Letters

December, 2013

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Less gov’t means more problems for people

Another week, another dose of libertarian nonsense from frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik, who seems to think that freedoms are taken away by fair tax laws, welfare, food stamps and anything the government does to assist the folks who need a helping hand. Comments (4).
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U.S. must keep its guard up

The end of 2013 does not promise national security for the United States or the world. It comes at a time that for once in recent memory the two national parties have reached an agreement that may avoid fiscal warfare for the next two years. Comment.
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DOE inflates the city’s graduation rate

Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims that our educational system has made “incredible progress” under his reforms. His evidence is the increase in the graduation rate. Comments (2).
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Inform people of school hearing

It was disconcerting to read that Mandingo Tshaka still believes I supported construction of a new school at the Keil Brother’s site (“Community deserved say in planned school,” Dec. 6-12). Comments (2).
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People can’t rely on gov’t for everything

Responses to my letters to the editor reveal how much dependence and trust in an intrusive government is ingrained in our psyche. Without a shred of evidence, writers claim I advocate for a country with no government or regulation, and where people fend for themselves and die in the streets. Comments (3).
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Make elections more democratic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo must lead the charge toward accomplishing the reforms advanced by his Moreland Commission to investigate public corruption. Comments (1).
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Some school lessons must remain

While the emphasis today for our students is to be more technologically savvy, what is equally important is that cursive writing still needs to be taught in our schools. Comments (1).
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Charter schools not all that great

A charter school recently made headlines for punishing a mischievous student by throwing him into the quarantine of a padded cell in the expectation that the trauma would build his character. Comments (1).
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Project for QueensWay steadily progresses

In his Nov. 29-Dec. 5 letter, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) raises questions about the public engagement process for the QueensWay, which is being sponsored by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with Friends of the QueensWay, a group of residents living near the QueensWay. Comment.
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City teachers need a new contract

It has now been nearly four years since the contract has expired, and New York city public school teachers are still without a new, fair and decent contract. Comment.
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P-Tech program will sow seeds of pupils’ future success

I am writing this rejoinder to state Sen. Tony Avella’s Nov. 22-28 response to Bob Friedrich’s Nov. 8-14 column “P-Tech program will serve as boon to Martin Van Buren.” Comments (2).
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Mets do not need any more money

One would think the New York Mets and its related companies would be more than gratified at receiving for $1 the Willets Point property acquired by the city for tens of millions of dollars, a taxpayer subsidy of $99 million and the right to construct a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall on the Citi Field parking lot, which is part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, without having to replace parkland or undergo a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure proceeding. Comment.
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Test students sparingly but carefully

Test mania does not translate into quality education — just the opposite. Comment.
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Queens pols curbed airplane noise

As a Queens resident who has had to deal with the issue of increased airplane noise in our borough, I am writing to commend our local elected officials — specifically U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Melville) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) — for their work to curb airplane noise over our neighborhoods and create an Airplane Noise Community Roundtable. Comments (1).
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Common Core needs a revamp

The newly implemented Common Core standards are not doing well. They have caused nothing but educational Armageddon in classrooms throughout the country and stressed out students, teachers, administrators and parents. Comment.
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Willets Point treated poorly by city

In view of its longstanding disdain for the poor, the middle class and small businesses in this city, it comes as no surprise that the Bloomberg administration is driving the Willets Point occupants not simply out of the area, but out of business, with not just insufficient time to relocate, but no place to do so. Comment.
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Community deserved say in planned school

In a democracy, the voice of the people must be heard regarding projects planned in a community. Recently, the City Council voted to construct a school on the Keil Bros. property in Bayside, the neighborhood that I have known for more than 82 years. Comments (4).
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DOE mustn’t shove parents under bus

We are looking for people to give our cause a voice. Our gifted and talented class, in its fifth year at PS 203, were given our eviction notice. The city Department of Education had a meeting with school principals, guidance counselors and the Community Education Council Nov. 12, minus the parents, to inform them of a new policy. Comments (23).
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Dems give GOP its just desserts

Finally, the Democrats smacked the Republican Party in the face by changing the rules and allowing presidential nominees to be approved by a simple majority — the way it should be. Comments (2).
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DOE needs to gets its act together

