02/26/15 6:00am
02/26/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

There are few times when I so seriously disagree with an editorial to the point of needing to airing my own views. As I understand it, the point of the Common Core Learning Standards is to improve the level of education in our state. Beginning with the well-established standing of our students’ educations compared to other civilized nations around the world, where we rate behind so many other countries, it would seem to indicate the need for radical reform.  (more…)

02/22/15 5:00am
02/22/2015 5:00 AM

To the editor:

I cannot be more proud of the fine young men and women who so eloquently spoke up at the Feb. 10 Riverhead school board meeting regarding the district’s unfortunate cost-saving decision to reduce the high school academic day from nine periods to eight. The purported rationale for the change — too many students taking too many study halls — was extremely weak.  (more…)

02/19/15 7:00am
02/19/2015 7:00 AM

To the editor:

The Feb. 12 editorial stated in its headline “We can’t arrest our way out of a gang problem.” You’re partly right, but the problem is not arrests, it’s convictions and incarceration. Less love and more locks. Your article notes that drug and weapons defendant Darius Strong recently got off parole. (more…)

02/13/15 7:00am
02/13/2015 7:00 AM

To the editor:

Regarding the recent downfall of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver highlighted in last week’s editorial and the lack of disclosure on the part of some of our local elected officials, there seems to be one common thread: They are all lawyers or connected to legal firms.

Ever needed, worked with or been set upon by an attorney?  (more…)

01/22/15 6:00am
01/22/2015 6:00 AM
George Kurovics enlisted with the U.S. Navy in 1944 at just 16 years old. (Credit: courtesy photo)

George Kurovics enlisted with the U.S. Navy in 1944 at just 16 years old. (Credit: courtesy photo)

To the editor:

The lead and front page story in last week’s issue struck a very sad chord. Until I read that story, I wasn’t aware that my friend George Kurovics was still with us, continuing to give traditional “Navy” haircuts in his Rocky Point barber shop. (more…)

01/15/15 6:00am
01/15/2015 6:00 AM

Bravo to the News-Review and Grant Parpan for his op/ed challenging Congressman Lee Zeldin for not immediately distancing himself from Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise. Mr. Scalise, the majority whip in Congress, gave a speech in 2002 before an organization in Louisiana associated with David Duke, a nationally known white supremacist who has been associated with the Klu Klux Klan. This organization, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), has been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist hate group.