Opinion

January, 2012

Letters

Koo not clear on what area he represents

In a story that ran Nov. 30 on “Fox 5 News,” Ashley Mastronardi reported on the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association’s efforts to receive New York City Landmark Historic District status for its neighborhood. Broadway-Flushing has already been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, with more than 1,300 properties within its boundaries. Comment.
Pet Photo of the Week

Have a great photo of your pet? Submit it to our Queens Critter Contest!

Send your picture to our Queens Critter Contest! Comment.
Editorial

CB 12 Wrong on Group Home

Community Board 12 members are up in arms over an application by Birch Family Services to open a group home. Birch is seeking to create a home for six autistic 21-year-olds. Comment.

December, 2011

Editorial

Take a Second Look

There are a few reasons why the city should not go forward with plans to open a garbage transfer station on the waterfront in College Point. One of the strongest is that the flocks of birds attracted to the garbage will endanger planes landing at and taking off from nearby LaGuardia Airport. Comment.
Pet Photo of the Week

Have a great photo of your pet? Submit it to our Queens Critter Contest!

Send your picture to our Queens Critter Contest! Comment.
Letters

Guv must restore funding for state child care program

Created by the state Office of Children and Family Services in 2006, the state Kinship Caregiver Program was meant to provide vital funding and services to grandparents and other familial caregivers who find themselves tasked with raising young children. It is supposed to help children stay in loving environments by maintaining a sense of stability and the familiar and preventing them from entering foster care. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Northeast Queens GOP group elects new president

We hope all of our readers had a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah and are having a Happy Kwanza and a happy whatever other celebration that happens at this time of year. Comment.
Letters

Ban hydrofracking in New York state

The sneaky ways the big oil companies are using to promote the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is enough to arouse grave suspicions that the procedure is as dangerous as the environmental scientists say it is. Comment.
Letters

City shows gall in Willets sewer plan

In its mishandling of Willets Point, the city Economic Development Corp. has qualified for the Chutzpah Award of the Year. Comments (1).
Editorial

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

The Queens publishing family wishes our readers a holiday season filled with joy and hope. Comment.
Letters

Save city after-school programs

Recently, the city after-school community celebrated the work being done in after-school programs in the area and around the country, joining in the national Lights On After-school celebration. Comment.
QueensLine

Bomb scare at LaGuardia Airport in 1960 fizzles out

In 1960, Queens boasted more than 35 movie theaters. In the Forest Hills Theatre, see “The Magnificent Seven,” in Jackson Heights is “The Apartment,” in Sunnyside view “Hell to Eternity” and at the Polk see the original “Ocean’s 11.” Comment.
Editorial

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

The Queens publishing family wishes our readers a holiday season filled with joy and hope. Comments (17).
Letters

City must do better in how it treats nonprofits

As many in Queens will tell you, there are many nonprofits throughout the borough that have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Nonprofits have traditionally been exempt from paying property taxes on buildings they own and provide services in, like churches and nonprofit affordable housing developers. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Boro salon takes day out of schedule by catering to disabled

For 28 years LP and Co. Hair Design, on Union Turnpike west of 188th Street, has been working with special schools, the Queens Occupational Center and United Cerebral Palsy to perform beauty activities for their clients, who otherwise might never go to a professional beauty parlor. Comments (1).
Editorial

Public School Hero

High school Coach Charles Granby last week became the first coach in the PSAL to win 700 games. It is a record likely to stand for many years. Comment.
Letters

Fight against secondhand smoking

Fresh air is a precious commodity and a right for all New Yorkers, but many multi-unit dwellings are not smoke-free environments. Comments (6).
Dishing with Dee

Holiday season is mad dash with parties spread over Queens

This week was more non-stop holiday party running around. “Ho! Ho! Ho!” is beginning to wear a little thin. I think the week between Christmas and New Year’s I will go to bed and hibernate for the whole week. Comment.
Letters

At least some rich Americans get it

It appears that our homegrown billionaires have decided to follow the lead of their wealthy French counterparts. They want to pay more taxes to help their country. Comment.
Letters

Gov’t must do more to aid students

The decision by City University of New York board of trustees to raise student tuition is unfair. Students are already paying a hefty amount and many of them have student loans, which are going to be difficult to repay. Comment.
Letters

DOT has odd process of turning Queens streets one-way

I could not help but notice the article about Community Board 7 voting and approving the one-way street near PS 209 (“One-way street OK’d by CB 7 near PS 209,” Flushing Times Nov. 17-23). Now it goes to the city Department of Transportation. Comments (2).
Cartoon

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Cartoon

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Editorial

Welcome Film Crews

Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley wants to meet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the problems that arise when film crews come to work in his district, which includes Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and parts of Maspeth. Comments (2).
Letters

Take care of seniors’ eyesight

As you are well aware, the U.S. economy is experiencing a major downturn. Often when faced with tough economic times, our senior communities on fixed incomes hurt the most when their health care falls by the wayside. During our current financial crisis, I want to make sure their eye health is not neglected. Comment.
Editorial

No Stamp of Approval

We understand the U.S. Postal Service has found itself between a rock and a hard place. It is faced with the threat of bankruptcy. To keep that from happening, the USPS has decided to make cuts, limiting service and closing facilities deemed no longer necessary. Comment.
Letters

Crowley ruined St. Saviour’s deal

The people in western Maspeth have worked hard and prayed for a park at the former site of St. Saviour’s Church for more than five years. Comment.
No Holds Barred

Public executions could be big revenue boosters for states

In the end-game (if it is the end-game) of The Great Recession, most of the state governments are missing a great source of revenue, which the public will not complain about. Comments (7).
Political Action

Third parties have long history of affecting election results

There has been recent speculation about the possibility of a third party, independent candidate entering the 2012 presidential campaign. As we consider the results of these candidacies, they have never won a presidential election, but they have had a strong effect on the outcomes. Comments (2).
Editorial

Lowest Bidder Should Not Run Prisons

Despite the thinking that the private sector can do almost anything government does better and for less money, we remain uncomfortable with private companies running our prisons and jails. Case in point: the federal immigration detention center in Springfield Gardens. Comment.
Letters

Pol must back St. Saviour’s park

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) single-handed nixing of the Crowley-St. Saviour’s park project felt like a sucker punch to its long-time supporters. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Boro pols and officials gravitate to Crowley holiday party

The holiday party season is in full swing. The ones we were able to get to this week were all great in their own way. In the event that “great” is too strong a descriptive adjective, they were at least interesting. Comment.
Letters

New law protects against smoking

On Nov. 13, a new law went into effect that bans smoking in outdoor areas of ticketing or boarding or on platforms on stations operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. This law was passed by the state Legislature with bipartisan support and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August. Comment.
Letters

Dolan fought for welfare of Queens

The sudden and tragic death of Queens Civic Congress President Patricia Dolan has left the civic community shocked and grief-stricken. Comment.
Cartoon

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QueensLine

Award-winning actress Patty Duke hails from Elmhurst

Actress Patty Duke was born Dec. 14, 1946, as Anna Marie Duke in Elmhurst. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the eponymous sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” and her portrayal of drug-addicted Hollywood star Neely O’Hara in the 1967 camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.” Comment.
Editorial

Community College Cup Is Half-Full

A report recently released by the Center for an Urban Future claims that city community colleges “are not yet delivering on all their potential.” And it reached this conclusion because, like other community colleges in the city, LaGuardia and Queensborough have only a 28 percent graduation rate. Comments (1).
Letters

LIC, Jamaica can handle train growth: Transit group

We read with interest your Nov. 24-30 article “Hevesi wants barriers for Fresh Pond trains” and believe it is important to clarify some of the inaccuracies in the article. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Pat Dolan strove to protect Queens’ residents quality of life

Patricia Dolan, president of the Queens Civic Congress and the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, died on Hillside Avenue after a car struck her as she walked to a Community Board 8 Transportation Committee meeting. Comment.
Editorial

Boro Stands Against Bigotry

It was an event that should not have to happen in the 21st century. The most diverse borough in the city should be beyond the religious bigotry and racism that has surfaced in recent weeks. But ignorance is still a powerful force in Queens, and for that reason we applaud the gathering of 30 religious and political leaders at Flushing Town Hall. Comment.
Letters

SNAP growing to care for seniors

The cover story about Services Now for Adult Persons expanding transportation to northeast Queens (“CB 11 approves Little League bleachers plan,” Bayside Times, Nov. 10-16) only took into account one small aspect of the real story, which is that the SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center was awarded the contract to become one of eight innovative senior centers in the city. Comment.
Editorial

A Time to Heal

An NYPD departmental judge did what needed to be done when he recommended last week that Detective Gescard Isnora be removed from the police force for his role in the shooting of Sean Bell. Comment.
Letters

Dolan tirelessly advocated for parks

On behalf of the city Parks Department family, we were saddened to hear of the untimely death of our friend, Pat Dolan. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Maltese, Padavan consider running for office ... sort of

The days are rushing by and we are receiving holiday party invitations by the droves. Unfortunately, everyone is still trying to squeeze most of the parties in on Thursdays. Most Thursdays have at least four parties scheduled. Oh, well, it’s Ho! Ho! Ho! off to the parties we will go! We will try to give them our best shot for coverage. Comment.
Letters

Muni-Meters detrimental to economy of Bayside

I am writing to you out of frustration and anger at the installation of Muni-Meters along Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Apparently Mayor Michael Bloomberg has seen fit to wrest every last dime from our pockets, not having been satisfied with the 2 1/2 times increase in local property taxes during your tenure, nor the increase in additional fees and charges. Comments (1).
On Point

Bob Friedrich rejoins ranks of TimesLedger columnists

I recently attended a Bayside Hills Civic Association meeting organized by the group’s president, Michael Feiner, one of Queens’ most dedicated and hardworking civic leaders. Legislators and former candidates were asked to discuss their experiences running for office. State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), who I had challenged in 2010, was in attendance. Comments (1).
Shopping

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Editorial

Thank You to Givers

With the memory of Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by friends and family still fresh in our minds, it is appropriate for the overstuffed to give some thought to the people of southeast Queens, who spent their holiday preparing and serving holiday meals to the borough’s neediest. Comment.
Letters

Council must appoint people to BSA

TimesLedger Newspaper reader Henry Euler is correct in his Nov. 10-16 letter to the editor “Reform BSA after it allowed second house on lot,” decrying how the city Board of Standards and Appeals operates, often in blatant disregard to the interests and desires of the local community. Comments (1).
Editorial

Welcome, Fairway

At a time when headlines are dominated by talk of a double-dip recession, record unemployment and the foreclosure crisis, the opening of the new Fairway in Douglaston is exciting news. Comment.
Letters

Star Nissan must issue an apology

Perhaps if someone had held Star Nissan accountable for its conduct and lack of compliance with applicable regulations at the beginning of its tenure in Auburndale, then we would not be where we are today — contending with a business that believes that compliance with the law is a voluntary proposition subject to the whims of convenience. Comment.
Political Action

Bloomberg did right thing in evicting Wall Street protesters

The confrontation between the city government and the Occupy Wall Street protesters has ended with the police evicting them from Zuccotti Park from the standpoint of not allowing them to use the park for living and sleeping quarters. Comments (1).
Editorial

Homeowners Are Not Alone

Thousands of Queens homeowners have defaulted on their mortgages and are facing the prospect of foreclosure. These families often feel abandoned and alone. Comment.
Letters

ICCC cares about its community

First, we want to make it clear that we live here. We are also members of the community. Our officers and supporters live in Bellerose, Floral Park, Glen Oaks and Queens Village. We have raised our families here and lived in these communities for more than 40 years. Comments (5).
Dishing with Dee

Take time to help out the less fortunate this holiday season

Did you all have a happy Thanksgiving? We certainly hope so. Were any of you after a full, satisfying turkey dinner possessed with enough adrenaline to tackle the Black Friday shopping extravaganza? Comment.

