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Letter: Multiplying The Outrage

Your “Train In Vain” editorial (July 16-22) referred to “genuflecting” to the MTA’s leaders — “those six-figured salaried credits to humankind.” From that, I am inferring that you were implying that for salaries in the $100,000-to-$999,999 range, the public has a right to expect better leadership, and leaders. I agree with that, and feel even more strongly about the countless corporate executives being paid (not “earning”) seven-figure and eight-figure (millions and tens-of-millions of dollars annually) salaries. I refer to recent news stories stating that: “The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.”

The story also said, “A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009.”

 

Two-hundred and fifty seven times the salary! Not 257 times the hours; nor 257 times the education; nor 257 times the intelligence.

 

Hours Worked: Assuming a normal 40-hour work week, how many times those hours can the hardest-working CEO humanly work? Eighty hours? That would be double the hours. Even the almost humanly-impossible 120 hours per week spent working would have the CEO working three times the average worker’s hours. Not anywhere near 257 times the hours.

Intelligence: The highest IQ for even the most brilliant human beings in the history of the world tops out at about 200. So, even the brightest CEOs would have an IQ about two times the average worker’s IQ of 100. Not 257 times the intelligence.

 

Education: Even if the average worker drops out of school at the end of eighth grade, and the average CEO spends 24 years in school until he gets a doctorate (at age 29), he’ll only have three times

the education. Not 257 times the education.

 

In conclusion, I say 257 times the salary is unjustifiable, and much more “obscene” than 4 percent raises for people who not only don’t earn millions of dollars a year, but don’t even earn 1/10 of a million dollars a year.

 

Richard Siegelman


News

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com