Please do what
the sign says
Can anyone tell me what the point of a stop sign is?
Well according to New York law, a driver encountering such a sign must come to a complete stop. Not a rolling stop or just a slow-down-and-take-a-look stop.
Nassau police should take a look in Franklin Square, where there is total disregard for them — particularly at Benris Avenue and Hoffman Street.
It’s a danger for pedestrians and other motorists that some drivers ignore these signs.
Just for safety’s sake, the sign is red in color and octagonal in shape. More enforcement is needed.
Let presidents serve more than two terms
The 22nd Amendment, which limited a U.S. president to two terms, was a knee-jerk reaction to the four terms won by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Looking back, I believe most would agree that more years of Bill Clinton would have been better than the years with George W. Bush.
Now it seems that a number of Americans, certainly Democrats, feel that another term for President Barack Obama might be better than any of the current prospects for our highest office.
So, maybe it’s time to repeal the 22nd Amendment and allow the will of the people to decide when it’s time to change leaders.
Words to live by
Words of wisdom that have stood out and influenced much of my thinking came from a teacher and a neighbor.
The first was a semi-cloistered Ursuline nun who told our high school class that the problems in the world are not caused by people saying evil is good, or wrong is right. The world’s problems are caused by people saying, “But it’s different for me.”
The other comment was that of an elderly neighbor who said that the philosophy she lived by was, “What if everyone did it?”
As I look at my own behavior, that of our country’s candidates for political office and their supporters, I see those observations lived out in large and small ways.
How often do we say, it’s OK for me to text and drive? Or, it’s OK for me to function under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Or, it’s OK for me not to declare all my income or to work off the books? Or, it’s OK for me to hire the low-bid vendor who employs poorly paid laborers? Or, it’s OK for my country to excessively use the resources of other countries, but it’s not OK for anybody else?
When we point fingers and assign blame — and we all do — perhaps we should begin with some introspection.