Opinion

African and Asian priests have been a godsend to the Catholic Church with the terrific shortage of priests in the United States. At Corpus Christi Church we have the Rev. Gabriel Miah from Ghana. Other American churches have clergymen from Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and other English speaking countries. Others come from Asia especially Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines and others from South America like Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Columbia. Where would the Catholic Church be without them? Enrollments in seminaries are down everywhere. There is an aging clergy with fewer young men choosing the priesthood. Today many priests are serving two parishes. Some towns across America only see a priest once a week. Our own Father Tomaz Gomide serves several parishes as he speaks Portuguese and Spanish. Religious sisters have the same problem. Fifty years ago almost all Catholic schools had nuns as their teachers and principals. Today it's mostly lay people.

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When President Barack Obama was inaugurated he was guarded by 8,000 police. When George Washington was sworn in he was protected by one man. It was a different world back then.

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E-mail is great but junk mail is a problem. Over a weekend I receive at home and the office about 600. It's time consuming to just delete all this stuff. I'm sure most everybody has the same problem.

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Dave Keefe and his wife Rosemary live on Brown Street. Dave is the president of the local AARP. Rosemary has lived in Mineola since she was 6 months old. Dave spent 37 years as a social studies teacher.

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Had a chance to talk to Scott Gordon, the coach of the Islanders. You know you have to give this man credit with the Islanders having their second worst season in their history he keeps a positive outlook. He constantly encourages his young players and has that "never give up" spirit.

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Mike Rich, a Mineola attorney, was enjoying lunch as the Seacrest. Mike was once active in the Mineola Chamber of Commerce.

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Jack Ryan and Irene Teubert were at the same diner. Jack used to be with the FAA and Irene works at the Park Funeral Home.

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Walter and Grace Weismantel, formerly of Mineola and now of Florida, had some good news. Walter received an award for his years of volunteer work at the local hospital and he is feeling a good deal better.

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Helen Alfiere of Emory Road is staying at the Nassau County Medical Center. Hope to see her home soon.

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That new access road that connects Roslyn Road and Willis Avenue is a pretty good time saver. It was built at the time of the Roslyn Road grade crossing elimination project.

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Patrice, Walter and Angeline Bailey, Loretta Modena and Melinda Mendez, all of Mineola, had dinner at Eleanor Rigby's.

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Ray Sikorski was hurrying along from church when it was 14 degrees. He doesn't like the cold too much, but who does? Ray will be the next president of the Chamber when Steve Ford completes his term in June.

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Joe McCarthy of Latham Road comes to church with his daughter Pat Moyet. Joe still gets around at the age of 91. He used to work for American Melting and Refining Co. He was involved in the transportation of heavy metals.

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Dan Flynn of Kenilworth Road was a Sergeant with the NYPD. Dan spent 25 years on the force and, like many ex-cops, misses the job.

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Joe and Marge Wood of Jackson Avenue should be given a vote of thanks for their work with the handicapped.

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Always good to see Jack Whelan and his daughter Eileen around town. Jack was Grand Marshal of the local St. Patrick's Parade a few years ago. Margaret Stafford will be this year's Grand Marshal.

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The recession is really bad - even beer and ale have been hit hard. Guinness sales are down in Ireland and Bass Ale is way down in England.

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When you have to face up to your crimes it's called "you have to face the music." When there were professional armies, a soldier, after he had served his sentence, was brought before his assembled comrades and stripped of all insignia and expelled from the Army. The ceremony was performed against a background of a doleful beating of a drum. Hence the expression "Facing the Music."

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The local chamber will hold a Taste of Mineola with participating restaurants and Mineola in Style in the fall. Previously these events were held separately but in this economy it was decided to combine the two.

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Grace and I thank our great neighbors Tim Denzler and Cody and Tyge Duffy, along with their parents Gavin and Irene and Sean Burke for shoveling our snow during recent storms.


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