Fond memories of Mastroianni’s bakery
It was such a sad day for me when I read in the paper that Mastroianni Bros. Bakery had been sold. I have such wonderful memories growing up at 7 Mohawk Ave., where the old bakery still stands and history began.
My father, Dominic Mastrioanni, was one of the eight brothers. He would be the first one at the bakery from early afternoon until the early morning hours to make the dough. At the time, the bakery only had one machine — a mixer.
My father would carry the heavy bags of flour and dump the flour into the mixer. By hand, he would shape the dough into individual loaves and weigh each loaf before it was baked. My father and my uncles worked very hard. But it was from their hard work and dedication that the bakery became extremely successful.
Now the bakery is in different hands, and as one chapter in history ends, a new chapter is being written. As for me, the memories of my father and his brothers will never be forgotten, for they are and forever will be Mastroianni Bros. Bakery.
Josephine Mastroianni Parchetta
Keep a school open for community center
Re Nov. 5 article, “Fourth Carver auction again fails to draw bids “: With the news today that a fourth sale of the Carver Community Center had failed, I want to repeat a suggestion I have been making for some time: Keep a school on Hamilton Hill open as a community center.
Even if Carver can be reopened, it will take significant time and money to do so. Using a school as a community center in the meantime can be done immediately, and the projected annual costs of doing so would be roughly $50,000.
The children on Hamilton Hill deserve a place to go, and a school would give them that place now.
Best of luck to new Amsterdam mayor
A breath of fresh air fell over the city of Amsterdam Tuesday [Nov. 3] evening, as Republican conservative Mike Villa garnered the majority.
Good luck, Mike, and God bless.
Add consequences to not removing signs
Political signs are a blight in Rotterdam — “A Nice Place To Litter With Signs.” There are a few candidates who collect their signs after Election Day. Too few.
Suggestion: Rotterdam needs creative revenue options. For the folks who like to raise water fees and charge for yard waste pickup, here is a gold mine.
No political signs before three weeks to Election Day. Assess a penalty for every sign put up prematurely: $1 a sign per day. Within seven days after Election Day, all signs must be removed. Signs remaining after Election Day will be collected by the Department of Public Works personnel, with the bill for their time and wear on trucks billed to candidate. An up-front $250 fine will be added to bill for dispatching crews. A $1 per-sign additional charge will be added.
Candidates who do not pay up will be billed via property tax and restricted from placing additional signs for at least one election cycle. Non-residents will be restricted from placing signs in the future for four election cycles. Where particularly uncooperative former candidates are encountered, respective political parties can be billed.
History repeats self at Planned Parenthood
In my Oct. 12 letter, “Use of body parts no different than Nazis,” I merely stated that the philosophy of the Nazi doctors and of Planned Parenthood is exactly the same: “These humans are going to die (translation: will be killed) anyway, so why not use them for medical research.”
I regret that respondent Michael Winn (Oct. 20 letter, “Planned Parenthood not same as Nazis”]) was deeply offended at this, but am glad that his father survived Auschwitz. I, too, lost a good Jewish childhood friend due to Hitler’s madness.
Mr. Winn accuses me, and my religion, of directly causing the death of over 6 million people. Good heavens, the Dachau camp was established two years before I was born. Perhaps he implies that ministers and clergy were silent and failed to speak up. Yes, many were afraid because Hitler was an equal opportunity jailer. Anyone who crossed his path found himself looking out from behind the barbwire fences.
Respondent Winn’s defense of Planned Parenthood invokes the typical false arguments put out by that organization itself about rights and the good things they allegedly do. How can a social privilege like “choice” ever trump the fundamental right to life? I cannot not remain silent about this.
Good people like Mr. Winn and some clergy actually support the slaughter of the innocents because they have been deluded by slogans and falsehoods. They ease their consciences by calling unborn children “potential humans.” The Nazis did exactly the same by labeling their undesirables as “sub-humans” (Untermenschen).
History is repeating itself right before our very eyes. This evil generation will not be judged kindly by it.
Self-centered nature becoming a concern
In a recent interview about his book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” Rick Warren was asked what most concerned him when he started writing the book.
Without hesitation he replied, “Before anyone gets a true feeling of what Jesus is about, one must learn to say with complete understanding and honesty, ‘It’s not about me.’”
When Pope Benedict wrote his second Encyclical, he emphasized early what the main point was to be. “How,” he asked, “did Christianity become so twisted as to mean only the selfish pursuit of the salvation of one’s own soul?’”
It may take a couple minutes to sink in how both men were stating, in their own way, what they thought was one of the main reasons for the lack of understanding and subsequent decline of true Christianity in today’s totally self-centered culture.
Who actually said it best is less important, I think, than whether we can sincerely understand and accept exactly what they meant and how it applies to us personally.
The fact that they both found it necessary to make this point so distinctly in places where they knew most of the readers would already consider themselves pretty good Christians shows how serious they feel that this has become.
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