No vote for Nassau poet laureate cand...

No vote for Nassau poet laureate candidate

There are 103 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 4, 2007, titled No vote for Nassau poet laureate candidate. In it, Newsday reports that:

During a heated meeting, a committee of the Nassau Legislature voted against the nomination of Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr.

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Nassau County Civic Assoc

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jun 4, 2007
Considering that Nassau County residents pay the 2nd highest property taxes in the nation (US Census Bureau Rpt Oct 06), wasting time on the postion of poet laureate is absurd.

Nassau residents need tax relief!

Support our troops!!

www.nassaucivic.com
anti-phony patriotism

Deer Park, NY

#2 Jun 4, 2007
First, the Poet Laureate position is not a paid position, No tax money was spent.

Two, Mr. Wheat's poetry does not condemn the troops, he cares for the troops, but against the war.

Three, Mr. Wheat is a former Marine.

Four, it's the Grandstanding Dunn-Schmidts of the world who are dishonest.

Five, America=Free Speech.
vinnie

AOL

#3 Jun 4, 2007
Is it a prerequisite to become poet
laureate that you have to be a knee-
jerking lib or a radical or a minority, I guess so!
Ken VA

United States

#4 Jun 4, 2007
I read whatever poems I could find on the internet. I read nothing that disrespected "our troops." Perhasps the courageous patriot Mr Scmidt could mention the actual writings?
Get a clue

West Nyack, NY

#5 Jun 4, 2007
Enough already with wasting taxpayer money and time on irrelevant feelgood liberal **** . Less time arguing about some poet and more time talking about skyhigh taxes. If I want to hear someone talk about poetry it **** sure will not be some local third rate politician, I'll head on down to Barnes and Noble for a guest poet reading.
Sue Korman- Proud student

AOL

#6 Jun 4, 2007
The poet laureate honor is awarded for great achievements, not bowing to the political right. Max Wheat has worked hard to promote poetry in this county. His warm manner has encouraged people of all ages to write and express themselves. His kindness is theraputic for many. Like the majority of Americans, he hurts when American serviceman are killed or maimed. Unlike some of our legislators, Max Wheat is a true patriot who believes in our freedoms!
Floral Park Democrat

AOL

#7 Jun 4, 2007
Instead of bickering about a poet laureate, these knuckleheads should be doing something about high taxes and demolition derby roads.
Do they have any sense of priorities?
Publius

New York, NY

#8 Jun 4, 2007
And you wonder why they can't lower taxes and cut the budget?

Government is such an ego-trip - for all involved.

The Founders' of our Republic had it right, the less government does, the better.
anti-phony patriotism

Deer Park, NY

#9 Jun 4, 2007
Sue Korman- Proud student wrote:
The poet laureate honor is awarded for great achievements, not bowing to the political right. Max Wheat has worked hard to promote poetry in this county. His warm manner has encouraged people of all ages to write and express themselves. His kindness is theraputic for many. Like the majority of Americans, he hurts when American serviceman are killed or maimed. Unlike some of our legislators, Max Wheat is a true patriot who believes in our freedoms!
Right on Sue, you have more sense and decency than the shallow bloviating Dunne-Schmidts of the world. Thanks for your well thought out comments. You put these self-important politicos to shame with your intelligence.
anti-phony patriotism

Deer Park, NY

#10 Jun 4, 2007
vinnie wrote:
Is it a prerequisite to become poet
laureate that you have to be a knee-
jerking lib or a radical or a minority, I guess so!
Yo Vinnie, there needs to be a question mark after your question. Many Republicans were poets (Lincoln - ever heard of him?). Many Republicans today are against the senseless slaughter of our troops. We support the troops, we're against Bush's failed attempt to win the war on the cheap.
anti-phony patriotism