Posting on their website the answers to an exam that students had not taken yet and being defensive about it while still demanding that the job security of teachers be linked to the worthless results of discredited tests, qualifies the city Department of Education for a Nobel Prize in Audacity. Comments (1).
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Do not swoon over de Blasio win

Sometimes a gift-wrapped package does not contain a gift. A case in point is Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who ran on a ticket espousing the needs of the little people, distinguishing himself from the Bloomberg administration. Comments (1).
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QueensWay meet silences speech

In the United States of America, we are granted certain rights and freedoms by the U.S. Constitution. One of these rights, which I am no stranger to, is the freedom of speech. Comments (4).
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New York’s energy future in wind

New York’s wind energy has given us a lot to be grateful for. Comment.

November, 2013

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All stores should be closed on Thanksgiving

It is outrageous that so many stores have decided to open their doors on Thanksgiving, a day that is supposed to be spent with family and friends. Comments (1).
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P-tech plan needs more study

In his Nov. 8-14 TimesLedger Newspapers column, Bob Friedrich discussed the recent city Department of Education decision to co-locate a P-tech high school within the Martin Van Buren High School building. Friedrich spoke in favor of the P-tech concept and also said the co-location of a separate high school was the best method to administer this new program. Comment.
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Remember Ferrigno for her dedication

My good friend, Marjorie Ferrigno, died Nov. 14. She was in her late 90s. Comment.
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Avella takes Friedrich to task over Van Buren

I am writing in response to Bob Friedrich’s Nov. 8-14 column “P-Tech program will serve as boon to Martin Van Buren.” In his column, Friedrich advocates for the city Department of Education’s proposal to co-locate the P-Tech program at Martin Van Buren High School while at the same time attacking my integrity for opposing the co-location. Comments (8).
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Tnnis not environmentally sound

I am writing in response to a recent media statement from an airline industry advocacy group, Global Gateway Alliance, which urges the Federal Aviation Administration to continue its avoidance of environmental laws regarding Tnnis, the new NextGen flight route over north Queens. Comment.
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Beware of governmental crises

Do you believe the attack on Benghazi resulting in four American deaths was prompted by a video? Do you still believe you can keep your doctor and your health plan? Will Lois Lerner at the Internal Revenue Service ever be held responsible for her actions? Do you believe the president was never informed of the National Security Agency surveillance? Would you enter your private information on the government healthcare website with confidence? Comments (3).
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City teachers need their autonomy

Queens has a superior track record with many of the finest educators in the city, but they are being pushed around in all sorts of ways for reasons that have nothing to do with quality of instruction or service to students. Comment.
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Reflect on the memory of JFK

On Nov. 22, we will remember the death of President John F. Kennedy. Comments (2).
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New mayor must back city workers

New Yorkers went to the polls to cast their votes for the next mayor of New York City, and the winner has his work cut out for him. Comments (1).
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Living wage in city is possible

Working men and women at Resorts World Casino hit the jackpot recently in what is sure to become a benchmark agreement for casino labor statewide. Comments (1).
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QueensWay needs support to be like High Line

I want to take a moment to address the QueensWay project, a proposed public greenway that will transform the Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach branch, which was abandoned more than 50 years ago. Specifically, the former railroad extends 3.5 miles from Rego Park and Forest Hills down to Ozone Park. This proposed project is one of great concern to many residents in certain areas of the rail line due to its potential negative impact on local residents. Comments (7).
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De Blasio won’t befriend parks

In a mayoral debate Oct. 22 between candidates Democratic city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Republican Joseph Lhota, a question came up concerning a professional soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (5).
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Socialized medicine lowers costs

I would like to comment on the Oct. 25-31 letter “Lawsuits drive up healthcare costs” by Thomas B. Stebbins. Comment.
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Cuomo must give Rockaways housing

Well, governor, here is an opportunity to prove you are not an elitist politician, not in the pockets of high-line developers and that you care about the needy people of this city that you govern. Comment.
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Take precautions before next storm

There is no about it: Our area needs to be better prepared for any future storms that may threaten our coastline. Comment.
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Protest FAA plan over airplane noise

The only way the citizens of northeast Queens are going to get results from the industry-slanted Federal Aviation Administration is to start protesting immediately in front of their offices, government buildings and airline ticket offices. Comments (4).
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Do not be quick to blame Van Buren for failures

