Letters

January, 2013

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Another assault gun tragedy

A devastating but too familiar horror took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in an idyllic Connecticut town, Newtown, Dec. 14. Twenty-six were killed: 20 children, 6 to 10 years of age, and six adults. The perpetrator was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Comments (4).
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Ferreras holds birthday fete

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras recently held a birthday function at La Gloria in Jackson Heights Comment.
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D.C. partisanship delays Sandy aid

President Barack Obama has announced that he is going to push for $60 billion in federal aid for the tri-state area to aid in cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

December, 2012

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Pols care more about real estate interests than parkland

Major League Soccer has once again demonstrated its lack of transparency and legitimacy in what was supposed to be a public hearing, but was in fact rigged in an attempt to make it appear there was minimal opposition by ensuring that those opposing were kept out of the main auditorium and relegated to a basement area (“MLS pitches Queens stadium,” Dec. 6-12). Comments (1).
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Sandy photo has something to say

I could not believe it: A massive tree trunk, measuring 5 feet in diameter, ripped out of the ground with roots and earth dangling in the air. Smashed and suffocated in the rubble by huge branches and leaves was a little red car. Comment.
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Comptroller plans to remove PCBs

Recently, I proposed that the city issue Green Apple Bonds to get the thousands of toxic PCB-carrying light fixtures out of our public schools. Comment.
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Rebuild the city’s infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy struck a devastating blow to New York City. It is going to be a long time before Far Rockaway, Breezy Point and Staten Island are going to be back to the way things were before Sandy. Comment.
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Government will help single parents

Thank you for writing. I have heard from single parents across America about the challenges they face, and I am glad you reached out to me to share your perspective. Comment.
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Ferry service a lifesaver to city during disasters

The challenges that ground, air and public transportation faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were unimaginable. Subway service was suspended for days, with some parts of the system experiencing damage so great they could be out of operation for months. Cars ran out of gas and the airports were closed. Even after bridges, tunnels and airports reopened, gas shortages and debilitating traffic ensued. Comment.
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Jack up buildings in the Rockaways

One of the things that needs to be carefully looked at after the devastating sweep of Hurricane Sandy is how beachfront communities can protect themselves from future storms, of which there will most certainly be. Comment.
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Support state Tobacco Control Program

Every year, New Yorkers spend $8.17 billion on smoking-caused health care costs. The state could help trim those costs if only it would invest more fully in the Tobacco Control Program. Comment.
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CB 1 wants to improve response to future disasters

During this holiday season, we can be proud and thankful that there was no shortage of caring individuals and actions of selflessness through Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. The true spirit and resilience of New Yorkers shone through these past weeks. What was in apparent shortage, besides gas, was a coordinated response from the various levels of government, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response. Comment.
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Feds must pay for Sandy cleanup

The Federal Emergency Management Agency must fully reimburse New York state and city for the cost of recovery and cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
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Rally against FAA’s flight path

I have read that the Federal Aviation Administration plans to implement its plan to change departure procedures from LaGuardia Airport. This means a constant stream of aircraft will continue coming over our homes in northeast Queens. The FAA has been “testing” the changes during the past six months and everyone has noticed the dramatic increase in noise and air pollution. Comment.
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Sanitation workers deserve respect

As the wife of one of the city’s unsung heroes, I would like to thank you for printing an article that praises the efforts put forth by this department. Comment.
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Do not let condo, co-op taxes rise

Recent news reports indicating that the state Legislature may not reconvene this year could be bad news for Queens co-op and condo owners. At the end of the legislative session in June, leaders reached a deal to extend and enhance the co-op and condo real property tax abatement, which was due to expire. Comment.
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Soccer stadium poll sounds dubious

Major League Soccer is a private, for-profit sports businesses and much hoopla was announced over a poll of people in Queens indicating 71 percent support a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 21 percent are against it and 8 percent are undecided (“Survey finds Queens wants soccer stadium,” TimesLedger Newspapers, Nov. 15-21). Comments (2).
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Implement early, mail-in voting

New York state needs to take a long, hard look at how elections are conducted. During this year’s presidential election, there were long lines of people all over the state waiting to cast their ballots. Some did not have the time to stand on a long line, and so forfeited their vote. In areas where devastation resulted from Hurricane Sandy, voting was difficult. Some people had other priorities on their minds. Comment.
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Sandy first responders deserve gratitude

As our area is still reeling from the savage blows from Hurricane Sandy, we need to mindful of the heroism of our first responders. Comment.
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GOP ticket lost over bad message

The election is over and the losers are in post-election mortem dissecting what went wrong? They will have four years to figure it out. If they do not come to the conclusion that they had the wrong message and the wrong messengers with which to deliver it, they can look forward to the same results four years hence. Comments (1).
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Parks must better maintain trees

As Hurricane Sandy pounded our area Oct. 30, our trees, some of which stood for many decades, began to fall due to the high winds. Comments (2).
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Mayor has no plans to cut subsidies

The New York Times reported in its Nov. 12 issue that Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to increase school lunches to $2.50 from $1.50, slash $8.3 million from libraries and increase fees on parking meters. Comments (1).
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Stop lung problems caused by Sandy

The devastation of Hurricane Sandy was felt hard in the Northeast, and the aftereffects of the storm will remain with us for some time. For people with lung disease, exposure to damp materials and mold growth can trigger asthma and allergies and cause breathing problems. Comment.

November, 2012

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Boro family thankful for volunteers

Hurricane Sandy uprooted a more than 300-ton oak tree across the street, slamming it into a London plain maple tree in front of our home, causing it to crack open. These trees continued to loom over our home on live Consolidated Edison wires for 11 days before we received any physical help. Comment.
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Politicians must do more to prevent another Sandy

Is it too soon to be honest? Can we continue reading about what should or could have happened? Surely there have to be reasons why things occur the way they do. Hurricane Sandy making headlines before it arrived provided warnings to all people living in its path. Comments (2).
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Time Warner should restore cable

Sections of Hollis Hills and Queens Village have passed their 15th day without Time Warner Cable service. Comment.
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Boro residents requests donations

Given the devastation Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter wreaked upon city residents, the community of Park Lane North in Forest Hills is contributing aid by way of rallied support and donations of clothing and food from residents and outside contributors. Comment.
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Queens store helps hurricane victims

I would like to mention that the Bayside Milk Farm donated a minimum of 20 cases of nonperishable food and water. An off-duty fireman picked the donation up and donated it to the Rockaways and Breezy Point. Comment.
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Parks Dept. must maintain trees better

