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Oh, The Clanging of Pots and Pans

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In Shakespeare's 1597 'Romeo and Juliet', “love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values, loyalties, and emotions.”1

Well before Shakespeare, Plato2 had refined what the ancient Greeks identified as six types of love. Eros ‘love’, was uncomfortable even feared by the Greeks, because they understood that kind of love was dangerous and could get them into the most trouble. Evidently, the Greeks were right.

In Republican led Nassau County, public corruption is endemic. It's the stuff of folklore. “Public corruption involves a breach of public trust and/or abuse of position by federal, state, or local officials and their private sector accomplices.”3 Fact is, it is hard to remember an extended period without the revelation of a new “shake your head” example of corruption.

Nassau County politicians and their political actors can't resist the clanging of pots and pans over that which the Greeks feared, Eros. It's as if the political class believe the noise about interpersonal transgressions, shield them from the more egregious matter of public corruption. Moreover, the clanging of pots and pans often leads to knee jerk press conferences and social media bullying aimed at “publicly distancing” the politician from their own reflections.

Now, I can think of NO Nassau County public official who can (or should claim to) have the courage of “The Man” many of them admire and in whose name they distribute citations like manna from heaven.  “The Man” who after years of struggle was assassinated, not because he 'had a weakness for women' but because he held a mirror to America and America did not like its own reflection.

Today's clanging of pots and pans is the new assassin's bullet. It's used to dissuade and malign those who consider public office a part of their contribution (not their meal ticket) to our floundering democracy. But is it not time that Nassau County politicians focus on ending public corruption? Is it not time that public officials reach for the podium and speak out against Gerrymandering, the real threat to democracy?

Truth is, there are no winners in the private and often ugly spectacle of love gone bad. Children are hurt; families are torn apart; livelihoods are jeopardized - but hope survives. Hope for healing and hope for lessons learned. Hope that after the anger and passion subside the children are placed first again; the families returns to their new and modified equilibrium and decency returns. The same sentiment can’t be said for ubiquitous chicanery.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2009 15:50 )
 

One Hundred Years, Mrs. Garnette

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Image Berthenia was 7days old when on November 13, 1907, Paul Cornu flew the first helicopter. It flew for only twenty seconds and got five feet up in the air. Today Berthenia Garnett is 100 years old. Born in Willington SC, November 6, 1907 she later relocated to McCormick where she met the late William Garnett and married December 19, 1928. Mrs. Garnett has 5 children, 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren & 1 great-great grandchild.

She’s is a member of the Jamaica Square Improvement League, and has been a memberEmanuel Baptist Church since 1941. She was a very active member of the Deaconess Board, Missionary Circle, Flower Circle as well as the Choir until her health declined.

Elmont Online Congratulates Mrs Garnette. She represents the dignity resilience, longevity and long suffering of a people.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 February 2008 03:47 )
 

Public Education

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For some it's an After Thought!

"Highlights of Sept. School Board Meeting" which ran above the fold on page 1 of the September 28, 2007 Elmont Herald is indicative of what is wrong with the public discussion of Public Education in our community. For some in Elmont, Public Education is an after thought.

Since the July 3, 2007 Reorganization Meeting of the Elmont School Board, the Elmont Herald and some of its supporters have focused their collective energy on one issue - the board's decision not to include it as an official paper of the District.

The article written by CF (Cathy Ferrigno, mother of board member Lorraine Ferrigno) opens with the now familiar retrospective falsifications and repetitions. Terms such as "farce", "arrogant refusal", threats of "covering the continuing", and "on a weekly basis assaults on the children of the district" is followed in the second paragraph with "But, for now, the following actions were taken at the September 18, 2007 meeting of the Elmont Board of Education."

  • "But, for now," the district recognized the contributions of two of its outstanding twenty-five year retiring workers.
  • "But, for now," Superintendent Al Harper has successfully completed the installation of Smart Board technology in all of the districts 5th and 6th grade classrooms.
  • "But, for now," the district hired an Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services.
  • "But, for now," . . .

Truly a sad time for public education when, as I see it, the vitally important work of School Boards and District Officials is relegated to "But, for now[s]…", while the self interests of a few are couched in lofty protestations of Free Press and the First Amendment. The Elmont Herald, contrary to rumors suggesting the Elmont School Board stopped them from publishing, continues to print weekly, taking full advantage of the First Amendment and the Supreme Court's decision that found even when statements are false newspapers are protected from lawsuits brought by public officials New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).

Ann Bryant, Executive Director of NSBA has it right -"In a democracy, school boards are the closest thing to the ground," ensuring that parents and other voters have an impact on public schools". In keeping with her premise, the Elmont School District continues to make high quality audio recordings of all of its public meetings. The Reorganization Meeting of July 3 is available on a three CD Set. Volume 3 beginning at approximately 13:52 and ending at 15:33 contains the complete statement from which the Elmont Herald excerpts and misquotes. Visit the Elmont Public Library to listen to what was said and how or better yet, politely request that the Elmont Herald publish it in full.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:05 )
 
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