In response to a column written by Bob Friedrich in TimesLedger Newspapers Oct. 4-10: “There may be light at the end of the tunnel for the nightmare faced by families zoned for Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. MVB evokes wonderful memories for its alumni, but while its former reputation as a community school with high graduation rates is well-known, it has since fallen on hard times and by any objective measure of success is a failed school.” Comments (1).
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Down with all standardized tests

State Education Commissioner John King is getting rid of some standardized tests. Did this maven of multiple choice feel the pressure or did he see the light? Enlightenment is a long shot, but miracles happen. Comments (1).

October, 2013

Letters

Lawsuits drive up healthcare costs

One of the highlights of city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor was his arrest at a protest against the closure of another city hospital. De Blasio’s primary solution was and continues to be to throw money at the problem, but unless we address the spiraling costs of lawsuits, New York hospitals will continue to close. Comments (2).
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Debt ceiling debacle will continue next year

After more than two weeks of political gridlock, there was finally an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to prevent the nation from defaulting on its financial responsibilities. Comment.
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Work begins where shutdown ends

It is overdue, but the federal government is open and the debt ceiling has been raised. This is a welcome development for our country, but the damage caused is irreversible and was unnecessary. Comments (1).
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The Cliffs should provide a good workout

I would like to respond to your Oct. 11-17 article “The next generation in fitness arrives in Astoria/LIC,” about the Cliffs at LIC grand opening celebration Oct. 10. Comment.
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Class size problem needs answer

Recently, near the start of the school year, the United Federation of Teachers documented a huge number of illegally oversized classes. The city Department of Education insists this easily verifiable truth is inaccurate. Comments (1).
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Do not give in to GOP demands

I think U.S. Rep. Marlon Stutzman (R-Ind.) exposed the truth behind the Republican Party’s opposition to Obamacare by saying, “We’re not going to be disrespected .... We have to get something out of this, and I don’t know what that even is.” Comments (5).
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Council beholden to rich interests over Willets

The 40-odd members of the City Council who approved the Willets Point plan were or should have been aware their vote did not make a significant change for the better the plan approved in 2008. Comment.
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Tea Party makes Bush look good

I used to laugh at the “No-Bama” quip appearing on bumper tags, asking, “Miss Bush yet?” I would harken back to decisions made during that, period such as the unnecessary Iraq war, tax cuts for the wealthy and so on, not to mention Dr. Evil Cheney, which still leaves a sour taste merely recalling his being. Comments (4).
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Obama, Congress must grow up

Since Congress cannot agree on anything, our government has now shut down. This is such a travesty because so many people are going to be affected by this in different ways, and not for the better. Comments (1).
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Reform runoff elections to cut costs

The runoff election for city public advocate Oct. 1 drew only about 6.5 percent of registered Democrats citywide. The election cost about $13 million. This works out to about $70 for every vote cast. Comments (1).
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BID’s Weekend Walk a success

The success of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s Weekend Walk was the result of the hard work of the merchants along Bell Boulevard and our partners in government. Comment.
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Hold vote to end gov’t shutdown

There is a lot of blame and finger-pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today, I am offering a common-sense solution. Comment.
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Republicans must stand up to Tea Party

If it wanted to, the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives could immediately end the government shutdown it has caused. Comments (3).
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De Blasio has to do right by labor

Now is the only time in the modern history of organized labor in New York City that all members of every public employee union are forced to work under expired contracts. Comments (2).
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Pay only for those cable channels you want to

Currently, I am paying for 600 cable channels even though I only watch five. During the recent cable blackout affecting Time Warner cable customers, I was only able to watch three. Simply put, this is an insane system that no rational human would have conceived. Comment.
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Gov’t shutdown unfair to workers

Members of Congress need to do what they were elected to do and pass a budget that allows the federal government to function. Comment.
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Obamacare will do people good

A longtime friend sent me an e-mail the other day about defunding Obamacare, hoping his side would shut down the government in protest. He is in that Tea Party/Republican/Libertarian loop of e-mailers who send out crazy, racist, bigoted, mean e-mails mocking President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Comments (6).
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Ferreras should not support Willets plan changes

For too long there has been an unwritten law that in connection with legislation pending before the New York City Council, the Council member whose district encompasses the area on which there may be an impact has the say on whether the legislation should be enacted or rejected. Not only does this not comport with legitimate democratic processes, but it ignores the fact that a single Council member does not speak for all the residents of a district and ignores the fact there may be an impact upon an entire borough as well as the city. Comments (1).

