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Have we lost all sense of obligation? We'll see. I use this forum to address my Sands Point neighbors in order to determine whether I am off somewhere in the gauzy margins of the do-good ether, or whether the village government is using the snug insulation of bureaucracy to inoculate itself against an underlying racist sentiment. Here is the back-story. For the last three months I have been trying to convince Sands Point to permit its under-utilized playground facilities at the Village Club to be opened - under supervision - to the children of Harbor Homes. It is clearly the socially responsible thing to do. A jungle gym without children - when there are kids without these facilities a couple of hundred feet away - is like a full but empty library.

Anyone who drives up Port Washington Boulevard cannot fail to be struck - if not slapped in the face - by the potent juxtaposition: a 200 acre country club on the right, italicizing the wealth creation of the last 10 years, and a funds-starved housing project on the left, reminding us that the net worth of Bill Gates is equal to the combined assets of the bottom 40 percent of the US population.

Early in February, the Sands Point Resident's Club Commission - when given the opportunity to allow the children of Harbor Homes to stretch their legs at our playground, to feel grass between their toes while seeing the sky - determined, in all of its convenient and preposterous wardrobe of regulatory righteousness, that no, the children cannot be admitted. Why? Because the rules and regulations of the club only admit village residents and their guests. If the children who live across the street from us aren't guests, or can't be considered as guests, who can?

If there are any Sands Point residents who agree with me, who believe that we are diminishing ourselves and our community by closing our gates in this manner, I urge you to write the village government and let them know you disagree with the decision of the Resident's Club Commission. If you would like to write me on this matter, I am available at Box 751, Port Washington, NY 11050.

Adam Hanft


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