November, 2011

QueensLine

Astoria native Schwimmer also one of our ‘Friends’

Born in Astoria Nov. 2, 1966, actor and director David Lawrence Schwimmer is best known as the hopeless romantic Ross Geller in the 1990s sitcom “Friends.” Born to attorneys Arthur and Arlene Schwimmer, he, his older sister Ellie and his parents moved to California when David was 2. Comment.
Cartoon

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Letters

Halloran right standing up to dealer

I am a constituent of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and I am glad to have an elected official who I can count on to take action. Comments (1).
Flushing

Tip of the week

I Sit and Look Out

Kings James Version the greatest of all biblical translations

I do not recall that there was a Bible in our home when I was growing up. My father, a nominal Lutheran, set foot in church only for weddings and funerals. My mother was Jewish and completely secular. They were married by a Lutheran minister in his study. My sister, brother and I were duly baptized into the Lutheran confession quickly after birth. From that time, with the exception of my sister being confirmed, religion did not figure in our lives. Comment.
Editorial

‘A Terrific and Tireless Leader’

We routinely report on the activities of countless community leaders. Along the way, we have been impressed by the dedication of many we have met, but none more so than Pat Dolan, who died last week. Comment.
Letters

Columnist wrong on facts of Haggerty case, boro GOP

I have tried to hold my tongue for a while concerning some of columnist Dee Richard’s biased and influenced comments, but one column — “John Haggerty makes promise for a Round 2 in court, published Nov. 3 — is just a bit too ridiculous to ignore. Maybe it is time she stuck to party updates and human interest stories. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Scams and fraud destroy moral fabric of our society

The newspapers and TV constantly tell of all kinds of crime. At a recent meeting, one senior citizen made the comment that the mentality of our country is to get something for nothing. This statement sounds plausible, but the question is how many people think this way. Comments (1).
Editorial

Explaining to Do

A wave of published reports has raised questions not only about city Comptroller John Liu’s plans to run for mayor in 2013, but his fitness to complete his term as comptroller. As the city’s chief financial watchdog, the comptroller’s judgment must be beyond reproach. That may no longer be the case. Comment.
Letters

Waterfront plan will harm small biz

Were one to seek an area rife with congestion and abysmal architecture, downtown Flushing would surely qualify as the winner. There seems to be no end to myopic public officials together with taxpayer-subsidized, fat-cat real estate developer friends seeking to turn Flushing into tomorrow’s overcrowded slums. Comments (1).
Dishing with Dee

Three generations make mark on Queens Women’s Bar

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Just one more month till Christmas. It kind of crept up on us, didn’t it? Comment.
Editorial

‘A Terrific and Tireless Leader’

We routinely report on the activities of countless community leaders. Along the way, we have been impressed by the dedication of many we have met, but none more so than Pat Dolan, who died last week. Comment.
Letters

City wrong to remove Wall Street protesters

The more conservative elements of our city have succeeded in their efforts to obtain the forceful removal of protesters from Zuccotti Park. Comment.
Letters

Cultural Center bad for Bellerose

The Queens Civic Congress, the umbrella coalition for more than 100 Queens civic organizations, congratulates Community Board 13 on its vote to oppose construction of two multi-story apartment buildings on the Creedmoor campus adjacent to several low-density Bellerose neighborhoods. Comment.
Cartoon

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Letters

City must tap into minority, women businesses

With the passage of Local Law 129 in 2005, the City Council created the Minority and Women-owned Businesses Enterprise Certification Program, which at its core was designed to encourage a bit more fairness for businesses owned and operated by women and people of color in their dealings with the city. It was supposed to give minority businesses a more level playing field to compete for city contracts, and in so doing promote their own businesses while contributing to the city’s economy. Comment.
Editorial

The Immigration Debate

Nothing is more certain to raise blood pressure in New York City than a discussion of the city’s handling of illegal immigration. This is evident in the response to Intro 656, a bill that would prevent the city Department of Correction from handing over suspected illegal immigrants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for detention and deportation. Comments (8).
Letters

Friedrich defends his political role

In a Nov. 10-16 letter to me, Barbara Leonardi asked if my letter to the editor (“E-mail disguised as birthday celebration,” Oct. 20-26), wherein I called for “truth in advertising” by elected officials who send out fund-raising letters masquerading as birthday invitations was “genuine or just another one of your tries at a political position.” In the same paper, Diane Stromfeld characterizes my letter as a “complaint from the perennial candidate, who is a perennial loser.” Comment.
Editorial

Wacky CB 11 Show

If we had not seen this happen before, we might have thought it was a skit from “The Tonight Show” or “Saturday Night Live.” But our reporter says it really happened. He wrote that at last week’s Community Board 11 meeting, “Bedlam broke out” over a proposal to install bleachers at the Little League field in Crocheron Park. Comment.
Letters

Wall St. protesters are collectivist idealists

News reports about Occupy Wall Street and interviews with occupiers are reminiscent of double-speak. “Greed” means anyone with a lot of money must have stolen it, “social justice“ requires that the wealthy share since they have more than they need and “equality” and “fairness” mean redistribution to each according to his needs. Comment.
Letters

Hillcrest High School scores an A

Everyone at Hillcrest High School should be proud of our most recent accomplishment. We were officially informed that the city Department of Education has designated Hillcrest HS as an “A” school on the 2010-11 Progress Report. Comment.
Cartoon

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Letters

Fund-raising just fine at Avella bash

I read with a chuckle the complaint from the perennial candidate, who is a perennial loser, about a party for a competent winner. Bob Friedrich complains that an invitation to a birthday celebration for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was disguised as a fund-raiser (“E-mail disguised as birthday celebration,” Oct. 20-26). Comment.
Editorial

No Room for Hatred

In the dark of night, a vandal or vandals armed with a spray paint can committed a despicable act when they painted swastikas on two Queens libraries and a synagogue in Jackson Heights. Comment.
QueensLine

Singer Tony Bennett of Astoria worked as a grocery clerk

The Cold War cools down. Only a few weeks before, the Cuban Missile Crisis lurched the world toward war. On Oct. 24, 1962, the U.S. Navy set up a “quarantine” around Cuba. All Soviet ships with missile shipments had to turn back. Comment.
Letters

Kids should learn respect at home

As the economic recession continues unabated with no improvement in sight, another important aspect to also note is that there seems to be a lack of respect and common courtesy in this country. Comment.
Editorial

The Electronic Nightmare

Cell phones play movies and music, send e-mail, access the Internet — and have turned South Jamaica into a war zone. Comments (1).
The Civic Scene

Do not believe negative views of protesters at Wall Street

A few people who are supportive of the Occupy Wall Street group recently appeared at the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station and temporarily held signs which read, “Tax Fairness Now,” “Robin Hood Tax,” “Tax Wall Street Speculation” and “Jobs, Not Cuts.” Comment.
Letters

Reform BSA after it allowed second house on lot

The city Board of Standards and Appeals is a city agency that hears land use requests from developers, builders and architects. Many of the cases involve variance requests which allow an applicant to develop a site by bypassing some established zoning regulations. There are conditions that must be met in order for a variance to be granted. Comment.
Editorial

Northeast Cup Is Half-Full

In his second annual town hall meeting, City Councilman Dan Halloran took aim at the city government, which he, of course, is a part of. He accused various elements of the government of neglect, malfeasance and outright neglect of his district. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Retired member of boro Dems set to celebrate 100 this month

On Nov. 2, the Bayside/Whitestone Lions Club held its meeting in Paul Vallone’s law office on Francis Louis Boulevard. Those local Lions donated quite an impressive table full of non-perishable foods for needy families for Thanksgiving. Comment.
Letters

Impose term limits on Glen Oaks prez

I am one of those ordinary folks who received an invitation to state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) 60th birthday celebration. I was relieved to know what I could bring, as I would never dream of showing up to a party without a gift. Comment.
Letters

Beep must not back Creedmoor proposal

You are aware of the strong community opposition to the proposed plan on the grounds of Creedmoor as put forth by the Indian Cultural and Community Center. Your representatives have attended some if not all of the meetings in the Bellerose area on this subject and can confirm that the following neighboring civic associations have strongly opposed this proposal. Comment.
Letters

Don’t put bleachers in Crocheron Pk

On March 29, 1995, an illiterate letter — replete with more than a dozen errors in grammar and spelling, including “bleaches” instead of “bleachers” — was sent to Community Board 11 by a person who called himself “Commissioner of Bayside Little League,” requesting that bleachers be installed in Crocheron Park, across from the residential area that had been represented by the East Bayside Homeowners Association for two decades at that time. Comments (8).
Editorial

Feeling Lucky?

History was made Friday when Aqueduct Racetrack opened Resorts World Casino New York City. According to the casino operators, 65,000 people jammed the slot machines and gaming tables during the opening weekend while thousands of would-be gamblers waited in the cold for their chance to play. Comment.
Political Action

Bloomberg must swiftly put an end to Wall St. protest

The Occupy Wall Street protest continues. It seems that most of those protesters do not intend to leave any time soon unless compelled to do so. Comments (7).
Letters

Pol should make peace between halal market, Bellerose

I have family in Glen Oaks and they shop at Super Halal Meat in Bellerose. We enjoy the shopping experience and would have to travel farther to another specialty market that specifically caters to Muslims with halal products. Comments (9).
Editorial

A Son of Queens Freed

It was not justice — not even close — but it was a welcome outcome nonetheless. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Music has had deep, enriching effect on life of columnist

I think music has been a part of my life since I was old enough to hear. My parents were not musicians, but they loved music and had good singing voices. So has my sister, Elizabeth, and my father’s sister, my Aunt Maud Gallagher, and her son Harry. Comment.
Letters

Middle class will pay for jobs bill

As the great recession of 2011 continues unabated, protests against the dire economic conditions continue to occur and are now spreading to other parts of the country. The president continues to press for the passage of his jobs creation bill, but Congress is balking. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

John Haggerty makes promise for a Round 2 in court

On Tuesday evening, state Sen. Tony Avella held a 60th birthday party celebration for himself at Antun’s in Queens Village. It was a rather small, intimate party, but a pleasant one full of well-wishers. Comment.

October, 2011

Letters

Investigate missing park funds

In April 2004, local papers reported details of a $4.12 million federal transportation allocation that had been secured by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Bayside

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Cartoon

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Letters

‘Spreading the wealth’ is not a good idea

What better place to demand the redistribution of wealth than on Wall Street? When the occupiers were asked, most could not explain their grievances, why they were there, who will determine whose wealth requires redistributing, who will do the confiscating and who will do the equalizing. Comment.
Editorial

Victory for Astorians

In these tough times, the U.S. Postal Service is faced with difficult decisions. The USPS was designed to be self-supporting and until now it was. Through the sale of postage and other services, it was able to cover salaries and overhead. Comment.
QueensLine

QueensLine: Flushing elected fought for prayer in public school in ‘46

It was October 1946 and at the Loews Triboro, on stage in person, was Ed Sullivan, the famous Broadway columnist, with the Harvest Moon Dance Winners and extra added attraction Johnny Burke, “left over from the draft of 1917,” along with other big acts. Two big shows went on at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Comment.
Letters

Occupy Wall Street protesters are truly patriotic

Another day of the Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread to several major cities, and another day of disparaging remarks from the haves and those who do not get it on the right. Comments (4).
The Civic Scene

The Civic Scene: EDC speaks on borough economy at QCC meeting

Last month, the Queens Civic Congress held a meeting devoted to the economy of Queens in the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Letters

Average joes will pay for jobs bill

As 2011 continues, the state of our national economy is no better than it was two years ago. In fact, it has worsened significantly. Comment.
Editorial

Taking on Cyberbullying

Elected officials held a news conference at a Queens high school that they hope will raise public awareness about cyberbullying. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Dishing with Dee: Keynote speakers shine at boro political club meetings

Believe it or not, but we have started to receive our first Christmas/holiday party invitations. It looks as though it’s going to be a busy party season if they are starting to send their invites out this early. Comment.
Letters

Expose undocumented immigrants

How much dumber can we get? Apparently, quite a lot. Regarding your Oct. 6 editorial “Alabama Rides Again,” while the point of states taking over a federal government function may be well-taken, some of the other statements made are nonsense. Comments (1).
Letters

Put an end to Occupy Wall St.

