The new school year is well under way.
I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things.
We spent billions of dollars on the war in Iraq that led to the loss of our servicemen and the loss of innocent civilians. We do not need and cannot afford another war.
Ten years ago the United States engaged in military action against Iraq after President George W. Bush presented evidence looking for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). No WMDs were ever discovered, nonetheless, the US military engaged in war with an already troubled nation. Eventually, the Iraqi people were freed from the clutches of a despotic madman who has been in power since 1979 who left behind mass graves and torture chambers. However, they were freed at the cost of brave men and women of the United States, and they will not be forgotten.
I have lived in Mineola at Birchwood Court since 1994. For several of those years I worked at 222 Station Plaza North (Greater NY Savings Bank/Astoria Federal Bank) in the shadow of the “Going”sign.
I’ve watched it deteriorate over many years and I strongly believe that Winthrop should be given the opportunity to refurbish, restore and maintain this sign, as they are such a big part of this community.
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, graduate of Adelphi University, 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.
Organized religions are taking a beating. Catholic churches are half empty. Protestants have the same problem and Jews are also seeing declining numbers in their congregations. Only the Muslims are filling their mosques. In Western
Europe, Christian churches are empty. On the other hand the churches of Africa, Latin America and Asia are full. Who knows what all this means?
Each year at this time, the local Mineola AARP Chapter 4202 invites local businesses to support our activities by buying advertisements in our monthly chapter newsletter. This contribution is used largely to underwrite the cost of printing and mailing our newsletter to local AARP members, keeping them informed of the activities of our local chapter and events of local programs and services available to them.
I wonder if D.A. Rice would have merely slapped the wrist of the 17-year-old Georgia “child” just convicted of felony murder for his March 21 shooting of a 13-month-old (actual) child between the eyes—and of course killing this little baby.
Now, if the baby had somehow accidentally shot the teenager, then I could understand not charging the shooter as an adult!
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 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Our daughter, Sister Annmarie, being part of the leadership group, she and other nuns often attend meetings where they do not know anybody. As a good ice breaker, they tell them just say “How about those Mets?” Almost everybody has something to add. Come to think of it, what is wrong with the Mets?
It seems part of the human condition to become so focused on that which needs correction that we often fail to appreciate our progress. It’s true in our personal lives, our work lives, and certainly when it comes to how we view government. In 11 years of public service I have yet to meet anyone whose first observation about government is how great it works.
I, among many commuters, feel we deserve better than what the LIRR is giving us. We are paying for top-dollar service and receiving below-par service. We pay and we pay, and get nothing.
If you receive a STAR rebate check for your property taxes, please, please, read this column! It’s vital news to Long Island homeowners.
New legislation requires that ALL homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption re-apply with the New York State Tax Department in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of an enormous effort to root out fraud in the $1.9 billion system and it was enacted to protect honest New Yorkers against those who are falsely obtaining the exemption. In the end, they are stealing from you – the taxpayer.
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