September, 2013

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Do not attack Miss America

As a member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am troubled by the remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Comment.
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Our children’s education is in crisis

There are many reasons why our education system is in crisis. Prospective educators are subjected to a trendy oppression-obsessed, feel-good and esteem-ridden curriculum with little emphasis on mastery of subject matter. Note some college courses offered to prospective educators: Social Diversity in Education, Oppression of the Disabled, Diversity and Change, Lesbian/Gay Oppression and Multicultural Education. Comments (4).
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Say no to Willets shopping mall

There are many reasons for the City Council to reject the application of Sterling Equities and Related Cos., which seeks to amend the 2008 approved Willets Point plan. Comments (1).
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Take hint from Far East airports

In view of the increased jet noise over the New York metro area, I thought your readers might be interested in how several large cities in Asia have dealt with this problem. Comments (1).
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Council biased in favor of Willets development

A recent TimesLedger Newspapers article (“Parking permit is crux of Willets Point redux,” Sept. 6-12) mentions a public hearing held Sept. 3 by the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. The article focussed on the developers’ decision to seek a special permit for parking at Willets Point, but omitted other newsworthy aspects of the hearing. Comment.
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Curtail number of political fliers, calls

Over the last month I have received more than 100 fliers in the mail and what seemed like an equal number of calls regarding New York City primary elections. In the five mail delivery days before the primary, I counted 38 fliers, which I had saved for recycling. This does not take into account the endless TV commercials. Comments (1).
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Always remember events of 9/11

Why are certain events of our national history remembered, honored, grieved over or occasions for celebration? Of course, certain events have had such an impact upon the American psyche that it would seem impossible to forget or overlook. Dec. 7, “a day which will live in infamy”; D-Day; Thanksgiving; and Halloween are all part of the American calendar. Comment.
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U.S. must not go to war with Syria

All polls indicate that the vast majority of the American people oppose intervention in Syria’s civil war. If we were a true democracy, Congress would vote no on war with Syria and not be swayed by warmongers. Comment.
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Use money to prevent another Sandy

The presidential task force has strongly suggested that much needs to be done in order to protect our coastlines from more intense and frequent storms, which will bring as much destruction as Hurricane Sandy did. Comment.
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Quality of music has decreased

Music reflects our values, uplifts, inspires and reveals our dreams and aspirations. Some composers and artists, however, no longer idolize the beautiful and elegant but glorify the coarse and vulgar. Comments (1).
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SJU pupils need to respect area

Years ago, when St. John’s University decided to build dormitories in an already-crowded neighborhood, many of us warned that this would result in our streets being inundated with hundreds of drunken students. That prediction has sadly come to pass many times over, with loud, disruptive and sometimes destructive behavior. Comment.
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Respect city workers who build infrastructure

Not only around Labor Day, but all year round, as we marvel at the infrastructure of this city, we should salute the workers who rendered these architectural and engineering dreams a reality. Comments (1).
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Staff unhelpful at boro pols’ offices

I have reached my breaking point with the lack of help coming from our elected officials at state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-East Elmhurst) and City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) offices and how they have the most incompetent workers our tax dollars pay for. Comment.
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Teens at gas station a nuisance

I am a Clearview Gardens resident and was interested in either writing an article about, or having one written about the gas station at 17-55 Francis Lewis Blvd. Comments (57).
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Willets Point plan nothing but same old politics

The Willets Point plan approved in 2008 was clear and unambiguous. The city would acquire 62 acres in Willets Point through the voluntary sale by property owners or, if need be, through eminent domain. A private developer would construct on the site upscale retail stores, office buildings, a convention center, a school and luxury housing with a portion set aside for affordable housing. Comments (1).
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Lainos right in suing Parks

The news that the family of Tony Laino, who was killed when a tree fell on his house in Flushing, has filed a lawsuit through their attorney is good to hear. Comment.
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Electeds should rethink candidate they support

