State and Federal governments must take action to stop insurmountable health care and pension costs that are crippling local municipalities. Health Care Premiums for County employees and retirees are expected to increase on average 17.5 percent in 2011. Pension Contribution demanded by the State Comptroller could increase by 45 percent. These jumbo increases are putting extraordinary financial pressures on County’s finances and ultimately on local taxpayers. These increases could cost the County over $84 million in 2011 on top of the $331 million paid for these benefits in 2010 and could destroy many jobs in both the public and private sector.
Frustrated With Broken Immigration System? Arizona Law Isn’t the AnswerArizona’s draconian new anti-immigrant law has aroused some strong feelings, to say the least.
My column last month, calling for a boycott of Arizona in light of the state’s new law generated a lot of responses, both in Anton newspapers and on my organization’s website, www.LongIslandWins.com. Readers opined about the law from a variety of perspectives, many thoughtful, some hateful, and nearly all impassioned.
We often hear the labeling of so many different aspects of today’s world as “going green.” We hear about a building going green, a company going green, a person going green or even an entire town going green.
However, the latest trend has been about the economy… going green. What Long Islanders don’t realize is how the region can use a green economy to provide opportunity and access to all and create a healthier environment and more stable market.
We represent Biti LLC, the owner of the vacant 11.7-acre parcel in the village, south of the Roslyn viaduct. We write in response to your article (“Blame Tax Hike on Biti,” The Roslyn News, May 20) which summarized the village board’s recent “Letter to Residents,” attempting to justify the almost 16 percent tax hike for 2010-2011. That letter falsely attempts to blame the board’s exorbitant tax hike on Biti’s alleged decision to “abandon” and “walk away” from its 78-unit condominium project.
“We have a new word in our lexicon – parenting. The word refers to what I call the technology of being a parent. The increased usage of the term is most unfortunate, and I avoid it wherever possible.” So says La Jolla, California, psychologist Richard Farson in his new book, Will all Parenting Experts Please Leave the Room! (Western Behavioral Sciences Institute: http://www.wbsi.org/farson/books.htm).
State Senator Craig Johnson issued the following statement on what he calls the “misguided” boycott of Arizona Iced Tea.
“The proposed boycott of Arizona Iced Tea is a misdirected response to the new law that has been enacted in the state of Arizona.
“Show me your papers.”
It’s a phrase that most of us never expect to hear. It’s something that only happens to other people, right?
Not in Arizona. Not anymore.
It is a pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Kim Hunter for the Roslyn School District School Board. I have known Kim for almost three years as she cares for my son in her Family Day Care. Kim is an impressive combination of a woman with solid family values, an exceptional educator, and a strong community advocate. I do not live in Roslyn, but if I did, Kim Hunter is exactly who I would want representing the educational needs of our children, families and teachers.
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