(Credit: Grant Parpan)
As you leave the terrace at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., with its sprawling views of the U.S. Capitol, you pass the sign in the above photo. You might encounter this statement — which sums up the importance of a free press and defines the overall theme of the museum — after hours of perusing the many artifacts in the collection that underscore the difficulty and risk inherent in protecting this freedom, both here and around the world. (more…)
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.
To the editor:
The plastic ban proposal should not happen. What it all comes down to is basic socio-economic status. How can individual towns force citizens to buy bags? (more…)
Some schools in the Shoreham-Wading River School District, namely the elementary schools, date back nearly 50 years. The district’s high school was built in 1975. Since then, the district has remained one of the few on Long Island that has not borrowed any money to improve and modernize its facilities.
Congressman Lee Zeldin addresses his supporters at the Suffolk County GOP gala at Emporium in Patchogue on Election Day. (Credit: John Griffin, file)
Lee Zeldin was given a golden opportunity Sunday.
Appearing on Fox News two days before being sworn in, the freshman Congressman from Shirley was asked about a speech that current House majority whip Steve Scalise had given years earlier to a group of white supremacists in Louisiana, while he was serving in that state’s House of Representatives. Mr. Zeldin, who throughout his campaign described his predecessor as a back-bencher more concerned with advancing the Democratic agenda than progress in the Capitol, had a front-and-center chance to state publicly that one of his Republican colleagues should never have made that appearance.
Instead, he blamed the media. (more…)
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard boat into the Mattituck Inlet on the morning Ciro Stellges’ body was found in the water. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro, file)
There is a common misconception among the public that the media enjoys reporting bad news.
That’s simply not true. I’ve seen a certain look on enough reporters’ faces when they’re asked to call a loved one for an interview after a tragedy to know it’s never easy.
I saw that look too many times in 2014. (more…)