During the course of the District 19 Council race, Jobs for New York has sent a series of “hit pieces” against three of the candidates for the benefit of Paul Vallone. The mailers are paid for by Jobs for New York, and upon information and belief were designed, printed and dist Comments (6).
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Pols should only serve the public

In reference to the Aug. 2-8 Bayside Times letter “Give pols more than one salary,” those who are financially successful in the private sector should not be seeking elected public office with the objective of gaining additional salaries, lucrative pensions and the perks that come with such positions. Comments (1).
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Teachers need a contract now

As the new school year nears, the teachers of our public school system still do not have a new, fair and affordable contract. Comments (1).
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Donate blood, save three lives

For the past three years, I have had the privilege of organizing blood drives for City Council District 19, covering northeast Queens from College Point to Little Neck. Comment.
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Blame mayoral control for bad teachers

Do not blame public school teachers for the drop in test scores. They have no control over curriculum and education policy. Almost every detail of their professional experiences is dictated to them. Comments (2).
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It’s time to legalize marijuana

It is time to recognize that New York City’s misguided war on marijuana has failed. Instead of spending millions on low-level drug prosecutions that disproportionately affect minorities, why not legalize, regulate and tax the city’s $1.65 billion marijuana market? Comments (5).

August, 2013

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CD 19 has weak candidates

It is sad to see the lineup for the 19th City Council District race this year. Comments (9).
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Treat people and cops fairly

Now that a judge has ruled that stop-and-frisk needs to be amended, what will be next? Comment.
Letters

New York needs renewable energy now

For the past few years, it seems New Yorkers have been dealing with one weather-related disaster after another. We have seen heat waves and flooding, and you do not need to tell New Yorkers about hurricanes and tropical storms. Comment.
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City needs speed cameras

Is columnist Bob Friedrich so cynical of government as to deny the practical benefits of speed cameras (“Speed cameras feed Gotham’s revenue addiction,” Aug. 2-8)? Comment.
Letters

Return Auburndale’s PS 130 to District 26

The city School Construction Authority says that if residents do not want a new elementary school on the Keil Bros. property in Bayside, an alternate site should be recommended. Comments (1).
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Reforming stop-and-frisk will lessen gun violence

In 2003, my childhood friend was a victim of gun violence, murdered in front of his home in South Jamaica. It was an event that changed my life and led to my involvement in government. Comments (4).
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Do not trust lying politicians

Why does reader Roseanne D’Angelo support lying, adultery and stealing? Comment.
Letters

City must inspect trees in parks for safety

The news about a pregnant woman who was struck and killed by a falling tree in Kissena Park is another tragic wake-up call for the city Parks Department to inspect every tree in every park, playground and street. Comment.
Letters

Keep rowdy youth out of the Olde Flushing site

I hope you received my July 2 letter regarding the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground, on 46th Avenue between 164th and 165th streets in Flushing. The conservancy, of which I am a co-chair, is looking forward to your visit to the site in the near future. Comment.
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Stroll in park becomes hassle

It appears that the city Parks Department has not only neglected Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which has been reported to two commissioners for decades, but it is neglecting to accommodate the people trying to get into and use Fort Totten Park. Comment.
Letters

Know the facts of Trayvon case

People blame Trayvon Martin for sucker-punching George Zimmerman. Here are some facts these ignorant fools continue to ignore. Comments (17).
Letters

City must reject plan for mall at Willets Point

In 2008, the Bloomberg administration declared 62 acres of property in Flushing to the east of Citi Field called Willets Point, on which there were more than 200 small auto businesses as well as others, a blight. Comments (1).
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Don’t unnecessarily rename bridges

In regards to the July 19-25 article “Vallone bill to reverse Ed Koch bridge naming,” I applaud City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) sensibilities in bringing this up. Comments (2).
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McCaffrey stood up for rights of outerboros

The late City Councilman Walter McCaffrey is now officially free from the scourge of term limits. How ironic that he was one of the first victims of term limits, which is nothing more — politically speaking — than the voters’ expression of a preference for a one-night stand. Comment.
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Tow truck causes hassle in parking lot

