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Editorial: Observe And Report: Black Friday

Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

Journalism is about gathering important information and preparing it for public dissemination. It should be interesting and unique, but sometimes it involves events like the shopping stampede known as Black Friday.

You, the reader, may have found yourself standing in line at a big-box chain on a Thanksgiving night, hoping to get a fantastic price on a flat-screen TV. Maybe you just did it one year as a lark; one of those masochistic things you do just so you can say you did it, like going to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Or perhaps you woke up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving one year, and you drove bleary-eyed and morning-breathed to the nearest mall to live out your Black Friday fantasy just once.


Editorial: The War On Thanksgiving

Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:35

As the Thanksgiving grocery list nears completion and turkeys are reserved at farms and food stores, a lumbering giant casts a large, round shadow over that Thursday of food, family, football and forty winks.

With rosey cheeks, long white beard and an overweight man’s gait, Santa Claus continues his annual mission: to crowd the national consciousness as soon as the calendar flips from October to November, completely eclipsing Thanksgiving in the process. Many folks talk about a “war on Christmas,” arguing that the phrase “happy holidays” robs them of their Yule Tide pride. But the real national travesty can be seen on television daily—an endless parade of the red and green horror show that is Christmas consumerism.


Editorial: Death With Dignity?

Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it was hard to avoid the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Portland woman who ended her life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act.”

Maynard quickly became the face of the hot-button topic when her stage four diagnosis of glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor) became public and announced that she was an advocate for the right to die.


Editorial: Just Say Thanks

Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:35

Many confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but the difference is easy to remember.

While Veterans Day is observed each Nov. 11 to honor veterans who have died, the holiday also thanks and honors all men and women who have served honorably in the military—in wartime and peacetime. Veterans Day is, for the most part, to thank living veterans for their service to the nation, acknowledging their contributions to national security and defending the freedoms of our country. All veterans, both living and deceased, who have served honorably have sacrificed and done their duty are celebrated.  


Find Your New Favorite Eatery

Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:24

Foodies, your time has come.

Nov. 2-9 marks Long Island Restaurant Week, the glorious 8-day period when you have an excuse to try out that new eatery (or eateries) that you’ve been eyeing longingly. Plus, it starts right after Halloween so it’ll give your taste buds a welcome reprieve from all that leftover candy.


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?


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