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Letter: McMillan Column a Compilation of Distortion and Innuendo

Friday, 18 September 2009 07:35

I generally enjoy reading Robert McMillan’s column, although I occasionally disagree with him. The column in the Aug. 21 issue of the Syosset-Jericho Tribune, however, was such a compilation of distortion and innuendo that I find that I must comment. I am not a health care expert, but, I listen to experts and I read the papers. I would encourage everyone to do the same and form their own opinions based on facts and not on prejudices. One of my sources is The New York Times which in an Aug. 23 editorial refutes or corrects much of what Mr. McMillan has written.


Over 60...and Getting Younger: September 18, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 18 September 2009 07:35

Memory Pro and Con

I have always had a prodigious memory!

Sometimes it has been a boon and occasionally it has caused me embarrassment. I would never have been able to write this column “Over 60 and Getting Younger” for over 11 years without the aid of a huge recollection factor.


A Bird’s Eye View: September 11, 2009

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00

‘Duckies’ Set for Championship Run

Nassau County’s entry in the All-Avian Football League (the AAFL), the Not So Mighty Ducks, affectionately known as the “Duckies,” is set for a run at the league’s championship this season. While high flying offenses put fans in the stands, rock ribbed defenses win titles. The Ducks have spent the off-season revamping their defense whose first priority is to stop the run. The passing game, while always dangerous, is secondary because in northeastern winter’s cold, balls are sometimes dropped by frozen feathered “fingers.” Here position by position is the unit that hopes to compete in the league’s championship game, the Feather Bowl, to be played this year at Stillwell Woods in Syosset.


Over 60...and Getting Younger: September 11, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 11 September 2009 00:00

The Enemies List

The United States of America has more than its share of detractors. They claim that our capitalistic form of government benefits only the rich. They state that we are mercenary, money-oriented, and only the rich get true justice. They also claim that we stick our collective noses into the world’s business.

Let us examine these rash statements.


What Every Long Islander Should Know: September 4, 2009

Written by Nancy Rauch Douzinas Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

Bricks and Mortar Won’t Stop the Brain Drain

(John McNally had a most interesting reaction to the recent Nassau County “youth summit,” aimed at finding out what it would take to keep 18- to 35-year-olds from leaving Long Island. John, a 30-something himself, is the Rauch Foundation’s Program Officer for the Environment. I’ve asked him to write this month’s column.)

I just got back from vacationing in the Pacific Northwest with some old Long Island friends who had relocated there. The very folks that the summit was concerned about. As I read the recommendations—affordable housing and downtown redevelopment—something bothered me. I agree with them, wholeheartedly, yet I couldn’t help feeling that something was being overlooked.


Over 60...and Getting Younger: September 4, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

Ad In

We never played tennis in the crowded streets of the Bronx. We played stickball, hit the penny, ringolevic, football (with rolled up newspapers), basketball, Johnny on the pony, 3 feet to Germany, Immies (marbles) and kick the can.

So how did tennis become so popular? Was it the suburban living and newfound lifestyle of ex-Bronxites and Brooklyn people? Is it the fact that our generation is getting older and those other street games are no longer acceptable? Are those other games too hard on aching muscles? All of the above reasons are true.


From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: August 28, 2009

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

Senator Hannon Offers Important Information for LI Seniors

Senator Kemp Hannon announced that his office has free brochures available regarding a new Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) program. The $10 million Income-Eligible Senior Energy Assistance Program will help qualifying senior citizens pay their electric bills.

“The $200 bill credit is going to ease the burden of Long Island seniors who are able to participate,” Senator Hannon said.


Over 60...and Getting Younger: August 28, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

The Visitors

My long-lost cousin, Walter Greenberg, came for a visit last week. I have not seen him for over 20 years. He lives in Los Angeles. He is the younger child (now over 60) of my Uncle Sol and my Aunt Minnie. My father had three brothers.

Walter arrived with his lovely wife, Marsha, and his two lively boys, Benjamin, 16 and Sam, 13. They have come to see Manhattan and to be introduced to the East Coast. The boys were very inquisitive about the flora and fauna around my Jericho home.


A Bird’s Eye View: August 21, 2009

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

When Nature Evokes Art

There are moments in birding when the landscape or the birds evoke images of art. During one such moment, long blank seconds passed followed by a moment of clarity when, in my mind’s eye, a photograph replaced nature. Another such moment involving a painting evolved like a mystery. A third one is still evolving.


Over 60...and Getting Younger: August 21, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

The Goodbye Party

Rumor has come to me that the goodbye party is a thing of the past. Is it the falling of the economy that caused this ugly phenomenon? Was it that people in offices all over the USA were getting tired of picking out a gift and a restaurant every other week?

Were people in effect saying, “I’ve got my own ‘tsouris’ (troubles)? Goodbye and a firm handshake are quite sufficient for the departing person.”


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