I read an article last October regarding the parking lot at the intersection of Northern and Bell boulevards servicing CVS and Party City. While I realize there is a potential problem with cars parking there illegally to patronize food carts or other establishments, what I witnessed the night of July 20 is a greater problem. Comment.
Letters

Give pols more than one salary

One could almost hear the resentment and outrage springing from the page that an elected state official is earning a six-figure salary from their outside job in addition to what they are paid for by serving their constituents. Comment.
Letters

Parks needs to take care of trees

With all the rainfall this area has experienced, there is the risk of trees snapping or falling due to the enormous amount of water their root and trunk systems have absorbed. Comments (1).
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Houses go to people, not churches

I am getting tired of no one addressing the issue of all these churches popping up all of a sudden. I have lived in Bayside for 30 years and I think we should have housing around here, not more churches. Comments (8).
Letters

Come clean on stop-frisk bills

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) wrote a letter in the July 19-25 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers defending his vote for the two Intros 1079 and 1080, comprising the Community Safety Act. Comments (3).
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Big Pharma will cash in on obesity

The big pharmaceutical companies must be ecstatic now that the American Medical Association has declared obesity a disease. Comments (1).
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CB 11 deserves say on school site

On July 17, the Community Board 11 staff read, in the City Record, that the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses was, much to our surprise, holding the hearing July 22 for the location of the 416-seat elementary school in Bayside. Comment.

July, 2013

Letters

Council legislation protects people from cops

Bob Friedrich’s July 12-18 column criticizing the Community Safety Act was misleading and inflammatory. Comments (6).
Letters

Turn Shops at Atlas Park into community center

The Shops at Atlas Park mall have not received an auspicious beginning. Almost from the time they opened their doors, the local media started adopting a bipolar attitude. Comments (2).
Letters

Councilmen wrong on effectiveness of safety law

In their letters to the editor, City Councilmen Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) make a valiant effort trying to spin the Community Safety Act as measures that will not jeopardize public safety. Comments (1).
Letters

Hurricane pattern could return

Summer 2013 continues to bring an assortment of wild, dangerous and volatile weather. Comment.
Letters

Gay opponents need to change tune

I hear some people say they do not support anyone being gay or gay marriage. They call gays deviants and say homosexuality is wrong, immoral and not what God intended. It upsets them that in this politically correct world they cannot do this and cannot say that. Comments (7).
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Friedrich is wrong on NYPD act

Bob Friedrich’s July 13 column “Two Council bills will hinder the effectiveness of NYPD” is inaccurate. Friedrich misrepresents the bills that comprise the Community Safety Act (Intros 1079 and 1080), but whether out of ignorance or an attempt to mislead readers, we do not know. Comments (2).
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Americans need to wake up on pipeline

Interesting. Here in the United States, we still have average citizens rooting for the Keystone XL pipeline carrying the Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas, thinking it will in some way make our country oil independent and make gas prices lower. Comments (3).
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Weprin explains why he voted for stop-frisk bills

There has recently been a great deal of heated discussion about the two bills that comprise the Community Safety Act — Intros 1079 and 1080 — which the City Council passed in late June. New Yorkers have been receiving some false information on these bills, so the time has come to calm down and look at the facts. Comments (1).
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Pols and staffs should not be secretive

I called my city councilman, Peter Koo (D-Flushing), in June. I wanted to know if he voted for or against the two community safety bills that were passed. Comment.
Letters

Sign up for 9/11 health funds

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 affected all of us, but survivors and the brave first responders, many of whom risked everything to provide emergency aid, have suffered incomparable health problems and financial loss in the years following this tragedy. Comment.
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Do not curtail stop-and-frisk

The City Council’s passage in June of the inaptly named Community Safety Act is a reckless action which will handcuff the police, lead to more drugs and guns on our streets and victimize the poor and minority citizens the Council claims to protect. Comment.
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Parks must clean up Olde Towne burial ground

The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground is in Flushing on 46th Avenue between 164th and 165th streets. It is a 19th-century cemetery where approximately 1,000 souls rest. Many of the dead are children, victims of epidemics. Most of the interred are African Americans or indigenous Americans. Comment.
Letters

Court made wrong marriage decision

The U.S. Supreme Court’ ruling on gay marriage will cause more harm than good. The court has destroyed and robbed the foundation of traditional marriage and has single-handedly destroyed society as we know it. Comments (4).
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Religion impedes rights for gays