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, another important fact is evident: The maintenance of trees lining city streets needs improvement. Comment.
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Romney would have privatized Sandy relief

Hurricane Sandy, “the perfect storm,” showed President Barack Obama to be the perfect president to handle it. Before the first breeze trumpeting the imminent arrival of Sandy ruffled our hair, our president was making arrangements for the emergency relief of those who would be the possible victims. Comments (9).
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Storm shows New Yorkers’ soft side

As New Yorkers, our day-to-day lives are full of honking cars, bumps on the sidewalk and a litany of curse words. It’s enough to make someone jaded. Every so often, something happens that wakes us out of our mundane routines. It shakes us to the core, threatens the fabric of our city, but we always emerge from it stronger. Comment.
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Council members should be ashamed over soda law

I had written to my city councilman, Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), about my family’s experience at the AMC Bay Terrace movie theater that was doing a trial run of the law which is to go into effect next March. Comment.
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MTA fare increases not helping economy

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that fares are going to increase on all mass transit lines, bridges, tunnels and commuter railroads by next year. Comment.
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Fight for clean drinking water

Oct. 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and we have a lot to celebrate. Forty years ago, corporate polluters used our waterways as their personal sewers. Comment.
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Teaching to the test doesn’t help pupils

The Oct. 18 TimesLedger Newspapers editorial “Encourage Good Teachers,” on the need to move away from teacher evaluations exclusively based on students’ standardized test scores, is right on target. Comments (1).
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Local pizzeria shares its wares

Due to the power shortage, there was a pizzeria, at 1300 Jericho Tnpk. in New Hyde Park, called Jessie’s Fireshack and Pizzeria that gave pizza and food to shelters and people in need around the neighborhood. Comment.
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Sandy felled trees onto building

Now that Hurricane Sandy has moved away after severely battering our area and causing immense devastation, I would like to share my experience I had during the storm. Comment.
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Pressure FAA to change planned LGA flight paths

Recently, I attended a news conference where state legislators expressed their opposition to the new flight patterns the Federal Aviation Administration has unleashed upon the citizens of northeast Queens. Low-flying, high-decibel, ear-piercing jets climbing over once-tranquil streets are not new to Queens, but such offensive patterns have been brief and temporary. Comments (1).
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Leave Rockaway Branch alone and let city clean it up

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association announces its official position on the defunct Rockaway Branch rail line, which runs along 98th Street in Woodhaven. Comment.
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Queens Library holds cancer talk

Queens Library invites everyone in Queens and around the world to learn more about prevention, detection and treatment of common cancers. An expert panel of doctors and social workers from Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York Hospital Queens, the New York University Langone Medical Center, the American Cancer Society and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society will present two free programs and answer questions. Comment.
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NE Queens needs downtown express

As you and others might be aware, I have been fighting to get downtown service on the QM20 express bus and I am upset about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s fare hike plan, which hurts express bus riders more than subway riders. Comment.

October, 2012

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MTA must protect its bus drivers

The recent assaults on city bus drivers should and must be a wake-up call to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide needed protection for all MTA bus drivers. Comment.
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Lawmakers can clean up Albany in three ways

Soon voters in New York state will again head to the polls to vote in the upcoming general election. While I am not a candidate for office this year, the season brings me back to 2010, when I was a candidate for the state Assembly. It also reminds me of how dysfunctional our state government still is and how hard it will be to fix it. Comment.
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Stay out of business that doesn’t concern you

Keep your head in the sand, Benjamin Haber (“Stop complaining about aircraft noise,” Sept. 27-Oct. 3). While the Federal Aviation Administration flies overhead to challenge the quality of life for Bayside and Whitestone residents, you do not even live in the area and tell us not to complain. Comment.
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NE Qns. needs downtown express

As you might be aware, I have been fighting to get downtown service on the QM20 express bus and I am angry at the fact that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Co. wastes northeast Queens residents’ taxpayer money. Comments (1).
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Blame pols, not rich, for tax rate

Ever since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released his tax return, the interviewers have been asking him and the media has been questioning: Is the tax rate paid by the rich fair? Comment.
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Pols at candidates night were a bust

In my effort to stay informed, I attended a candidates night Oct. 10 at Holy Cross High School to listen to the candidates. Comment.
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Flushing Meadows must remain a park for all

In 1895, Frederick Law Olmstead, the genius who created Central and Prospect parks and other famous parks elsewhere, said, “The survival of our park system requires the exclusion from management of real estate dealers and politicians and that the first duty of our park trustees is to hand down from one generation to the next the treasure of scenery which the city placed in their care.” Comments (1).
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Prune tree for safety of drivers

I am writing to request that something be done as soon as possible with regard to the newly installed traffic light on the left side of Parsons Boulevard and the eastbound Long Island Expressway service road. Comments (1).
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City must prune park, street trees

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. Comment.
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More must be done to clean up politics

For three of the most powerful men in our state to be involved in using $103,000 to quiet several female staffers and include $32,000, supposedly provided by the accused, proves there is something wrong and that this should be looked into immediately. Comment.
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Fight tobacco ads aimed at kids

It is the start of a new school year for thousands of Queens children. As children are walking to school this semester, I think it is important to think about what they are passing by on their way to school. Comment.
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Raise minimum wage to help struggling families succeed

More of today’s families need to be two-income households to make ends meet, whether they are single parents, providing homes for older and unemployed children or caring for sick or elderly loved ones. They all need and want many of the same things — especially good jobs. Comment.
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Act on noisy LGA flight tests

In view of the arrogance and duplicity of the Federal Aviation Administration — in regard to the “Tennis Climb” departure trial run using the new RNAV navigational system at LaGuardia Airport’s Runway 13, which has environmentally affected Briarwood and other Queens communities from Feb. 13 to Aug. 13 — I recommend that plaintiffs who were medically and/or psychologically affected file a class-action lawsuit in the Eastern District of the U.S. federal court. Comments (1).
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Halloran needs to face facts

We know better. At the Sept. 18 Auburndale Civic Association meeting, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) sang the inaccurate chorus some candidates keep reprising. Comments (1).
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MTA has to double check its math

No wonder the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is cash-strapped. Seven percent of $2.25 is 16 cents, making the fare $2.09 — not $1.63, as said by Chairman Joseph Lhota. Comments (1).
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Publicize poll site changes

Four years ago, in the U.S. presidential election, voter turnout was higher than usual across most of the country. This year, Americans are once again gearing up to go to the polls Nov. 6 to choose our president. Here in New York City, we must do our part to ensure that the election runs as smoothly as possible for every voter. Comment.
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GOP should dump the Tea Party

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, at a recent Values Voter Summit, made clear his values. He proudly said the conservative movement will never have the elite, smart people on its side, nor colleges and universities because the church and families are all that are necessary. Comments (4).
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Theater group returns to Queens

This letter is in response to Ron Hellman’s Sept. 13-19 Astoria Times article “Queens deserves another dedicated theater space,” which called for more theater spaces in Queens. Comment.