It is time for New Yorkers to stand up and demand the mayor and NYPD put an end to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Comments (3).
Our History

Our History: Franklin made his name with many inventions, contributions

If Benjamin Franklin was to walk up High Street in Philadelphia in October 1723, he would note a city busy with a population of about 10,000 people. Hard for us to imagine for that period in our history. Comment.
Letters

Demand more public input into planned fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The problem with the process is that it uses toxic, carcinogenic chemicals combined with huge amounts of water to facilitate the removal of the gas. These chemicals can reach into wells, waterways, reservoirs and underground aquifers, thereby contaminating our water supplies. Other states that allow fracking have had instances where wells and streams have become contaminated due to fracking. Comment.
Editorial

Four Lives Gone

If only the two young men charged with the murder of Tyshanna “Chicken” Murphy looked like dangerous thugs, it would be easier to celebrate their arrests. But they do not. Tyshawn “Ta Ta” Brockington, 21, and Robert Cartagena, 20, look like a couple of guys from the neighborhood. Comments (1).
Editorial

The Fight to Save Southeast Queens

There are two pressing concerns in southeast Queens and they are directly connected: Putting people back to work and saving their homes. Comments (1).
Editorial

A Little Respect for the Community, Please

There has to be a point when the city tells developers enough. That point has come with the Millennium office building on Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Chon Property Corp., of Flushing, bought the building for $2.6 million in 2003 and has done nothing with it. Comment.
Political Action

Political Action: Boro GOP must be unified to make meaningful impression

The Queens Republican Party intra-county struggle for control continues. Earlier in the year, it began with the petition drive with both sides in certain state Assembly districts fielding different candidates for district leader and county committee. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Dishing with Dee: Jefferson Dem Club hands out awards at 101st dinner

The Jefferson Democratic Club held its 101st annual dinner at the Douglaston Manor last Thursday night. Comment.
Letters

E-mail disguised as birthday celebration

Recently I and many other ordinary folks in the community received an e-mail invitation to help celebrate state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) 60th birthday. Comment.
Letters

Willets Pt. must become East Coast Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is getting ready for its biggest competitor yet. Yes, that is right: New York City. In a plan that has stirred and awed much of the tech world, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has committed $100 million to establishing a top-tier, applied sciences university within the five boroughs. Comments (2).
Letters

Wall St. protesters should get to work

These Wall Street protesters are a waste of time, space and money. They represent exactly what is wrong with America: the entitled masses who believe they are owed something. Comment.
Letters

Turner’s election a message to prez

Republican Bob Turner won the congressional seat in the 9th District against state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck). Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Flushing comes out for 40th Greek Festival’s music, food

The weeks sure are flying by with much to do. Comment.
QueensLine

Hollis’ Russell Simmons left impression on more than music

Born Oct. 4, 1957, in Hollis, Russell Simmons is known as the “godfather of hip-hop.” He has made his mark on American culture as a music promoter, an entrepreneur and a social activist. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Italian culture has had profound effect on columnist

When I worked for a large corporation in Manhattan, one of the executive secretaries became a good friend of mine. Ann was of Italian-American background, bright, witty and a delight. She had to be all those things — the company expected excellence from its employees. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Keep Iron Triangle property use only for area businesses

The front of the September 2011 Bayside Hills Civic Association newsletter told of the group’s plans to have special activities at its annual 9/11 observance on the 10th anniversary. It obtained two pieces of World Trade Center steel from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. It was an appropriate activity by the civic. Comment.
Letters

Congress needs to fix economy now

As 2011 continues, the state of our nation’s economy looks no better than it was a year ago at this same time. Why has there been no significant improvement in the economy? Comment.
Editorial

Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait Comments (1).
Editorial

The Battered Wife

The Battered Wife Comment.
Editorial

Sunny News for Sunnyside

Sunny News for Sunnyside Comment.
Letters

Residents need more West Nile info

I read with great interest the article “West Nile sickens Whitestone senior” in the Sept. 22-28 Whitestone Times. The story said that “Whitestone has been sprayed for mosquitoes five times this year, the latest taking place last week, according to the DOH.” Comment.
Letters

Racism not a role over halal market

I was disturbed that Sheraz Kahn, owner of the Super Halal meat market, said that our protest was aimed at his establishment because of his ethnicity. How ridiculous! There is a supermarket just three blocks west of his place, owned by people of his nationality which, when opened, had a community problem concerning double parking in front of his store. He quickly remedied the situation and has been a good neighbor ever since. Comments (1).
Letters

Rich must pay higher tax rates

The French, they are funny race” is a phrase from a 1955 British comedy film. U.S. Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) did not think them funny when they so strongly, and now proven rightly, were against Bush taking us into Iraq. Comment.
Letters

Newly elected Turner must help out suffering people

Why is it that when former Mayor Ed Koch and state Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) endorse a woefully unqualified, radical right-wing, Tea Bag Republican for the umpteenth time, Dee Richard and the media all go gaga, but when a Republican like Flushing City Councilman Peter Koo crosses party lines to support a highly qualified and progressive candidate like Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck), it is at best ignored or at worse castigated by the hopelessly biased Dee Richard? Comment.
Letters

Do not let computers replace teachers in schools

With all the focus on the importance of technology in our schools, there is another important issue that needs to be addressed. That is the fact that our students need to be able to know how to express their thoughts through oral reading and writing. Comments (2).
Editorial

Alabama Rides Again

Alabama Rides Again Comment.
Editorial

The Diversity Dilemma

The Diversity Dilemma Comment.
Dishing with Dee

With high hopes, boro GOP will settle differences soon

There is so much happening these days that it is hard to try and decide which places to go. Unfortunately, as hard as you might, it’s just impossible to be at several places at the same time, although we do give it our best shot. Comment.
Political Action

Weprin lacked Turner’s organization, media attention

Republican Robert Turner, ran in a regular election in the 9th Congressional District last year and received about 40 percent of the vote, won an upset victory over state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) with a stronger campaign for the same seat. Comment.
Letters

Avella must care about entire district

I am happy, Joseph R. Maligieri, that state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) responded to your concerns (“Avella cares about constituents,” Aug. 18-24). Comment.
Letters

Respect Paul, Bennett views on 9/11

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Tony Bennett have served honorably in the U.S. military. Bennett saw the horrors of war first-hand as he was in combat in World War II. For those who have never served their country, be careful of how you judge the patriotism of those who have. Comment.
Letters

9th District constituents made mistake with Turner

President Barack Obama inherited eight abysmal years from the Bush administration, a housing and mortgage mess and two wars that were funded without a tax increase — something without precedent. Comment.
Letters

Teachers shouldn’t be a part of budget cuts

As the recession of 2011 continues and budgetary cuts are affecting every aspect of the American way of life, one area that is going to be severely affected is our education system. Comment.
Editorial

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Dishing with Dee: Queens Chamber throws big bash to celebrate 100 years

Congratulations to the Queens Chamber of Commerce on its 100th anniversary. In order to celebrate the occasion, they held a fabulous gala at Terrace on the Park. It was reported they had over 650 guests. I can believe it — the place was packed to the rafters. Comment.

September, 2011

Editorial

Is City Losing the War on Guns?

Is City Losing the War on Guns? Comment.
Editorial

After the Storm

After the Storm Comment.
From the Footlights

Worth the Trip

Worth the Trip Comment.
The Civic Scene

Congress must learn to compromise to improve country

Prior to going on its summer vacation, Congress certainly made a mess out of solving our financial problems. There is so much rigid dogmatism in Congress that the two political parties cannot reach a compromise. The way government factions usually solve their differences is by reaching a compromise in which each party gives a little. This was not to be and so Queens, the nation and our standing in the world has suffered. Comment.
Letters

Support independent redistricting

Across the state this summer, a little-known entity, the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, has been conducting public hearings on redistricting reform. Comment.
Letters

Port Authority fare hikes unfair to the public

Port Authority Executive Director Chris O. Ward’s initial proposal for a $4 increase in bridge and tunnel E-ZPass tolls to $12, a PATH ticket raise by $1 and increased cash Hudson River crossing tolls to $15 a year and $17 next year was so absurd it was clear it was a cabal between Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo so they could pretend to be saviors by brokering a pre-arranged deal for a somewhat lesser rise. Comment.
Letters

Keep teachers, not computers

With all the focus on the importance of technology in our schools, there is another important issue that needs to be stressed. That is the fact that our students need to be able to know how to express their thoughts orally and through writing. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Dishing with Dee: Vote your conscience in special Weprin-Turner race

All of you folks in the 9th Congressional District are now down to the wire. On Sept. 13, it will be time to cast your vote. Your choices are Bob Turner or David Weprin. Comment.
Letters

10th anniversary of Sept. 11 a day for reflection

It has been 10 years since Islamic fundamentalists attacked America and murdered more than 3,000 of our family, friends and neighbors. Comment.
Letters

‘Pastor,’ ‘priest’ different people

We read the article “Bayside pastor arrested in Conn.” in the Aug. 11-17 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers and were surprised to see the heading of the continued column. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Perform your civic duty by observing Constitution Day

I doubt there will be any parades in Forest Hills, Bayside or other areas of Queens Sept. 17. I would be surprised if there are any elsewhere in the country about a national event. There should be parades throughout the United States on that day. Comment.

August, 2011

Letters

Back planned science campus

The mayor’s recently announced plan to build a government-sponsored, engineering and science campus in New York challenges us to deliver training and jobs to the many talented young men and women of color that our economy has left behind. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss. Comment.
Letters

Boro memorial service canceled

On behalf of the Haitian American Veterans Association and Carol Blanc-Damas, beloved mother of the late U.S. Marine Cpl. Leopold Damas, we would like to apologize because on the second anniversary we will not be able to hold a memorial service this year. Comment.
Letters

Tea Partiers only care about themselves, not nation

Want a wild ride on the stock market? Here it comes! Who can we blame for the S&P downgrading of U.S. credit? S&P said the downgrade was not solely due to the amount of debt alone, but was also due to the failure of both parties coming together to create solutions going forward. So who would not come together? The Tea Party, that’s who. They refused to negotiate at every opportunity. It was their way or else. Comment.
Letters

Economy must improve at quicker pace

Even though the president and Congress were finally able to come to an agreement to prevent the country from defaulting, our economic situation is no better than before. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: South Jamaica man holds second-oldest Olympic record

Six seconds. That’s all it took for Bob Beamon to leap into history. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Residents pitch in to give Whitestone a needed makeover

One of the great things about this job is that as old and experienced as you are, you are constantly being exposed to new things, philosophies and points of view often opposed to each other. You can find validation for embracing all. Comment.
Letters

Queens GOP squabbling will harm party long term

William Lewis’ Aug.4-10 column “Ognibene poses threat to Queens GOP seat held by Ragusa” reminds me of two hyenas fighting over the carcass of a dead animal — in this case, remnants of the once-relevant Queens Republican Party. This is the latest chapter of a periodic civil war, the origins of which can be traced back to the 1980s. Comment.
Letters

Avella cares about constituents

As a College Point homeowner, I had written to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the hope that he would help with getting the trees on my block pruned, due to the fact that they are so overgrown that you have to crouch down when walking along the street or you will get poked in the eye. Comments (1).
Letters

Thunderstorm forces reader on odyssey

A bad thunder and hail storm hit us in the Great Neck, Little Neck, Douglaston and New Hyde Park area Aug. 1 and wreaked havoc for many of us. I was one of those caught in this storm. Comment.
Letters

Trees help us in more ways than one

With all the controversy surrounding the global warming issue, one thing that should be done is to continue to plant trees. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Turner seeks to preserve Medicare, limit government spending

Sept. 13 will be Primary Day. It will also include several special elections in Queens, especially the race in the 9th Congressional District for the seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. About 70 percent of the district is in Queens and 30 percent in Brooklyn. Republican Robert Turner is facing Democrat David Weprin. Turner ran against Weiner last year and received a respectable 40 percent of the vote in a district that is heavily Democratic. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Turner holds two fund-raisers spanning Weiner district

This week was a rather slow, mixed-bag week. On the political local level, Bob Turner, Republican/Conservative candidate for ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s 9th District seat, held two fund-raisers. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Beware of shady contractors, illegal rental apartment ads

Civic associations not only fight to preserve their communities, but provide useful information in their newsletters. Comment.
Letters

Boro stoplight will cause traffic

I am writing to thank state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his efforts to get a traffic light installed in College Point at 122nd Street and 11th Avenue (“Traffic light coming to dangerous College Pt. corner,” July 21-27). Comment.
Letters

Koch’s pick is wrong for the country

In response to Ed Koch’s endorsement of Bob Turner for Congress, covered in the July 28-Aug. 3 TimesLedger Newspapers article entitled “Koch deserts Weprin by endorsing Turner,” I ask whether Koch really thought this one through. Comment.
Letters

Obama must start getting tough with Republicans

I saw the flash on television last week that we finally have a debt deal on the table that both sides will agree to. But why do I have this sinking feeling in my stomach about it, and I have not even read the details in the newspaper? Comment.
Letters

Vote pols out of office over debt fiasco

Well, after weeks of political wrangling and ballyhoo, it was possible for the elected clowns in Washington, D.C., to actually come to an agreement that prevented our nation from defaulting Aug. 2. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Queens residents weighed in on Kinsey sex report in 1953

On Aug. 11, 1953, Queens residents were told that they could expect no relief from the odors continually emanating from Newtown Creek. Though the smells were more offensive than toxic in nature, city officials were nevertheless reluctant to remedy the problem. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: From classmate to Congress, Ferraro was unforgettable

She would have been 76 this Aug. 26. She missed it by five months. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Boro precincts hold successful National Night Out events

When will this heat wave cease? It’s really beginning to get to almost everyone. Our energy seems to have got up and went, paraphrasing the popular street vernacular. Our creative minds seem to have departed with our energy — not a rocket scientist left among us. Comment.
Letters

Say no to legalization of marijuana

I would like to comment about the July 14-20 letter from Larry Penner titled “Gov’t should legalize marijuana.” Comment.
Letters

Weiner was good despite faults

I disagree with those who believe U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner served his constituents well. I worked for his opponent in the 2010 election, but I agree with those who believe he should not have resigned over the sexting scandal. Comment.
Letters

Let constituents choose pols

One can legitimately argue either way as to whether former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner should have been forced to resign his congressional seat. There can be no argument in describing Weiner as having been disgraced. Comment.
Letters

Pol should speak to locals before making accusations

An open letter to City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens). Comment.
Letters

Gov’t needs to get people working

With the latest figures for June 2011 in, it is disappointing to see that unemployment is up to 9.2 percent and only 18,000 new jobs were created nationwide. Our country is in serious trouble and our president and Congress better start working together to come up with a plan to improve this economy and fast. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Ognibene poses threat to Queens GOP seat held by Ragusa

The year 2012 is being referred to as possibly the most critically important political year in American history, but in Queens, a civil war within the county Republican Party is taking place. The official county organization, led by Chairman Phil Ragusa, is being challenged by an opposition group led by the Haggerty brothers, John and Bart. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Once-quiet election season is now starting to heat up

What had started out as being a rather ho-hum election cycle has suddenly shown all the signs of sparking the interest of our political pundits. The Republicans, Conservatives and Tea Partiers as well as numerous blanks now have the opportunity of pulling off a potential trifecta. Comment.

