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December, 2012

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To a Better 2013

The year 2012 is one we will not forget. Comment.
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Peace on Earth

Two events in the final weeks of 2012 have dampened the holiday season and will make this a year we will never forget. First was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit our shores and destroyed communities. The second was the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has shaken a nation. Comment.
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Peace on Earth

Two events in the final weeks of 2012 have dampened the holiday season and will make this a year we will never forget. First was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit our shores and destroyed communities. The second was the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has shaken a nation. Comments (1).
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Peace on Earth

Two events in the final weeks of 2012 have dampened the holiday season and will make this a year we will never forget. First was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit our shores and destroyed communities. The second was the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has shaken a nation. Comments (1).
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Sandy Scammers

A plumber who has been working in the Rockaways and the south shore of Staten Island since Hurricane Sandy hit warns that unlicensed and poorly trained hacks posing as plumbers are incorrectly telling storm victims that it is safe to turn on their heat and hot water when any real plumber would know it is not. Comment.
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Checking Charities

The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has brought out the best in us. In addition to the first responders, the National Guard, a host of government organizations and hundreds of volunteers have helped their neighbors any way they could. Comment.
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The Lessons of Sandy

Was the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Coast a freak accident that resulted because the storm happened to hit at a bad time or was it a warning about the dangers of global warming? Comments (1).
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Among the Best

Although three Queens high schools are on the city Department of Education’s chopping block, two in western Queens ranked among the most successful city schools based on the most recent progress report. Comment.
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Under the Walk

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a decree at a meeting Friday in the Rockaways. Comment.
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Save Flushing High

Three Queens high schools — Law, Government and Community Service and Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship in Cambria Heights as well as Flushing — remain on a list of 24 schools the city has targeted for closure. Comments (7).
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What Now?

After Election Day, members of Clergy United for Community Empowerment gathered for a breakfast at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, who was re-elected. Comment.
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Like We Said …

In last week’s editorial, we criticized stores that opened on Thanksgiving. Comment.

November, 2012

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Incredible Response to Sandy

We think most Queens residents will agree that, with the exception of the service delays by Consolidated Edison and the Long Island Power Authority, the government’s response was remarkable. Compare that to the bumbling that occurred when Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast in 2005. Comments (2).
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Closing the Book on Alan Hevesi

Last week, ex-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi was granted parole. He had been in prison since April 2011 when he was sentenced to one to four years for taking $1 million in campaign contributions and travel expenses in exchange for pension business while comptroller. Comment.
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On Thanksgiving, Thanks

Since that day when Hurricane Sandy tore up homes and toppled trees and water from the tide-flooded homes, we have been in awe of the volunteers who came to help in the Rockaways and other devastated areas of Queens. Comment.
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Turkeys Eat Thanksgiving

It was bad enough when the nation’s largest retailers turned the day after Thanksgiving into Black Friday. The stores open as early as 5 a.m. and employees have to roll out of bed at 3 a.m. to be at work an hour before the stores open. Comment.
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GOP Ignored Latino Vote

The re-election of President Barack Obama should serve as a wake-up call for the Republican Party, but it won’t. Comment.
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LIPA Is Accountable

As we near Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the work done by first responders and volunteers helping Queens families survive Hurricane Sandy. Nevertheless, it is taking too long to get power back in parts of Queens. Comment.
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Big Heart of Queens

Except for a day or two without electricity, the northern half of Queens suffered relatively little from Hurricane Sandy, but for two weeks people from Long Island City to Bayside have been doing what they could to help families in Belle Harbor and other communities devastated by winds, floods and fire. Comment.
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Why Vote?

The presidential election was over in Queens before it started. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t campaign here once. Comment.
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Was Padavan so Different?

By the time you read this, it will be after Election Day. The presidential candidates wrote off Queens before the campaign began. That’s why neither candidate was seen here except perhaps on their way to Hofstra University. Comment.
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The Best and Worst in Blue

An NYPD officer from Forest Hills was arrested last month on charges of planning a crime so gruesome that it looked like a script for a cheesy Hollywood slasher movie. Comment.
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‘Sorrow and Resilience’

The devastation and misery brought on by Hurricane Sandy will live on in the hearts and minds of Queens residents for decades to come. In modern times, it compares only to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which left 1,836 people dead. Comments (1).