September, 2012

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Give extra seats to Woodside school

I live in Woodside at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue. Presently there are two elementary schools in this area. One is St. Sebastian, at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue, which takes in students from three other parishes, and the other is PS 11, at 56th Street and Skillman Avenue. Comment.
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Stop complaining about aircraft noise

Borough President Helen Marshall and other elected officials are upset about a change in flight patterns emanating from LaGuardia Airport because of noise complaints from Bayside and Whitestone residents, claiming the Federal Aviation Administration failed to inform them of the change (“Boro pols slam FAA over poor flight planning,” Flushing Times, Sept. 13-19). Comment.
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Halloran takes paper to task over Meng editorial

In response to your Sept. 14-20 editorial, let me take this opportunity to clarify the record of what I said and did not say, but before I do so, let me first say that your use of “Tea Potty” as your headline belies the overt bias in your editorial piece. Comments (53).
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Reader sorry to see Capitol bank close

The Capitol One Bank, at 164th Street and 69th Avenue in Fresh Meadows, will be closing its doors for good Oct. 6. Comment.
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Big businesses must pay their fair share in taxes

It is probably pointless to write and mail this letter to you, since you will probably never receive or read it, but I felt compelled to nonetheless. Comment.
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BOE needs to provide ballots in Bengali

I am writing to express my concern that the Board of Elections will not have Bengali-language ballots available for the general election Nov 6. Comment.
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Keep good teachers, pay them well

As the new school year begins, thousands of teachers will be returning to classrooms, gearing up for another busy school year. Comments (2).
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Reader grateful to former York president

I had taught as an adjunct lecturer of human physiology at York College from 1983-84. Surprisingly, last year — 28 years later from having written on the chalkboard at York — I received an e-mail from the York College Library informing me that the college was honoring me in its 40 Years of Faculty Scholarship display for my 2000 book “Mathematical Logic and the Philosophy of God and Man,” from 1st Books Library. Comment.
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Cable firm must get its act together

Time Warner Cable customers who experience a loss of Internet, television or phone service will now have to wait 10 days for a technician to visit their homes. Subscribers who attempt to replace defective equipment at the Time Warner Cable walk-in center, in the Queens Center Mall, are required to take a number and in some instances have been forced to endure a four-hour wait before seeing a customer service representative. Comments (3).
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Recycling, renewables important to protecting the planet

In Bayside, I find the chore of separating garbage relatively pleasurable — relatively, compared to out east. In Amagansett, on the east end of Long Island, we pay $50 each year for the privilege of separating our garbage, glass, plastics and paper. Comment.
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Job growth not worth fracking

Lately, it seems that each day we are getting more information about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. Comment.
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Queens resident worthy of award

On behalf of my friends and neighbors in Briarwood, I would like to nominate Xu Sheng Wang as the 2012 Merchant of the Year in view of her remarkable business contributions to the Briarwood community. Comment.
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Believe forecasts with grain of salt

As the summer of 2012 begins to wind down, some weather forecasting firms are already predicting that this coming winter will be a cold and snowy one in the northeastern United States. Comment.
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Put soccer stadium at Willets Pt.

Concerning Willets Point, wouldn’t it be easier on everyone if the city put an international soccer stadium there? Comment.
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Abolish the five boro presidents

As imprudent as it was to have cherry trees chopped down in the courtyard of Queens Borough Hall, it is even more imprudent to spend $17 million in difficult economic times on an atrium project (“Boro Hall stripped of woods,” TimesLedger Newspapers, Aug. 16-22). Comment.
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Nonprofits need funds from lottery

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced Senate Bills S.7276 and S.7335, which will create a new lottery scratch-off game, whose proceeds would be dedicated to a new community grant fund. According to the senator, this fund will benefit community groups administering educational, recreational, cultural, senior or veterans programs and those groups providing volunteer ambulance services in our state. Comment.
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Nation must invest in education

It would seem that all Americans would want our youth to be as highly educated as possible. The United States has fallen to “average” in international rankings, as released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as other knowledge evaluating studies, having fallen to “average” with typical scores of 500 on a scale of 1,000: 487 in math, 500 in reading and 502 in science. Comment.
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Queens residents respect diversity

On Aug. 10, I was proud to be an eastern Queens resident when I participated in a candlelight vigil, organized by local civic leaders, to honor the memory of the victims of the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin earlier this month. Comment.
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Glendale needs a good cleanup

Recently I visited the CVS store at 68-02 Myrtle Ave. Comment.
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Sanitation must change garbage can pickup policy

I received your Aug. 9 response regarding my correspondence on behalf of Ms. Palma Pollizzi. Comment.

August, 2012

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Make train station ADA-compliant

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently constructed an auxiliary entrance/exit at the Briarwood-Van Wyck Expressway E and F subway station, with a stairway not compliant with the standards for accessibility for people with disabilities in wheelchairs. Comments (1).
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Gov’t must ban people from owning assault rifles

Since I am not a gun enthusiast, my opinions on the subject of guns are personal. Studies have shown that the number of homicides in a country is in proportion to the number of guns it has. The United States has the dubious honor of being fourth in the world in the number of gun-related deaths per year (9,369), only behind such distinguished company as South Africa (31,918), Colombia (21,898) and Thailand (20,032). Comments (37).
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No boon for boondocks reference

In your July 19-25 Flushing Times editorial “Rethink Willets Point,” you take issue with my reference to Aqueduct and Willets Point as the “boondocks.” Comment.
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Show support for your local nonprofits

State money has dried up to support nonprofits that educate and enlighten residents all over New York. This is the third year that state money, which is taxpayer money, has been unavailable to enable many valuable organizations to function effectively. Comment.
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Needed change nowhere in sight

As we approach the presidential election, the state of our nation’s economy is still not good. Unemployment continues above 8 percent and prices on everything, from food and health care to gasoline and home mortgages, continue to be high. Comment.
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Group grateful for saved library

On behalf of all the Friends of Queens Library, we, the group’s presidents, would like to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council for adopting a budget this year that saves our library system and our staff. Comment.
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Creedmoor 911 calls unacceptable

