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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

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

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.


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


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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