Root of Evil
To The Editor,
This may sound a little unique because I had a letter already written for the Sag Harbor Express which could be a response to Bill Jone’s letter, Pray, America, Pray. Although we are both Christian, believe in prayer and realize America is on dangerous ground, my approach may be a bit different. In my letter there is a response naming of the “many slippery slopes denied by our Christian past,” that you spoke of. Bill, do you remember when Jesus threw the money chargers out of the Temple?
Money is the root of evil, it brought our empire to its knees while there is time for prayer to rise from despair. Money was the bottom line on that we agree. Money is the worse addiction known to humankind. Money was the fuel which fed the greed of Wall Street till the bottom fell out. Money, 59 percent of our taxes, are spent on war and we produce the most weapons of mass destruction ever witnessed on the planet. The party is over and we are broke; a time to change the hearts and minds of the American people. We are in debt to China for $500 billion to sustain our never ending wars and we have drawn upon the credit cards of our own children. The evidence is here, money is still the root of our evil.
My good friend, Bill Jones (“Pray, America, Pray,” The Express, November 19, 2010) is sounding increasingly like a man of the cloth – which is, most likely, his proper calling. I hope he enters the priesthood of some established church or found his own called, most
I would be happy to endure his pontifications and exegeses.
Seriously (no tongue-in-cheek),
Pies of Plenty
On behalf of the St. Andrew’s Youth Group, we would like to send out a heartfelt thank to all those parents, family and friends who helped peel, transport pies and opened their kitchens to assist us in our annual pie baking. Special thanks go to the Sag Harbor Fire Department and Conca D’Oro for the massive part of our baking and much gratitude to Seven Ponds Orchard for allowing us to pick up apples and the Sag Harbor Food Pantry for the shells.
In the past years we have supplied the necessary pies for the Sag Harbor Food Pantry to hand out for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The youths and adults involved ended our apple and pumpkin pie baking weekend with a prayer of thanks to all those who assisted us – including those who bought our pies!
Last week I said, “Pray for our country, America, pray.” I am confident that this message made a whole bunch of readers uncomfortable, even dismissive of this religious message. I do not care, for America’s problems, according to what I hear from many citizens, seem insurmountable with solutions that are far beyond our reach. If people believe that we humans cannot solve these serious problems, then it is pure logic that we need God’s help. N’est ce pas?
God wants to hear our prayer of hope that He will hang in there with us for it is apparent, fair reader, that we cannot solve our problems without Him. The pure and simple truth is that there is nothing that God cannot do, but He does want us to hear from us. If you are far from God, then this message is not to your liking. I do not care, for America’s future is at stake, I will do anything to protect her future and she needs our prayers.
This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for the ocean vista I see each morning at the end of Little Plains Road located in the free-est country in the world. No matter the weather or the day, it is breathtaking and one reason for me to believe in our Creator and to believe that all of our blessings flow from Him. Finally, I pray that He helps us to surmount our insurmountable problems.
The word “if” was removed from my quotes to reporter, Claire Walla, concerning my opinion regarding drug-sniffing dogs in our schools.
My response to Ms. Walla’s question was, “IF drug dogs were brought to Pierson, and IF students had drugs in their lockers, they would get caught.”
Further I said then, as I feel today, “IF students HAD drugs in their lockers, it would have caused a lot of trouble…”
Allow me to go on record, as I told your reporter, that I have no knowledge of any student having drugs at Pierson, nor would I venture a guess regarding drug use within our school.
I do believe, as i stated in your article, that it is the responsibility of the school to monitor for drug use, however, beyond what I know specifically related to my two children’s education at Pierson, I have no knowledge of any other student’s activities, nor would I comment on an important issue I know nothing about.
To Long Swims
This past Friday our nine-year-old golden retriever, Ben, was relieved of an extremely aggressive illness. Ben wasn’t the fifth member of our family, but the first onboard. In the experiment of life Ben was the “constant” to our “variables.” As it turns out, the concept of “man’s best friend” can be much more complicated than I could have ever imagined. We are heartbroken.
With that said I would like to celebrate his outstanding life with a sincere thank you to Dr. Barry Browning, Dr. Karen Dowd, Marie, Kim, Merideth and the entire staff at the Sag Harbor Veterinary Clinic. Ben had a joyful, happy and healthy life and a lot of that was due in no small part, to the wonderful care that he always received at SHVC. Veterinary services are really only as good as their ability to help you when you need them the most, and they were always there for our family. Dr. Browning and his team gave us and our dog the love, care and respect that we have yet to find in any of our own medical experiences.
So, a big “Thank you” from The Flanagan Family.
Here’s to an infinite supply of tennis balls and long swims at Long Beach!
Long Live our “B-Dog”
To the Editor
The year is almost over — a perfect time for all of us at Fighting Chance to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make our 2010 fundraising events a success. Your generous support allows us to continue to provide free-of-charge counseling and resources to cancer patients and their families living on the East End. As most of you know, cancer can be a daunting and isolating experience. Coming together as a community diminishes the sense of isolation and underscores the importance of caring for one another.
2010 event contributors who generously donated their products and resources for our events include:
The American Hotel; Balanced Energies; Blue Duck Bakery; Bridgehampton Florist; Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop; Cortland Capital Market Service; C’s Home Management; Sue & Rick Davies; East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad; East Hampton/Bridgehampton Pharmacy; Houlihan Lokey Investment Banking Services; Scott J Salon & Spa; Letter Perfect; Lauren G; Loaves & Fishes; WBAZ, WEHM & Beach Radio; Matlin Patterson Global Advisors; Lisa Matlin; Barbara McLaughlin; Ann Jackson; Naturopathica; Roy Parker; Party Rental Limited; Robyn & Al Poto; Round Swamp Farm; Sabonack Golf Club courtesy of Frank Mori; Sag Harbor Florist; Sag Harbor Village Police Department; Salon Xavier; Seven Ponds Orchard; Sidley Austin; Swim Across America; Tate’s Bake Shop; NYC Half-Marathon’s Team Sidley; The Tackle Shop; The Milk Pail; Tiffany & Co.; Tight Lines Tackle Shop; Tory Burch; Chuck Miller; Water Mill Cupcake Company; Williams Sonoma; and Wittendale’s Florist & Greenhouses.
Thank you to our volunteers for making it happen:
Jennifer Borg-Wakeford, Sheila Mahoney, Kate Malenczak, Vanessa Petruccelli, Marie Klarman, Maryann Arendt, Paulina Jenkins, Joanne MacDowell, Nancy Petrie, Robyn Poto, Carolyn Hass, Ron Alexander, Patsy Howard, Lee Adamo, Tony Brandt, C.B. Grubb, Peggy Heckman, Cindy Formica, Joyce Orenstein, and Duncan Haille.
Thank you to our patient workshop co-sponsors:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, North Fork Radiation Oncology, Southampton Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
A special thank you from the patients of Fighting Chance to:
Cindy Capalbo – C’s Home Management for providing monthly house cleaning services to patients undergoing cancer treatments.
Rizzo Assoud – Twin Forks Limousine for helping us get our patients to their treatments.
Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation and Yoga Shanti for supporting and nurturing patients, loved ones and caregivers in times of medical crisis.
Xavier Merat- Salon Xavier for making our patients look good while they are going through treatment.
The Fighting Chance volunteer program brought us many new people who are willing to lend their time to help cancer patients in our area. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should call 725-4646.
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