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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 debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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