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Glen Cove Fight for Cable Competition Discredits “Net Neutrality”

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Glen Cove, The Beacon, U.S.  /  No Comments

“The decision will ensure that start-ups like Northwordnews or The Gold Coast Beacon, or bloggers – those modern day Thomas Paines – can compete on the same fast playing field as giant corporations such as [Patch and Newsday],” reads an editorial from our Sea Cliff neighbors. I agree with the characterization. We are the “modern day Thomas Paines” in that […]

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The Truth About The Pay Raise Story

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  No Comments

The suspicion that Mayor Reginald Spinello is trying to raise his salary was again aired at the March 10th city council meeting by residents and council members. One man remained silent. Since then, Robert Germino, whose FOIL request we reported on, has publicly challenged Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti to come forth as the source behind the allegations. Here […]

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No One Man Should Have All That Power

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  No Comments

In 1986 the City of Beacon, New York looked to Glen Cove as a model for their transition away from a part-time “commission” form of government. The Evening News reported that in 1980 Glen Cove revised its charter to impose a “strong mayor” style. To follow the city council is to know that is what […]

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Ralph R. Bruschini of Glen Cove, 1957-2014

By   /  January 10, 2015  /  Glen Cove, Police & Fire, The Beacon  /  2 Comments

     As many of you know, today marks one year since my dad passed. I thought I’d take some time to try to share what his life was really about, at least from my eyes. I’ve become a bit of a collector of stories over the past year to help me in this task. Writing this will discomfort some […]

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The Wall Street Journal: In Hoc Anno Domini

By   /  December 24, 2014  /  The Beacon  /  No Comments

The Wall Street Journal publishes an editorial every Christmas Eve which was written by the late Vermont Royster in 1949. It tells the parable of Saul of Tarsus, who would become St. Paul. I’d been a casual Christian up until Christmas of last year, one I’ll never forget. Sick at home, I read this piece, and […]

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More Federal “Stimulus” Money for the Ferry Terminal

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Economy, Glen Cove, Politics, The Beacon  /  1 Comment

Here’s a letter to the editors of Newsday. I’ve written a couple of letters into the paper, namely one was a response to the Editorial Board’s assertion that a plan to reduce the tax and regulatory burden “wouldn’t create jobs”, and the following. Here’s the news this writer felt compelled to respond to: “The ferry […]

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NYTimes: Patient in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  New York, The Beacon  /  No Comments

NYTimes: Patient in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola http://nyti.ms/ZK2eau

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Ferry: Settled Suit Echoes “Atlas Shrugged”–$11 mil Created 0.64 Jobs There

By   /  October 19, 2014  /  Glen Cove, The Beacon, U.S.  /  6 Comments

Newsday reported on Thursday that the City Council voted to settle a $1.7 million lawsuit filed in 2012 against firms involved in what can only be labeled a debacle at the Waterfront in the form of the bulkhead for the latest attempt to establish a ferry terminal there. Newsday also reported the city would receive $700 thousand […]

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A Primer on Why Planning Fails and Individuals Succeed

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  The Beacon  /  No Comments

There was an excellent op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal by Donald Boudreaux and Todd J. Zywicki, both senior fellows and at the Mercatus Center and professors at George Mason University, which runs Mercatus. Boudreaux also runs the blog Cafe Hayek. The piece applies Hayek’s thinking to today’s “hubris”, highlighted by Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. But it really […]

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The K-12 Road to Serfdom

By   /  August 16, 2014  /  Glen Cove, New York, The Beacon  /  No Comments

There’s been an interesting exchange in written letters to Newsday’s editors this past week about the Glen Cove “cheating” scandals. The most recent, by a Coram resident, disregards the original writer’s concerns as conspiracy thoughts. “The writer implies that the guilty parties may have had a valid reason for cheating, or perhaps were coerced by some dark, […]

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