2000-01-22 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

In the most recent issue of the Rockaway Point News, the front page
story was about the passing of renowned conservative attorney John P. Hale. During his passionate career of a fervent commitment to pro-life causes, Mr. Hale founded and formed the Breezy Point Cooperative. It is because of his vision and determination in protecting the area west of the Marine Park Bridge, that the people of Rockaway Point, Breezy Point, and Roxbury enjoy a particular quality of life. Had Mr. Hale not become involved at the time in preserving the area, one can only imagine with horror the kind of massive urban structure that could have potentially been built. We owe a great deal of gratitude to his efforts and he will remain as an important part of our
peninsula's history. His accomplishments are an inspiration to all those who venture into civic activities, as well as a testament to what can be done when people share a common focus and move in the same direction.

****In perhaps a spirited attempt at displaying his independence or
attracting the small percentage of those still undecided voters, Mayor
Giuliani may have shot himself in the foot with his own party! Always
outspoken, the mayor opposed the Republican State Committee's decision to challenge Senator John McCain's petitions and knock him off the New York ballot. Although he publicly endorses George W. Bush, Giuliani states that "the primaries should be open, whether you like the people who are going to be in it or not. It gives a chance for the party to really demonstrate what it's all about." Unlike the less extensive election laws that govern Democratic primaries, there are many in Republican Party circles that feel that the election laws that govern their party are designed to fend off insurgents. McCain is in the process of suing in Federal Court to gain his position on the ballot. There will most likely be some political fall-out between Giuliani and party officials; however, I think his actions speak to
preserving a spirit of fairness in the political process for the candidates
themselves, as well as for the electorate. Knocking John McCain off the
ballot in New York will not deliver a real win for Bush...just a rigged one.
The people of the New York deserve the best contest between the best
contenders...and not a "T.K.O"!

****Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to do the "Stack of Barley" this Sunday at St. Camillus at the annual Hearts and Shamrocks Dance. The event is hosted each year by the Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee to introduce and honor our selection of honorees. Martin Quinn and Frank Keegan will
perform. You can still obtain tickets by calling Michael Benn, Owen Baxter, or Willie Neville.

****Among those whom we will be honoring is Councilman Al Stabile. Al has been a great friend to our organization, as well as a personal friend to me over the years. Although he will be honored, he will not be able to attend as he hasn't been well. I wish him god-speed as he recovers from his illness and best wishes always.

See you On The Beach!....


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