Opinion

Denver's newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, went out of business last week after 150 years of publication. All over America print publications are failing. The Seattle paper is threatening to close. The two Philadelphia papers have filed for bankruptcy, as have the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. With advertising and leadership flocking to the Internet it's a struggle to survive. Five papers, including the NY Daily News, the Albany Times Union, The Buffalo News, the Record of Hackensack and the Newark Star Ledger, have joined together to share news and photos as a money-saving venture. The bigger the paper, the harder they have been hit. Small dailies like the Scranton Times and the York Gazette, seem to be holding their own. The Mineola American and the other 17 newspapers in our chain, along with other weeklies, are weathering this economic storm.

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Larry Cascio of White Road seems to be all right after he became ill during Mass recently. Both he and his wife, Sarah, are Eucharistic Ministers. Stay well, Larry.

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Tom and Marie Farrell of Latham Road like to dine at Cugini's. They have lived in the village for 14 years and Tom is the custodian at the Jackson Ave. School.

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Talk about a busman's holiday, Joe and Hildegard Klinke ate at the new steak house in Williston Park. Joe used to work at Peter Lugar's.

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Changes in the area include the new steak house mentioned above called Nick and Charley's, near the H Market; Alan Sankovich is now a partner in Franwin Pharmacy. The drug store has been here since 1931. Alan is a graduate of St. John's. The Jay Dee bakery in Williston Park has reopened. The new owner is Carlos and John's Variety Tree has moved across the street.

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Good to hear about Carol Garret, who lives in the Villages in Florida. A longtime resident of Mineola, she is a graduate of the Hampton St. School and enjoys reading the Mineola American.

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A stop work order has been issued to the spot where the Sparta Diner was located, because of lack of a building permit. The latest talk around is a plan to open a Portuguese Restaurant, others say a diner or a 7-Eleven. Keep posted.

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Mike Sanders is a top worker at the Mineola post office.

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Papa Joe's popular restaurant next to the Herricks Theatre is a favorite place of Islander Mike Sillenger. Mike says it reminds him of an Italian Restaurant in his native Regina. Owner Joe Jordan used to play hockey for his high school in Boston and his son, Keith, is playing in the youth tourney in Quebec. At the beginning of the Islander games, the 12 ice girls and the youth players unfurl the American Flag during the singing of The Star-Spangler Banner. Keith is one of the lads holding the flag.

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It looks like the Islanders will stay right where they are. Owner Charles Wang got a tentative OK from Hempstead for his Lighthouse project. Wang has said if he gets his project, he will keep the Islanders where they are.

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Historians have said that Lincoln was our greatest president. The top five included Washington, Franklin Roosevelt , Truman and Teddy Roosevelt. James Buchanan was said to be the worst.

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Next year will mark the 60th year that Msgr. Edward Tarrant has been a priest.

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Tony Donnelly, the head usher at Corpus Christi Church, has been named the Irishman of the Year.

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It takes a lot of money to run a viable campaign. Page ads have to be purchased, signs have to be bought and erected, and expensive mailing pieces have to go out. All across the Island some incumbents are running unopposed. In this economy, that is not a surprise.

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Geraldine Fitzpatrick of Emory Road and her daughter, Anita Carbain of White Road, lunched at the Williston Town House.

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Ed Schultz and his wife, Marie, live on Arlington St. He is active in the Kiwanis Club and is a retired electrical contractor.

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You know where we get the word "Boycott" from? Nigel Boycott was a ruthless English landlord in Ireland in the 1880s. He would evict without mercy anyone who fell behind in his rent. The Irish Land League joined together and refused to have anything to do with him. They made life so miserable that he fled back to England. Hence the word "Boycott."


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