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Letter: Cost Is Important

In reading this article from a recent Mineola American called “Counselor’s A Key In College Readiness,” I was surprised to see that of all the criteria the author mentioned that he found critical in the search for the right college for prospective students, cost was not even mentioned. 


Starting the search early, determining the individual’s  strengths and personal qualities that appeal to particular schools, considering the social and career factors, are all well and good but to ignore the cost to the student and the parents is really putting the cart before the horse.


Total debt tied to college loans is now in excess of $1 trillion, which is now more than total American credit card debt and according to an article appearing in Bloomberg News on Dec. 4, 7 out 10 American college seniors in 2012 graduated with an average of $29,400 in debt...for undergraduate school.


Over the last two years, I have spent much of my professional  time on college campuses and what I have come to learn is that enrollments are down and it is a significant factor impacting the business of college. And make no mistake, higher education is a business but the folks that run these schools and universities would like to have you think otherwise. Maybe that’s why they call their customers students. 


One of the factors that most parents and students should realize is that they are now really in the driver’s seat when it comes to smaller private schools. Not only are there declining enrollments, but the whole model of higher education may be changing entirely. What is the future of large traditional campuses in an age of digital online learning?


In a world where the average cost of a home in Nassau County is skyrocketing and taxes for schools and essential services are sky high, to saddle a graduating senior with unnecessary and excessive debt is the wrong decision to make. Don’t make the road map to college lead to a dead-end street. 


John Napolitano


Williston Park


The Wheatley Theater Company wowed audiences with four spectacular performances of Gypsy on March 27 through 29.


Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy spotlights Lee’s mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mom. The musical presents an affectionate look at the hardships of life behind the curtain while chronicling Rose’s dreams and struggles as she raises her two daughters, June and Louise, to perform onstage.

Calling it one the most closely watched state senate races in New York, Mineola business man Adam Haber officially announced his candidacy for the Seventh District last Thursday at an enthusiastic gathering at the VFW Hall in Albertson.

Before outlining his agenda, Haber briefly thanked his father, a former losing candidate for a school board seat as “[laying] the groundwork” for his desire to enter politics. Haber then listed four main planks to his candidacy.


The first was taxes, as he said that Nassau County remains one of the highest taxed counties in New York, “if not the country.”


Haber declared education to be a key plank to his platform. Although public schools on the North Shore are generally high performing, Haber said that there were schools in the Seventh District that need help. Later, on the topic of the moment, the Common Core curriculum, Haber said he could not support it “as it stands now.” Still, he believes such standards can be a positive good. 



Mineola Tops Cold Spring
Harbor 12-5


With the Mustangs trailing 4-0 going into the third inning, big hits by Ryan Kelly and John Lusardi helped the Mustangs take the lead on March 25.

In the top of the fifth with two out, the Mustangs scored three more runs with the help of a lead-off double by sophomore Steve DePalma (with his first varsity hit), he was followed by Robbie Lang getting on  base with a walk and Mike Conte’s single. These guys were all driven home by Nick Iadevaio’s bases-clearing triple. 

James Gerstner

Junior James Gerstner has nine goals and four assists in four games and is the leading scorer for the Mineola Mustangs’ boys varsity lacrosse team. He is the team’s top face-off guy, plays midfield and plays on the extra man offense unit. He was selected captain as a junior and was an All-Conference performer last year. Gerstner has led the team to a 3-1 record in the opening stages of the season. 


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