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Letter: Plume Pollution Proves Problematic

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

A recent bill (A9492, S7832) seeks to alleviate the threat of the Grumman and Navy toxic waste plume originating in Bethpage and prevent it from spreading to south eastern Nassau County. It is now moving toward the Massapequa Water District water supply wells, as well as numerous preserves and parks, endangering these lands.

The bill was passed by the state assembly and state senate and now sits on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, state Sen. Kemp Hannon and many other public and private individuals have asked for “everyone” to contact the governor and ask him to sign the bill, to promote the hydraulic removal, purification and re-injection of purified water into the acquifier as is being done by Nassau County at Mitchel Field and the fireman’s training center in Old Bethpage. This would give a permanent solution to the problem and save the Massapequa Preserve, Tackapausha Preserve, Wantagh, Mill Pond, Cedar Creek Park, John Burns Park, Marjorie Post Park, Seaman’s Neck and other town parks from contamination and prevent endangering the wetlands and bays associated with Jones Beach.

 

Letter: Recapturing The Israeli Narrative

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, many of us find ourselves faced with questions and concerns. What can we do? How can we help? How can this horror go away?

These were the questions on people’s minds as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst and Historian, spoke recently about the current Mid-East conflict.

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 21 August 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.

 

Welcome Max to life in Mineola. Max Olivia, son of Maggie and Michael, was  born June 5 at LIJ. Maggie’s parents are Jim and Louise Powers. Jim is a retired phone company repairman. Michael is the son of Ben and Barbara. Ben owns the Family Tree Realty Company in Mineola.

 

Letter: Fresh Ideas & Leadership

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

I have been very impressed with the fresh ideas Adam Haber has brought to our School Board. He pushed us to refinance our debt, consolidate our bus routes, and renegotiate our broadcast rights with Cablevision. These ideas were all unique to Roslyn, and they started with Adam Haber. I voted to put him on the Board of Education five years ago because he promised he would find new ways to save money, and he delivered. We haven’t cut teachers, we’ve preserved and added programs, and our district has boasted the lowest budgetary increases in Nassau each year he’s been on our Board.

 

Letter: Multiplying The Outrage

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Your “Train In Vain” editorial (July 16-22) referred to “genuflecting” to the MTA’s leaders — ”those six-figured salaried credits to humankind.” From that, I am inferring that you were implying that for salaries in the $100,000-to-$999,999 range, the public has a right to expect better leadership, and leaders. I agree with that, and feel even more strongly about the countless corporate executives being paid (not “earning”) seven-figure and eight-figure (millions and tens-of-millions of dollars annually) salaries. I refer to recent news stories stating that: “The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012.”

 

Letter: Crossing The Aisle

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Last year, I was selected as a Nassau County Senior Citizen of the Year. When I was in in Albany receiving my award, I was told that Jack Martins, my state senator, wanted to meet me in the Senate chamber. He was very courteous, gave me a tour of the room, and told me the history of the chamber. In all fairness, Michelle Schimel did the same in the Assembly, but she already had my vote; Jack Martins didn’t. The extreme partisan politics in both Albany and Washington make it very difficult for any of us, voters as well as legislators, to cross party lines.

 

Fire Heroics On Willis Avenue

Written by Mayor Paul Ehrbar Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

The horrific fire that took place on Willis Avenue had the potential of being much more destructive than it was. Five stores were destroyed in the catastrophe, yet due to the heroic efforts demonstrated by both the Williston Park firemen and the members of the surrounding districts the fire was contained and controlled within the confines of five buildings. Without the expertise and firematic efforts, the fire could have easily spread both in the business district and the residential area. The fire, which began around 2:45 a.m., which was brought under control fairly rapidly, continued to smolder and burn well into the daylight hours.

 

Letter: Pension Amounts Outrageous

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

As I read an article in Newsday last week, it became apparent to me that we have reached a real milestone. The system is so flawed that we, the taxpayers of Long Island, are paying 19 of the 20 people…all former school superintendents… named in this article, about $5 million a year to do nothing. And nobody seems to care. So, to use another allusion to an old movie called History of the World Part I, it’s good to be the superintendent. 

 

Now I realized that these esteemed individuals have worked hard for the money and as Ronald Friedman is quoted as saying, “My colleagues who worked for 40 or more years have steadfastly improved education for children on Long Island, and helped make Long Island one of the most desirable places for people to live.”

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Carl Marchese and Rosemary Schmaeline announced their engagement and will be married shortly. Carl, a CPA, was the chief financial officer of Molloy College and was a former Mineola village clerk. He is now on the Zoning Board and is active in the Italian American Society and in Corpus Christi Church.

 

In a wide ranging homily about the parable of the mustard seed, Corpus Christi Church Pastor Monsignor Robert Batule mentioned the Magna Carta and long ago British Prime Minister William Gladstone and William Penn. His subject was justice delayed is justice denied.

 

Letter: Put The Shhhhh! In Schumer

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

 

Based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Senator Charles Schumer).  We believe that Schumer’s voting record and support of Senator

Maria Cantwell were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry. RNAV equipment is a technology the FAA believes allows aircraft to fly narrow paths that concentrating noise. In addition, the technology allows for closer spacing that supposedly maintains or improves safety. The senator and the aircraft and airline industries are more concerned about flying more and more aircraft into the New York area than about quality of life. 

 

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