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.
Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, had a meeting with President Barack Obama recently. Annmarie was chosen because she is part of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious which represents 85 percent of American nuns. President Obama spoke of his admiration for the nuns because of their efforts on behalf of the poor and the forgotten and their support of human rights. Annmarie described the meeting as very upbeat. Republican or Democrat, it’s always an honor to meet with the leader of our great country.
May is Older Americans Month with the message of safe today, healthy tomorrow.
One of the most important things retirees must do to ensure their financial safety today is to protect their hard-earned pensions from being stripped away. Pension stripping is a tactic being deployed by corporate America. Companies do this by offloading their long time retirees defined benefit pensions to an insurer, which then convert those to annuities. More than 41,000 Verizon retirees and 100,000 GM retirees have already been victimized.
One of the best experiences I’ve had while volunteering was on a visit to Ronald McDonald house. I honestly enjoy doing Ronald McDonald service because it’s really a lot of fun cooking with your friends, and it’s a such a rewarding thing to do. Getting Mineola teacher Nancy Regan’s meatloaf recipe is just the icing on the cake!
Of course, at the end of the day you go home reeking of spices, and sometimes you swear your hands faintly smell like onions even days later. Deep down, you love these subtle reminders of the time and effort you donated. They are the proof that you made a difference in someone’s life, and it is hard to find the words to describe such an experience. I am reminded of the quote by John Bunyan, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
I am certain John Owens can respond to the recent critical letter faulting his opposition to the imposition of the new core curriculum in New York State schools. I support Owens’ position. The writer assumes Owens opposes excellence because he describes the psychological factors present in every learning environment. Intelligence and the willingness to apply it are individual endowments. They need the proper atmosphere. A teacher’s job is to provide those conditions favorable to learning. Owens’ insight in this regard is commendable. Excellence cannot be imposed, least of all by bureaucratic fiat nor corporate competition.
Anton columnist Michael Miller was absolutely right to say, about the legal requirement that Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio follow up his publicly-pledged oral oath of office with a signed, written oath, “What a stupid law”. However, he called it an example of “the WORST kind of law, the kind that is selectively enforced”. As bad as I agree it is, I believe there are many more equally bad—and worse—laws. Such as laws written (sometimes purposely? ) with loopholes so big you could drive a truck through them; laws that are almost NEVER enforced; laws “enforced” with pathetic slaps on the wrist, probations, conditional discharges, suspended sentences, concurrent sentences, community service, token fines viewed as a cost-of-doing-business, and other “punishments” that fail to have the most desired effect of any “prohibitive” law : a DETERRENT effect. Therefore, I hope every Anton newspaper will invite its readers to submit their nominees for bad laws that themselves need the “death penalty”.
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.
Almost 600 people came to the annual Portuguese Lions Club Breakfast and what a feast it was – eggs, bacon, sausages, French toast, donuts and coffee all for just $8. Among those we got to talk to were Jack Costa, Manuel Silva, Dennis and Barbara Walsh, Jose DeSilva, Victor Faria, Jennifer Ramalhete, Manuel Valente, Monica Da Silva Oliveira, Sandra Oliveira, Jaimie Pereira, Breanna Benbow, Jose and Isabel Garcia, Stefanie Ribeiro, Rose and Armando Ribeiro, Jaimie Silva, Isabel Gomes, Jose and Maria Feliz, Francico and Rosa Martins, Elizabeth and Carlos Pereira, Natalie and Alexandra Pereira.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the residents who voted in this year’s election. While the positions open for election were unopposed, the fact that individuals came out to vote demonstrates a dedication to the governance of the village.
I offer our condolences to the Sinone family on their sudden loss of John Sinone, former associate justice of the Williston Park village justice court. John served the village well in this capacity for eight years.
It appears that spring has finally arrived in this great Village of Williston Park. Grass is beginning to sprout, leaf buds are forming and in some cases opening while residents are sprucing up their properties in anticipation of the milder weather which will be moving into the area during the next few weeks.
My name is Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion, Ph.D., and I am a candidate for the Mineola School District Board of Education. My family moved to the district in 1972. I graduated from Adelphi University with a B.A. in Spanish and earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. Since 1984 when my husband, Luke Mannion, and I married, we have lived in the school district. We have two sons, Thomas, 24, and William, currently a junior at Mineola High School.
The reason I am seeking election to the board is simple: I am excited about the recent accomplishments of the district and I am eager to help the teachers and administrators continue to offer the very best educational experiences and opportunities to all our students, on all levels. We have outstanding teachers who are developing challenging and meaningful curriculum, technology that outshines all other districts in New York State, a recognized music program, a full range of extracurricular activities for all students, a fiscally responsible administration and students who make all of us proud. Mineola is at a tipping point and I think that my educational background and professional experience would allow me to help advance the district’s mission.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi University, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. The two have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and this popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Daniel Boone and Kit Carson rode their horses down Jericho Turnpike. It was really John DaVanzo and me and a celebration held by the village. Later, John and I rode our horses dressed as colonial soldiers. John and I rode together for many years at the Muttontown Preserve and Bethpage State Park. Later, we rode bikes together, going about 16 miles. I came to Mineola knowing nobody, while John was a man born in the village and the owner of three businesses. When I first saw him, he was pumping gas at his station. I told him my name and that I was going to start a paper in Mineola. John gave me a broad smile and said he would help any way he could. I’m a lifelong Democrat and recently I was honored by the party. Senator Chuck Schumer, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and all the leading Democrats were there. John DaVanzo, the top Republican in the village and in the town came. I was amazed that he would come and be the sole Republican in the room. That’s the way John always was – friendship above party. What a man he was. His soul is now with God.
I will be submitting my petition to run for trustee of the Mineola School Board of Education. As an appointed trustee, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of what the position entails. I’ve witnessed that the wonderful things happen within our district because of the hard work and tough decisions of many people.
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