We are extremely disturbed by the out of control building that's going on in Port Washington. It seems every time we drive through town, something else is being built on whatever vacant piece of land some developer or contractor or builder can get their hands on. Port Washington is already choked with traffic - double-parking on Main Street seems to be the norm. Does anybody care about the impact all this building has not only on the environment but the quality of life in this community?
While we realize the more homes and businesses that go up and the more people who buy them mean more tax money for our town, it seems to us that something will be lost in the bargain. I was raised in this town; I remember it when my New York City co-workers referred to Port Washington as "the country." I was actually very proud of that; we had lots of space, parking was no problem, the "quaintness" of the town was still there and we were a short train or car ride from Manhattan.
We appreciate the diverse population that has moved into our town; it certainly has added a cultural richness that wasn't here when I was growing up. This is a wonderful community in which to raise and educate a family. However, we fear if the intense building continues unchecked, the "quaintness" and "coziness" of Port Washington we still enjoy will go the way of the neon, traffic-and-pedestrian-choked communities of certain areas outside Nassau County. The graffiti on the fence bordering Mill Pond Acres, which states "This is stupid" sums it up perfectly. Kudos to the artists.
Thank you for your attention to our letter.
Mary J. Bojarski
With the holiday season and Christmas celebrations but a memory for many, some reflection on this period in time is in order. Yes Virginia, I used the unspeakable "C" word, Christmas to be precise, at the risk of being castigated by the politically correct fringe that is riding rough shod in this country! As a Jew and an active member of my congregation, I am appalled at what the Christian community in this country has been subjected to by the misguided PC radicals. What a bunch of hypocrites! They preach tolerance and yet are the last ones to practice it! The following few examples will illustrate the point. In a recent issue of the Jewish Week the following was reported: "Federated Department Stores, such as Macy's and Bloomingdale's no longer use 'Merry Christmas' in their signage ... and Target stores do not allow Salvation Army volunteers to seek donations in front of their buildings because the Salvation Army is a Christian organization." Wait, there is more. A school in New Jersey did not allow the singing of Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer because it contained the "sinful" word "Christmas" in the lyrics! How absurd! What sheer lunacy! Most importantly, how intolerant! The sum of it all is that the insane are allowed to run the asylum! And the likes of Macy's, Bloomingdale's, The Salvation Army, and other institutions caved in to the PC agitators! Shame on them! Lest it be forgotten, the pilgrims came to these shores to escape religious persecution. What is being perpetrated by the PC fanatics and the ACLU is nothing short of another form or religious persecution, under the guise of a fabricated and totally irrelevant "separation of church and state" mantra. It is time to stop this madness and to once again revert back to what the Founding Fathers of this country created ... religious tolerance, respect for, and the freedom to express and practice one's faith."
Stanley I. Ronell