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Letter: ‘Going Sign’ Needs To Go

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

I have been a business owner in Mineola for 40-plus years and want to say how much I like the new research center Winthrop is building on the corner of 2nd Street and Mineola Boulevard.  It brings a bright modern look to the entire downtown area; kudos to Winthrop.  For us old-timers that can remember, it’s a big improvement from the Bohack

Supermarket that was once on that site.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Peace And Quiet   

I was recently speaking with one of my staff via cell phone as he walked his dog late in the evening.   Unfortunately, we had to stop our conversation about a half dozen times as he waited for the noise from overhead aircraft to pass.  So to those who ask me about airplane noise, yes, I do understand how aggravating it is.  To be sure, I live with it every day, like most of you.    

 

Letter: Re-Elect Mangano And Maragos

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

This year’s county executive race is heating up with former executive Thomas R. Suozzi seeking to make a return after his defeat to County Executive Ed Mangano in 2009, along with his rubber stamp mate Howard Weitzman to serve in his capacity as comptroller. Both Mangano and Maragos entered office in 2010 after defeating Suozzi and Weitzman.  They entered office when there was uncertainty with the direction the county was going in, and both Mangano and Comptroller George Maragos answered the call. 

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Yesterday Is Already Too Late

The selfishness we’re witnessing in Albany right now has to stop.  

 

You know I’ve written in this column many times that New York State has made real progress these last three years.  Things are far better than they used to be simply because Republicans and Democrats alike are finally working together.  Despite the accompanying noise, there’s really no magic formula.  Legislators with common sense have finally realized that you can’t always get everything you want and that most times, the reasonable middle ground also happens to advance the people’s agenda very nicely.       

 

But I’m not “feeling the love” lately.    

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Smith is a very ordinary name, but these Smiths were hardly ordinary. Evelyne Smith died a couple of weeks ago. Her husband Ed was the seventh Mineola mayor serving from 1975 to 1985. He was the president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce for nine years and the founder of the local Lions Club. He was one of the leading realtors in Nassau. He and Evelyne lived most of their lives on Roselle Street until they moved to Connecticut in 2003.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Weeding Our Political Garden    

Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb.  If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out.  You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.         

 

I think of that advice when I hear people complain about some politicians.  I believe “disgusted” is their term of choice, and certainly the media has uncovered plenty of unsavory behavior for us to be disgusted about.  Still, I’m bothered by that cynicism because I know firsthand that most elected officials are honest and good people who take their public service as a point of pride.  Nonetheless, I certainly understand where that cynicism stems from, especially when you read the sordid affairs smeared on the pages of New York’s newspapers these days.

 

Letter: Response To Long Island Wins From 7/18

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

One big flaw with the Senate Gang of Eight’s bill is that this bill won’t stop future illegal immigration.  I am looking to my House representative to tackle this problem. Having a real debate is not making the bill “meaner” or “more punitive” but makes sure solutions are reached and not blanket amnesty is the result.   Unfortunately, the border securities promised in the bill are “plans” for border security, not concrete promises. 

 

It is true history is repeating itself. We have been here before where border security “promises” did not mean much, as we learned in 1986. In addition, half of all illegal immigrants in the U.S. are visa overstays. Rampant abuse of visas will continue as long there is lax enforcement. 

 

Letter: I Second The Praise For Father Hagan

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

I read with very fond memories the July 17 story by Jack Garland about Father Vincent Hagan of Corpus Christi in the Mineola American. Like Mr. Garland, I was an altar boy server back in the ’60s. Father Hagan was our director and, like Frank Perdue, was a tough yet tender man. He taught us not only how to be good altar servers but good citizens as well.

 

I now live 10 minutes away from Bear Mountain and think of Father Hagan and our great summer trips every time I pass by the park.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Weeding Our Political Garden     

Admittedly, I do not have a green thumb.  If our home is verdant it’s entirely by my wife’s efforts but I do recall once reading some gardening advice that seemed useful: you can’t get rid of weeds by simply pulling them out.  You must plant something in their place to prevent their return.         

 

I think of that advice when I hear people complain about some politicians.  I believe “disgusted” is their term of choice, and certainly the media has uncovered plenty of unsavory behavior for us to be disgusted about.  Still, I’m bothered by that cynicism because I know firsthand that most elected officials are honest and good people who take their public service as a point of pride.  Nonetheless, I certainly understand where that cynicism stems from, especially when you read the sordid affairs smeared on the pages of New York’s newspapers these days.

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

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