Letters To The Editor
Although the passage of the Farmingdale Public
Library budget was not as convincing as budget-supporters
had hoped, voter approval gave the
library board the go- ahead for a full library
program for the coming year.
Library board trustees should not take this
to mean that all is well in the community. The
recent developments have created a district- wide
rift which may take some considerable time to repair.
The close 2,036 to 1,934 vote approval should
serve as an indication to the library board that
over 49% of the taxpayers who voted were not
happy. The Board will have 12 months in which
to heal the wounds and avoid having to put up the
budget several times next year before it is passed.
We were happy with the results. Now let's
get full library service restored quickly.
" Patience" when driving this weekend may be
the key to your being alive when this weekend is
Warnings were issued this week by Nassau
County Police Commissioner Francis B. Looney
and Nassau County Clerk Franklin H. Ornstein.
" Careless driving, without regard for the law,
can only add to the toll," Looney said. " Take your
time, obey the law, and be considerate of other
drivers. Courtesy and thoughtfulness pay off in
Looney also reminded motorists that schools in
the county will be reopening after the holiday weekend.
He urged drivers to keep a sharp lookout for
children on foot or riding bicycles.
" Be alert to school buses, too," he warned. " The
law forbids passing school buses while they are taking
on or discharging passengers."
The Labor Day weekend is the last chance for
many to get away to the beaches and mountains
this summer. All highways will be jammed from
Friday through Monday evening, making driving
difficult. A trip which normally takes three hours
might take seven or eight. As traffic slows to a
crawl, and cars begin to overheat, so does the temper
of many drivers. They begin to cut in and out of
lanes, and as traffic eases slightly, they drive
recklessly to make up for lost time. Then there are
those who leave very late on Monday night for the
trip home," said Ornstein. " The idea is fine, if the
driver isn't tired. A tired driver attempts to make
up time by speeding, and there is always a chance
he will fall asleep while driving."
Ornstein recommends that all drivers plan their
trip carefully and follow these suggestions:
1. Before starting on your trip, check your car
carefully to see that the tires are good, gas and oil
and water are up to normal. Nothing creates a
dangerous highway bottleneck more than a car
broken down in one of the lanes.
2. Take a good road map of the area you intend to
visit. That way you can always detour onto a
secondary road if you find traffic totally jammed on
the main route.
3. Don't drive when tired. If you feel sleepy, pull
over to the side of the road and rest. The rest you
take can make the difference between life and death.
If you are extremely tired, find a motel and sleep.
4. Give yourself plenty of time to get home. If
you have something to do at home before going to
work on Tuesday, plan to give yourself an extra few
hours on the road.
5. If you are going to drive at night, it is wise to
have someone in the car with you to see that you
stay awake. Night driving is difficult on the eyes,
and long periods of driving at night can cause drowsiness.
It is also wise to carry a thermos of coffee
in your car.
" All in all," said Mr. Ornstein, " the word to
remember is ' patience*. Be patient with traffic,
the other drivers on the road, and most important,
be patient with yourself. It is more important
to spend a few hours less at your vacation area
than to spend a few weeks in a hospital bed or
eternity in a graveyard."
Right now Panama seems a
long way off from the taxpayers
in Farmingdale. The information
which follows was contained
in " The Cardinal Minds-zenty
Report of July 15, 1967.
How would you, an American
Taxpayer, like to have the Soviet
Union Hammer and Sickle fly
over Alaska? It couldn't happen?
Then listen to what is
happening to the United States
owned Panama Canal.
On June 29, 1967 the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee
met behind closed doors to be
briefed on three new treaties
which would yield UJS. sovereignty
over to Panama, the canal given
to the UJS. by the Hay- Bunau-
Varilla Treaty of 1903. Stealing
the Panama Canal is one of the
oldest objectives of international
On June 26, 1967, the Chairman
of the Panama Canal Subcommittee
of the House Marine
Committee, Congresswoman Le-nor
K. Sullivan, assailed the new
Panama Canal Treaty as a " giveaway"
and warned that it only
opens the way to surrender the
Canal to Panama. Mrs. Sullivan
said that we should have
learned a lesson from the history
of the Suez Canal since Egypt
seized it in 1956. If the sanctity
of treaties are to be ignored,
then, since Russia once owned
Alaska, why not abrogate the purchase
contract between the UJS.
and Russia? On January 23,
1964, our President said that the
UJS. is willing to " sit down in
conference" and engage in " reconsideration
of all issues" between
the UJS. and Panama. What
is there to discuss? Any negotiations
can only mean the
possible relinquishment of some
American rights. Don't be fooled
by the propaganda that the UJS.
is abandoning control of the Canal
because a new sea level canal,
excavated with nuclear explosions,
is nearing reality. An
unreleased report to the Senate
Commerce Committee spells out
the frustrations af/ xir jungle explorers
and nuclear scientists
who have been unable to recommend
the feasibility of nuclear
excavation on the isthmus. Furthermore,
even if nuclear construction
is eventually found feasible,
it is prohibited by the Moscow
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
negotiated by Averell Harriman
and Khrushchev in 1963. We cannot
use nuclear explosives to dig
a new canal unless we secure
the permission of the Soviet
Union. This is a new role for
the American taxpayers. Asking
permission from the Soviet
slave masters. Look back into
history and see who started the
trend. A reading of the book
called ' None Dare Call It Treason'
would be most appropriate
for a beginning. Ask for it in
your local library. It's a paperback
and there must be at
least one copy between the two
Francis A. Collins.
