2001-10-13 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

There have been quite a few people who have approached me recently for my reaction to a Letter To The Editor that was written by John Baxter. The
letter was titled, "Why It Happened". In the letter, John renders his opinion as to why the attack on September 11 took place, citing America's policies toward Israel. While I may not always agree with John, I do respect his right to his opinion. As for John's synopsis, I think he reduced the rather complex situation to simplification. To try to understand or to feel compassion for the Terrorist's cause is to render some kind of mitigating excuse. The problem with even attempting to understand "why" is to give some kind of credence or legitimacy to the Terrorist's cause; and in doing so, we open ourselves up to more attacks. There should be neither tolerance, neutrality, nor negotiation with our stance on Terrorism. Terrorist organizations lose their right to our "understanding" when they hit us while we sleep and mass murder seven thousand of our civilians. We've all been and will continue to be effected by the events of September 11. While we try in our resolve to forge forward, we will forever still be changed.
Gone is our innocence. Oh how I long again to just be able to lose myself in frivolity. Oh how I wish I could just go back to "sleep" anesthetized by our prosperity and innocence. In a very real sense, the Terrorists killed something in us all; but we will rise to our own occasion, to what we stand
for, and to what has made us the land of the free.
The Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee held its first meeting of the parade season. Our parade, which will take place on Saturday March 2nd, will honor and be dedicated to our Fallen Heroes. We will honor as Honorary Grand and Deputy Marshals those from the FDNY, NYPD, and EMS. In the coming weeks, as we receive responses to our letters, I will publish their names.
***Our annual fundraising season has begun. There will be a benefit at The Beach Club on Sunday November 11 from 5-9pm. The Martin Quinn Band will perform. Tickets are $30 per person. Our annual Hearts and Shamrocks Dance will take place on Sunday January 20 from 4-8pm at Saint Camillus. The exciting Black Velvet Band will entertain. Tickets are $25 per person. The Antun's Gala will be held on Saturday February 17 from 8pm til 1am. Tickets are $65 per person. Reservations are a must to all the events as they sell out quickly. Tickets may be obtained from any parade committee member.
***There will be a Great Debate co-sponsored by The Wave and The League of Women Voters for all the candidates running in the City Council race in the 32nd. District. The Debate will be held at Beach Channel High School, in the Auditorium, on Thursday October 25 at 7:30pm.  The invited candidates are Joann Ariola, Joe Addabbo, John Baxter, and Robert Curran. I've asked the candidates to select their own panelists. I feel that it is the newspaper's responsibility to host these debates as well as the public's responsibility to attend.
***Mayoral Candidate Mike Bloomberg will be at the Palm Garden Pub on Sunday October 28. He will be the Guest Speaker at the Gateway Republican Club meeting and then he will stop by and speak at the Palm Garden. Come one Come all!
***Chris and Mary Bowles hosted a very successful fundraiser at the Blackwater Inn. Thousands of dollars were raised to benefit the Cornell Burn Center. They did a splendid job with a delicious buffet and great entertainment. Chris and Mary have been very active in our community for
many years. They are a gracious inspiration to those who know them and it was great to see the generosity and great turn out.
***If you're like me, then you feel very blessed to live here. We should
feel very proud. Rockaway is a community unlike any community I've ever known. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
*****See you...On the Beach!

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