We are writing to request your intervention to combat an upsurge of 911 emergency calls from the part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus south of Union Turnpike in eastern Queens. Comments (1).
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NYU should sever ties with Chick-fil-A

NYU’s decision to continue to allow Chick-fil-A to operate on campus is troubling. Chick-fil-A has made opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights an integral part of its business. Comments (5).
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Hold EDC accountable over Willets development

Willets Point property and business owners are not surprised that Seth Pinsky, president of the city Economic Development Corp., is attempting to do damage control, now that the state attorney general has determined that EDC and Claire Shulman’s local development corporation acted illegally in pursuing the Willets Point development project (“EDC cites ’08 global crisis,” Aug. 2-8). Comments (5).
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Make skies safe for birds, airplanes

Once again, hysteria has begun. Now 700 Canada geese were rounded up and killed so they would not collide with and cause an accident with a plane. To begin with, those birds were living on federally protected land: the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge. Comment.
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Republicans hypocritical on Obamacare

One would think Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, mandate would be a win-win for both parties. After all, it was the Republicans’ concept and championed by the Heritage Foundation, an American conservative think-tank based in Washington, D.C. Comment.
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Help put an end to cyberbullying

With the rapid increase in online communication, especially through social networking websites, cyberbullying is a growing problem that has gone largely unaddressed in our society today. More then 85 percent of teenagers have been a victim of cyberbullying and more than 90 percent of these victims will fail to report it. Comment.
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City must restart development process for Willets Point

An investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has determined that the City Council rubber stamped the Bloomberg administration’s Willets Point plan after it had been illegally lobbied by the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corp., led by former Borough President Claire Shulman. Comment.
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Civic and pupils beautify blocks

On June 22, students at Flushing’s PS 242 closed out the school year by teaming up with the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association for a Love Your Block event under a grant received by the MLCA from the Citizens Committee of New York City. Comment.
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Obama, Romney can’t fix economy

As 2012 moves along, our national economy is not moving at all. We continue to hear reassurances from President Barack Obama that the economy will begin to improve, but he has been telling the American people this for the last four years. Comment.
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Citizens United a horrible decision

The U.S. Supreme Court, in all its infinite, unbiased wisdom, decided 4-3 that corporations and unions are people and, as such, have free speech and, since money talks, can contribute as much speech as they like toward the candidates of their choice, making voting and buying synonymous. Comment.
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Gillibrand must oppose LGA waste transfer station

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is taking notice of a serious problem in the New York City area. The threat of bird strikes against airplanes is real and growing because bird populations around our airports are on the rise. Comments (1).
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Have a say in spending city money

City residents pay the highest taxes in the country. Aside from the federal and state taxes, we pay city income, water, sewer and property taxes and more. Comment.
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Pols should not vote on their own pay

Allow me the opportunity to comment on your proposal to increase legislators’ salaries. It represents a conflict of interest for any legislator to vote on their own pay raise. In the past, legislation increasing the salaries for state Assembly members and state senators was passed in one legislative session and would take effect in the next session — in other words, the next elected class of officials. Comment.

July, 2012

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Keep Flushing Meadows open for all

When the United States Tennis Association opted to move out of Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, an unprecedented usurpation of public parkland, it promised it would never seek more parkland. That promise had as much credibility as a dead tennis ball, and it thereafter demanded and was given space that almost doubled its presence in the park. Comments (1).
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Astoria a resilient and caring area

In June I was lucky enough to attend events that exemplify what is best about our country and, specifically, community. Comment.
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YMCA child program in Bayside was important

June 22 was a sad day in Bayside. It was almost 19 years to the day that I first entered the little blue building that housed the Bayside YMCA Early Childhood Center with my newborn son and his 2-year-old brother. Comment.
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Take part in the city’s budget process

I invite the community to participate in an experiment in public participation in the city budget. This year, I am allocating $1 million in capital funds for the community to decide how to spend based on local priority needs. Comment.
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Shulman must be investigated

In an article in the July 8 New York Post Queens Weekly section, headlined “Shulman gets slap for illegal Willets lobby,” Claire Shulman, the former borough president, once again got away with illegal shenanigans. Comment.
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Reader calls out columnist over his views on politics

I would like to respond to the June 7-13 “On Point’ column by Bob Friedrich headlined “Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why.” Comment.
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Ex-mayor appreciates kind words

Your June 7-13 editorial “Search for the Next Ed Koch” arrived at my desk. Thank you for your generous comments concerning my mayoralty. Comments (1).
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U.S., Asian chains must coexist

With the way supermarkets are closing in this part of Queens, you wonder where we are going to shop in the future. Comment.
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Ban hydrofracking in all parts of the state

A recent article in The New York Times revealed a potential plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to permit hydrofracking in five upstate counties, which would turn our fellow New Yorkers into the gas industry’s guinea pigs. Comment.
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Patients suffer during Ozanam Hall dispute

In response to the recent news coverage about Ozanam Hall and Local 342, we wanted to share our frustration about what is happening at the home to the residents and staff. Comments (3).
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Citizens United mocks the law

Wisconsin has been sold to the highest bidder: the Koch brothers and their fellow billionaire benefactors. Gov. Scott Walker’s puppeteers outspent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 8:1 — $31 million to $4 million. Comment.
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Gov’t should not cut services

Nonprofits that provide valuable services to the children and adults of our communities have been cut off from state money by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We all know we are in the midst of an economic crisis in our state and country, but these organizations cannot continue to operate properly unless they receive some state financial backing. Comment.
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Queens is no place to build a convention center

There is something missing on the part of New York city and state officials when it comes to convention centers (“Officials believe Queens has convention potential,” TimesLedger Newspapers, June 14-20). Comment.
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Prez right on young immigrants

The Obama administration has announced the halting of the deportations of young undocumented immigrants and allowing some to be granted work permits. While this is far from a complete amnesty, it is a step in the right direction toward fixing a dysfunctional and broken immigration system. Comments (2).
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Gianaris works hard to provide health care for residents

I write to thank state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) for his support for increased health care options in western Queens, where we are plagued with pollution-emitting power plants that have caused a high rate of asthma and emphysema throughout the community. Comment.
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It is important to display the flag

On May 28, several board members and I had the opportunity and honor to participate in the Whitestone Memorial Day Parade. Comments (107).
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Mayor’s sugar drink ban impractical

America’s obesity crisis demands our full attention. This epidemic is affecting our way of life, making us less healthy and less productive. The good news is that we have the power to make a real difference in the years ahead. By working together — communities, nonprofits, business and government — we can solve this crisis by empowering New Yorkers and other Americans to make balanced and healthier lifestyle choices. Comments (2).
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DOH must take care of Rockaways

First, I want to thank the members of our community who fought to keep Peninsula Hospital open. To those who spoke up at a recent public hearing held by the state Department of Health, I heard your concerns and share your outrage. It is unacceptable that the DOH has opted not to ensure that local families have access to the health care they need. Comment.
Letters

Albany dysfunction hurts co-op and condo owners

The co-op and condo community were abandoned this past week as the legislative season drew to a close in Albany. Three vital bills affecting the lives of every co-op and condo owner were left on the scrap heap of an adjourned state Legislature. The working class residents and seniors living on fixed incomes who mostly live in these communities struck out by a Legislature and governor that threw them nothing but curve balls. Comment.

