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Letter: Putting the ‘I’ In Illness

Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:04

In “This Illness Isn’t Treated Like An Illness” (The Weekend, April 9-15), Claudia Peters Ragni makes the case that substance abusers’ addictions to alcohol, pills, and heroin “should be treated the same as other diseases” (because) “treating addicts differently from how we treat people with any chronic disease isn’t okay.” While she briefly concedes that “substance addiction is a disease with a behavioral component,” she seems unwilling to admit what an understandable difference that makes in why “it’s not looked at in the same way.”   

I don’t think it’s surprising that people tend to sympathize with “innocent victims” a lot more than with people who cause their own problems by their stubbornly-bad life choices.

 

#BringBackOurGirls

Written by State Senator Jack Martins Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

By  now,  I’m  sure  you’ve seen or heard the phrase, “Bring Back Our Girls.” It’s  the rallying cry of a movement to pressure the international community to rescue the 280 teenage schoolgirls who were brazenly kidnapped from  their Nigerian classrooms on April 14th.  The words have been tweeted over  one  million  times  across  the Internet and have generated numerous Facebook  pages  that  count  hundreds of thousands of followers.  Even the “old”  media  has  joined in as 24-hour news outlets vie to be the first to flash  photos  of  celebrities  holding  the  words emblazoned across their chests.

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 29 May 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.

 

You would not think that the quiet, unassuming man was among the heroes that stormed Omaha Beach 70 years ago. Ray Vaz was an appliance salesman for P.C. Richards and later for Mr. Jay. He showed great courage that day, as did another Mineola man, Tom Scardino. Ray lives in the village with his wife, Ann, and attends Corpus Christi Church.

 

Mineola Memories

Written by Jack Garland Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Mineola’s Aviation Heritage

Years ago, a huge swath of flat prairie known as the Hempstead Plains stretched across what is now central Nassau County. Just a few years after Kitty Hawk, aviators from all over the country saw the area as an ideal location to conduct their early adventures aloft.

 

In 1909, motorcycle racer Glen Curtiss joined forces with inventor Alexander Graham Bell and began experimenting with aircraft designs. He visited Mineola, declared it to be “a nice flat place”, and set up operations east of Washington Avenue and south of Old Country Road. The early airport was known as the Washington Avenue Field or, more often, the Mineola Flying Field.  Following Curtiss’ leadership, pilots and manufacturers were drawn to this and neighboring fields, setting and breaking speed, distance and altitude records practically on a weekly basis. In 1910, Bessica Raiche, a Mineola resident, became the first American woman to pilot an airplane.

 

Letter: Billionaires vs. Our Kids

Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

I don’t mind reasonable incremental changes to our children’s education. What I see, however, when you follow the money with Common Core, is an opportunity for billionaires like Bill Gates to apply monetary influence over politicians in order to gain political favor. I see a public school system focused more on testing and memorization of useless trivia, than students truly learning and grasping concepts.

 

With Common Core, I see corporations eventually profiting from access to our children’s confidential information, and a further invasion into our privacy. Will any of us be surprised if somehow Bill Gates’ Microsoft eventually benefits from computerized testing and educational software in our public schools? 

 

I have a daughter in the third grade, who I think is far too young to be stressing over tests and to not genuinely enjoy going to school most days. I understand juniors and seniors getting tired of the school routines. Is it really necessary, though, to have children turned off to learning by the third grade?

 

Letter: Please Take the Time to Vote on May 20

Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

For the past three years, I have had the honor and responsibility of being a representative of the Herricks School District as a trustee of the Herricks School Board, and this year serving as its President. Three years ago, an over whelming endorsement of my candidacy took place when a record number taxpaying residents came out in the pouring rain to vote for a new board of education member,  and for the Herricks school budget. These voters represented parents, young adults, senior citizens, and empty-nesters from the many communities that make up

Herricks and all of its fabulous religious and cultural diversity. This year I am running for re-election for another three year term with no opposition. I hope it represents a wonderful endorsement of my past three years on the Board and the time and effort I have put in as a school board member.

 

The Power Washer Approach

Written by Senator Jack Martins Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

I  somehow blew up my brother-in-law’s power washer last week.  I don’t  know  how  it  happened, but you know the feeling.  You try never to borrow  anything  but when you finally do, not 20 minutes in, the otherwise indestructible  machinery  that’s  been well-used for 15 years suddenly and inexplicably  starts sputtering and belching smoke like a wounded Godzilla.

 

It’s a shame too. I was trucking right along, smoothly blasting away muck and  grime and basking in the glow of my rejuvenated siding when I suddenly  heard  a  bolt  blow  clean  off  the side of the machine. So my meticulously  planned three-hour task turned into a full-day excursion as I headed  to  the  Home  Depot  to  educate myself on the wide world of power washers and  where  I  bought  new  ones  for  both  my brother-in-law  and  myself.  Lesson  one:  better  not to borrow anything expensive, for Murphy’s Law will surely intervene.

 

Editorial: Thank A Veteran

Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

Two Mineola World War II veterans Ray Vaz  and Tom Scardino were honored at Night on the Town last week. These two fought in the D-Day invasions and deserve commending.

 

Vaz and Scardino represent a group of people that should be remembered, because without them,  we may not have the freedoms we cherish, and sometimes take for granted, today. If there is one thing that can be called a staple in Mineola, it is the veteran community.

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 15 May 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 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.

 

Letter: Older Americans Month Matters

Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

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.

 

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