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.”
The story also said, “A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009.”
I am so very proud of all we have to offer in our great county. The incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to residents at no cost a reality.
On Friday, Aug. 1, stop down to Lakeside Theatre for Creole Family Night. The festivities are set to run from 5-9:30 p.m. Did you know Saturday, Aug. 2, is Garvies Point Day? Visit the museum at 10 a.m. before spending the evening at Lakeside Theatre for Tony Orlando’s Salute to Veterans Concert. The performance kicks off at 6:45 p.m.
With the push from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York State Senate is shifting to a more left leaning progressive agenda. Who is running this state? Is it Governor Andrew Cuomo who understands that New York has major taxing problems and has pushed a more moderate agenda? Or is it the liberal mayor de Blasio who will push every one out of New York state with his agenda?
There’s upstate and their problems and there’s Long Island with our huge problems, one size doesn’t fit all. Most of us don’t believe in late term abortions, most of us don’t believe in more taxes, and certainly most of us understand that this state is a long way from the top 10 places to live, work and retire.
The mayor should take care of his area where he was elected to serve, not act like a governor, and let our representatives try to work out what’s best for us.
— Patrick Nicolosi
Sometimes things just hit one right out of the blue.
One day I found myself thinking of a picture of men at a bar having drinks. The caption read “Gentlemen like mentalgin.” Then another picture of ladies at a table doing likewise. The caption read “ladies and mentalgin.” Alright already!
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a 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 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
The Mission was the movie highlighted in the homily of Msgr. Robert Batule, pastor of Corpus Christi. It is about a mission to Paraguay in the 18th century. A priest is tied to a cross and sent over the Iguazu Falls to his death. It brings in the battle between the Spanish and Portuguese to control the land. Father Gabriel fights to help the Indians while the evil Mendoza, the part played in the movie by Robert De Niro, wants to sell the Guarani Indians into slavery. The story deals with the change in Mendoza, who eventually joins the mission and becomes a priest.
This year the Republican majority in the State Senate, for the second year in a row, failed to join the Assembly in passing the Women’s Equality Act (WEA). The WEA is a common-sense 10-point proposal introduced by Governor Cuomo that would, among other things, strengthen human trafficking laws, eliminate the gender pay gap, and protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.
That last provision is especially important in light of the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow companies to deny women access to quality healthcare based on the beliefs of their employers. The Hobby Lobby ruling is yet another example of a countrywide campaign led by GOP extremists to take a woman’s healthcare decisions out of her own hands.
One of the frustrating things about being a state senator is that some of my less admirable counterparts in Albany will hold good and valuable legislation hostage in an effort to advance their unrelated political agendas.
If you have the courage to stand up to these strong-arm tactics, they sic the high-priced mouthpieces of special-interest groups on you who incessantly spin misleading headlines to distort the truth.
To be candid, they absolutely count on citizens not following closely and hope wave after wave of sensationalism will somehow influence the outcome. It’s nothing more than gamesmanship, plain and simple, and it’s happening right now with New York’s Women’s Equality Act.
After reading, From the Desk of Supervisor Bosworth: “Putting N. Hempstead’s Veterans 1st,” I feel obligated to write this letter. I need to express my disappointment and share the injustice that took place at this ceremony. Ray Vaz and Tommy Scardino, members of the Mineola American Legion Post 349, were personally invited to the ceremony by Supervisor Judi Bosworth. After accepting the supervisor’s invitation and exerting a significant amount of effort to attend the event (as both men are 90-years-old), the men deserved far more respect that what they received. These two D-Day Veterans were ignored by Supervisor Bosworth and the commander of the Purple Heart Committee the entire ceremony. I find it inexcusable that during the introductions of Purple Heart recipients who were in the audience, all of whom were given the opportunity to speak, there was no mention of these two men. Ray and Tommy have four Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars between them, and, at the very least, deserved recognition, if only by name. It does not take a lot of effort to say thank you for your service; most would consider it common courtesy or even basic manners. The only time these two men were acknowledged was to be in a photo to further the political agenda of the local politicians who attended. I want to believe that inviting these two decorated veterans was more than a publicity stunt; however, it seems that is all they were to Supervisor Bosworth.
— Bill Urianek
Thank you for your concern and I am sorry that you feel that way. I want you to know that I welcome a dialogue with you concerning the High School and our students’ academic achievement. I agree that academics is the primary reason students are in school and I am proud of the academic achievements of our high school students.
During the year we honor students for their many different academic accomplishments. This year alone we celebrated the successes of a National Merit Semi-Finalist, AP scholars, the National Honor Society which is a nationally recognized organization for our juniors, the National Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society to name a few.
At a time when the focus is allegedly on academics and raising standards via the Common Core, the Mineola School District chose to induct eighth grade Junior National Honor Society members at 4 p.m. on June 19 during test week.
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