October, 2012

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Fear of Basketball

Peter Massaro, the owner of Cobblestone’s Pub in Forest Hills, thought he was doing a good thing when he converted a parking lot behind his bar into a half basketball court for nighttime tournaments. Comments (4).
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Juvenile Justice

A new boarding home for delinquent teenagers recently opened in South Ozone Park as part of an effort to keep rehabilitating youths close to their families — and already area residents are complaining. Comment.
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The Immigration Question

A family that until recently lived in College Point watched with special interest when the question of immigration came up in the second debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Comments (3).
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Target Gun Trafficking

While the city continues to debate the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk campaign, it is becoming clear that leaders must develop more effective and less offensive ways of getting guns off the street. Comments (13).
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Keeping a Promise

When Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park was seeking public support to open the first casino in New York City, it promised locals would get 70 percent of the 850 jobs that would be created. With unemployment in this part of Queens at more than 10 percent, it sounded like a good bet. Comment.
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Encourage Good Teachers

The city needs a better way to evaluate teacher performance. Teachers don’t want to be evaluated solely by scores on standardized tests and graduation rates. Comment.
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Waiting for Answers

The police shooting last week of an unarmed man on the Grand Central Parkway raises questions that need to be answered. Comment.
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Second Thoughts about New Runway

We welcome the decision by the Port Authority to hold a public hearing on its plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to protected wetlands and residential neighborhoods. Comment.
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Show the Donor List

Concerns have been raised about anonymous donors backing an organization opposed to the construction of a waste transfer facility on the waterfront in College Point. Comments (1).
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Rights

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya took a bold stand. Comment.
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‘A Country of Hope’

Speaking to the hundreds who packed the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music, Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was the embodiment of dignity, grace and courage. Comment.
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Depends on What He Means

Depends on What He Means Comment.
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Do not develop Flushing Meadows

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the centerpiece of Queens. It was the site for the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. The recent interest by several organizations to acquire land in the park for development needs to be carefully looked at before any type of major alterations to the park are done. Comment.
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City must prune trees in parks, on streets

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is important for the city Parks Department to prune many of the trees in the city’s parks and along city streets. While every tree cannot be pruned, there are those that are in serious need of pruning to reduce the risk of injury to people or damage to property. Comments (2).
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Soccer Stadium Right for Queens

We applaud the plan to build of a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium in Queens. Comments (2).

September, 2012

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Death of the Salesman

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has taken a feel-good position that is bound to appeal to his constituents but raises some questions. Comment.
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The Sex Offenders Next Door

A controversy is growing in South Ozone Park that shows the challenge state and city officials face when trying to find shelter for sex offenders and others coming out of prison. Comments (2).
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Gutter Tactic Fails

Did this really happen in 2012? Did a candidate running in a primary for the state Senate attempt to win by accusing his opponent of having dinner with a gay colleague? Comments (2).
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Down and Dirty in Queens

We aren’t surprised to see the Obama-Romney race for the White House get dirty, but we weren’t expecting to see mudslinging in the race to represent northeast Queens in the state Senate. Comments (7).
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Playing the Race Card

It isn’t unusual in city politics for someone to play the race card when an elected official is accused of corruption, but usually the people playing the card try for subtlety. Comment.
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A Dollar and a Scheme

On the state government side alone, there is Lotto, Mega Millions, Power Ball, Take Five, Win 4 and more than 60 scratch-off games ranging from $1 to $20. They only make a profit for the state because people lose more than they win. Comment.
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Stop the Union Bashing

It could be dismissed as the kind of meaningless rhetoric that surfaces every four years at the Republican National Convention. Speaker after speaker came to the podium in Tampa to take pot shots at the nation’s labor unions. Comment.
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Swimming in the Tea Potty

He may have endeared himself to the Tea Party, but City Councilman Dan Halloran called his own judgment and character into question when he referred to state Assemblywoman Grace Meng as a “Chinese national” and said he suspected her of having dual citizenship. Comments (40).
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‘Take the High Road’

Just weeks before the Democratic Party primary, state Sen. Shirley Huntley was dragged into a Nassau County court to face charges that she took part in a scam in which the state was allegedly bilked out of $30,000. Comment.
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The Sanitation Hammer

Law-abiding Queens residents are getting slammed by the city Sanitation Department for the harmless offense of putting their trash bins on the curb too early in the day before the scheduled pickup. Comments (1).
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Dromm Off Beat

In his letter that ran recently in TimesLedger Newspapers, City Councilman Daniel Dromm urged New York University to kick the Chick-fil-A eatery off its campus. He claims the business has created a “toxic environment” because of its “opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.” Comment.
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One Less Pervert

From Penn State to Rochdale Village, sexual perverts are casting a pall over sports that is having an impact on coaches, players and parents. Comment.

