i R ea d e r s ’ V o ic e s : Letters and Commentary County should h ire m o re p robation o fficers y esterday! My guess is that come the .fall elections, he will tun to the center, and if elected, vote as the liberal he feally is. I don’t know why liberals do this, b u t .i t a ^ a t t e r n ; look no further than bur president. Chris Connors, Amityville 4 . BABYLON BEACON, January 28, 2010 Residents should g et involved in school budget process now School districts are in the midst of putting together their 2010-2011 school budgets. As we do every year, we are reminding readers and members of the community that now is the time to get involved in the process. The job of striking a balance between what the school districts need in order to provide a progressive and sound education for our children, and what the com munity can afford in terms of dollars and cents, is al ways difficult. In this kind of an economy, the job is even harder. Already, the state has held back some revenue for the current year and the Governor’s budget proposal for next year promises to be a tough one. Additionally, the Governor is proposing a cap not only on state spending but also on school district spending. If not adhered to by the individual school districts, its residents will see less of a tax rebate from the surplus resulting from the state cap. That adds pressure on school districts to bring in spending increases of 1.2 percent of the CPI or no more than 4 percent. Despite all of this, we are optimistic that our school officials can and will rise to the challenge. If residents want a say in the outcome, they should attend school board meetings and budget workshops now. Times and dates and locations of these meetings are included in our calendar listings. Educate yourself now so that when you vote for your school budget in May, you make an informed decision. DRAWING CONCLUSIONS —by Kevin Eastwood Dear Editor: Regarding the Beacons recent article, “County seeks site for homeless sexual offenders” (January 14; 2010 ), that article provides further reason why County Executive Steve Levy and his supporters in the Legislature, Legislators Horsley, D’Amaro and Stern, should be held accountable for Levy’s czar-like tactics when it comes to protecting our children. Some history is necessary. In 2007, the Legislature passed resolution no. 6 4 4 -2007, which provided the funding to hire ten additional probation officers and one supervisor to monitor sex offenders. However, because of Levy’s czar-like tendencies, he never signed off on the final hiring slip, thus blocking the hiring. Did Horsley, D’Amaro or Stern issue press releases, hold press conferences, or support a resolution to address an abuse of such authority by a czar-like County Executive? NO! Meanwhile, as reported in the Beacon last fall, sex offenders are in hiding - they are not living where they are registered! Now that even more sex offenders are going to be released into our neighborhoods, Levy and his supporters should be challenged to compel the hiring of the probation officers promised four plus years ago, but never hired! “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” at all levels o f government! William Matthew Groh The writer is a civic leader and form er candidate fo r the Suffolk County Legislature in the 16th LD. A healthy dose of political skepticism Dear Editor: I witnessed the outcome of the election for Senator in Massachusetts Jan. 19, and was wondering if Congressman Steve Israel was going to be running on his pro-health cafe reform vote and his vote to allow federally funded abortions as part of that health care. He was proud of his vote even though a majority o f the public was against it. He knows what’s best for us, so I think he should lead his campaign with the health care platform, or maybe his support of late-term abortions. What Does Babylon Look Like f Driving through the Village of Babylon is always so pleasant and enjoyable. Main Street is filled with shops and restaurants. Turning down Deer Park Avenue brings even m o re of an old-fashioned, small town feeling. Holidays b ring with it decorated lamp posts, sidewalk vendors, “A Night of Shopping” and the like. It all sounds so quaint, doesn’t it? There is also another holiday that brings people to the streets in Babylon Village: Halloween. Halloween brings out a not so quaint side of Babylon. It brings out a dark side: M others trick-or-treating with their children in the afternoon sipping from beer bottles. As the day waned on, the party continued. M others pulling Radio Flyer wagons that o n ce toted toddlers now carried coolers filled with assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. W h en did alcohol becom e so benign in our community? W h en did we b ecom e such a permissive com m u n ity and develop such a permissive attitude toward such a lethal drug? Are parents so stressed they need cocktails to be able to spend tim e with their children? Did parents forget what we do is so much more im p ortant than what we say? These are tough questions to answer. W h at does Babylon look like? It is hard to say from this angle. 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