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Letter: Take Care Of The Veterans

I see from a recent edition of the Mineola American that a decision on veterans tax exemptions has been tabled by the Mineola School Board. This is a very petty way to treat the veterans that put their lives on hold to serve their country in its time of need (just like the first responders) so why deny the veterans a small exemption from the crippling school taxes which in some cases doubled after reassessment.

 

How typical of those who never served to dismiss veterans as a bunch of old has beens. If not for the veterans most of them would not be in such a nice lifestyle today. Those who never had to serve will

never realize the sacrifice the veterans made so that everyone can have their freedoms in all things in this day and age. 

 

When the statewide reassessment of properties took place some years ago the adjustment left veterans in many cases with less of an exemption, but Ed Mangano corrected this on the county level when he was elected. I have personally thanked Ed Mangano for his recognition of veterans. 

 

I brought the subject up at a village meeting when Mayor Martins was presiding and he gave a speech about how he supported veterans rights but his hands were tied because the village followed statewide

guidelines. I told him I was not expecting any special favors only that the formula be brought up to date and in line with the re-assessments.

 

Mr Sal Cataldo at the same meeting got up immediately afterwards and said that as a veteran he did not mind the cut. How nice for him to be well enough off to be able to make this magnanimous gesture,

but it certainly did not help others less fortunate financially that he is supposed to represent in his veterans group.

 

Last year at village election time, I invited Trustee George Durham into my house and I explained that the adjustment by the village had not been made, he promised to discuss it with Mayor Scott Strauss, so far I have not heard a word one way or another, so much for campaign promises.

 

Nations have historically called on their young men to serve their country and afterwards casting them aside, it is rampant in this country with our present crop of returning vets, why can we not honor them and treat them fairly? We give tax exemptions to police, firemen and ambulance volunteers why not take care of those who  left home to defend your liberty and freedom, give them a fair shake is all I ask. If you are in charge, take command and look out for those who you are less fortunate than you, the Veterans stood up for you now look after us. 

I pray that the Board of Education and the Village of Mineola will see this and do the right thing.

 

— Peter Burnside

 

Mineola


News

The Mineola Fire Department will kick off its Operation Santa program on Friday, Dec. 12.  Santa and his helpers will be visiting homes in Mineola until Dec. 23.  Santa will start his rounds each night at approximately 7 p.m.

 

If you would like Santa to stop by your home and visit your children, please call Ex-Chief Gary Mazur at 516-746-6583 and he will return your call as soon as possible to arrange a visit for you.  Please leave your cell and home numbers and call early as dates fill up fast.


Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


Columns

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