Ward Harkavy’s recent article [Golden Boy, Cover Story, Aug. 5] regarding the financial situation of Nassau County Executive Tom Gulotta hit the nail right on the head.
Harkavy made it obvious that the county’s fiscal problems are not only the result of bad fiscal policies but also the result of a Nassau Republican machine whose main concern is making sure that its members are supplied with high-paying positions in return for their loyalty to the party. Nassau is one of the highest taxed counties in the nation. We are currently experiencing in this country the greatest economic boom of the century, yet Nassau is running a deficit of $300 million.
The taxpayers of Nassau County are angry. They will no longer accept the lame excuses of Nassau politicians about why we’re in this situation. It is time for someone in county government to stand up and explain where all this money has gone.
Whether anyone likes it or not, the only way to get out of this fiscal disaster is going to be to downsize the size of the government workforce and eliminate positions in which the only job of the person is to donate part of his salary back to the Republican Party.
Berry, berry good
Many thanks to all at the Long Island Voice for such a snappy review of our CD [Recordings, Aug. 12]. Stevan Spacely has been informed that we owe him a collective butt rubbing when next we see him and he’s going to get it.
We couldn’t possibly rub all your butts, so please accept this note in place of it, knowing that we are rubbing our own butts as I type it. We are undergoing some changes to our rhythm section presently, for the better for certain. We expect to have another CD finished by next summer. Thanks again and this really feels good.
Mike and Laura G.
What are you saying?
Regarding your paper’s review of Teaching Mrs. Tingle in the Aug. 25 issue:
To differentiate the interscholastic comparison of today’s schools correlative to the former schools of previous generations is not difficult to comprehend. The discussions of the student body of the generations need to be addressed to elaborate on the diversion and variances reflective and characteristic of the periods.
The demise of integrity and values incorporated and perpetuated in today’s culture are representative in students’ performance evident in the decadence of the reprehensible student in today’s schools.
Repercussions to the portrayal of the unacceptable insolence and morally offensive behavior depicted in forms of entertainment and in the media today as acceptable or the norm contributes to reinforce the misconstrued message of disrespectability to authoritative teachers, rules and regulations.
The adolescent student persona concurrent to the denial of maturity ascendant into adulthood manifest in the student ability or desire to learn.
In conclusion, to suggest the inclination that it is not the schools that have changed, yet rather the students in attendance, and this may explain the deterioration of the school system.
Mrs. Susan Davniero