With all the clamor and shouting
about Civil Rights, there is
one great injustice the majority
of our citizens overlook. The
Postal employee is the forgotten
man. Our Congress is prone to
dispense largesse with reckless
abandon to Welfare Recipients
and Foreign Nations ( enemies
included). Neither of the former
pay taxes. On the other hand,
the Postal employee just about
subsists on his take home pay,
even after ten, 15 and 20 years
of service. All the sanctimonious
lament about discrimination
appears to have favored the idlers
rather than the producers. If
Congress is opposed to granting
an equitable increase, the attraction
of the Welfare Rolls
may prove enticing to those burdened
with large families. The
tax load on the rest of us will
reflect the loss of additional
wage earners. All this may
be prevented by considering the
Postal employee more than a
second class citizen.
A Postal Employee.
So many items have appeared
recently in regard to our library
that one hardly knows when to
begin to comment. Two items
have been chosen almost at random.
In a recently distributed brochure
Carl stated, " Mr. Gorton...
was denied direct access to the
files by Mr. Dow and the board,
forcing him to obtain a court
order enabling him to examine
Then your issue of 8/ 24 headlines
" Flash! Supreme Court Decision
Denies Gorton Petition!"
Which is telling the truth? Is
it the Observer or is it Carl?
Did he " obtain a court order
enabling him to examine the
files" or was this denied by the
Another interesting item involves
finance. The same brochure
referred to above as well as
newspaper ads indicate that after
six years we have paid enough
that we should own our South
Farmingdale building. I wish
some one had explained this
method of financing to me twelve
At that time we bought a house
for about $ 16,000. Payments
have averaged about $ 120. per
month since then. Thus we have
paid in about $ 17,000 over the
twelve years. Yet I am dismayed
when I see that we have
only increased our equity during
this period by about $ 3,000.
A real estate agent on my block
estimates that a conservative
rental figure for my house would
be $ 150. per month. Had I rented
in 1955 at this figure with the
understanding that my payments
could be applied against the purchase,
we would have owned our
house free and clear in 1964, or
after nine years.
At least I could have owned it
on the basis of Carl's reasoning
as he applies it to our library
I presume my mortgage arrangements
( including G. I. financing)
are not unusual and that
the same procedures as apply
to me apply to every home buyer
Perhaps Carl can explain even
at this late date when we have all
paid in so much how we can refinance
on his plan. Can he
recommend a real estate agent
or financing organization that will
give us this service?
161 Aster St.
Gorton Tells The Why
And How Of The Battle
To my fellow Farmingdalers,
In 1963 I moved to Farmingdale as a " liberal intellectual,"
unaware of my political ignorance and unconcerned with the
functioning of government. In 1964 I read " None Dare Call it
Treason" and received a rude awakening. After checking the
accuracy of that book to my satisfaction ( and dismay) I, as a free
man wishing to remain free, had no alternative but to " become
involved" by informing myself and then others to the deadly threat
posed to America by the insidious, international criminal conspiracy
we call Communism. This has entailed long hours of study which I
would have preferred to devote to my family and development of
my aircraft design.
In March, while flying my airplane upstate over wooded country,
the engine quit. As the plane rapidly descended with no suitable
landing area available, I recognized my life as forfeit and surrendered
it to God, to take or do with as He pleased. My brother
and I miraculously survived the crash landing in which the plane
Since then as amazing series of events has occurred, starting
with my finding " The Paris Review" and my subsequent election
to the Library Board, which have convinced me of the truth of
Ephesians 6: 12. To those who have read " None Dare Call it Treason"
and the Bible, no further explanation is necessary. To those who have
not, I implore you to do so and will gratefully supply free copies to
anyone requesting them, especially if you can't get them in your
All of this is but a brief background to explain how and why the
battle has developed in Farmingdale. America was a nation
based on individual responsibility, and freedom deriving from the
recognition of man as the creation of God. The " death" of God
ultimately means the enslavement of man as a servant of the
State. The primary safeguard against tyranny which our Founding
Fathers provided was the restraint on central authority far removed
from the people, and reliance on local self- government'
responsive to the will of the people.
Farmingdale epitomizes the problem facing America. If we can
not control as basic a unit as the Public Library, how much less
controllable will be higher echelons of government? If the majority
of people, through apathy and ignorance, permit control of their
governmental units to fall into the hands of a determined minority
who then use our own tax money to maintain themselves in power,
we have only ourselves to blame for the consequences. The statement
that " Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," was never more
true than today. If I can, with God's grace, do nothing more than
serve as a " dime- store" Paul Revere to Farmingdale, I will have
considered my life a success. The rest is up to you. May He guide
you in your search for truth.
C. E. Gorton
Peace Corps Volunteer
May Be Reached at Hospital
Miss Susan Baumann, of 42 like to receive letters frohi her
Grant Avenue, Farmingdale, a
Peace Corps volunteer, stationed
in Bolivia, South America, would
friends. She may be reached by
addressing correspondence in
care of Silbey Memorial Hospital,
Washington, D. C.
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