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Around The Town With Lou

Written by Donna Duffy Thursday, 16 October 2014 13:47

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

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Letter: What Are We To Do?

Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

The Mineola Board of Education has been watching decisions by local and state leaders which we believe will have a severe negative impact on the majority of district taxpayers. We have long said “we can control the tax levy but we cannot control the tax rate.” We believe the tax rate is going to get out of control if something isn’t done.

 

Letter: Vote Martins

Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

When Jack Martins became mayor of Mineola, he set a standard of accountability. He began a program to turn the village back from increasing high debt which would have crashed the village on the shore of one sided thinking. 

 

Editorial: Journalism As Dream Job

Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

When Mineola High School grads say that they want to major in English, they are quickly pegged as teachers and dumped into the education bin. If they say, “No, I’m a journalist,” they get “Oh, that’s interesting,” in a tone that evokes patting a child’s head. Or the suggestion, knowingly delivered, that it’s “a dying field.” 

Writers have long been envied for their creative freedom and perceived cushy work, even as they are pitied for their wages. Oh to turn the tables and watch the haters try it; working on deadline, staring at a computer screen for 15 hours straight, cranking out original pieces several times a day.

 

Letter: Vote For Bonnie

Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

I am writing to you to express my support for Bonnie Parente in her race to succeed Tom Dwyer, the North Hempstead Town Councilman who resigned earlier this year.  I currently serve as your Councilman for the 3rd District which encompasses Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City, and parts of New Hyde Park. After the recent redistricting, some of my prior constituents are now part of the 2nd District in the Town of North Hempstead. I know of no better person to serve my prior constituents than Bonnie Parente. The Second District includes East Williston, Albertson, Herricks, parts of Williston Park, Manhassett Hills, Searington, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, Roslyn Harbor, Greenvale and East Hills.  I have known Bonnie for almost twenty years, and she is a dedicated public servant.

 

Letter: Sidewalkin’ Through the Street Fair

Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

So, as I was saying...I got this opportunity to put together seven straight hours of entertainment on three separate stages of someone else’s construction in the Mineola Street Fair. Big Time Sow Biz, here I come, huh?  But only three hours to go, my star mime Bud from YouTube calls in a “Can’t show..stuck somewhere in Pa”.... Now what ?  Who’s going to represent the FORVETS Task Force that inspires me to  keep moving my own aching bones and arches every day ? 

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Editorial: Patience Is A Virtue

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Impatience is rampant these days, with harried drivers blaring horns to speed up traffic. The car horn was designed to alert other automobile drivers to potential hazards, i.e. swerving into oncoming traffic, drifting into the next lane.

 

Recently, I observed the impatient driver of a beautiful white Mercedes sedan waiting to turn onto Mineola Boulevard at a traffic light. When the light turned green, traffic proceeded slowly due to pedestrians crossing westward toward the hospital. This driver honked his horn abrasively and then barreled through the intersection once he had the chance

Perhaps the driver had been late for something. But that doesn’t mean you can speed off and be a danger to other drivers  

Traffic can be a pain, use prudence. Take a bit of extra time for getting to your destination.

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

 

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that

Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint.  Or have I misremembered that?

 

Opinion: Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Written by Donald Parker Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.                                                                                   

 

— Alfred Griswold Whitney

 

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”

 

Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four:

 

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