Opinion

China is buying our treasury bonds up to the billions. China considers our economy the safest in the world. In fact they have bought up one trillion of our debt. This of course is the source of our stimulus money.

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Tony DeFranco has owned the local IHOP for 41 years. Tony is semi-retired now as the business is run by his sons Steve and Doug. The Williston Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club hold their meetings at the Pancake House.

Key Food will be opening a supermarket in the east end where CVS was located before they moved to the old Jericho Diner location.

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Stuart Goldstein, Laurie McCarron and Andy Ruggeiro are our three hard-working meter people. They need a fourth person on this job but no one has yet applied. The meter people keep traffic moving and enhance our revenue flow.

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Realtor Ann Hartigan has worked for Laffey for 11 years. Before that she was with Smith and DeGroat. Ann is the mother of Tom Flynn.

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Doreen Pagnetta of Mineola works for the insurance firm headed by former Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Mehlman.

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Victor and Marie Colavita have been customers of Polito's Bakery for 45 years. They live on Arlington Street and Victor is self-employed.

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Mineola Youth and Family Services is still going strong. They have been hurt by the recession but are still functioning. For more information call 248-4354.

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Don and Chrissy Hogg and kids Lauren and Mathew of Pembrook Drive dined at Papa Joe's next to the Herricks Movie. Don is a sales agent for a shipping company. Speaking of Papa Joe's, Islanders Mike Sellinger and Doug Weight ate there last week.

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Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, is just back from Kingston, Jamaica attending an international conference of church leaders. The museum honoring American nuns will open in May in Cincinnati. A number of other museums have agreed to house the traveling exhibit. Annmarie and others have been working and raising monies for the project for the last three years.

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Mary Connor of Pershing Parkway had a bad fall and broke her hip. She is the wife of Past Grand Knight of the local council, Terry.

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That man you saw doing 100 laps at the pool is Jack Beck. He and wife Mary live on Wellington Road. He is retired from the phone company. No, Jack is not related to the Beck Beer family.

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Watch your main springs when you go down Hudson Street as it's full of pot holes and deep ones at that. This is the street that connects East 2nd Street to Liberty Avenue.

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Fred and Jeanette Yopp bought the gas station on Mineola Boulevard from John DaVanzo years ago. For 33 years they lived on 13th Avenue. Their house was the only one taken over when the Herricks Road grade crossing elimination operation work was done. Fred Yopp, their son, now runs the station. Yopp's mechanic is George Krumenecker who used to live in Mineola, but now in Garden City Park.

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Mary Agnes Gorry has worked for the Mineola Post Office for 24 years. She is a season ticket holder for the Mets and is eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Citi Field. She doesn't like the Yanks - how is that for a surprise? Mary also roots for the Jets and the Islanders. "All the losers," she says.

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Jay Leno came up with this headline, "Few Homicide Victims Willing to Talk."

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Ron and Cathy Woyciechowski, formerly of Mineola, now live in North Carolina. Ron still roots for the Yanks. They will be visiting Mineola in June.

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Father James Bowman will be leaving Corpus Christi Church after seven years as pastor. He will be retiring to Florida.

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Man saw me the other day and seemed to be a bit over the limit. He said "Hi" and then continued saying, "Man, you're one cool cat." So now you know!

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I was talking about the failure of so many daily newspapers all across America as readers and advertisers flock to the Web. Someone said newspapers should charge for access to their web sites which are now free. The problem is this will drive readers to their competitors. If the NY Times charged it would drive readers, for example, to the Washington Post or the Chicago Tribune. The only way it could work is if all newspapers agreed to do it. That would mean collusion among the papers which is a violation of the anti-trust laws. It's a tremendous problem.


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