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Letter: Supporting Campaign Finance Bill

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County joins the LWV of New York State and NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research group) in supporting Assembly Bill A8367, which would enact the Comptroller Campaign Finance Reform Act, to provide for public financing of elections for this statewide office.

 

Over 60…And Getting Younger: June 23, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

The Old Neighborhood

While sitting at a table of strangers during a shiva (mourning period) call, each person spoke of the famous people that came from their old neighborhood. It was as if these celebrities gave weight and credence to their own lives.

It seemed that we were only “mere people” that magnified the “stars” that made it in Hollywood or on the field of sport. These lovely folks were all accomplished and highly educated. Yet they fawned on these notables and somehow associated their success with their own worth, because of adjacent neighborhoods.

 

Liver Lines: June 23, 2011

Written by David Bernstein, MD, FACP, FACG Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

There is a perception that alcohol is the most common cause of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in our country. Most people in the community and even doctors believe this to be a true statement. Patient after patient who liver doctors see in their practices come in saying that they do not understand how that got liver disease as they do not drink or they only occasionally imbibe alcoholic beverages during an average month or year. First and foremost, it is important to state that while alcohol use can cause liver damage, it does so in only the minority of people who drink and it is certainly is not the most common cause of chronic liver disease or cirrhosis. That honor goes to hepatitis C and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is generally secondary to either diabetes or obesity.

 

From Long Island Wins: June 17, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Suspending Secure Communities,
Cuomo Moves in the Right Direction

All Long Islanders want dangerous criminals off our streets.

So the catchily-named Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, purportedly designed to go after serious criminal offenders, seems simple at first glance.

It’s a federal program that takes the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested and automatically checks those prints against a national immigration database. If immigration officials have questions about a person’s immigration status, that person can be detained by local authorities and eventually placed in deportation proceedings.

 

Over 60... And Getting Younger: June 17, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Outside the Movies

After watching a very disturbing movie, Incendies, on a Friday night, Lorraine (my beautiful wife) and I stepped into the lobby of the theater.

There he was! I had taken his course in philosophy and I recognized him immediately. He barely knew me, but after a short conversation it all came back to him. I was a student and he was the professor. It was about seven years ago.

 

A Bird’s Eye View: June 10, 2011

Written by By Michael Givant Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Spring’s Landscape Delights the Senses

The annual migration of birds coincides with nature’s rebirth, which alters the landscape. Birding in early spring begins with barren terrain and over the course of a few weeks, as Mother Nature sketches a work in progress, the vista changes the whole time, delighting the senses. 

 

Over 60…And Getting Younger: June 10, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Woody

The theme of the latest Woody Allan movie Midnight in Paris has been captured in English Literature many times. “We are living in dreary, unproductive and somber times at the present and we long for wonderful and exciting yesterdays.” The heroes of the past are elevated to glorious heights and we stand in awe of them and, to a degree, worship them.

 

Letter: Board Thanks Community for Passing Budge

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education would like to thank all our stakeholders for your support in passing both our 2011-12 School Budget and Capital Reserve propositions by 65 percent!

Thanks to your support we are able to maintain our educational programs, sports teams, clubs, and staff, even in these difficult economic times.

 

Over 60…And Getting Younger: June 3, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Progress?

While driving east on the Long Island Expressway, I observed a most disheartening sight. On the right hand side, between exits 48 and 49, where there once were glorious orange pumpkin fields, only large metal skeletons are visible. My mind’s eye reflected back to hundreds of children wandering through the crops and choosing the proper sized and shaped pumpkin for their homes and classrooms.

How can these future office buildings or condominiums attempt to replace the enchantment and glee of our future generations? To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, “You pave paradise and put up a parking lot.”

 

Over 60…And Getting Younger: May 27, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

Matinee Day

We looked at the N.Y. Times listing of plays for a Wednesday matinee and we chose Arcadia, a Tom Stoppard play. It was listed as “best play revival” and “best featured actor,” Billy Cruddup. A code number and a credit card got us 4th row center seats at a discounted price.

We hopped an LIRR train at 12:22 at the Hicksville station. The conductor arrived and we requested senior citizen rates to Penn Station. A darling woman in the seat in front of us turned around and said to Lorraine, “You can’t be a senior citizen, you are too pretty and young looking.” What a wonderful way to start the day!

 

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