We’ve just lost Joyce Mandel, one of the most important people in Sands Point. Joyce is so important because she and her husband Jack represent the proof that the answer is yes to the question “Is it possible to be nice to everyone all the time and be successful in life?”
Most people laugh derisively at this question and repeat Leo Durocher’s quote that “nice guys finish last.” The lives of Joyce and Jack Mandel show that these people are missing out on the best parts of existence.
(Editor’s note: this letter was sent to Congressman Ackerman and to Port Washington News for publication).
I read with interest your press release as reported in the April 7 issue of Port Washington News under the title “Ackerman Applauds Obama’s Leadership on Libya.”
I have lived in Port for many years and sent my children to the Port schools. I am grateful for that. But I must say I am disappointed in hearing that in these difficult times that our school board is proposing a budget increase of over $3 million. All over the country our government bodies are talking about freezing or even lowering budgets. But not our school districts. Why is this?
I have heard that most of our teachers are earning over $100,000 per year and receive very generous pension and health benefits. For those of us not working for the government, we are seeing salaries frozen and pensions taken away. Is it unreasonable for us to expect our school employees to give up some of their pay and benefits? In times like this, I’d like to see our school budget frozen with no increase.
Bruce and I proudly endorse longtime friend and fellow resident Nancy Comer for trustee of the Port Washington Public Library. Nancy is one of the most competent and responsible human beings we know. She’s had a long and successful career in publishing, from her editorship at Mademoiselle to her job as founding managing editor of Mirabella. During that same period she, along with her husband Charles, raised their three outstanding children, Eliza, Cary and Jamie.
I have carefully read and re-read both the article in the March 31 issue of Port Washington News regarding the school board and “Shared Sacrifice,” and find it disconcerting that in these times of continued economic distress, state cuts in funding and lower home values, that the expressed goal of the BOE and the Administration seems to keep the growth in the school budget to “only 3 percent.”
I read your Letter to the Editor of the Port Washington News of March 24, 2011.
I was shocked to see your blatant misstatements and exaggerations. Your remarks are unfounded, and you have not spoken to the board members of the preserve to present your views and to receive their response.
The mission of the Friends of Sands Point Preserve is to ensure that the beauty of our local gem is accessible to the Nassau community, both now and for generations to come. When we took on the responsibility of managing this property – after decades of neglect – it was clear that there was important remediation to be done. This is a dynamic, not a static ecosystem. It is inarguable that without care, the preserve will eventually become inaccessible to our community and displace some of the native habitats that currently exist.
In the March 17 article in the Port Washington News entitled “Family Activities at the Sands Point Preserve,” the writer describes an event on Jan. 30 with a rescued groundhog that sounds very worthwhile. The writer goes on to describe an event on Mar. 20 with animals from the Wild Life Rescue Center so that the Friends of Sands Point Preserve are providing a service, “to educate families about Long Island habitat and how we can help to preserve and protect it.” As president of North Shore Audubon Society, I very much agree with these goals. The irony of this statement however astounds me because the executive board of the Friends of Sands Point Preserve has authorized the destruction of huge tracts of bird habitat at Sands Point Preserve.
(Editors Note: A Great Neck resident emailed the Manhasset Press regarding a pocket track that the LIRR is planning on building in Great Neck. She wrote, “Those of us who live in Thomaston where the track is supposed to be built think this should also be of interest to the communities east of here since its effect on Port, Plandome and Manhasset will be great.”)
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