(From a statement made by Mineola District Council of PTA members Robin Bischoff and Cindy Velez to the Board of Education on Nov. 18.)
Board trustees are invited to PTA meetings at every level, every month. Parents and community members attend Board of Education meetings twice a month. Throughout this long and emotional process of school reconfiguration, the Board of Education has been repeatedly commended for its efforts to consider feedback from the community.
Supreme Court decisions can be both good and bad. A good one was the banning of partial birth abortion. This horrible procedure has now been outlawed. Even many pro-choice people say that it is close to outright murder. On the other hand their decision to allow unlimited advertising from corporations and unions is destroying our democratic elections. This unregulated money flowing into campaigns often from unknown sources is unfair and should be controlled.
469 yea! 2234 nay! By a nearly 5 to 1 margin, voters rejected a bond that was presented as the most cost-effective option in terms of savings. Was it defeated because of an anti-clustering sentiment? Or because of opposition to moving fifth and eighth graders to the middle school and high school, respectively? Or because of a desire not to see neighborhood schools closed? Or because of closing buildings while bonding to build onto others? Or was it due to a combination of some or all of these factors? The question as to what the community wants remains unanswered.
Over the few years long process of reconfiguring our schools, it has been suggested by some board members that John McGrath has stood silently by, adding nothing to the process as a sign of his objection to closing any schools. When asked for his input at a recent school board meeting, his reply was “I’ll think about it and get back to you.”
Liar, cheater, weasel are just a few of the terms used to describe one’s opponent in the recent election. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is a good case in point. His opponent who had deep pockets outspent Tom 8 to 1. I have known Tom since he was a 17-year-old kid in Mineola High School. In his long career he has always been friendly to all. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a sweet, even-tempered man. To listen to his opponent he was just short of being a criminal. Tom won the election. The public, I think, has had enough of the negative ads that they all used to blacken their opponents with half-truths, lies and gross exaggerations. It would be wonderful if in the future candidates would just tell people what they hoped to accomplish without the vicious attacks on their opponents. Don’t hold your breath.
“Greenhouse” gases: pleasant-sounding name for carbon dioxide, methane, and other carbon-based gases that threaten to destroy ecosystems, play havoc with weather patterns, raise sea levels worldwide, and inundate much of Long Island.
Police Commander of the Third Precinct, Kevin Canavan, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 16, at Piccola Bussola. After his graduation from the Police Academy in 1988, he was assigned to the Aviation Bureau as a pilot. During that time he won the award for heroism as well as the Helicopter Association International Award for Heroism. He was promoted to inspector and named the commanding officer of the third precinct last year.
Mary Tillman is the mother of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan. She wrote the book Boots on the Ground by Dusk, which detailed her attempt to find out the truth about her son’s death and exposed a cover-up by the Pentagon and the White House. Mary Tillman dedicated the book to “all military families, who are seeking to understand the sacrifices their sons and daughters have made. They too are entitled to the truth from their government.”
What factors contribute to the value of your home? A lot has been said about property values declining because we are closing schools. How can you quantify that? Outside of the number of bedrooms and quality of the home construction, let’s examine some of the main factors in attracting prospective buyers:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan attended the opening of the story of America’s Nuns at Ellis Island and was full of praise. The history of America’s Religious Sisters, called the Women of the Spirit, was organized by our daughter, Sister Annmarie, and four other sisters. They helped raise the $4 million needed and wrote the stories and the graphics. It started in Cincinnati’s Museum and four months later moved to Dallas and then the Smithsonian in Washington, then to Cleveland and now to Ellis Island. The traveling exhibit has attracted almost 400,000 visitors to date. It stays about four months in each location. It will open early next year in Iowa and then hopefully to the west coast.
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