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Opinion: Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Written by Donald Parker Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.                                                                                   

 

— Alfred Griswold Whitney

 

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”

 

Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four:

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 18 September 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.

 

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The Mineola Ambulance Corp does a great job. Twenty-four hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, the men and women are there for us. Two of them, Danny Casey and Michael Riveeli, did a good job at my house. 

 

Letter: The Kids Aren’t Alright

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

While perusing the new fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong. Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by.  

 

Letter: Mental Health And Suicide

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Every 13 minutes someone in the United States dies from suicide; the equivalent of 108 people every day.  Suicide is among the top ten causes of death in the US with close to 40,000 American dying annually.

 

Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take his or her life. Knowing these factors can lead to increased awareness and help seeking behaviors for a person in need.  Some of these factors include: mental disorders, in particular, depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder, alcohol or substance use or dependence, previous suicide attempts, family history of attempted or completed suicide and serious medical condition and/or pain.  Suicide risk tends to be highest when someone has several risk factors at the same time.

 

Letter: Burger King Of Canada

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Burger King benefits enormously from being an American company and should pay its fair share of taxes here in America. 

 

Burger King is an American company worth more than $9 billion dollars. They’re in talks to buy Tim Hortons, Inc., Canada’s largest coffee-shop chain. 

 

Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including residents in Mineola, East Williston, Williston Park and Albertson—we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses. 

 

Local news broadcasts and cable television will once again air programs seeking the answers to questions that have seemingly been asked and answered hundreds of times over the last decade. However, the most important question — are we safer? — is the only one that truly matters.

 

Letter: A Fellow Graduate

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

I read last week’s Mineola American Weekend cover article by Jack Garland, “Back To School Time From Yesteryear.” I also graduated in 1956 from Corpus Christi and have so many fond memories of the Nuns and the school. One of my old  “Mineola” neighbors, Jim Bowen, sent me the article and I loved it.

 

I also remember fondly Sister Mary Douglas, Sister Eileen Marie and others. They were wonderful women.

 

Capital Plan Begins To Take Shape

Written by Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

Road work ahead! Improvements, repaving and repair projects are all around you in the Town of North Hempstead as the town’s 2014-2018 Capital Plan forges ahead.

 

The town’s capital plan was unanimously approved in May by the town board with the intent of taking on major projects such as road repaving, repairing of town facilities and improving parks and just months later we are seeing real tangible results.

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Thursday, 04 September 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 column is a signature feature of this paper.

 

Maureen Padovano, the hostess at Eleanor Rigby’s, has worked there for 20 years. Her husband, Vincent, is a mailman. They live on Bauer Place.

 

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.

 

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