July, 2011

Letters

Weprin unfit to succeed Weiner

State Assemblyman and 9th Congressional District candidate David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) belief that he is the best candidate to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner due to his “20 years of experience in public finance, state banking and the City Council Finance Committee to replace Weiner” is contradicted by his past track record (“Weprin, Turner launch races for Weiner seat,” July 14-20). Comment.
Letters

Boro man’s bee fine undeserved

When my staff and I heard that the city was fining my constituent, Arthur “Tip” Sempliner, up to $2,000 for “failing to water his beehive,” our first reaction was to laugh. Only in New York City can a government think up such a creative way to fine someone an exorbitant amount of money. Comment.
Letters

Tshaka recognized as tireless community advocate

Congratulations to lifelong family friend Mandingo Tshaka on his recent honor of receiving the Sanford and Hines Families’ Recognition Award for Study and Research in the African Experience in New York State, the Americas and the Diaspora. Comment.
Letters

Bellerose strives to maintain quality of life

In response to the July 21-27 letter from City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) entitled “Show tolerance for South Asians in Queens,” Weprin seems to imply that because of a singular statement by an individual at a recent joint civic association meeting, the people of Bellerose are racist. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: New Ditmars Blvd. el train received bad reviews in ‘17

On July 20, 1917, the first train ran from 57th Street in Manhattan to Ditmars Boulevard in Queens. The trip over the bridge took eight minutes. It carried only city officials and chamber of commerce members and made no stops. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: If you want to run for office, do research on consultants

How did you manage to survive this past week’s heat wave? Everyone not only suffered a physical meltdown, but due to the unrelenting scorchers many also complained of a mental meltdown as well. Yours truly fell into the latter category. Comment.
Letters

Show tolerance for South Asians in Queens

Recently, there were some disturbing comments in the press from residents of Bellerose about whether South Asian immigrants and individuals of South Asian descent, who are relative newcomers to the neighborhood, are serving our country in the armed forces. There were also some disrespectful statements about how our country deals with immigration. Comment.
Letters

Budget protects city firehouses from mayor’s cuts

This year, under enormous pressure to deliver a fiscally responsible budget in difficult financial times, we were forced to make some tough decisions. Deciding how to consolidate services while protecting core city services is never an easy task. In order to guarantee New York City’s continued success, we did just that. The City Council negotiated with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, confronted the challenges of our present economic climate head-on and presented a sensible, on-time city budget. Comment.
Letters

Swipe fee rates harm small biz

As a small business owner who can attest to the hard-hitting nature of swipe fees, I was pleased when Congress took action last year to put reasonable limits on the fees that big banks and credit card companies have used to exploit small businesses and consumers for years. Comment.
Letters

Thanks for signing 306 petition

Once again we feel safe in our community knowing FDNY Engine 306 in Bayside is open. Comment.
Letters

Voters should decide candidates

A special election has been approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Sept. 13 for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Skala works hard to maintain the Bayside area’s quality of life

When we speak of community involvement in civic matters pertaining to the preservation of our neighborhoods, Frank Skala stands out as a civic leader who has consistently worked for these goals. From his positions as president of the East Bayside Homeowners Association for the last 37 years and as a member of Community Board 11 since 2003, he has worked tirelessly to preserve community standards. Comments (1).
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Elitists do not have an exclusive hold on U.S. higher education

Of all the things I have been called in a long and happy life, I never thought I might be numbered among the elite in this country. But, thanks to those folks making noise about the terrible people who live on the East and West coasts, I guess I may be on their list for disdain. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Nassau comptroller makes plans to take on Gillibrand

We are still waiting for details concerning the sale of certain Creedmoor properties. We will have to wait till next week to furnish you with more information on that issue. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Charter schools take away help from public schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently bragged that the high school graduation rate has jumped to 61 percent in 2010, but then contended that 75 percent of these graduates were unfit to function in college. They needed to take non-college credit remedial courses in college. Comment.
Letters

Law gives renters more rights, raises deregulation limit

As the state’s housing commissioner and a former state legislator, I believe I can offer a unique perspective on the historic rent-regulation bill Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law. Comment.
Letters

A nanny state is necessary in some cases

I would like to respond to the letter from Bob Friedrich headlined “Nanny state must come to an end” (TimesLedger Newspapers, June 30-July 6). Friedrich seems to have problems with laws and rules that are put in place to protect children. Comment.
Letters

Gov’t should legalize marijuana

Fast forward from “Cops seize 3K whiskey cases during Prohibition in 1925” (TimesLedger Newspapers, June 23-29) to today. The city Police Department making possession of marijuana No. 1 for arrests of over 50,000 people in 2010 was a similar failure. Comment.
Letters

Animal hospital deserves praise

An open letter to the Whitestone Animal Hospital. Comment.
Letters

State needs anti-auto fraud law

The state Legislature accomplished a lot this year, but one important reform was conspicuously left out: passage of the legislation know as the Fraud Tax Bill that would crack down on crisis-level auto insurance fraud in New York state. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Yankee Whitey Ford played for a Kiwanis team in Qns.

Although it was 1944 and tire and gas rationing was in place since World War II started, merchants were concerned when the situation was expected to change once the war was over. They did not believe private garages were the solution. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: State of boro politics leaves your head spinning

Before we start the column this week, let me answer all inquiries as to what happened to the July 7 Focus on Queens page. I usually deliver my photos to the paper on Monday afternoons, but this past Monday was the Fourth of July and the paper was closed. The new deadline became Tuesday morning. It took me too long to dig up everyone’s names, so I missed the deadline. Comment.
Letters

Boro civic mourns member’s death

On rare occasions, we have been privileged to meet someone whose life made a significant difference, who was always there to help both on a large scale and individually, a person who was dedicated to making a positive impact on his community. Tom Winberry was that person. Comment.
Letters

Pols must do more to fix economy

An open letter to U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Letters

LIRR must stop cutting down trees

At the rate of the Long Island Rail Road decimating mature, healthy and stable trees in Forest Hills, which have not fallen since their planting a century ago, it may exceed the rate of the tornado’s destruction upon our trees last September. Comment.
Letters

Letter about conduct of CB 13 chairman not based on facts

An open letter to Virginia Salow of Bellerose. Comment.
Letters

Join your local civic group to make a difference

Local civic associations have done much to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. They have met with many successes dealing with community issues and problems and continue to work diligently on other concerns. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Queens Conservative Party seeks to overturn gay marriage law

Recently, I spoke to Queens Conservative Party Chairman Tom Long about the passage of the gay marriage bill. He indicated that the Conservative Party has consistently opposed it and will continue to do so. The Conservative Party State Executive Committee will be meeting soon to discuss what action will be taken to combat the new law. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Barbas ring in 4th of July with annual outdoor BBQ

Last Saturday, the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League held its annual Fun in the Sun Day Picnic. This year, it was held in Harvey Park in Whitestone. The picnic included hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, cotton candy and Lido the Clown with his inflated fun bouncer house. Comment.
Letters

Preserve site of Creedmoor facility from private developers

At a packed joint meeting of the Bellerose Commonwealth Civic Association and the Queens Colony Civic Association June 9, the groups discussed recent proposals for private development on New York state property, formerly the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Comment.
Letters

Weiner should not have resigned his office

While I do not condone former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s irrational and immature conduct, I do recognize there was no physical contact involved or crime committed and that he was otherwise well-regarded and responsive to his constituents. Comment.
Letters

Padavan deserved invite to march in Douglaston-Little Neck parade

How soon we forget! At the Douglaston-Little Neck Memorial Day Parade for the past 25 years and more, Capt. Sam Greenberg of the U.S. Navy, a U.S. Army brigadier general, another Navy captain and I, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, always marched together in the parade joined by former state Sen. Frank Padavan, a colonel in the Army. We are now all retired from the military. Comment.
Letters

Nanny state must come to an end

The nanny state marches on. If the ban on smoking in outdoor parks and plazas was not enough, now state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) has introduced a bill to prohibit smoking in cars when a minor under the age of 14 is present. Comment.
Letters

Rich have hands in public assistance

A recent picture in the newspaper relative to rent regulation showed a gentleman holding up a sign reading “New York is not just for the rich.” Is he kidding? Comment.
Letters

Time to bring the troops home

The United States needs to begin immediately withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan. It seems the Afghan president is forever complaining about our forces as being more of an occupation force rather than a fighting one. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Huguenots played major role in city’s early history

Sometime after October 1517, the Huguenot movement began, it is believed, as a result of Martin Luther’s writings. His supporters throughout Europe were to be known as “Protestants.” Also known to have been supported by them was John Calvin, a Frenchman, who wrote “Institutin Christianae” in 1638. His supporters at that time ranged from Protestants in several European countries, including Switzerland, France, Scotland and the Netherlands. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Moynihan, my father-in-law worked hard to achieve dreams

During most of the years Elaine and I lived on Park Lane South in Richmond Hill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was one of our U.S. senators. That is how his life intersected with the life of my father-in-law, who lived with us for 14 years, when the senator sent that great letter to Dad on the latter’s 90th birthday. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Queens’ Judge Siegal elected president of boro bar group

We usually start this column with either updated news of what’s going on in Queens or positive news about good things happening to friends, colleagues, VIPs, etc. Comment.

