I am especially grateful to the emergency workers and volunteers in helping us get through this difficult time.
One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself. Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.
You may recall that New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to The Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The idea is a good one and certainly no one wants to turn away much-needed monies for our schools, but as usual, it’s in the implementation of good ideas that problems arise.
I wish to respond to the article published on the front page of last week’s Port Washington News titled “Alleged Theft of Funds From the Village of Port Washington North.”
First, the residents of the Port Washington North should be assured that the Board of Trustees and I are deeply troubled that this incident occurred and will do everything in our power to seek complete restitution of the alleged funds stolen and pursue criminal and civil actions against the company, Certified Payroll & Tax Services, LLP.
(Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Jon Kaiman, supervisor, Town of North Hempstead, and to the Port Washington News for publication.)
I’ve just read an interesting article in today’s (Aug. 15) Newsday regarding the town’s newly renovated Manorhaven swimming pool complex. The article covers some perceived pros and cons and mentions, in part, an opinion from you that criticisms are politically motivated, and from people who don’t like change.
(Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Congressman Ackerman and to Port Washington News for publication).
I was utterly dismayed at the despicable tone of your column “From the Desk of Congressman Ackerman” which appeared in the August 4 issue of Port Washington News.
You have stooped to the lowest level of decency by calling “thugs”, “enemies”, those who have a different point of view from yours. It doesn’t surprise me however, because you’re marching to the same drum beat of your kind, i.e. misguided Democrats who call the “loyal opposition,” “terrorists!” You have indeed fallen into the abyss of irrationality when you refer to the Republicans (without having the courage to name them) as ones who… “would destroy government.”
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
Having returned from a vacation this past Monday, I was catching up with the Port News and saw the most recent letter to the editor from one Mr. Stanley Ronell. His letter was yet another nonsensical diatribe about the danger of helicopters flying over Port. I would have chuckled and moved on, but since he chose to attack me personally in his letter, I felt compelled to respond once again.
John’s vast knowledge went beyond books; he lived his subject. He quoted Shakespeare freely; he seemed to carry the entire Shakespearean repertoire with him. Shakespeare’s birthday celebration, which John began, became a grand affair, bringing the Bard to life for students.
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