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(Ed.'s note - As a point of information, the school board is strongly considering naming the new wing at the Weber Middle School (the one on Port Washington Blvd.) in honor of Doug Jacobson. It is expected that the board will be discussing this at its Jan. 18, 8 p.m., business meeting at Schreiber High School. Public input is welcome.)

Almost four years ago the veterans groups in Port Washington presented the B of E with a petition containing over 1,000 signatures of residents requesting the Salem School be named after Douglas Jacobson, who dropped out of PW High School to join the Marines in 1942. He was the only WW II resident of Nassau County to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism in the Pacific Islands campaign.

The school board failed to take any action on this request until the veterans groups confronted the board in September 2004. At the last board meeting, member Posner, who chairs a Community Relations Committee, reported that the committee recommended not to rename the Salem School because the Salem Civic Association queried 242 Salem residents and 84 percent wanted to keep the present name. Of course the board jumped at the opportunity to dump the matter, rather than face it.

Who are the members of this committee; how were they selected and when were they appointed? When the Salem Civic Association queried the 242 residents, how many responded, 25? Were the parents of Salem students, not residents of Salem area, also included in this query? Why was the petition of over 1,000 signatures ignored by the committee?

Like the Bogart parking lot fiasco, the board has taken action without getting all the facts or questioning the report. It is unfortunate that B of E members are elected lacking the most important qualification - common sense.

When May elections and budget time comes, the veterans and the 1,000 residents who signed that petition will remember how they were treated.

Joseph F. Birk

Past National Commander

WWII China Burma India Veterans Association

Member PW American Legion Post 509

Member PW Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1819

I would like to make the following observation as I sit at my desk in the Port Washington post office. As the week progresses and customers go about their hectic tasks of mailing holiday gifts, I find the following to be true: While many customers go about their business in an uneventful manner, a few just have to complain. Why are there so few Christmas decorations? Why are there so many holiday decorations? Why am I not included? Why am I excluded? Why don't you have different kinds of decorations? Too many! Not enough!

I think what is lost at this time of the year, especially at Christmas, is the feeling of kindness, consideration and love for one another. After all, isn't this the season when all people should be better human beings and nicer to each other? We have soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our thoughts should be with them and our actions should reflect us wanting to be better individuals.

David Friedman

Supervisor, Customer Service

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