June, 2011

Opinion

The Civic Scene: Boro high school students receive many scholarships

At graduation time for Queens high school seniors, it is important we realize the many things they have accomplished. Here are some things accomplished by some students in some schools. Comment.
Letters

Stavisky backs stronger rent control laws

How does a state senator who is pro-tenant respond to a robocall made by the Republicans claiming the opposite? Comment.
Letters

Confusion on McDonald’s subway ad targeting riders

I would like to comment about the June 17 article “Sanders not lovin’ A train ad.” Comment.
Letters

Don’t be a nanny, focus on more important issues

Is state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) running for head nanny of New York (“Weprin bill aims to keep kids smoke-free in cars,” June 16)? Comment.
Letters

Racino not worth all the hoopla

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) tells us that we need more police around the soon-to-open Aqueduct racino in order to ensure the safety of his constituents and others who will come running with open wallets to the latest gambling den. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Cops seize 3K whiskey cases during Prohibition in 1925

On June 24, 1925, when the first surveys were wrapped up on Harlem’s 125th Street for the new bridge crossing the East River, the occasion was hailed as “Tri-borough Bridge Day.” A luncheon at the Hotel Theresa was followed by a parade to a speakers’ platform at First Avenue and 125th Street. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Boro GOP can win by stopping intra-party fighting: Ragusa

Phil Ragusa began his active political career at about the same time former state Sen. Frank Padavan did. He has been active in politics during the last 38 years. He first joined the Beechhurst Republican Club in 1973 and in 1974 was elected chairman of that club. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Resignation a disappointing end to Weiner’s political career

It was disappointing to see U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner so docilely agree to step down and resign. We never thought he would fold like a cheap camera so early in the game. We thought he was made of much tougher stuff. Comment.
Letters

Why Mixed Martial Arts is being hit below the belt

When you hear the word jujitsu, what do you think of? I think of the agility, strength and discipline needed to study this style of martial arts, which dates back to the samurai. The same is true of other fighting arts like judo, karate and Brazilian jujitsu. To many observers, these are art forms built on honor and mastered with determination. Comment.
Letters

Take Weiner’s tears over sexting with grain of salt

One of the most stunning aspects of the Weiner affair is the arrogance of power that we saw on display and have come to expect with many of our elected officials. Weinergate is merely the latest example. Comment.
Letters

Weiner took page from Clinton book

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills). Comment.
Letters

Decrease pensions and benefits to fund the city’s institutions

The politicians are always fighting. They are fighting the closing of firehouses, libraries and high schools. Comment.
Letters

Do not lay off city workers

The mayor’s proposal to shutter some 20 firehouses throughout the city due to the budget crisis is simply unacceptable. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Media should leave Weiner alone on sexting controversy

Being the political junkie I am, I can’t let the Weinergate fiasco go by without a few comments. Incidentally, these comments are solely my own, so here goes! First, don’t you think all the constant repetitive jibes are overkill? How much of Weiner’s sexting is of such earth-shattering magnitude that it deserves daily coverage? Why is it pushing national and international news into second place? Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Beware of any suspicious proposals from developers

The Queens Civic Congress is concerned about new tricks developers are using so they can build new and inappropriate buildings in communities. Instead of asking that a piece of land they want to build on is given a specific variance so they can bypass the zoning, some builders are asking for a rezoning of the property. Comment.
Letters

Maspeth parents must speak up on overcrowding in area schools

On Saturday, I took my daughter to Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. PS 49 is across the street from the park. On the fence in front of the school on the 80th Street side are signs advertising several businesses, such as Four Ones Car Service. The signs are hung on the railings in black and white. Comment.
Letters

Take Wiener’s tears with grain of salt

One of the most stunning aspects of the Weiner affair is the arrogance of power that we saw on display and have come to expect with many of our elected officials. Weinergate is merely the latest example. Comment.
Letters

Pols should stick to N.Y. politics

One wonders about the sincerity and arrogance of state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz — who are both Democratic district leaders in Forest Kills — and defeated candidate Richard Brodsky, a former Westchester County assemblyman, when they decry the vote of the people of Wisconsin over who they voted for for governor, who has legally attacked union power. Comment.
Letters

Budget cuts to Queens Library unacceptable

The attainment of knowledge is the greatest gift we can give to our children, and libraries are the gardens that nourish the intellectual bloom they need to compete and succeed. Moreover, libraries are an essential source of information, education, literacy, jobs and job readiness programs. Here in Queens, we have the highest circulation of any library in the nation, and the citywide budget battle to restore library funding across the five boroughs will inflict unnecessary pain upon the annual 14 million library users of all ages. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Patriotism ran high as Queens entered the 1960s

It was 1960 — just after the Cuban revolution — and Cuban Premier Fidel Castro was continuing his program of systematically erasing all traces of the once-pervasive American presence on the island. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Election of Qns GOP heads usually do not go smoothly

Since the early 1980s until the present, there have been countywide confrontations over the election of chairman in the Queens Republican Party. Over the last 30 years, there have been five Queens GOP county chairmen. During that period of time, four of them have resigned before their terms of office ended and one was defeated for re-election. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Father-in-law of columnist never let old age slow him down

In the years that my father-in-law lived with us in Richmond Hill, he became a member of the Institute for Retired Professionals at the New School. In IRP, the members could take New School courses, but they also made presentations to their peers about their fields of expertise. I remember Dad did a research paper on the history of dentistry. He sculpted a head of a young man, which I see every day on one of our bookshelves. It is very well-done. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Haggerty bros. attend state Conservative Party dinner

Just when you thought the Memorial Day festivities were all over, we were invited to attend one more. It was the final cocktail party/buffet Fleet Week Celebration at the fabulous Water Club in Manhattan. Comment.
Letters

Obama wrong in wanting 1967 borders of Israel to return

When the president spoke recently of the opportunities presented by the Arab Spring, he got a lot right. His calling out of the Arab states was long overdue and dead-on. Comment.
Letters

Living wage bill necessary for Qns Center Mall workers

On May 21, I attended a town hall meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona with hundreds of others to demand that the owner of the Queens Center Mall, the Macerich Co., give back to the community by transforming the publicly subsidized mall from a poverty wage center into a responsible development for Queens workers. Comment.
Letters

Stop Whitestone street conversions

An open letter to Whitestone residents. Comment.
Letters

Tell city not to close Engine 306

On May 22, I attended a rally protesting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 20 firehouses throughout New York City. The demonstration took place outside Engine 306, a firehouse at 40-18 214th Place in Bayside. Comment.
Letters

Ackerman must speak out on ‘67 borders

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), a self-proclaimed supporter of Israel, failed to criticize President Barack Obama for urging that Israel begin the negotiating process with the 1967 borders. I wrote Ackerman about this and I received a two-page letter gushing with unconditional support and praise of Obama. Unbridled party loyalty should not silence a congressman from speaking out, even against members of his own party, as others have done. Comment.
Letters

Council, be cautious with pensions

With our City Council members raiding the public treasury for all kinds of programs and benefits, they should stop, pause and think for a moment. Comment.
Letters

U.N. must establish Mid-East peace

With all of the political turmoil and upheaval in the Middle East, when, if ever, will peace come to this region, which continues to be unstable? Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: QTP’s gala comes back strong after an absence of one year

This past week was one that would make Attila the Hun cry out for mercy. Comment.

May, 2011

Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: DOB must step up crackdown on illegally converted apts.

Three more people died in illegal apartments in the Bronx. A few years ago, there were the deaths of two firefighters who were trapped in a maze of illegal rooms in the Bronx. Regretfully, like the Triangle Shirtwaist fire 100 years ago, no one was punished for the deaths and injuries. Comment.
Letters

Do not use standardized test scores to evaluate teachers

What makes a good teacher? I will bet that if you think back to your school years and try to remember your best teacher, you will think of someone funny, witty, creative or inspiring. You will remember the teacher who ignited your love of literature, took you on an amazing field trip, introduced you to musical theater or helped you excel in math. You will not, in all likelihood, remember or care to remember the impact any of your teachers had on your standardized test scores. Comment.
Letters

Bloomy, Council GOP have chance to reapportion district lines in city

The May 19-25 editorial “A New Day in NY Politics” also applies to the City Council. Comment.
Letters

Do not feel shame by taking jobs in the civil service sector

The workers who took the jobs that included pensions quite often took government jobs that were passed upon by others seeking higher pay and better working conditions. Comment.
Letters

Oust rich from rent-regulated apts.

Tenant associations are complaining about the fact that there are people who want to remove the rent regulation that allows apartments to be decontrolled when the rent goes over $2,000 a month and the tenant earns $175,000 a year for two years running. Comment.
Letters

Keep Bayside’s Engine 306 open

In an effort to close its current budget gap, the Bloomberg administration announced that it was planning to close the FDNY’s Engine 306 in Bayside. This firehouse serves the Bayside and Bay Terrace areas and is vital to the safety of our communities. Comment.
Letters

Obama deserves praise for visiting WTC site

It was wonderful to see President Barack Obama visit the World Trade Center site three weeks ago to honor those lost Sept. 11, 2001. He laid a wreath at the base of the ornamental pear tree that had survived the devastating terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people on that fateful day. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Circus tiger escaped, went on rampage in Woodside in 1939

In 1939, a 400-pound tiger escaped from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Long Island City and terrorized scores of residents in Sunnyside and Woodside before it was captured in a tree in a yard at 38-29 53rd St. in Woodside. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Queens GOP, Dems draw faithful to events

Everyone is scurrying around tying up all the beginning-of-summer loose ends. There are many graduations, communions, conformations and early weddings. Comment.
Letters

Answers needed over conversion of street

An open letter to City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment.
Letters

Korean merchants in Flushing must find funds for English signs

Regarding the May 5 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Signage fix eludes leaders,” isn’t it time we stopped kidding about “poor merchants” who “cannot afford” to change their signs to conform with the state law passed in the early 1900s, which says that all signs must be prominently in English? Comment.
Letters

Keep budget by cutting pensions

Your recent story about local City Council members reacting to the mayor’s proposed budget is interesting. While all of them profess the desire to help the middle class by making cuts, none of them talk about cutting spending. Comment.
Letters

Mayor should tap into surplus, but not lay off any city teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed his budget for the city and he is still insisting that he will have to lay off nearly 6,000 teachers. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Daniel Webster fought hard for interests of federal gov’t

In what is known as the Webster-Hayes debate, Daniel Webster argued for “the supremacy of the federal government.” With all of his notable abilities and accomplishments, Webster unfortunately did not achieve his hope of succeeding one day to the presidency. He was, however, in negotiations over the Webster-Ashburton Treaty in 1843 to achieve what turned out to be his greatest diplomatic success. This treaty dealt with our country’s northeast boundary. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Gov’t must find better way to get ballots out to military

The U.S. Congress has recently passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, whereby state and local ballots have to be ready 45 days before an election so these ballots can be sent to overseas military personnel and returned in a manner that allows sufficient time for these ballots to be counted. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Father-in-law was a self-made man

My father-in-law, Dr. Charles Radack, and former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan never met, but there was what might be called an intersection once, and that is what leads me to write about two poor American kids who made it in their lives. Only in America. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Delicious food and drink abound at Taste of Queens

Queens is coming into its own. It has made an impressive transition from a bedroom community for Manhattan into a vibrant, diversified borough on its own merit. It’s no longer necessary to travel into Manhattan to work, shop, eat, be entertained, etc. — that is, not unless you want to. For special occasions, the city is still the best, but for regular lifestyle events check out the beautiful, bountiful borough known as Queens. Comment.
Letters

NYPD must stop profiling Queens minorities

The right of the people to be secure … against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation .... — Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution Comment.
Letters

N.Y. state must tackle redistricting

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization for more than 110 Queens neighborhood-based civic groups, thinks it is time to put an end to gerrymandering. Comment.
Letters

Support Avella on clean energy plan

It seems like Albany has been talking about clean energy and its potential to create jobs for a long time. Fortunately, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is doing something about it, and we would like to thank him for real leadership on this issue. Comment.
Letters

Osama’s death was worth 10-year wait

The news about the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of special U.S. military teams is the best news we have had relating to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: World’s first trans-Atlantic flight started in Rockaways

At 10 a.m. May 8, 1919, three U.S. Navy Curtiss NC flying boats departed the Rockaway Naval Air Station to begin the first trans-Atlantic crossing by air. The Rockaway facility, constructed on 96 acres with more than 80 buildings and several large hangars, was one of the first naval air stations in the United States. Operational between 1917 and 1930, it was staffed with as few as a handful of men to a maximum of 1,285. The air station adjoined Fort Tilden, a battery of 12-inch mortars that defended the port of New York. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Boro bar association elects new prez at annual dinner

This week was an interesting one. On Wednesday evening, our first stop was Paul Vallone’s law office on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Whitestone, where some of the members and officers of the newly formed Bayside/Whitestone Lions Club addressed the entire group in the hopes of attracting additional members. The officers explained the benefits of becoming a Lion. A number of people present at the meeting seemed to be interested. More later. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: CB 8 works to maintain residents’ quality of life

Our quality of life can only be maintained if we report problems to New York City’s departments. In the April 2011 district manager’s report, Marie Adam-Ovide of Community Board 8 told what our departments did for us. If you call CB 8, it will call 311 and keep a record and report back to you the results of actions taken by city agencies. The number is 718-264-7895. Comment.
Letters

Million-dollar donation for schools raises eyebrows

Something is drastically wrong. Comment.
Letters

Iron Triangle biz owners should make way for eminent domain

Being a resident of the Whitestone area for many years and working in Flushing, I have seen many changes. Comment.
Letters

Willets Point project will bring unneeded luxury space to city

Apart from the destruction of hundreds of small businesses and the loss of jobs by thousands of people and their dependents, as an article that appeared in The New York Times April 13 makes clear, the proposed Willets Point project is a folly. The article referred to the following projects in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Letters

N.Y. state must stand against no-fault car insurance fraud

In these uncertain economic times, the Queens small business community faces immense challenges. It becomes even more difficult for Queens business owners to make ends meet when they are forced to foot an outrageous “fraud tax” bill in the form of auto insurance premiums 167 percent higher than the national average. Comment.
Letters

Usher in spring with litter-free sidewalks

Springtime is one of the most beautiful seasons, with flowers blooming and trees starting to leaf out. It seems that everyone is looking forward to the warmer weather since the snow has melted. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Two races for state Assembly expected for boro in slow year

As we get closer to the 2011 election cycle, it is evident that certain changes are needed, mostly involving military and overseas ballots. There was significant controversy in 2010 that some military personnel did not get to have their votes counted. That was especially true in New York, which has a considerable number of voters who serve in the armed forces overseas. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Boro Flag Day group hands out community service awards

Believe it or not, but we’re now in the month of May, usually a busy, fun month. This May is shaping up to be no less than the previous one. Comment.