Deer Park, NY

#11 Jun 4, 2007
Floral Park Democrat wrote:
Instead of bickering about a poet laureate, these knuckleheads should be doing something about high taxes and demolition derby roads.
Do they have any sense of priorities?
Yes they do. Smearing a good man's name in the pursuit of being self-righteous. The Dunne's of the world just like to hit & run.
Dede Amescua

Goleta, CA

#12 Jun 4, 2007
Why should a person's political views be a factor in whether he is a poet laureate. Everyone has political views. This is just discrimination.
anti-phony patriotism

Deer Park, NY

#13 Jun 4, 2007
Dede Amescua wrote:
Why should a person's political views be a factor in whether he is a poet laureate. Everyone has political views. This is just discrimination.
Dede, you're right. Max is a former marine who doesn't want anymore of our brave soldiers to be killed or maimed for a war 72% of Americans feel is wrong (Dems & Reps). Did Becker, Dunne or Schmitt see combat?
Concerned P W NY

Washington, DC

#14 Jun 4, 2007
During today’s meeting legislators will get much ink for impassioned emotional behavior the kind of behavior some may consider grossly impolite. Screaming at a would be Poet Laureate and then being asked by the chairwoman to stop interrupting the poet is a most strange way to treat an invited guest.
This time it was poetry and perhaps another chance to grandstand that ignited some of the legislators. Isn’t that part of what "good" poetry does? It is a field of communications. It brings on a reaction and allows us to look again at the world. In other words it challenges the closed minded.
Max Cordon Wheat Jr., acted with impassioned grace even as one of his many books of poetry became a hot topic of the legislation meeting. Anyone who has served knows, "War is hell". The political poetry he wrote is lesser known than his many volums about nature. The poem in question was based on headlines ripped from the newspapers. Those who spoke on behalf of Mr. Wheat noted him as gentle-person, a nature and history lover, who encourages all to appreciate what we experience and then write about it. He has given 40+ years to education. He wanted as Poet Laureate to further the concept of elevating Nassau County as an open classroom for poetry and encourages the youth to write guided by their teachers.
Maybe Mr. Wheat was not conferred because poetry can be electrifying as the water leaking from the legislative roof too near the lights hanging above of the room on the fifth floor.
Wayne Wink stated, "Poetry is about art, feeling, literature and expression…This is not a popularity contest." Perhaps as Mr. Wink continued the (other) legislators wanted a" jingle writing competition".
Dede Amescua

Goleta, CA

#16 Jun 5, 2007
This is an issue of Freedom of speech. Its also a story about the insanity of war. The video clip that Newsday is showing is powerful. I wish someone would send it to CNN
Lew Westbury NY

Bethpage, NY

#17 Jun 5, 2007
What does the county need a poet for? I think there should be emphasis on running the county in an honest way and paying attention to what this county needs, and that is not having hearings on poets.
Humble Pie

Ossining, NY

#18 Jun 5, 2007
Take that Ammish hat and your 4th grade poetry and enjoy retirement. No need to make us suffer listening to that nonsense. Mr. Wheat seems like a nice enough man. However why is it that I find the titl of Poet Laureate equals ****?
Emilie Wheat

AOL

#19 Jun 5, 2007
I am very dissapointed that speaking one's truth and wanting our young men and women home from Iraq is seen as unsupportive of the troops. Max Wheat spoke of wanting the troops home to live their lives, how is that not supportive of the troops? These young men and women deserve to live their lives. It seems that Freedom of Speech has cost Max Wheat his position of Poet Laureate.
anti-phony patriotism

Deer Park, NY

#20 Jun 5, 2007
Humble Pie wrote:
Take that Ammish hat and your 4th grade poetry and enjoy retirement. No need to make us suffer listening to that nonsense. Mr. Wheat seems like a nice enough man. However why is it that I find the titl of Poet Laureate equals ****?
Because Schmitt-head you're a bloviating, shallow, pompuous poetry-hating **** yourself.
Phil

San Jose, CA

#21 Jun 5, 2007
Poetic politics

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