June, 2012

Letters

Go back to voting machines with booths

This is 2012. Many years ago, we sent a man to the moon. We have developed search engines and new technologies and a computerized society that knows everything about everything. Comment.
Letters

U.S. must increase military strength

The latest information about the national economy continues to be bleak. Only 69,000 new jobs were created in May, less than what was forecast. Comment.
Letters

Don’t belittle Asian achievements

While I find it unsettling that TimesLedger Newspapers columnist Bob Friedrich seems to have so many issues with my event in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month (“On Point: Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why,” June 7-13), but going as far as referring to it as a “cheap political stunt” disrespects and undermines the history of contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our society. Comments (3).
Letters

Dems, GOP must not increase Stafford interest rate

Both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that to let interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans double after July 1 is a major concern, especially when they have to face voters Nov. 6. What has been lost in the heightened election year rhetoric is that both the White House and Congress saw this issue coming. Comment.
Letters

DA, cops work hard to stop drugs

Thank you for your June 7-13 editorial “Ghost Busters,” in which you commend the hard work and dedicated efforts of the NYPD and district attorney’s office in taking down two drug gangs in southeast Queens last month. Comment.
Letters

Do not ban drinks but restore program funds

I am writing to you regarding your proposed anti-obesity initiative, which would ban the sale of large sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and food carts. Comments (2).
Letters

Vote to preserve your individualism

Elections have become public auctions of private goods. Voters have figured out that they could vote themselves more money from the treasury by voting for people who promised to give them more money in exchange for electing them. Comment.
Letters

Do not implement Secure Communities in Queens

We, as members of the New York City Council, who represent immigrant communities throughout the city, are disappointed in your decision to deploy Secure Communities in New York City. Implementation of this policy will have devastating effects on the city’s immigrant communities. You should not activate this program in New York. Comment.
Letters

U.S. must increase military strength

With our military budget calling for large reductions in military personnel and weaponry, our nation needs to watch two powerful nations: Russia and China. Comments (2).
Letters

Astoria, LIC need another hospital

As an Astoria resident, I have often walked along 30th Avenue, passing by Mt. Sinai Astoria Hospital. I have watched as senior citizens enter the outpatient area arriving for scheduled appointments. Often an ambulance will arrive, with flashing lights and sirens blaring. Comment.
Letters

My volunteer son was a hero of 9/11

I have sent letters to every public official I can think of, including the president of the United States, but no one has reached out to help me. Comment.
Letters

Take fluff out of political ads

Every other day I have been getting ads in the mail encouraging me to vote for state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and that other candidate whose name escapes me. Printed on 9-by-12 stock card paper, a lot of trees must have been cut down to provide the pulp. Comment.
Letters

Church should’ve stopped abuse

It is interesting that we never hear about the physical and verbal abuses that took place in Catholic schools during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s by some religious people who taught in the schools. Comments (1).
Letters

Americans need a country that works for the little guy

As the big countdown clock on the television screen counted down, the results were Hollande 52 percent and Sarkozy 48 percent. The small crowd in the 20-seat restaurant cheered. My wife and I were sitting at a window table in a French restaurant in the Latin quarter of Paris having dinner when the election results were broadcast. Comment.
Letters

More must be done to combat auto insurance fraud

Queens residents are plagued with high taxes, high home foreclosures and high auto insurance rates — all making it hard to make ends meet, whether they are hardworking middle-class folks trying to raise a family or seniors on fixed incomes. Comments (1).
Letters

Government must follow the rules

I want to thank state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. Citizens may be fined if they place refuse out for collection before 5 p.m. from May to September and before 4 p.m. from October to April. Comment.
Letters

LPC must landmark Brinckerhoff

On behalf of the board of directors of the Bayside Historical Society, I am writing to express our desire that the LPC designate the historic Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows as an official city landmark. Comments (1).
Letters

Show teachers in U.S. respect

After celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, we need to show appreciation for all teachers across the United States. Comment.
Letters

Bill properties separately if on 2 tax lots

According to state law, property owners are required to pay property taxes whether or not they receive a bill. While it is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that property taxes are paid, there is something unfair about the situation I am about to explain. Comment.

May, 2012

Letters

People suffer while Big Oil prospers

In the May 3-9 edition of the Bayside Times, there was a letter from Joanna Livingstone relating to the March 29 vote to block legislation which would strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. oil companies (“Big oil does not deserve more money from government.”). Comment.
Letters

Take steps to make planet greener

The May 3-9 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Boro turns out to recycle” is a great example of celebrating Earth Day every day. Besides recycling newspapers, magazines, glass, plastics, old medicines, paints and cleaning materials, there are other actions you can take which will also contribute to a cleaner environment. Comment.
Letters

Reform BSA in favor of people living in Queens

New York is a city of neighborhoods. Whether it is the townhouses uptown, the brownstones in Brooklyn or the single-family homes of Whitestone, when you buy or rent a home here, you are getting more than a place to sleep — you are getting the surrounding neighborhood. Comments (5).
Letters

Stop noise from motorcycles

Forest Hills is turning into a motordrome for motorcyclists. They seem to come from the Jackie Robinson Parkway. Comment.
Letters

City teachers need to work with a contract

Why is it that the United Federation of Teachers and the city Department of Education still have not been able to come to terms with regard to a new contract for the city’s 74,000 public school teachers? Comment.
Letters

Co-name Jamaica Bay refuge after James Buckley

The Jamaica Bay area has a number of public works named for notable New Yorkers who merit our remembrance. There is the bridge named for former U.S. Rep. Joseph Addabbo Sr., the Marine Parkway Bridge named for New York Mets and Brooklyn Dodgers hero Gil Hodges and Floyd Bennett Field, which honors the famous Brooklyn aviator. And, of course, there is John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.
Letters

