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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Rockville Centre Herald
Letters to the Editor

No good deed goes unpunished

To the Editor:

As Catholics, we grow up with Easter as our High Holy Day. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. In his honor, Catholics give up something each year during Lent. We are raised in the belief that it is good to give up something, especially if it can help someone else. This is a lesson that the educators at Kellenberg Memorial High School should learn.

On March 24, my nephew shaved his head to help support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. For those of you who do not know, St. Baldrick’s is the largest childhood cancer charity in the country. In the last nine years, this wonderful charity has made over $103 million in grants to help defeat this hideous disease. My nephew raised more than $2,600 this year to help out, bringing his three-year total to just over $10,700. I understand that he will continue helping out each year going forward, he is that nice.

The punishment for his good deed showed up on March 25, when he arrived at Kellenberg. He was asked to go see the dean, who gave him five demerits for his sacrifice. If you receive 10 demerits you are expelled from the school. I am searching for the message that the good teachers at the school are trying to impart on this nice young man. You have to stop and ask the question, who wants to be bald? Certainly not the young victims of childhood cancer. What would happen if a student got cancer? Would they be expelled for losing their hair?

In my opinion, it takes great inner strength and courage to do something you don’t want to do, but you do it anyway because it will help out someone else. I am glad that the 47,637 heroes that have shaved their heads this year do not or did not attend Kellenberg. Otherwise, under the threat of an unjustified punishment, childhood cancer research would be $20,690,310 poorer, and that’s just this year so far.

Instead of discouraging such brave acts by their students, the administration at Kellenberg should be holding my nephew up as an example and encouraging other students to participate. I hope they see the errors in their ways and remove the five demerits from his record.

Michael Lynch

Oceanside

No politics at the parade

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Mickey

I feel compelled to remark upon last week's writers assessment of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, particularly in his ignorant statements about the RVC Tea Party's participation in the Parade. The writer referred to the "Tea Party Patriots" as an "Obstructionalist group with a political agenda" (obviously confusing us with the malevolent "Occupy Wall Street ruffians of New York City Park, infamy). The writer further commented about "this group of angry people pushing their politics" and further said "I thought the parade was to be void of politics and political statements".

Let me say that I have been a member of the RVC St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, since it's inception and was part of the committees who formulated the concept of the Parade which was to Honor the name of St.Patrick, to enjoy the many facets of Irish Culture which in great part developed along with other cultures to form this great and wonderful Country in which we now live. Another aspect of the Parade, far different than most celebrations of St. Patrick's day, was to raise funds for three different Charities each year. Each and every participating element of the parade made donations to those charities. Included was the RVC Tea Party Patriots.

In my position as Lead Judge at every Parade for the past 13 years, , along with 5 other judges peppered along the Parade route this year, we found NO violation of any rules concerning disrespect, rowdy conduct, misbehavior, or any other issue that might be considered offensive to the tenor of the day. Everyone, in spite of the cold and blustery day, enjoyed themselves immensely, (Except of course the one sad person who felt so offended by the Tea Party Patriots that he had to use the Herald to convey his wrath.).The Tea Party in particular marched with American, Irish and Gadsden Flags, and their Tea Party Banner leading their ranks of about 50 people. None of them brandished any 'political signs" whatsoever, nor did I perceive even ONE ANGRY FACE among them.

If there was ANY politics displayed during the Parade, it was that of US Senator Chuck Schumer, who never misses an opportunity to show-boat his presence with signs, bull horns, his intrusive Limo,and no less than 4 brutish escorts defending the Senator from the ire of incensed constituants. Normally, political figures and other dignitaries march at the head of the Parade. But apparently Schumer feels himself above them and marches when and where he feels like it

in complete indifference to Parade Protocols.

The RVC Tea Party Patriots were a fantastic presence in the Parade and have been these passed 3 years. They are present at our Village Memorial Day remembrances, and have made considerable contributions to our Servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to those who have come home from War seeking assistance. Their Patriotic fervor and American spirit uiplifted many along the parade route. We look forward to them coming back for many years in the future.

Eugene P. Clark III

25 North Forest Ave.

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

516-536-6990

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