April, 2011

Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Going Green in Queens full of conservation tips

On March 26, the Going Green in Queens event was held at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It was sponsored by the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces, the Queens Civic Congress and TimesLedger Newspapers, among other groups, and had tables with exhibits, workshops and environmental films. Next year, the event will be on March 24, 2012. Comment.
Letters

School still good after pupil handcuffing

I had to reply to the news reports about Joseph Anderson, the boy who was handcuffed and taken from PS 153 in Maspeth to the psychiatric ward of Elmhurst Hospital after he became uncontrollable in class. Comment.
Letters

Ombudsmen are needed to protect residents from shareholder boards

One would have to ask why anyone would mind having to answer to a government agency as opposed to a lengthy civil court legal battle. Comment.
Letters

Walcott must prove worth by not following footsteps of Bloomberg, Black

An open letter to city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Comments (1).
Opinion

QueensLine: Queens did not welcome minority workers in 1923

April 1, 1923, was the most miserably cold Easter that Queens had experienced for many years. At 6 a.m., the temperature stood at 12 degrees. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: FDR showed unwavering care for the common man

What would you think of a presidential candidate who set forth the following bill of rights? Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: City agencies come out for Koo town hall at library

We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays this year. Both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox celebrated Easter, which was in the middle of Passover, the Jewish observance. Whatever your persuasion, we hope your holiday was memorable and enjoyable. Comment.
Letters

Cost of living rising under Bloomberg’s reign

I am 95 years old, have lived through two world wars and economic catastrophes, outlived most of my children and am a widow on a fixed income. Comment.
Letters

Ackerman should make presence known in his Assembly district

As a taxpayer who just paid my taxes, I sat and asked myself what I am getting for them. My first question was, “What is my congressman doing for those taxes?” Comment.
Letters

Redistricting strengthens democracy

An open letter to state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck). Comment.
Letters

EDC must tread lightly on issue of Van Wyck Expwy. ramp in suit

City Economic Development Corp. spokeswoman Julie Wood’s belief that the EDC did nothing improper in initiating eminent domain proceedings, notwithstanding a prior commitment by state Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden not do so until it received state and federal approval for ramps onto the Van Wyck Expressway, is another example of the antithesis of good government in which the EDC has been operating in the matter of the Willets Point proposal (“Judge might reopen Willets suit against city,” Flushing Times, April 7-13). Comment.
Letters

Schools should never be run as if they were corporations

If your child is enrolled at a New York City public school, rest assured he or she is receiving a substandard education. This statement may sound alarming, but it is true. Teachers unions are under attack nationwide. The agenda being pushed by the wealthiest Americans via our elected officials is to destroy unions, privatize public schools and turn teaching into a low-income, low-skilled, high-turnover job. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Queens GOP gears up for district leader races in off year

This year in Queens, there are few races for public office other than county district attorney and a few judgeships. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Former pol comes back for visit at boro spring dinner

Did everyone get their taxes done and filed on time, or did you have to file for an extension? Did you ever notice at this time of the year how everyone swears they are never again going to put themselves through all this pressure and tension? They all swear they are going to get it together and will be better organized and record everything in order to avoid the last-minute insanity. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Gov’t options to cutting costs lie in plain sight

Our state, federal and city governments are in debt but have a multitude of contracts to provide services and consultants which, if evaluated, revised and eliminated, could go a long way toward reducing our deficits. The state constitution and City Charter require a balanced budget every year. While our federal constitution does not require a balanced budget, it behooves our government leaders and all citizens to pressure for one or we may discover that the world markets may consider us bankrupt someday. Comment.
Letters

Reform taxes for co-ops, condos

According to data from the Long Island Board of Realtors, many co-ops and condos in Queens are selling for the same amount or less than what they were selling for a few years ago. Despite this fact, the city Department of Finance, which falls under the purview of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, proposed assessed market valuations that have in many cases increased by high double-digit percentages and in some cases triple digits over last year. Comment.
Letters

Layoffs will hurt both teachers and students

I am writing in response and agreement with the letter “Pols must start supporting teachers” by John Amato in the March 24-30 issue of TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment.
Letters

Tax the rich to balance budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget refusal to support the millionaire tax surcharge on the grounds that such people would leave the state is as empty as the claim that by not fully taxing the rich, money would trickle down to the middle class and the poor. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Military man Colin Powell once called Hollis home

Colin Luther Powell was born April 5, 1937, in Harlem to Jamaican immigrant parents Maud Arial and Luther Theophilus Powell. When Powell was 6, the family moved to the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, the setting for the movie “Fort Apache, the Bronx.” In his memoir “My American Journey,” Powell wrote that while Hunts Point was a tough neighborhood when he was a boy, the extreme social breakdown depicted in “Fort Apache” had not yet set in. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Queens papers head north for N.Y. Press awards convention

This weekend was one of my favorite annual treks. It was the New York Press Association’s spring convention at the Gideon Putnam Hotel Resort in upstate Saratoga Springs. Comment.
Letters

RKO Keith’s renovation won’t be ‘Made in USA’

With each passing day, the prospect of finding products labeled “Made in USA” becomes increasingly unlikely. Clothing, electronics, houseware, tableware, the very dishes from which we eat are all made overseas, primarily in China. Comment.
Letters

DOE must keep classrooms intact at PS 111 and Voice Charter

An open letter to city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black. Comment.
Letters

Van Wyck ramp issue an excuse for EDC to use eminent domain

There seems to be no limit to the deviousness in the manner in which the city Economic Development Corp. is proceeding with regard to the proposed Willets Point project. A current case in point is the initiation of eminent domain proceedings which will justifiably result in a lawsuit (“Willets backers want to sue city over plans,” Flushing Times, March 24-30). Comment.
Letters

Span (sort of) bears Koch’s name

When I ran for office a couple of years ago, I took the position that no structures built by taxpayer funds should be named after any politician, dead or alive. After all, politicians are paid quite well and receive great benefits for their mostly part-time service and do not need to be idolized with the naming of iconic structures. Comment.
Letters

White House upzoning plan would do more harm than good

I am writing in response to the March 31 editorial in the Bayside Times entitled “A Compromise for Whitestone” in which my position regarding the proposed White House Restaurant upzoning was mischaracterized. Comment.
Letters

Budget passage should not lead to laying off of school teachers

Now that there is a budget in place, the next question is will there still be a need to lay off nearly 6,000 New York City public school teachers? Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Queens political clubs localize national parties and issues

The Queens Village Republican Club put together a huge testimonial dinner in honor of former state Sen. Frank Padavan. This shows that it is the political club that is instrumental in helping to keep the political party in operation at the grassroots level. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Columnist reflects on FDR, who once rode down Qns. Blvd.

Walt Whitman’s threnody on the death of Abraham Lincoln begins, “When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,/And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,/I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.” Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Vallone’s 50th rocking birthday bash a family affair

Without a doubt, this week’s big bash was unequivocally Peter Vallone Jr.’s 50th Rockin’ Birthday Party at the Central Lounge on Steinway Street in Astoria last Thursday night. It featured the reunion of the Vallone Brothers Band. The band consisted of Peter Jr. on the base guitar, brother Paul on the drums, brother Perry on the guitar and Eddie Luise on the guitar. Comment.

March, 2011

Letters

Do not cut senior centers in state budget

There is no doubt New York state is facing a fiscal crisis the likes of which we have not seen in decades. As a result, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a budget that includes drastic spending cuts. Having served as a member of the state Assembly for more than 15 years, I understand the need for the state to pass a balanced budget. But at the same time, there are some services that we cannot afford to lose and must find a way to pay for. Senior centers fall in that category. Comment.
Letters

DOT must make Bayside streets easier to travel down and safer

I cannot believe what is happening. They are at it again. Have you any idea what is happening to our beautiful Bayside as far as erecting street signs and traffic control devices? I hope someone takes notice and does something about this situation. Comment.
Letters

Pols must back English signs

An open letter to City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone). Comment.
Letters

Gov’t must improve economy faster

Well, here it is — 2011 and the state of the U.S. economy still is not promising. While unemployment did drop slightly and nearly 200,000 new jobs were created, there are still too many Americans who continue to be out of work and are losing their homes and health-care coverage. Comment.
Letters

CB 8 disapproves of school cuts

An open letter to city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black. Comment.
Letters

Tax co-ops like single-family homes

According to data from the Long Island Board of Realtors, many co-ops and condos in Queens are selling for the same amount or less than what they were selling for a few years ago. Despite this fact, the city Department of Finance, which falls under the purview of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, proposed assessed market valuations that have in many cases increased by high double-digit percentages and in some cases triple digits over last year. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Inner Circle does great job lampooning city, state gov’t

Another busy week has flown by. Thank you, Ian MacFarland, Times Ledger Newspapers managing editor, who straightened out last week’s column mixup. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Use your common sense in order to prevent crimes

The January-February newsletter of the Jamaica Estates Association warns members about ATM card robberies in Queens. The police are searching for criminals who robbed women and abducted them and used their ATM cards in and around Jamaica Estates. Comment.
Letters

Make wearing seat belts law on buses traveling interstate

Apparently, many of the passengers in the bus that recently crashed on I-95 were hurled to the front of the bus by the sudden impact. This would not have happened had they been wearing seat belts. Comment.
Letters

Columnist wrong about mayor attending parade, education

Dee Richard proved she has no ability to objectively view either hardworking teachers nor our imperial mayor in her March 10-16 column “Union members show mayor disrespect at St. Pat’s parade.” Comment.
Letters

Save senior centers in Queens

We will be judged as a society by the way we treat our most vulnerable. The proposed closures of more than 100 senior centers in the state if the $25 million in state funding is not restored to the budget before it is approved will never be forgiven by coming generations, even in these dire economic times. Moreover, it contravenes the Older Americans Act Congress passed in 1965 in response to universal concerns about a lack of community social services for older people and flies in the face of good conscience. Comment.
Letters

Pols must start supporting teachers

President Barack Obama has said that education is one of his top priorities. Well, if that is the case, then why are there threats of massive, widespread teacher layoffs across this country? Comment.
Letters

Maspeth depot would harm residents’ health

An open letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Man behind renovation of boro eatery unfairly criticized

To answer all your questions on why the headline of the March 17 Dishing with Dee column did not match the following text, the article was a reprint of a column published several weeks ago. How it managed to get reprinted last week is still a mystery, but the paper is checking on it and we will straighten it out. See below for the column that was supposed to run last week. Comment.
Letters

Partisan politics does not solve problems of Social Security

Before David M. Quintana gives his opinion on the issue of Social Security (“Protect Social Security from GOP,” Feb. 24), it would do his position better to not rely on the same old deceptive arguments that are based on misleading emotional scenarios and focus more on real facts. Comment.
Letters

EDC skirts Van Wyck ramps issue by using eminent domain excuse

An integral part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s misguided Willets Point project is the use of ramps to and from the Van Wyck Expressway to handle the expected huge increase in vehicular traffic the project will cause. This is so that even without the project the Van Wyck Expressway and Grand Central Parkway are often clogged. Comment.
Letters

Help the middle class, not wealthy

An open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment.
Letters

Do not lay off city teachers

The mayor is still insisting that teacher layoffs in the city public school system are going to take place. Yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his budget address that it would not be necessary at all to lay off any teachers. Also, the mayor, in his Feb. 17 news conference on the city budget, said there was an additional $2 billion in funds. Comment.
Letters

School in Maspeth needs funds from DOE

An open letter to city School Chancellor Cathleen Black. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Benjamin Franklin made many contributions to society

If Benjamin Franklin walked up High Street in Philadelphia in October 1723, he would have noted a city busy with a population of about 10,000 people. Hard for us to imagine for that period in our history. Comments (4).
Opinion

