting with New York State Senator Kemp Hannon on Sept. 4 to discuss our significant concerns with the Common Core Curriculum. The senator graciously agreed to meet and spent almost an hour with us, listening to the issues associated with the curriculum.   

By now, I am certain that most readers are familiar with some of the problems inherent with the curriculum. Chief among them are the lack of input from educators, early childhood experts and a completely unproven and untested curriculum, despite dubious claims by the creators that they are internationally benchmarked. The absence of such expertise is readily apparent, given the inappropriate expectations imposed upon our youngest students and the subsequent pressure placed on students and teachers alike to produce high marks on state testing. Schools are placed in the untenable position to produce high scores or risk placement on a “school watch list,” which gives them the option to improve during a specified time period or close the school. Given the grave consequences associated with poor scores, it may not be surprising to learn that several superintendents in large cities, such as Atlanta, El Paso, Washington D.C, and New York, have been implicated or indicted for cheating on these tests. We have created a climate in which true education has been trumped by a vague test score without meaning.

 

A View From Plainview: September 25, 2014

Written by Richard Siegelman Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:36

This Rice Is Overcooked

I assume that Long Island, unfortunately, has its own share of wife-beaters, so the reprehensible Ray Rice then-fiancée beating story and its repercussions should be of interest to all Anton readers, and not just football fans.  

Unless you’re a “man” who mistakenly believes it “manly” to punch a woman in the face, I’ll assume we all agree that his indefensible act was despicable and criminal — even if his victim, and law enforcement, appallingly did not.

The basic facts of the original, Feb. 15 incident are undisputed. Inside an elevator, Ray Rice punched Janay Palmer in the face, and she fell to the floor unconscious. As the outside-the-elevator video showed, he then dragged her out of the elevator as if she was a sack of potatoes. He did not seem upset or concerned about her condition, and didn’t appear to try summoning medical help for her.

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:28

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint. Or have I misremembered that?

 

Letter: Surprising Speeders

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:33

Residents were surprised to get tickets during the summer when they did not know schools were in summer session.

People know the difference between justice, and the law. Ticketing people who did not know school was in session is not just.

Not every school has summer sessions, nor is it obvious sessions are in progress for those that do. The Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron states no schools are in session now, so none of the cameras are active. I am glad he knows when the speed limit changes, but what about the rest of us?

 

Letter: The Joys Of Animal Rescue

Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:31

You have read of the sorry record of municipal animal shelters. It has been estimated that some 8 – 10 million animals enter the United States shelters annually. Unfortunately it is also estimated that 4 million of these dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are annually euthanized. That’s 11,000 lives ended daily.

But since 1944 there is an exceptional alternative — the North Shore Animal League America, a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable corporation, located in Port Washington, has saved more than 1 million precious and innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. North Shore is a pioneer in the no-kill movement, adoptions and in promoting education programs to reduce animal cruelty. For example, in 2010, in cooperation with Yale University they developed a Mutt-i-grees Curriculum that teaches the next generation of children crucial social and emotional skills. Hopefully these efforts may also lead to fewer or perhaps even no school shootings. An emotional attachment to animals may then lead to compassion for humans as well.

 

Letter: Recapturing The Israeli Narrative

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, many of us find ourselves faced with questions and concerns. What can we do? How can we help? How can this horror go away?

These were the questions on people’s minds as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst and Historian, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview about the current Mid-East conflict.

 

Letter: The Suicide Conversation

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

So much has already been said about Robin Williams’ death by suicide that there really isn’t much left to say. While shining a light on the serious issues of substance abuse, mental illness and suicide helps to remove the stigma attached, journalists and radio and TV personalities have an obligation to their readers, viewers, etc. to report the news in a responsible way. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

I heard a DJ on the radio say that he heard that the people who were close to Robin Williams are now saying that warning signs of suicide were there. The DJ then went on to ask the question, “why didn’t those people get him some help?” It is public knowledge that Robin Williams was seeking help for both his addiction and his severe depression. However, “help” doesn’t fix the problem overnight or miraculously make a person feel instantaneously good again. “Help” requires hard work over a period of time. Sometimes when a person is in such a depressed state, they start to feel hopeless, which means that they don’t believe there is any hope that things will ever get better. At that point, they may decide that asking for or accepting further “help” will not do any good. They just want to do something that will end the pain.

 

Letter: The Kids Aren’t Alright

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

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.  

 

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