August, 2012

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Payroll Tax Axed

We’d cheer any decision that will save taxpayers a few bucks, but a decision by a Nassau County judge who ruled last week that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll tax was unconstitutional could have a negative impact on the entire metropolitan area. Comment.
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‘Profoundly Humane’

It’s not often we say this, but we are proud of the state Legislature, which recently allocated $450,000 to help young, undocumented immigrants find their way through the application process that will allow them to take advantage of an amnesty announced recently by President Barack Obama. Comment.
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Stop the Violence

There is no issue greater in southeast Queens than putting an end to street violence. Comment.
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Sharing the Sikh Pain

Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Queens last week to reassure the Sikh community that the city was ramping up security to safeguard their members. Comment.
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Jamaica High’s Slow Death

Just one month before students return to school a state report makes it clear that the city long ago abandoned Jamaica High School. Comment.
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A Wealthy Man

Nino Lercara is a wealthy man. Comment.
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Funding Funny Business

Although the process often benefits worthy causes, the tradition of handing out millions of dollars in “discretionary funds” to be disbursed by City Council members calls to mind the days of Tammany Hall. Comment.
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A Better Solution

City Councilman Leroy Comrie has taken on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on soft drinks of more than 16 ounces. He’s right when he says there ought to be a more effective way to limit the amount of calories children consume. Comment.
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A Great Injustice

Baysider Kenneth King spent nine months in Rikers for a vicious crime that the Queens district attorney now concedes it did not have the evidence to prosecute. Comment.
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A Bad Week in the War on Guns

In one tragic week, a 4-year-old boy was shot to death in the Bronx while watching a basketball game and 2,000 miles away in Aurora, Col., 12 people were shot to death and 58 others were wounded by a madman while watching the new Batman movie. Comment.

July, 2012

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GOP Drops the Ball

If there is reason to believe the microstamping of guns can save lives, why would anyone oppose it? Why should legislation requiring microstamping in New York state be controversial? Comments (3).
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Queens Loses a Champion

Apostle John Boyd Sr., who started the New Greater Bethel Ministries under a tent in Cambria Heights, died earlier this month of natural causes at 85. By 2012 his church was 2,000 strong and his radio ministry reached an estimated 150 million each week. Comment.
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Happy Birthday, Frank

In Queens there is no one we have disagreed with more frequently or vigorously than Bayside activist Frank Skala. Comments (1).
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Rethink Willets Point

Does the city really need two more convention centers? If so, does it make sense to build them in Queens? Comments (1).
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Can Weiner Come Back?

Just a year after resigning in disgrace from Congress, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is reportedly considering running for mayor. Comments (1).
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A Victory for Teachers

For teachers in the city public school system, a long night just might be over. The principals had been directed to remove some teachers as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 24 schools and reopen them with new names. Only half the teachers could expect to be rehired. Comment.
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New Blood for Queens

The drawing of new district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate brought a new wave of competition to Queens last week, even though turnout on Primary Day was low in many of the borough’s polling stations. Comment.
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Illegal Guns Are the Enemy

The debate over stop-and-frisk tends to become theoretical. Percentages show that young black men are more likely to be the targets of stop-and-frisk than white or Asian-American men of the same age. Comments (2).

June, 2012

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Bloomberg’s Bad Serve

There he goes again. Comments (1).
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Bum Deal

Unless one believes in the benevolence, integrity and generosity of the Wilpons and Sterling Equities of the New York Mets, the city’s plan for the redevelopment of the area around Citi Field does not appear to be a good deal for the city. Comment.
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“A Huge Step Forward”

There is no definitive estimate of how many immigrants who entered this country as small children will be affected by President Barack Obama’s declaration Friday nor is there a way to know how many young people living in Queens will benefit from the two-year ban on deportations. Comments (2).
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Church, State and Scrambled Eggs

The lines separating church and state in southeast Queens have always been blurred. The black churches and their pastors continue to be powerful influences in the community. Comment.
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Voters must understand English

A recent press release by the always-photographed state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) indicates they want to add another language to our cumbersome paper ballot with legislation they are introducing in Albany. Comment.
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An Unprovoked Assault?