Don’t abuse eminent domain use

For about 200 years since the founding of this Republic, everybody — Republicans, Democrats, independents, rich, middle class and poor — were in agreement that government could exercise eminent domain and take private property for just compensation for a public purpose, to wit: a school, a road, transportation facilities, a public building. Comment.
Letters

St. Mary’s should be source of Bayside pride

Bayside is fortunate to have St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in the community. Over the years, it has built a reputation for quality service to children and been recognized for such on a national level. Comment.
Letters

Church must allow priests to marry

The recent criticism by Pope Benedict XVI that priests should not question celibacy is typical for an institution that refuses to accept that there must be change in this area. Comments (3).
Letters

Question boro Dems, not Lancman

I find Bob Friedrich’s column about state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) misleading (“Lancman attack on Queens Dem machine rings hollow,” May 3-9). Lancman’s criticism of the Queens Democratic Party is based upon the previous action of the party. Comment.
Letters

Religion has no place in political campaigns

I fail to understand the brouhaha over the candidacy of Jeff Gottlieb in the 6th Congressional District, claiming it is a ploy to deprive candidate state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) of the “Jewish vote” (“Lancman calls Gottlieb ‘hack’ in primary run,” Flushing Times, April 12-18). Comment.
Letters

Nonprofit heads must give up perks

It is disappointing that City Councilmen David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), in the April 19-25 story “Proposed bill blocks trash charge for culturals,” would prevent the city from charging so-called private nonprofit groups for paying for trash and recycling. Comment.
Letters

Primary will cost voters pretty penny

The local press is awash with statements that the upcoming Democratic primary for the nomination in the 6th Congressional District is a short time for the candidates to get themselves known. Comment.
Letters

Garbage station does not belong near LGA runway

Queens is in the midst of an incredible period of economic growth, with billions of dollars in proposed construction and thousands of new residents expected in the next 20 years. The borough is home to two airports and they are the lifeblood of our local business community. Comment.
Letters

Big Oil does not deserve more money from gov’t

On March 29, Republicans in the U.S. Senate calling the bill a political stunt, blocked legislation to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. oil companies. A last-minute entreaty by President Barack Obama was not enough to convince senators to strip the oil and gas industry of tax incentives. Comment.
Letters

Everyone should unite to prevent youth suicide

There is much to be addressed when our youth demonstrate behavior patterns that are red flags and warning signs as a cry for help. As a nurse practitioner with more than 24 years of nursing experience, I have cared for individuals and family members who have acknowledged, “If only I had done this or that.” Comment.
Letters

Fund Bayside groups

I am writing to you in regards to your recent budget line item vetoes that eliminated certain discretionary funding. Comment.
Letters

Boro Board should reject Willets plan

Apart from the destruction of more than 200 small businesses with the loss of employment by thousands and even more so by the burdens placed upon their dependents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Willets Point plan is replete with a lack of transparency ill befitting an elected official whose constituents should not be limited to large real estate interests. Comment.
Letters

Supreme Court needs term limits

On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court started listening to arguments relative to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, passed by Congress. Let us hope our lifetime-appointed judges will offer their unbiased consideration with their ruling in June. Comment.

April, 2012

Letters

Overturn Citizens United to protect elections

Your Feb. 23-29 paper contained the letter “Fight to keep big money out of political campaigns.” It expresses the feeling of the vast majority of Americans. Comment.
Letters

Jamaica Library grateful for funds

On behalf of Queens Library, I want to thank the voters on the Rockaway peninsula and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (D-Ozone Park) for allocating $700,000 in capital funding for improvements to Queens Library at Peninsula and for an automated library vender in Breezy Point. Comment.
Letters

Fracking raises too many questions on safety

There has been much discussion about the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, when drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale areas in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have the final say as to whether to allow this controversial technology to be used. Please contact him with your thoughts about this issue. Comment.
Letters

Give teachers respect, good salaries

With all the talk that education is so important in this country, it is time that teachers who teach in schools throughout America be treated with the courtesy and professionalism they deserve. Comment.
Letters

Boro athletic club should receive commemorative plaque

As the great-grandson of Irish immigrants to Dutch Kills, who once enjoyed the spectacle and competition that was Celtic Park, I take great pride in preserving the history of the times and places in which my ancestors and their neighbors lived. Comment.
Letters

City must restore Beacon funding

The city recently announced devastating plans to cut funds to Beacon programs, school-based community centers serving children, youth and adults. There are 80 Beacons throughout New York City and they operate in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, during school holidays and vacation periods and during the summer. Comment.
Letters

Republicans want to destroy Medicare

Can you believe that the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., wants to end Medicare as we know it? Medicare was signed into law in reaction to seniors’ numbers having grown to 9.4 percent of the total population. Today, that percentage is much larger — 13 percent — making this a bad time to try to end Medicare, which our seniors depend on. Comment.
Letters

Improve conditions of senior driving

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by an 89-year-old driver in Oakland Gardens, as was recently reported. The driver remained at the scene and no criminality was suspected. Comments (1).
Letters

City must show respect for the dead at Old Towne

As the co-chairman of the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy, I am writing to you to ask for your assistance with a crucial issue facing the 19th-century cemetery. Comment.
Letters

Allow Avella to speak on ICCC

I am in agreement with state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and other community leaders calling for a thorough investigation of the deliberate attempt to muzzle him from sounding off over a disputed land deal — concerning the Indian Community and Cultural Center— over what we all suspect might be foul play. Comment.
Letters

Work to make America better

As 2012 continues and the presidential election campaign begins to really ratchet up, is our nation’s economy really beginning to improve? Comment.
Letters

St. Mary’s more a matter of big business

I would like to address your March 22-28 Bayside Times editorial “Skala Rides Again.” I have lived in the immediate neighborhood of St. Mary’s Hospital for the better part of 60 years. I remember when the original building was erected. It was run by Episcopal nuns, who lovingly tended to the chronically ill children in their care. Comment.
Letters

No seniority hurts Queens in D.C.