Political Action: Queens GOP club honors Padavan at annual dinner

On Feb. 27, the Queens Village Republican Club held its annual Lincoln’s Day dinner, but this year it had an additional reason for having it since it was also designated as a testimonial for former state Sen. Frank Padavan. For many who attended this event, Padavan is revered as an icon who has served our community in the Senate during the last 38 years. The reaction of the guests was overwhelming in their expressions of support for his achievements and efforts on their behalf. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Unlike DOE, Parks Dept. helpful in Rego Pk. inquiry

In an e-mail to City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, I told him I was planning to write columns about PS 174, the William Sidney Mount school, in the Crescents section of Rego Park, and about the adjoining Painter’s Playground. The response was prompt and informative, both from the Arsenal and Dorothy Lewandowski, the Queens Parks commissioner. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Man behind renovation of boro eatery unfairly criticized

In last week’s column, we promised to give you the skinny on the current attacks on Joe Franco’s plans to modernize the White House Restaurant in Whitestone into a new, fabulous restaurant/catering hall. But as we started to delve into the situation, it appeared there was much more to it than met the eye. Due to the importance of the situation, we believed it would require a little more time to check everything out, which would be fair to everyone involved. Remember, the devil’s in the details. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: To balance the budget, gov’t must cut unnecessary waste

At the December 2010 meeting of Community Board 8, representatives from the city Department of Finance spoke about registering with them so you will be notified if anyone records a mortgage or deed against property you own. This is called the “Notice of Recorded Document Program.” Comment.
Letters

Pols must come clean on Walmart

This is in response to a letter that appeared in the Feb. 24-March 2 Bayside Times. The letter, “Bringing Walmart to city will benefit its residents,” was written by City Councilmen Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in support of Walmart opening in New York City. They painted a picture of lower prices and abundant good deals that would allow us to improve our standard of living. Comment.
Letters

Show respect to board members of CB 7 for work they do

If, as a community leader, I seem supportive of Community Board 7, I am. From its inception under Chairwoman Mary McVay and District Manager Wilhelmina Jimney through the chairmanship of Myra Herce and District Manager Regina Colletta, the chairmanship of Lynda Spielman and District Manager Marilyn Bitterman and Chairman Eugene Kelty, CB 7 has been a godsend for us. These volunteers who serve on the board without pay — all of whom work for a living — and their underpaid and under-staffed staff do yeoman’s service on our behalf. Comments (1).
Letters

CB 7’s flawed investigation of Bitterman a sham: Civic

We read the Feb. 10-16 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Tale of CB 7 and Feinstein a ‘feel-good story’: Apelian” and were a little taken aback. Comment.
Letters

Take comfort in memories of loved one lost

An open letter to the family of Cecilia Malizia. Comment.
Letters

Mayor should stand up for workers

The latest assault on the city’s public school teachers is outrageous! The mayor is still insisting that he needs to lay off 6,000 teachers, even with a $2 billion surplus. What is he trying to pull here? Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Union members show mayor disrespect at St. Pat’s parade

The naysayers this weekend attacked two of the many men I both like and admire in the city. One is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the other Joe Franco, the former proprietor of Caffé on the Green and who is now the owner of the former White House restaurant in Whitestone. Franco plans on turning The White House into a new restaurant/catering facility. Comment.
Letters

Democrat’s district dominance will not last forever in Jax Hts.

The new year is well under way and the winds of political change swept across America, Queens and specifically Woodside continue on in the bosom of the Democratic Party. If 100 years have passed since a Republican was elected anywhere within our district, I would not be surprised. Comment.
Letters

City must keep experienced teachers working

Have you noticed the keepgreatteachers.org commercials on television that call for the end of the seniority system method of dismissing teachers — last one in, first one out — during financial crises? Comment.
Letters

Landmark designation for SE Qns. area covers up many problems

Addisleigh Park’s newly designated historic landmark status acknowledges its place among the greats of New York City. Addisleigh is where the iconic African Americans of the 1940s and ’50s — Lena Horne, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, W.E.B. DuBois — lived alongside the newly minted black middle class of civil servants, teachers and entrepreneurs. Comment.
Letters

Accept children into program for Queens gifted and talented

I am writing regarding an issue that was discussed at the Community District Education Council 26 meetings in January and February: the phasing out of the gifted and talented program at PS 18. This program started 13 years ago and through the hard work of school administrators and teachers has provided services and activities not ordinarily provided by general education programs. Comment.
Letters

Mayor should retract statements on funding

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

Board must reinstate Italian Regents exam

An open letter to state Board of Regents Chancellor at Large Meryl Tisch. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Near future looks bright for Queens Conservative Party

In the 2010 election, the state Conservative Party made a significant gain. As a result of its showing in the governor’s race, the party will remain on the ballot for the next four years and advance its position from Row D to Row C, right next to the Republican and Democratic parties. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Show support by participating in upcoming Relay For Life

I guess this is the lull before the storm. Things were rather quiet this week, at least in my world. Comment.

February, 2011

Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: City DOE wrong for running education system like a biz

After a year-long battle, four Queens communities have had schools closed by the city Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy, whose members are appointed by the mayor. The mayor wants to close schools and divide them up into smaller schools. Many people believe this is a desire by hedge funds and business people who realize they can make money by getting into the school business by operating schools or providing services. Comment.
Letters

Community boards must work only for the interests of locals

Kudos to Dr. Richard Lipsky, representing Willets Point United, on the letter he wrote about Community Board 7’s behind-closed-door antics (“CB 7 has much to answer for in it approval of Willets Point project,” Feb. 3). Comment.
Letters

Protect Social Security from GOP

America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our seniors. We do not toss aside our most vulnerable citizens when they need our help the most. Comment.
Letters

Antennas on roofs destroy quality of life

Good work, Mandingo Tshaka, on your diligence for your community of Clear Spring. I hope you get more support from your neighbors then I got from my board. Sixteen years ago, I moved into North Shore Towers only to wake up one morning to find numerous antennas on our roofs. Comment.
Letters

City must reassure Maspeth on longevity of high school

An open letter to city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black. Comment.
Letters

Bringing Walmart to city will benefit its residents

Attention, job seekers and bargain hunters: Walmart is on the way to a neighborhood near you. That’s right — no more trips to Long Island or New Jersey to get those money-saving deals. The American retail giant is eyeing several possible store locations within the five boroughs. Comment.
Letters

Institution in Bayside should service neighborhood kids before any others

PS 130, on the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 42nd Avenue in Bayside, is a K-8 elementary school specializing in science and technology. The school is geographically located in District 26, but the school serves District 25 students who are bused in while local students are bused to various crowded elementary schools in District 26. Comment.
Letters

New school programs in reading, math curb boro students’ learning

As a parent of a second-grade student in District 25, I have observed some disturbing trends over the last several years in schools citywide and in the school my daughter goes to. Our wonderful, veteran teachers are being forced into early retirement by abusive administrators. Comment.
Letters

Teachers deserve better than layoffs

With the recent dire economic news from both the city and Albany, it appears again that education is one of the main areas that will take a fiscal hit. Laying off any teachers will prove a negative consequence that will severely affect how well thousands of students will be taught. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Astorian Eddie Bracken found fame in theater, film

Edward Vincent Bracken was born in Astoria to Catherine and Joseph L. Bracken Feb. 7, 1915. He was a born entertainer who sang solo in nursery school and also performed at functions given by the Knights of Columbus around New York. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Roadblock from DOE hinders columnist’s search for answers

These columns started out as an attempt to solve a mystery about the naming of a public school in the Crescents section of Rego Park. They will go beyond that because of the bureaucratic nonsense I encountered from the city Department of Education in my search for an answer. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Labor unions should let Walmart come in to city

Now that we have no more holiday cards, shopping, parties, trips, visitors, snow and ice and pothole problems, we are all beginning to get back to normal. It’s time to look around and start to take inventory as to what’s going on in our family, job, neighborhood and government. Comment.
Letters

Council housing caucus calls for exemption from flip taxes

I am writing with good news for New York City’s co-ops and condos that have flip taxes to maintain the property. I received notification from the Federal Housing Finance Agency that its proposed rule on private transfer fees includes an exception for fees paid to homeowner associations, condominiums and cooperatives, which use the proceeds to benefit the property. The initial proposal would have effectively forced local co-ops and condos to eliminate their transfer fees, known as “flip taxes,” and I contacted the FHFA seeking the exception. Comment.
Letters

Clean your fire hydrants of snow and ice

I would like to thank whoever got the fire hydrant on my block cleared out. I called my daughter’s father to come over and asked him to shovel it out, and when he went across the street the fire hydrant had already been shoveled out. Comment.
Letters

Black must resign as chancellor of school system over remarks

The person masquerading as the city schools chancellor has a bad case of “hoof-in-mouth” disease. Her quip, “Could we just have some birth control for awhile? It could really help us all out a lot” is the perfect example of how unqualified she is to deal with parents in this educational system. Comment.
Letters

Bloomberg admin devious over how it uses eminent domain

An integral part of the Bloomberg administration’s misguided Willets Point project is the use of ramps to and from the Van Wyck Expressway to handle the expected huge increase of vehicular traffic the project will cause. Even without the project the Van Wyck and Grand Central Parkway are currently often clogged. The traffic issue as yet has not been resolved nor approved by the Federal Highway Administration. Comment.
Letters

MTA should bring back QM22 with improved schedule

This past June, our express bus, the QM22, was discontinued by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Co. Although the QM22, from Jackson Heights to midtown Manhattan, had just two trips in each direction per weekday, the discontinuation of the QM22 shows the lack of thought put into the MTA’s service cut proposals. Comment.
Letters

Jamaica HS can be improved if kept open and treated better

I wanted to take the opportunity to voice my concerns about what has clearly been the systemic destruction of Jamaica High School by the city Department of Education. I speak not only as an elected official, but as the parent of two public school students and a proud alumnus of Jamaica High. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Irish immigrant had role in creating country’s navy

Very few, if any, are aware of the role of an early Irish immigrant who became a close and almost indispensable friend to President George Washington — and worthy to be called “Father of the American Navy.” Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Borough’s public colleges face crunch as state battles deficit

In a recent interview I conducted with state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), she reaffirmed her support for state government financial assistance for prospective public college students. She pointed out that most of that money comes from the Tuition Assistance Program, which gives tuition grants to students who cannot afford ever-increasing tuition costs. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Queens group’s Chef of the Year event truly scrumptious

There were two interesting events we attended this week. The first was at Terrace on the Park. It was the annual fund-raiser for the Benefit of Queens Centers for Progress, formerly known as the Queens Cerebral Palsy Center. The organization provides services for people with developmental disabilities and it does a great job carrying out its mission. Comment.
Letters

Gov’t must look into ways city agencies treat Clear Spring residents

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Letters

Bring Walmart to the Shops at Atlas Park

I think Walmart should come to Atlas Park. Walmart appeals to different kinds of people, whether they are rich or working-class. It would be an asset to the surrounding communities of Atlas Park. Comment.
Letters

Out-of-state pupil needs help from TimesLedger’s readers

I am in the fifth-grade at Ripon Christian Elementary School in Ripon, Calif. I have adopted your state as a class project. I will be doing a report and making a display about New York. Toward the end of April or the beginning of May, my class will have a “state fair.” I will display and show everything that I have gotten and learned about your great state to my whole school. Comment.
Letters

Protect Social Security from GOP

America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our seniors. We do not toss aside our most vulnerable citizens when they need our help the most. Comment.
Letters

Bring Walmart to city for benefit of residents

Attention, job seekers and bargain hunters: Walmart is on the way to a neighborhood near you. That’s right — no more trips to Long Island or New Jersey to get those money-saving deals. The American retail giant is eyeing several possible store locations within the five boroughs. Comment.
Letters

Keep city teachers employed

The latest from Mayor Michael Bloomberg is that he will have to lay off an additional 15,000 teachers if there is no additional help from Albany. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Queens, Nassau ‘fought’ over ownership of Mets

On Feb. 2, 1962, the Long Island Star-Journal reported that the way had been cleared for Charles “Lucky” Luciano, who had died Jan. 26, to be buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village beside his parents in the family burial vault. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Opposing groups find common ground on Cuomo’s budget

Has anyone noticed a rather remarkable groundswell of support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget agenda? This support comes from all factions of the electorate not just his Democratic base. As a columnist, it’s part and parcel of my job to notice and become aware of such trends and hopefully pass on the information for your perusal. Comment.
Letters

Do not call Halloran a liar

An open letter to Steven Stites, communications director for City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment.
Letters

Mayor, Klein ruined city’s standing in science contest for high schools

Your Jan. 20 story “Jamaica teen in Intel semis for Bx Science” celebrates the terrific work of a local student, as well it should. His achievement is all the more remarkable because of the dismal record of our high-performing schools during the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

CB 7 has much to answer for in its approval of Willets Point project

Community Board 7 Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian appears quite eager to publicize the assistance CB 7 recently provided to Dan Feinstein, an owner of Feinstein Iron Works, involving details of Feinstein’s future relocation from Willets Point to College Point (“Feinstein, CB 7 make amends after clashes,” Jan. 20-26). Comment.
Letters

Don’t trust educators who graduated from city’s Leadership Academies

One of the most troubling aspects of former city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s tenure was the creation of the Leadership Academy. This academy was designed to take people with little or no education experience and give them a crash course in how to be a school leader. Comment.
Letters

Apelian does not deserve apology over Willets Pt.