The report that a Queens Supreme Court judge may have been beaten by an NYPD officer in Jackson Heights is disturbing. Comments (2).
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The Nanny State

Sitting inside one of the more popular fast food restaurants in the city, a reader watched as a young girl danced to the music playing over the eatery’s sound system. The child was happy and full of life. Comments (3).
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The Hero from Whitestone

When the New York Mets announced last fall that they would not be resigning popular shortstop Jose Reyes, fans entered a state of depression. Even in a mediocre season — and last season was less than that — watching Reyes was worth the price of admission. Comments (47).
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Respect for the Dead

It is the mark of a civilized society when an organization is willing to stand up for the rights of people they have never met, whose names they don’t know and who happen to be dead. Comment.
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‘Ghost’ Busters

Hardly a week goes by that we don’t report on a gang-related shooting or homicide in southeast Queens. Often the victims are innocent people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Comment.
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Gossip Queen of Queens

On May 22, TimesLedger Newspapers lost a member of the family. Delores “Dee” Richard, who worked as a photographer and columnist for our newspapers for a decade, died after a brief illness. Comment.

May, 2012

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Lipstick on the DOE Pig

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the fancy new names for the high schools in Queens he is closing last week. Comment.
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Postal Facility Saved

The U.S. Postal Service has decided not to shut down the Queens Processing and Distribution Center in College Point, a move that will save more than 700 jobs. Comments (1).
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Stop and Frisk Uproar

Ray Kelly may be one of the best police commissioners this city has ever had. He has fought tirelessly to get guns and drugs off the streets in neighborhoods that have suffered from gang violence. Because of his leadership, violent crime has declined in every borough. Comment.
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Credit Repair Vultures

It takes a special kind of crook to take advantage of people when they are down and out. We saw this when the mortgage crisis hit and con artists offered to help people save their homes from foreclosure. The victims paid the crooks thousands of dollars and still lost their homes. Comment.
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Dunkin’ Dummies

Anyone old enough to drive and smart enough to know the difference between a donut and a bagel should be smart enough not to park a luxury car in a public spot with the keys in the ignition. Comments (2).
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Starting Over in Willets Point

The city’s decision to drop its bid to use eminent domain in Willets Point to force property owners to sell brings the fight to develop this underused property back to Square 1. Comments (1).
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Sad Demise of Monserrate

It was with no pleasure that we watched last week as former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty to misusing money to fund his unsuccessful 2006 campaign. Comment.
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Punishment Should Fit the Crime

Under standards imposed during the Bloomberg administration, the city can boot or tow cars of owners who owe as little as $350 or have five unpaid parking tickets in the course of one year, even if the tickets have not gone to judgment. Comment.
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Stop the Closings

At the moment it appears the only hope for stopping the city Department of Education from closing August Martin High School and 23 other schools is intervention by the courts. Comment.
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How to Kill a High School

The city Department of Education’s agenda to shutter schools has drawn fierce oppositions from communities throughout the borough. Comment.
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Beware of Easy Answers

In the wake of recent incidents where bird strikes forced two airliners to make emergency landings in the new York area, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would force federal officials to speed up the removal of Canada geese coming from a wildlife refuge near John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.
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Play Ball!

In every corner of Queens, there is no rite of spring more wonderful than the Opening Day of Little League. Comment.

April, 2012

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Killer Taxes

Two taxes that have been slamming the average New Yorker need to be reined in. Both taxes make consumers pay a heavy, unreasonable price for what have become routine activities in modern life. Comment.
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‘Turnaround’ Bloomberg

The people living in western Queens are rightly angry. Following its unpopular “turnaround” model, the city Department of Education is planning to close Long Island City High School and put another high school with some fancy name in its place. Comment.
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Shut the Parlors Down

There is a difference between legitimate health spas and whore houses posing as massage parlors. The residents of Dutch Kills and Long Island City have every right to be angry that two alleged houses of prostitution are operating in their neighborhoods pretending to be massage parlors. Comments (1).
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Prevailing Wage Won’t Prevail