With all the hoopla concerning the decision of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) to not run for another term, people often forget that the power in Washington, D.C., is based on seniority. Comment.
Letters

Pols shouldn’t jump at chance to run

It is interesting how politicians vying to be elected to an office and promising to protect and serve us are jumping quite fast to leave office. Comment.
Letters

Country needs change

As 2012 moves along, there has been an improvement, ever so slight, in the unemployment figure. Comment.
Letters

United States has surplus of oil at disposal

Those with the “drill, baby, drill” mentality are either ignorant to the fact that we do not need more oil or are being manipulated and used as shills by the big oil conglomerates in order to increase their unprecedented profits. Comment.
Letters

Make CUNY credit transfers easier

The issue of ease of transferring credits within the City University of New York has long been a vexing problem for faculty and students, especially for community colleges, such as LaGuardia or Queensborough, to senior colleges, such as York or Queens. Comment.
Letters

Boro Board must deny Willets Point to developers

The board is responsible for evaluating developer firms’ responses to the city Economic Development Corp.’s request for proposals pertaining to Phase 1 of the proposed Willets Point development and for approving or disapproving a choice of developer, as well as the disposition of Willets Point property to a chosen developer. Comment.
Letters

Bring back Glass-Steagall Act

Where is the Glass-Steagall Act when we need it? In 1933, U.S. Sens. Carter Glass (D-Vt.) and Henry Steagall (D-Ala.) introduced the legislation which bears their name. Due largely to unregulated bank market speculation, we suffered the Great Crash of 1929. Comment.
Letters

Queens Library needs more funds

For 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to slash $26.7 million from the Queens Public Library budget. This dramatic reduction in funding is disheartening and borders on outrageous. Comment.

March, 2012

Letters

Council program puts people to work in 8 weeks

New York is not a big city. We are a patchwork of small towns woven into neighborhoods, stitched together to form boroughs, creating the fabric of what we call the city of New York. Comment.
Letters

Find solution to LaGuardia’s geese

As we all remember, back on Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 bound for Charlotte, N.C., was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River. About three minutes into the flight, the aircraft encountered a flight of Canada geese, which were sucked into both engines, resulting in a total loss of thrust. Comments (1).
Letters

Do not close down Key Food

I am writing to voice my concerns regarding the possibility that Key Food and the stationery store next to it, at 69th Avenue and 164th Street, are going to be forced out by their landlord. We do not need a CVS store here. There are enough large drugstores within our neighborhood. Comment.
Letters

CB 7 board correct in denying variances to church

The Auburndale Improvement Association Inc., which represents more than 600 families in the Auburndale, Flushing and western Bayside communities, and five other civic associations testified at the January Community Board 7 public hearing against the request by Mormon church officials for three variances in order to construct a church at 145-15 33rd Ave. Comment.
Letters

Do not deport Sunnyside man

Mohammad A. Islam, of Sunnyside, was picked up by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Feb. 10, having lived in America for 21 years as an undocumented foreign resident. Comments (4).
Letters

Stop dumbing down students’ education

Let me start by saying I was a high school mathematics teacher for 37 years, so I speak from experience. Comments (1).
Letters

Pol praised for helping constituent

To anyone and everyone who is not aware, this letter is to let them know of the work City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and his staff do. Comments (1).
Letters

CB 7 did right voting against Mormon church

I am writing in response to your Feb. 9-15 editorial “Fairness a Stranger at CB 7.” Comment.
Letters

Pols destroy Flushing

Merchants leaving Union Street because Flushing Commons will be bad for business is just the tip of the iceberg (“Merchants leaving Union Street,” Flushing Times, Feb. 23-29). Comments (1).
Letters

Standardized tests hamper pupil learning

In Bob Friedrich’s March 1-7 On Point column “Underperforming Queens schools should be shuttered,” the author misses the point about the objections to the extreme emphasis on standardized test preparation in our local public schools. Comments (1).
Letters

New Yorkers deserve non-political, redistricted lines

On Feb. 7, I testified at the state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment hearing at Queens Borough Hall regarding the proposed state Assembly and state Senate districts. After waiting more than four hours to testify, I gave my testimony to a commission that seemed uninterested in my thoughts. Comment.
Letters

TimesLedger reporter will be greatly missed

The media depends on good reporters and a fair, just democracy requires journalism that is vigilant, honest and objective. Comment.
Letters

Gerrymandering destroys communities

On Feb. 7, the state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment held a public hearing at Queens Borough Hall to gather comments from the public regarding proposed state Senate and state Assembly district boundary lines. Comment.
Letters

Crowley has fought closure of boro facility

I was disappointed to read your March 2 editorial “Save the College Point Mail Center,” as you incorrectly characterized my role in fighting the closure of the U.S. Postal Service’s College Point mail facility. Comment.
Letters

People at community meetings care

I was at the 109th Precinct Community Council meeting Feb. 8 and I was appalled when you spoke from the podium and told members of the community to stop complaining about Flushing. Comment.
Letters

LATFOR increases Albany dysfunction

In article “New lines lambasted for state office seats,” in the Feb. 9-15 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers, Elmer Backburne unfortunately chose to view the redistricting commission’s skin color rather than the content of its character as the reason for its brazen gerrymandering of the districts. Comment.
Letters

Conservative meeting reprehensible

Just when you think you have seen them at their lowest, the white-wing conservatives drop the bar even further. Comments (1).
Letters

Fixing economy the No. 1 priority

As we continue through 2012 toward the presidential election in November, there is one thing that is definite: This country is still in big economic trouble and things do not seem to be improving at all. Comment.
Letters

Do not build convention center in southern Qns.

There is something amiss with New York state and city officials when it comes to convention centers (“Guv bets on conventions,” TimesLedger Newspapers, Jan. 12-18, and “Nix Aqueduct convention center idea: Poll,” TimesLedger, Jan. 19-25). Comments (1).

February, 2012

Letters

Pension system must be overhauled

The Feb. 2-8 TimesLedger Newspapers article “Fewer pensions costly: Study,” about people not having enough money to retire, raises an interesting question: Whose responsibility is it to make sure you have enough money to retire — you or your employer? Comment.
Letters

Aqueduct convention center not good for Queens

It would create a good feeling if once in a while taxpayer dollars produce a legislator who takes the time to seriously look at an important issue that will affect the residents of this city. Comment.
Letters

Fight to keep big money out of political campaigns

As we watch the numbers of Occupy Wall Street protesters dwindle, understandably so with the advent of the winter months and cold weather, many may think or even wish that they have gone away, but the 99 percent movement is far from dead. Comment.
Letters

Don’t fingerprint over food stamps

In New York state, more than 3 million people are living beneath the federal poverty line. From 2007 to the present, that number has increased by 11 percent, according to federal census data. Comments (9).
Letters

Club is not seeking new president

With all due respect, Dee Richards’ Feb. 9-15 headline is incorrect. Comment.
Letters

