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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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