A College Point construction business was ordered to cough up more than $1 million after admitting it failed to pay its workers the “prevailing wage” mandated for any company with a public works contract doing business with the city. Comment.
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Friendship Center Needs a Friend

In tough times, city agencies have to make difficult decisions. When budgets are slashed they have to make the best possible use of the money left. Nonetheless, we think the decision by the city Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to eliminate funding for the Friendship Center in Jamaica cannot be justified. Comment.
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Trees Bite the Dust

Trees Bite the Dust Comment.
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Stop-and-Frisk Furor

Whether or not the aggressive stop-and-frisk policy in the 103rd Precinct is sound policing depends on what statistics you look at and whose child is being frisked. Comment.
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Fairness for Victims

In a show of fairness, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office is offering a helping hand to women who have been brought into America by human traffickers. Comment.
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Yelling the Loudest

At a protest outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, demonstrators said they were angry about the congressman’s support for the federal mandate that all insurance plans cover the cost of birth control. Comment.
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Just Another Death

Theodore Thomas, 26, was shot multiple times in the chest outside the Unforgettable Lounge in South Jamaica at 3:45 on a Sunday morning. Comment.
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Leader Calls it Quits

Two weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman caught Queens by surprise when he announced that he would not seek re-election. Comment.

March, 2012

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RKO Grief

The RKO Keith’s Theatre was once the pride of Flushing. Comment.
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Final Chapter in Bell Case

Hopefully, this will be the final chapter in the saga of Sean Bell, who was fatally shot by the police. Comment.
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Kelly on Shaky Ground

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast earlier this month to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment.
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Senseless Violence

The shooting of a 21-year-old man in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Jamaica is further proof that southeast Queens is not winning the war on gun violence. Many parents take their children to that restaurant. Their children could just have easily been hit by a stray bullet. Comment.
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Skala Rides Again

The criticism of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside has gotten to the point where it is ridiculous. Comments (4).
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Community Ignored in School Closure Plan

Despite criticism, the city Department of Education is moving forward with its plan to close “struggling” neighborhood schools and reopen them in the same building with new names. Comment.
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Lessons from Times Square

A picture on the Jamaica Times’ front page says all you need to know. Shanta Merritt is hugging a friend after learning her son, Darryl Adams, 18, has been shot to death two days before. Comments (2).
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Community Ignored in School Closure Plan

Despite criticism, the city Department of Education is moving forward with its plan to close “struggling” neighborhood schools and reopen them in the same building with new names. Comment.
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The Pot Bust Trick

City Councilman Daniel Dromm is locking horns with the mayor over the NYPD’s handling of marijuana arrests. Comment.
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Kelly on Shaky Ground

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast Saturday to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment.
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Your Move, Liu

For city Comptroller John Liu, the news only got worse last week when the U.S. attorney’s office arrested a young campaign staffer for alleged illegal fund-raising on behalf of Liu’s mayoral campaign. The question for Liu is no longer can he continue to campaign for mayor, but if he can weather the storm and finish his term. Comments (1).
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Mormons should build church in different zoning area

The Feb. 9-15 TimesLedger Newspapers editorial “Fairness a Stranger at CB 7” was off the mark and an unfair assessment of Community Board 7 and what happened at its monthly meeting. Comment.
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Teacher Ratings Just a Part of the Story

How do you measure the value of a teacher? Comments (1).
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CHSAA Drops the Ball

Sometimes common sense is not common enough. In January, the coaches of the Christ the King and Bishop Ford girls’ basketball teams decided not to play in games against Nazareth High School in the days following the death of Nazareth Coach Apache Paschall. Comment.
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Save the College Point Mail Center

In three months, the U.S. Postal Service plans to close its College Point facility, which employs 1,000 people. The USPS has decided to move the operation to a facility in Brooklyn. Comment.

