Regarding John Owens’ mention of the seagull being the state bird of Utah, here is the backstory:
When the Mormons first settled in Utah, they had a plague in 1848 of crickets, probably kaydids, or an infestation of some crop-eating insects, and low and behold, a swarm of seagulls came to their rescue. A miracle! Thus, the seagull is their bird.
See what comes of having teachers read your paper?
We really want this new development, Country Pointe in Plainview, to come to pass.
When a town stops growing it shrinks and fades away. We are very active participants in the benefit of the community, and have invested too much time and energy in Plainview-Old Bethpage for this to happen.
I have lived in the Island Trees community for the past 41 years. When I was raising my children I was very active in both the Island Trees School community and many organizations that make up this community.
I was in attendance at the Feb. 10, meeting where the Island Trees School District presented their proposals for the Island Trees Farmedge property. I left that meeting with many concerns. One of my biggest concerns, was how this matter is being approached by both the school district and the Island Trees Library.
Anton columnist Michael Miller was absolutely right to say, about the legal requirement that Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio follow up his publicly-pledged oral oath of office with a signed, written oath, “What a stupid law.” However, he called it an example of “the worst kind of law, the kind that is selectively enforced.” As bad as I agree it is, I believe there are many more equally bad — and worse — laws. Such as laws written (sometimes purposely?) with loopholes so big you could drive a truck through them; laws that are almost never enforced; laws “enforced” with pathetic slaps on the wrist, probations, conditional discharges, suspended sentences, concurrent sentences, community service, token fines viewed as a cost-of-doing-business and other “punishments” that fail to have the most desired effect of any “prohibitive” law: a deterrent effect. Therefore, I hope every Anton newspaper will invite its readers to submit their nominees for bad laws that themselves need the “death penalty.”
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.
My wife and I are 80-year (!) residents of Plainview (full disclosure: that’s 40 for me, plus 40 for her); and we tried to attend the eight-hour Town of Oyster Bay hearing about the proposed Country Pointe Plainview development. That’s “tried” because there was so much traffic trying to get into the Matlin Middle School parking lot that we were turned away.
But that’s the kind of thing that worries us about the after-effects if this development is built — because “If you build it, they will come.” We’re afraid that the addition of 890 families (along with their 1,000 to 2,000 cars) will produce similar traffic problems for our roads, and already-overcrowded parking lots in front of the Morton Village, Fairway, and Town Bagel shopping centers, plus the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. The builder’s president, Michael Dubb, has acknowledged the inevitable traffic increase but has assured the Town that his Beechwood Organization would pay for “mitigation measures.”
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the New York State Senate Education Committee met with State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. to discuss the flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum and to find out what he was prepared to do to help students, parents and teachers.
During the meeting, I specifically asked the commissioner about changes to Regents Exams to match Common Core standards. I have serious concerns for our students who will be forced to take Common Core-based Regents Exams without the proper preparation. I asked the commissioner to address this issue.
I read John Owens’ article on Inisfada (“Not Just A Mansion, But A Monument Lost”) with nostalgia and sadness. I knew the history of the Brady family, in particular Mrs. Brady.
I miss attending mass, retreats and wonderful holiday events. Inisfada was a very cohesive local community.
The article offered some small amount of closure, so thanks for that.
Confidence and trust in government appears to continue to erode because of political infighting, and the perception of waste, fraud, and limited transparency. This is why my office has taken small yet significant steps to attempt to restore some trust through transparency.
Our latest step came last week when we made available to the public on the Comptroller’s Facebook page all 2013 Nassau County contracts with vendors as well as all the bills paid by the County. In keeping with my office’s prudent standards of controlling costs and promoting innovation, we used the latest social media tools to make this information available to the greatest number of residents by using Facebook, Twitter and Google Docs. Not a single taxpayer dollar has been spent for this important public service.
I found it disconcerting that an article titled “Concussions: Stop The Invisible Injury,” which talked about “concussion prevention,” “fostering an atmosphere of safety first,” “the athlete’s health is first priority,” “protecting an athlete’s future,” “the lifelong impact this injury can have on an athlete,” and “parents can reinforce a safe sports environment by not promoting or encouraging moves that might compromise an athlete’s safety,” never once suggested the advisability of simply not allowing one’s young child to endanger his growing brain by playing (tackle!) football, playing other helmet-required sports like hockey, becoming a boxer or playing a brain-rattling (from “heading” the ball) sport like soccer.
The article began with several false premises and assumptions. One is that “a concussion can occur in any sport,” as if it’s as common in basketball as in football. It also said that “a concussion...can occur in both contact and non-contact sports,” as if the incidences are equal in frequency or severity. I daresay concussions are nowhere near as common in baseball as in football. There’s a good reason that some sports require helmets be worn to protect one’s head and the brain inside the skull.
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