Under the aegis of Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty and Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian, aided and abetted by the Bloomberg administration and Borough President Helen Marshall — all beholden to fat cat real estate moguls — downtown Flushing has become a tasteless architectural nightmare. Comment.
Letters

Jamaica HS a better place than city DOE makes it out

Just over 100 years ago, Jamaica resident Elizabeth Cisco challenged the state of New York and demanded that her children be permitted to attend the Jamaica school that is now Jamaica High School. Thanks to her efforts and sacrifice, former President Theodore Roosevelt desegregated schools throughout New York state and New Yorkers were given access to free and equal education. Comment.
Letters

Teachers need a new contract

As city public school teachers continue to work under the old contract, which has been expired for more than a year, the question is when teachers will have a new contract. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Boro Democrats once heavily influenced by Tammany Hall

Here in Queens, both major political parties, although they work with and cooperate with the four other city counties and the other 61 statewide counties, have in recent years exercised a degree of independence in the selection of city and state candidates for public office, in addition to other issues. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Point finger at Seminerio for today’s political incivility

The screamers are on radio and television, face-to-face, in public forums and on the Internet and all forms of electronic interaction. They denounce, deride and defame without letup. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Electeds out in full force for inauguration of Avella

This past week, with all its on again/off again snowstorms, has been conducive for causing what amounted to a bout of cabin fever among those of us who were unable to get out and about. Comment.

January, 2011

Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Ex-Queensites pen book on history of Fresh Mdws.

Two former residents of the Fresh Meadows development are writing a book about it and the surrounding neighborhoods. Fred Cantor and Debra Davidson have arranged with Arcadia Publishing to write a book, as part of Arcadia’s popular “Images of America” series, which chronicles the history of American communities. The publication will be a photo album of the post-war period in Fresh Meadows, which captures the memories of the era and location. Comment.
Letters

Americans need the health-care law, and Obama must fight for it

As a political junkie, I read every newspaper — unlike Sarah Palin — and watch both Fox and MSNBC. It has become more apparent in the discussion and shameful votes the House Republicans placed on repealing the health-care law Jan. 19 is only an indication of what U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said on the floor of Congress: “We have to repeal this president.” Comment.
Letters

Prevent GOP from repealing health-care reform legislation

The GOP is gearing up for this week’s U.S. House of Representatives vote on repealing the health-care bill — and the time for us to take a stand is now. We need to be clear about what Republicans are trying to do: take away health care from 32 million uninsured Americans who have no other lifeline. These folks — our family, friends, neighbors, loved ones — need us to advocate for them, to speak out strongly and compassionately. Comment.
Letters

Halloran needs to find answers to blizzard blunder

The claims of our city councilman, Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), regarding a deliberate slowdown by the city Sanitation Department in cleaning up the accumulated snow after the Dec. 26 blizzard, ring out as no less than true. My point of view is born out by some observations in my neighborhood at that time. Comment.
Letters

Malba Gardens civic cries foul over survey review

With regards to Chuck Apelian’s comments that Feinstein Iron Works take out a full-page ad in two local newspapers apologizing to him and Community Board 7 for his honest comments (“CB 7, Feinstein make amends after Willets clashes,” Jan. 20), it is amazing he would have the audacity to make such demands. After all, he is a public official in his roles as vice chairman of CB 7 and the CB 7 land use chairman. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Jackson Hts. the birthplace for shock jock Howard Stern

One of the most outlandish, controversial and successful radio personalities of all time, Howard Allan Stern was born in Jackson Heights on Jan. 12, 1954. His parents, Ben and Ray Stern, who were both children of immigrants from Austria-Hungary, also had a daughter named Ellen, born four years before Howard. In 1955, the Stern family moved to Roosevelt, L.I., where Howard would later attend Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Queens LGBT dinner-dance draws big names from Dems

This month has gone by rather rapidly. Can you believe it’s already the end of the month? Comment.
Letters

Halloran aide questions story on councilman’s slowdown claim

I am writing in response to your Jan. 13-19 story entitled “Officials wary of Halloran claims on snow cleanup.” Comment.
Letters

Columnist makes unfair critiques of Queens GOP

I normally enjoy Dee Richards’ weekly column, but in last week’s column (“Ackerman holds D.C. bus trip for official swearing-in,” Jan. 13-19) I found her remarks about Queens County Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa and Executive Vice Chairman Vince Tabone unwarranted and inappropriate. Comment.
Letters

Rich want to kill working poor

It’s war! The wealthiest Americans are orchestrating a war between private and public sector employees. First, our jobs are sent to China and Mexico. Whole towns are devastated and the tax base gutted. The owners and the corporations move their accounts off-shore and pay no taxes. The Republicans turn billion-dollar surpluses into trillion-dollar deficits, deregulate the banks and fund two wars with blood but not money. Comment.
Letters

Black: Visit to Hillcrest HS a learning experience

An open letter to Principal Stephen Duch of Hillcrest High School in Jamaica. Comment.
Letters

Joel Klein ruined city’s schools

Let’s take a took at former city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s true accomplishments. Comment.
Letters

State gov’t needs to get its act together

As New York state’s new governor, Andrew Cuomo takes over the running of the state government, let’s extend to him our best congratulations and wishes for nothing but success in his new position. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Bloomy, Giuliani would make for interesting 2012 prez race

While some political observers believe Mayor Michael Bloomberg is interested in possibly running for the U.S. presidency in 2012 as an independent candidate, there is now some speculation that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is showing interest in preparing for another presidential bid in 2012. His 2008 presidential campaign ended in Florida when he was only able to get 15 percent of the vote in that state’s Republican Party primary. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Cuomo, Obama must give voters the change they want

There is an old Irish superstition that all things both good and bad happen in threes. It does seem to work out that way, for some odd reason. Witness the recent deaths in the past few weeks of three high-profile political types. They were Queens County Clerk Gloria D’Amico, Democrat; former state Assemblyman Tony Seminario, Democrat; and Republican State Committeewoman/District Leader Marge Adams. Marge had a long run — she was in her late 90s. May they all rest in peace. Say a prayer for them as they would for you. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: All levels state government must cut pork spending

With the new year here, our local, state and federal governments could go a long way toward solving their fiscal problems if they would cut their expenses and deterred criminal activity. But with the economy down, there are less taxes being paid, so there is less money to spend. Comment.
Letters

Bloomberg must be better manager

Let me see if I got this right. First, Mayor Michael Bloomberg cannot seem to get the snow cleared fast enough but is quick to shout down criticism. Now he has the garbage piled so high it poses a health hazard, at the very least. Comment.
Letters

City needs more cops on streets

Looking back on 2010, it is disturbing to see that crime has risen citywide and in Queens. Vehicle theft was up 11.9 percent boroughwide compared to rates in 2009. Homicide rates rose in 2010 citywide compared to 2009 rates. A scary fact is that two police precincts in Queens make up for 20 percent of the total rise in homicide citywide last year. Overall, murder rates are also up 13 percent for 2010. Comment.
Letters

City must exert its control over invasive plant species

Bravo to City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) for proposing action on the issue of invasive exotic plants (“Gennaro’s new bill to propose invasive species board,” Fresh Meadows Times, Dec. 2-8). These plants, the Nazis of the vegetative world, were brought to our shores from foreign lands. Because their growth is unchecked here by natural controls such as disease or insects, these plants grow unfettered and quickly overwhelm whole natural ecosystems. Comment.
Letters

Sanitation doesn’t deserve an ‘A’

It is clear from anyone who lives in Queens that the city Sanitation Department failed miserably in last week’s snowstorm and did not follow its own operating procedures for snow removal, as it has done in other large snowstorms of the past. Comment.
Letters

City blizzard response cannot be repeated

The last blizzard was an unmitigated disaster, compounded by the fact that the city was so unprepared for this storm, although the administration knew for a long time that it was coming. An investigation into why so many neighborhoods were left stranded after last week’s winter storm is paramount, as a matter of public safety and health, regarding unplowed streets, abandoned vehicles, snowbound hospitals and garbage accumulation. Comment.
Letters

Plow streets despite department cuts

If it is true that there was a deliberate job slowdown by sanitation workers, as reported in the New York Post during the recent devastating blizzard because they were angry about layoffs and budget cuts to their department, there needs to be a thorough investigation as to why this was permitted. Comment.
Opinion

QueensLine: Some things never change as ‘35 blizzard cripples boro

In January 1935, College Point was in the news as fire swept the L.B. Kleinert Co. Factory at 26th Avenue between 127th and 128th streets. Starting in the acid room of the rubber manufacturing plant, the fire was discovered by a watchman at 2:30 a.m. The Flushing fire command was out on another call, so the assignment was handled by Battalion Chief Uhl of Bayside. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Gov’t must pass legislation to fight obesity in Queens

On a rare visit to midtown Manhattan, I was reminded of the wonderful Duke Ellington song “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” This aging flack is grateful for any getting around he can do these days and a visit to the center of the center of the universe is always a joy for a native New Yorker. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Ackerman holds D.C. bus trip for official swearing-in

Well, all the holiday hullabaloo is finally over, including the Salute to Sen. Padavan Party. The last item on the list was a trip to Washington, D.C., on the “Ackerbus.” Comment.
Letters

No good will come out of extending Bush-era tax cuts

We keep hearing the same sing-song from the advocates of extending the 2001 Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. They claim repealing it would not only hinder job growth, but lead to further economic distress. Comment.
Letters

Cleaning Manhattan, not Queens was wrong

Here is a comment from me on the city’s failed effort at snow removal in eastern Queens. Glen Oaks Village, New York’s largest garden apartment co-op and home to 10,000 New Yorkers, saw no city Sanitation Department plows in our community a full day after the snowstorm. Comment.
Letters

MTA fare hikes unfair, especially after snowstorm

As the area continues to dig out from the massive blizzard, to add insult to injury for thousands of mass transit riders and commuters who must drive into the city to work, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s fare hikes went into effect last Thursday. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Bloomy should stick to being mayor, not eyeing presidency

On Dec. 8, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a speech before the City Council. He sounded more like a possible independent candidate for president than a mayor reviewing his administration’s efforts during the previous year. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Farewell party to Sen. Frank Padavan a smashing success

Despite the dire predictions that it would be impossible to pull off a successful party for outgoing state Sen. Frank Padavan on such short notice during the holiday season, with all of its many demands on everyone’s time, money and participation in traditional events, we did it. In fact, it exceeded our expectations. Everyone was thrilled to be part of the Padavan tribute. Comment.
Letters

Cuomo should not use transit funds for anything else when guv

An open letter to Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo. Comment.
Letters

Local pupils’ play proves need for arts in schools

I attended the first of two performances of “How the Grinch Stole the Holidays” at William H. Carr JHS 194 in Whitestone last Thursday. If anyone wanted to see why we need to keep our music, art, etc., programs alive and funded in our public schools, you had to have seen Dec. 17’s final performance. Comment.
Letters

Blame Councilmembers for Q79 Group Ride’s failure

By now we have all read about the demise of the Q79 Group Ride Program. As one of the civic leaders who staged rallies and protests to save the bus line and have the Group Ride Program adopted for this route, it’s a sad day for our seniors and others that have no affordable transportation alternatives. Comment.
Letters

City must back new teacher contract

It is unfair that the teachers of the New York City public school system are still without a new contract. Teachers are still working under the old contract, which expired Oct. 31, 2009. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Holiday party season in Queens comes to a merciful end

I do hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and happy whatever other holidays are being observed at this time of the year. I hope that Santa was good to you and hope you received everything that you wanted and wanted everything you received. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Lending a helping hand can lead to good returns

January is a month not too many people are fond of. Why? Because they suddenly realize that they have become a year older; they have not attained the lofty goals they set down for themselves in 2010; they do not want Ol’ Man Winter’s icy fingers down their necks; the world remains in turmoil; and there is no cheerful holiday between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect time for me to perk up everyone’s spirits. Read the following tales and see if they do not lift your vim up a wee bit. Comment.
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