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Letter: The Other Four-Letter Word

When I was a kid growing up in Queens I was a big fan of four letter words. I employed them so often that I felt like  a connoisseur of the dark art of bad words. And a Catholic school kid to boot .

 

 It of course had its drawbacks. For example, when  my mother would overhear a conversation that was peppered with the aforementioned words, that was a problem. I can remember doing time in my room on numerous occasions and  in one instance having  my mouth washed out with soap.  The good old days.

 

But as time has gone by I have come to the conclusion that those other very versatile words should take a back seat to the one four letter word that can impact your life more than all the other three combined. And that word is debt. Especially when it is attached to our kids or ourselves as college debt. 

 

I am a big believer in the value of a college degree. But at what price? I know a college education was the difference between success and failure for me and most of my contemporaries growing up but I can’t think of a more onerous position than being loaded down with undergraduate debt on graduation day.  Should graduation day be a celebration of hard work and success or a wake up call for the seeming never-ending payments to the bank?

 

This is important because the very nature of the higher education is changing rapidly.  Why are we paying  for the ever expanding brick and mortar campus, with all its personnel expenses, when the future of education may be more digital than traditional?     

 

As  parents, the discussions we have with our college-bound kids  should  include the issues of cost, and how this could impact them for many years to come.  And this is just for undergraduate school. In today’s world, the real money is made in graduate school.

And who’s going to pay for that?

 

We should not  allow the search for the “dream school”  to turn into a recurring monthly nightmare.   

 

John Napolitano

 

Williston Park


News

The Mineola School District Board of Education assessed the district’s performance in recent New York State assessment and Regents testing; performance that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael

Nagler noted was in need of improvement at a July 24 board meeting.

 

Nagler addressed issues that students have been encountering with the recently-mandated state assessments, noting the difference in effectiveness between what he called “formative testing,” or testing on a regular basis, and “summative testing,” which is done annually, typically at the end of the school year.

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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