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Grant Lally: Standing With Israel

I stand with the State of Israel and their right to defend the Israeli people from the attacks of Hamas, the terrorist organization that now controls Gaza.
Hamas has attacked Israel through the air, with over 1500 Qassam rocket attacks; and underground, through tunnels dug for the purpose of attacking Israeli civilians. Inside these tunnels the Israeli military has found tranquilizers and handcuffs to be used for kidnapping Israeli citizens, and tons of weapons and explosives. [Read more...]

Recapturing The Israeli Narrative

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, many of us find ourselves faced with questions and concerns. What can we do? How can we help? How can this horror go away?
These were the questions on people’s minds as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst and Historian, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview about the current Mid-East conflict.
The former IDF (Israel Defense Forces) International Relations liaison officer, author and fellow at the Middle East Forum, explained that “Operation Protective Edge” isn’t exactly what you have been reading in the media, but instead it is Israel’s mission to demilitarize the “tunnels“ in Gaza. Demilitarization means to break down the tunnels militarily, politically and operationally. Presently, the Israelis have succeeded militarily and have destroyed the structure of 32 tunnels. To start, there may be as many as 42 tunnels. [Read more...]

The Kids Aren’t Alright

While perusing the new summer fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong. Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by. [Read more...]

Multiplying The Outrage

Your “Train In Vain” editorial (July 16-22) referred to “genuflecting” to the MTA’s leaders — ”those six-figured salaried credits to humankind.” From that, I am inferring that you were implying that for salaries in the $100,000-to-$999,999 range, the public has a right to expect better leadership, and leaders. I agree with that, and feel even more strongly about the countless corporate executives being paid (not “earning”) seven-figure and eight-figure (millions and tens-of-millions of dollars annually) salaries. I refer to recent news stories stating that: “The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.” [Read more...]

The Kids Aren’t Alright

While perusing the new summer fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong. Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by. [Read more...]

Prepare Your Children Well

I am writing in response to Paul Manton’s letter “Are College Degrees Worth It?” (Weekend,” July 16-22)
I believe that for most high school graduates, college is the appropriate next step. While college educations can be very expensive, and accumulating debt is never a good thing, Nassau Community College provides an extremely affordable and valuable option.
Many public service jobs, including law enforcement and the FDNY, now require college degrees or a specific amount of college credits. Chances are that members of your family tree who received the pensions of which you wrote, were members of either NYPD or FDNY, and today would need at least a two years of college. [Read more...]

Put The Shhhhh! In Schumer

Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.
It appears to Quietskies.net and other community activist groups that, based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). We believe that Sen. Schumer’s voting record and consistent support of Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (whose state is the home of Boeing as well as a primary manufacturer of RNAV equipment) were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry. [Read more...]

Local Community Stands With Israel

LTR_IsraelAOver the last several weeks, the outrage and pain emanating from Jewish communities around the world has affirmed the guiding principle that all Jews are a single family, bound by one heart, with a love for Israel. On Tuesday, July 14, 2014, more than 300 people from local synagogues and the surrounding community came to the Mid-Island Y JCC in prayer to support our brothers and sisters in Israel.

During the one-hour program, local synagogue clergy, Israeli nationals, and others spoke, including, Rick Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of the Mid-Island Y JCC, Richard Bass, JCRC-LI, Cantor Wolk and Rabbi Deborah Bravo. Our community shlichim, Eilon Goldstein and Tomer Weinberger; and Orna and Ronen Neutra and their family lit candles in memory of Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frankel, 16. [Read more...]

From The MTA: When Is Enough Enough?

Unionized Long Island Rail Road workers are the best paid in the nation. On average they make $87,000 a year – that’s 56% more than the average Long Islander. The MTA has offered to up their pay 17%, limit their healthcare contributions to 2%, and continue their already generous pensions. And we found a way to pay for it without raising fares or jeopardizing our long-term capital program by asking for modest changes for workers who haven’t even been hired yet. [Read more...]

Mourning Murdered Israeli Teens

Dear Editor,
As a Zionist Jewish Day School and as members of humanity, we at the Schechter School of Long Island share in the profound sorrow of the Shaar, Frenkel and Yifrach families, whose beautiful sons were cut down before they had a chance to fully live.
May the memories of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal forever be a blessing and may their families never again know such horror and sorrow.
Baruch Dayan Emet,
Ira Balsam, President
Dr. Cindy Dolgin, Head of School