February, 2012

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‘A Victory for All New Yorkers’

A deal has been reached that will create a fair process for evaluating teachers in state public schools. The deal, to be an amendment in the state budget, will ensure that New York receives more than $1 billion in federal funding that was contingent upon an agreement. Comments (1).
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No More Gerrymandering

If the redrawn state Senate district lines are adopted, two of Queens’ most powerful voices in Albany will have to run against each other in a primary if they want to stay in office. For this and other reasons, the lines should not be approved. Comment.
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New Lines Mock Democracy

It seemed impossible, but the Republicans who control the state Senate have found a way to redraw Senate district lines in a manner that is more bizarre than the lines that exist. Comment.
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Thanks, Governor, Sort Of

The good news is Fresh Direct has decided to relocate to the Bronx. The bad news is Queens will lose 2,000 jobs. Comments (1).
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‘Don’t Close the Schools, Fix Them’

A crowd of 2,000 angry people packed the Brooklyn Tech High School auditorium to send a message to the city Panel for Education Policy that the people are opposed to the mayor’s plan to close 23 schools. Comment.
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DOE Expels God

By the time this newspaper reaches your hands, religious services will be banned by the city Department of Education in public schools. The DOE set Sunday as the final day when the doors would be open to religious services. Comment.
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No Need for Kelly to Resign

It is a sad reality that more than 10 years after Sept. 11, the NYPD still finds it necessary to conduct undercover surveillance in city mosques. It is understandable that this infuriates city Islamic leaders. Comments (1).
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Dumb and Dumber

In a crime taken right from a cop show, Kwame Hamilton, 19, and Antwione Nabnet, 20, both of Jamaica, allegedly stole a cell phone from a victim walking down a Jamaica street and then attempted to sell the phone back to their victim. Comments (1).
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Fairness a Stranger at CB7

Hiding behind the letter of the law, Community Board 7 has unanimously refused to grant a waiver to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build a two-story church in Queens. Comments (2).
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Get Out of the Way

TimesLedger Newspapers letter writer Anne, of College Point, makes the case that the spa proposed for the College Point Corporate Park has a good chance of succeeding. Comments (2).
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Senators Right to Back Off

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have backed off their support for a piece of legislation that would have greatly restricted user access to the Internet. Comment.

January, 2012

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Trash These Fines

The punishment should fit the crime. Fining law-abiding citizens up to $300 because they put their trash cans out too early in the day is nuts. Comment.
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Vultures

Immigrants hoping to a build a new life in America can easily fall prey to vultures who are willing to exploit their situation. Last week, a Queens judge sentenced three members of a Trinidadian family to 78 to 235 years for taking advantage of their countrymen. Comment.
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An Act of War

Can someone tell the New Jersey governor that stealing Fresh Direct would be the economic equivalent of an act of war? Comment.
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Do Not Blame the Teachers

In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made education reform the cornerstone of his administration’s final two years. The 12th-richest person in the United States continues to believe the take-no-prisoners approach that made him a success on Wall Street will work well in the public school system. Comment.
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Mazel Tov, Jacob

A son of Forest Hills has been appointed to one of the most important positions in the Obama administration. Comment.
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Do Not Blame the Teachers

In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made education reform the cornerstone of his administration’s final two years. The 12th-richest person in the United States continues to believe the take-no-prisoners approach that made him a success on Wall Street will work well in the public school system. Comments (1).
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Jamaica High’s Slow Death

The carcass of what once was a proud high school should serve as a monument to the incompetence and arrogance of the city Department of Education. Comment.
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Prescription Benefits in Danger

Imagine that one day you head to a local pharmacy to pick up a prescription and find out the store no longer accepts your employer’s pharmacy plan. This could happen soon consumers in New York state if the Federal Trade Commission signs off on a plan to merge two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers. Comment.
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Prescription Benefits in Danger

Imagine that one day you head to a local pharmacy to pick up a prescription and find out the store no longer accepts your employer’s pharmacy plan. This could happen soon to New York state consumers if the Federal Trade Commission signs off on a plan to merge two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers. Comments (3).
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Spa Gets a Thumbs Down

We are curious about Borough President Helen Marshall’s decision to reject a proposal to build a second spa in College Point. It took Marshall several weeks to decide that that spa would create a parking and traffic problem in the Corporate Park. Comment.
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Welcome City Harvest

Every day tons of food are wasted in the city. Fortunately, there is an organization that wants to do something about that. Comment.
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The Adoption Scam

A lawsuit on behalf of 10 disabled children who were fraudulently adopted by an ex-Laurelton woman who used their adoptions to make more than a million dollars raises questions about the justice system. The children’s lawyers are looking for a $68 million settlement. Comment.
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