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My Halloween History

By Fred Moreno

Everyone has a “least favorite list.” Mine includes the Yankees, Barney Frank, lentils, Bill Maher, kids who say, “I’m seven going on eight” and did I mention the Yankees? But number one on that list has to be Halloween. Here’s why:

Once upon a time in a not-too-distant land, there were massive battles between my mom and I come the end of October, battles I very rarely won. My mom insisted that I join “everyone else” and get involved with the trick-or-treating nonsense.

“I don’t want to wear a costume!” I would wail. But to make my mom happy, I’d grab a sheet from the hamper and make my rounds as the “Dirty Casper.” Because I was seven, I was allowed to go around the corner by myself. I took advantage of it by making a left while my fellow ghouls made a right. I went to our local candy store, bought 50 Tootsie Rolls, returned home and said it was the most fun I’ve ever had. [Read more...]

Advocates Saving Our Children

By Tom Liotti

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, 17, from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi, 60, from India, two extraordinary child advocates, is a timely counterweight to a world engulfed by war and pestilence. Each has a courageous story which has resonated throughout the world and has no doubt been heard by all except for the extremists whose answer to poverty is war and more killing. [Read more...]

This Is Where I Leave You

By Fred Moreno

After channel surfing last Tuesday, I was disappointed to learn that “Wheel of Fortune” was pre-empted. Not getting my daily dose of Vanna was unbearable, so I decided to take my Vanna somewhere we haven’t been in over a year — the movies.

We ran over to one of the Westbury theatres to catch the 8:05 p.m. show. Two steps into the lobby, I froze in my tracks. “JoAnn, am I seeing things or does that say $11.50 a ticket?” For 23 bucks I could have rented 23 movies from that red vending machine in the supermarket.

I didn’t want to disappoint my Vanna so I reluctantly took out my wallet. Then it hit me. We’re seniors. Maybe that will save me a few bucks. When I asked if there was a discount I was told that there was, but — are you ready for this — a driver’s license was not accepted as proof of age.

I think I scared the guy in the ticket booth when I screamed, “I usually don’t bring my birth certificate to the movies. How ‘bout I take out my dentures?” [Read more...]

Frog Hollow

By Tom Liotti

Frog Hollow also known as Carle Place is part of the unincorporated Town of North Hempstead. Carle Place and it’s renowned school district extends from Ellison Avenue on the east between Old Country Road and Jericho Turnpike and all the way over past Glen Cove Road to the Mineola line. The Village of Westbury is also part of Carle Place and vice versa.

The Village part of Carle Place also includes all of the area between Ellison Avenue and Carle Road plus the land northwest of Northern State Parkway up to Glen Cove Road. Approximately 40 percent of the Town of North Hempstead is in unincorporated areas. Zoning and land use are controlled by the Town of North Hempstead in the unincorporated part of Carle Place outside of the village. [Read more...]

Test Less, Teach More

Steve Israel 3rd NY Congressional District

Last week I announced a way to reduce excessive standardized tests as part of Common Core while preserving the quality of learning and teaching in our classrooms. My proposal was developed over the course of several months by school superintendents and educators throughout our communities.
I believe we are testing our kids to extremes and robbing them of their creativity and curiosity. Classrooms are meant to be challenging incubators for learning and expression, not test-taking factories. Unfortunately, many classrooms today are void of teaching innovation and critical thinking because teachers and students are burdened by preparing for excessive standardized tests that promote learning through retention rather than learning by experience. [Read more...]

Muslims and Peace

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Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

By Donald Parker

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. Alfred Griswold Whitney

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”
Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four: [Read more...]

Animal Rescue

You have read of the sorry record of municipal animal shelters. It has been estimated that some 8–10 million animals enter the United States shelters annually. Unfortunately it is also estimated that 4 million of these dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are annually euthanized. That’s 11,000 lives ended daily. [Read more...]

Doctors Need IT Staff

If you’ve visited your doctor in the last year, then you probably had to fill out a ridiculous amount of paperwork — most of it seemingly redundant. The cause of this is the push from the federal government for medical practices to adopt an electronic medical record (EMR) system.

An EMR is a platform, either cloud- or software-based, to collect patient information all into one place, making evaluation of a patient’s overall health, in theory, a simpler task. However, such platforms have the potential for privacy risks if the proper security precautions are not taken. Although the government has required physicians to adopt EMR systems, as of now the responsibility for maintaining Internet security and privacy lies with the health provider. [Read more...]

Doomed From The Start

The disbanding of the Moreland Commission whose job it was to investigate corruption in State government and the ensuing investigation of its workings by The New York Times, is reminiscent of Watergate or even the recent debacle by Governor Christie’s staff regarding the George Washington Bridge. Governor Cuomo founded the Commission amidst much public relations stating that it would restore confidence in government. It did not do that but it did implicate the Governor in the corruption which he said the Moreland Commission would investigate.

While the Governor initially said that the Commission was free to investigate state government as a whole, he and his staff caused subpoenas to be withdrawn when they were issued to Cuomo’s campaign contributors and firms utilized by him for advertising. This smacks of the type of “stonewalling” engaged in by the Nixon Whitehouse and his hatchet men John Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman. It reminds all of the firing of Archibald Cox or Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny. [Read more...]