Politics not behind Lions Club elections

Generally I look forward to reading your articles, but found your Feb. 9-15 article entitled “Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club looking for new president” misrepresentative of the club and its procedures. Comment.
Letters

Everyday errand leads to meeting with music great

It was a windy, cold January afternoon, and after battling Steinway Street traffic I finally found a parking spot. I had to remind myself that this challenge is always worth the effort when I am visiting my friend Zafar from Humza Studio to have my old 8 mm tapes transferred over to DVDs. Comment.
Letters

This fall vote for change favoring you

Finally, our troops are out of Iraq but without the oil which precipitated the phony invasion and without the lives of our 4,000 soldiers unknowingly fighting and dying for it. Comment.
Letters

Proper spelling of boro place names never conventional

The article “Queensborough Bridge accident driver sues city” (Astoria Times, Dec. 15-21) contained excellent reporting, but I wish to bring up a few points. Comments (1).
Letters

Move to put all power lines underground

Over the last few years, we have experienced tornados, snow and ice storms, hurricanes and major rain storms. During these events, power is often lost and power lines are down, making roads impassable and walking treacherous. Comment.
Letters

State must change condo, co-op assessments

For co-op and condo residents, the real property tax assessment rolls have become a tax roller coaster. Some eastern Queens co-ops are facing 50 percent increases in assessed value this year, at a time when market values are essentially flat. Comment.
Letters

Plaza will help boro biz

I read the reports that there is opposition from merchants to the Jackson Heights pedestrian plaza that was established last fall on 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets. Some of the opposition claims that the loss of parking spaces has hurt business in the area. Comment.
Letters

Beware of Smart Meter installation

Across the United States and Canada, utility companies are forcing the installation of the Smart Meter, a digital device to monitor electric, gas and water consumption, upon a seriously uninformed public. In areas where the meters are located outside the house, they are installed without the owner’s knowledge. Comments (1).
Letters

Intersection needs left-turn signal

In the Jan. 12-18 TimesLedger Newspapers article “DOT says safety measures cut traffic fatalities in Queens,” city Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy said “there were 67 traffic deaths in Queens last year, ‘which is quite an accomplishment.’” Comment.
Letters

Qns. Center Mall gives workers living wage

I read the letter to the editor “Queens Center Mall owner must help neighboring area” (Jan. 19-25) with interest. We are proud of the fact that Queens Center Mall is a generator of tax dollars for the city and state and we try to do as much as we can to be a positive force for the Queens community and a fair employer. Comment.
Letters

No one is fit to properly run country

The state of our government is chaos. The idiots who represent the American people in Congress in Washington, D.C., are all overpaid, underworked windbags and total disgraces. Comments (1).
Letters

Boro residents must show support for local diners

It is a sad day for all Queens residents with the closing of both the Gold Star Diner in Bayside and the Palace Diner in Flushing (“Gold Star Diner shuts its doors after being sold,” Bayside Times, Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 4, 2012). Comment.

January, 2012

Letters

New prez needed despite unemployment drop

As January 2012 progresses, the fact that 200,000 new jobs were created in December and that the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5 percent still does not indicate a trend toward the end of this very long and devastating economic recession. Comments (2).
Letters

To prevent the suffering of horses, do not make them pull carriages

I am writing in response to an article which was published in the Dec. 15-21 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers about carriage horses. Comment.
Letters

Rockaways rail line must reopen and not become another highline

There has been much discussion regarding a proposal to convert abandoned areas of the old Rockaway Beach rail line into a “highline” park space. While I am an advocate for increased park space in Queens, I believe southern Queens and the Rockaways would be better served if this forgotten track once again fulfilled its original purpose as a railroad. Comments (8).
Letters

Convention center in Queens will create needed jobs

In 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, a group of retired policemen came together to organize one of the largest international expositions the world had ever seen. The end goal: to lift the city out of an economic depression. Comment.
Letters

Horse carriages are not glamorous

In response to your Dec. 22-28 editorial “Avella: Pull on the Reins,” I must agree with you for calling state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) “a fighter for the people.” Comments (36).
Letters

Voters’ mandate? Support Obama

The world “mandate” may be one of the most intentionally or unconsciously abused directives. There are mandates and then there are mandates. In the 2010 election, the U.S. House of Representatives was decimated with the influx of the clueless freshman and gained a Republican majority. The Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate was sadly diluted and many Republican governors were voted into office. Comment.
Letters

U.S. must stop stationing troops abroad

Bring our troops home now. The United States is in a state of perpetual war. American troops are stationed in almost every country around the globe. Comments (1).
Letters

Value human and animal life

Since this issue has gone viral — as you can see, I am from Virginia — I wish to join with those protesting this abuse of horses and ask that horse-drawn carriages be discontinued as soon as possible. Comments (48).
Letters

Queens Center Mall owner must help neighboring area

As clergy leaders from Queens Congregations United for Action, we minister to families from all walks of life struggling to make ends meet. It is not just that we are living through hard economic times. Comment.
Letters

Tell your elected officials to fight drug lobbyists

Are you as startled as I every time a commercial on TV from an attorney’s office informs us that if we took a certain medication to contact their office because the medication causes all kinds of problems, including death? Comment.
Letters

Wild turkey majestic, patriotic bird

This is a very important letter. My name is Maxie Hom. I think the wild turkey should be our national bird. Comment.
Letters

Mind the use of certain words

The headline of a story in the Dec. 22-28 edition of the Bayside Times read, “Bayside priest jailed for 5 years.” Comments (1).
Letters

CUNY still remains affordable for pupils

Regarding the Dec. 1-7 TimesLedger Newspaper article “Students protest as CUNY hikes tuition,” I am pleased to share several unreported data points on the value and affordability of a City University of New York education and its benefits for our students. Comment.
Letters

Gov’t must cut spending for sake of next generation

As I have made clear from Day 1, the main reason I got into politics is out of concern for the future of our nation. As a grandfather of 13, my priority is to improve our economy by helping foster an environment where businesses can create lasting jobs and address our national debt crisis so our children and grandchildren can prosper in this country. Comment.
Letters

City must clean up Flushing housing site now

As the first vice president of the Auburndale Improvement Association Inc., it is part of my responsibility to address community problems. Comments (1).
Letters

City better be prepared for winter storms

I was happy to hear that there will be no snowfall snafus this winter and during future winters. Comment.
Letters

Support the bald eagle

My name is Joseph Ciciliato. I am in third-grade at PS 94. I am writing to tell you that I have a special bird in mind to represent our country. The bald eagle, instead of the wild turkey, should be our national bird. Comments (4).
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