2003-03-29 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter

As our armed forces approach Baghdad, and the ominous threat that the Iraqi Republican Guard will likely use chem/bio weapons, our troops who are engaged in this conflict really need our prayers and our support. As we enter into our second week of war, it is becoming more evident that our reasons for being there are justified. The horrific events over the past few days have shown that the Iraqi regime has breached all of the Rules of Engage-ment and must be dismantled. Since they show little signs of capitulation, our troops really need our unified support.

***If you watched The Oscars the other night, then you were probably not surprised that many among the Liberal Hollywood glitteratti chose to use the platform of the event to protest the war. However, I thought that Dir-ector Michael Morre’s Jeremiad ag-ainst President Bush and his "ficticious" administration was the height of bad taste. It was so over the top and so inappropriate that even those who may have agreed with him booed him off the stage. Certainly those who pro-test are within their right in doing so. It’s part of the freedoms that we cherish and are for which we are fighting; however, I feel that these protests, that very often become violent in the name of "peace", are counterproductive, distractive, and a waste of our resources. Our police, who endured so much on 911, need to be entirely focused on the very real potential for more terrorist attacks. Whether or not one agrees with the war, our troops need our support.

***Finally, spring is here! And with it comes all the wonderful opportunities to take advantage of why so many of us enjoy living here. The weather is certainly a much-needed reprieve from the news. Indeed, it felt exhilarating to take to the boards and ride its length from one end to the other and then up through the trails of Fort Tilden, perhaps the best kept secret in Rockaway!

***Another great way to escape the events in the Middle East is to see a Broadway show. I’m delighted that the Musicians Union and the Producers have reached a compromise. Live theatre needs live music.

***Apparently there are many who feel as I do about that horrible monstrosity on our bayfront called Duane Reade! I just feel that the community should have more of a say about the complexion of our seascape. I would much prefer for there to be more continuity and conformity with businesses that are more water-related.

***A throng of really great people attended the benefit for the Eugene Whelan Foundation at Russo’s last weekend. The foundation, established in memory of the much beloved fallen Firefighter who perished in the WTC, will endow various worthwhile causes.

***For those who protest the war, I invite them to come to Rockaway meet with a community who lost so much on 911. Perhaps they’ll realize and re-member what this war is all about.

***Firefighter dad Bob-O, of Ladder 121 in Rockaway, is very proud of his two daughters Melanie and Allison Gates. His girls are Honor Role students at Stella Maris and Kingsbor-ough. Congratulations, girls!

***My condolences to the family of Bridget Downey.

***Happy Birthday wishes to Tara Brennan!
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