If people say they support civil unions and equal rights for gays but feel that the “sacrament” of marriage should be between a man and a woman, then by excluding gays from marriage they show that they are not for equal rights for gays. Comment.
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Stop-and-frisk helps keep city safe from crime

The recent attacks on stop-and-frisk, a constitutional tool employed by the city Police Department, are outrageous. This program, instituted in under Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has helped bring down major crime rates in the city to an all-time low, to the levels seen in the 1950s. Comment.
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Do not blame birds for plane collisions

The recent near collision of two passenger jets over New York City is once again proof that there are more near-collisions between planes due to pilot and control tower error. Comments (2).
Letters

Smoke-free homes good for boro

In June, the Related Cos. pledged that all of its 40,000 housing units across many states will be smoke-free. Related Cos. has been chosen as a developer for housing units at the Hunter’s Point South Development in Long Island City. Comment.
Letters

Be safe during hurricane season

The recent outlook from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for this upcoming hurricane season is, once again, predicting above-normal storm activity, with close to 18 storms between June 1 and Nov. 30. Comment.
Letters

Sandy cannot keep libraries down

It has been several months since Superstorm Sandy. Queens Library has been working hard to help the community rebuild while continuing to provide the educational and informational support patrons value. Comment.

June, 2013

Letters

China treated Iraq better than U.S.

After the end of the war in Iraq, where thousands of Americans died, hundreds of thousands were injured and $9 billion in cash — shipped on wooden pallets — literally disappeared. Comment.
Letters

Revolution had other inspirations

In regard to the historical basis of American anti-Catholicism, one must analyze the Declaration of Independence’s assertion that King George III (1738-1820), “the present king of Great Britain ... has combined with others [the British Parliament] ... giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation for ... abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government.” Comment.
Letters

Change voting system to make it easier

Democracy is priceless, but elections are expensive. New York City can save $20 million by moving from our two-round runoff system for citywide races to Instant Runoff Voting. Comments (1).
Letters

Con Ed must carefully prune trees

The tree manglers hired by Con Edison to “trim” trees near overhead power lines have struck again. Trees are being mutilated and disfigured by the manglers cutting the centers out of trees or taking off the branches on one side of certain trees. Comments (1).
Letters

FMCP needs no soccer stadium

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is important to the people of Queens. Comment.
Letters

City can treat unkempt land better

The issue of unkempt properties has plagued our communities since the housing bust. Presently, the city Sanitation Department can go on properties and clean them once they have been given a particular status. While I am pleased with this change in regulations, more needs to be done. Comment.
Letters

Herbalife targets Latinos: Pol

I am writing to urge the FTC to take a look into Herbalife. Herbalife has been accused of operating an abusive pyramid scheme that targets minority groups, especially Latinos, by falsely promising large profits. As a New York City Council member in a heavily Hispanic district in Queens, I am concerned about the impact this company is having on my constituents and the Latino community in New York. Comments (7).
Letters

Racino leaves area biz in the lurch

In April 2013, I was in the area of Rockaway Boulevard, a neighborhood street just outside the gates of Aqueduct Racetrack and the racino. There were at least a half-dozen enormous restaurants with about 40 tables each and a dozen more smaller dining places along Rockaway Boulevard in back of the racino gates. The same went for nearby Lefferts Boulevard. Comment.
Letters

Ban fruit-flavored liquors in N.Y.

I am writing to urge all honorable legislators in New York City and the state to propose a bill which would make illegal the manufacture, distribution and sale of any liquors which are deceptively advertised as soft drinks or flavored with fruit juices. Comment.
Letters

Disapproval vote has more weight in Willets Pt. plan

Please consider this letter as a supplement to my remarks before you on June 6 concerning the Willets Point application. I am placing on the record what I believe is a misconception about what is relevant in your decision process. You appear to believe the 22-18 Community Board 7 vote is relevant, but not the negative CB 3 vote of 30-1 with one abstention. Comment.
Letters

MTA needs to communicate better

Queens has a major problem. Comment.
Letters

Sequester hurts gov’t workers

I am a member of the American Federation of Government Employees and a hardworking federal employee at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in New York City. I work on a daily basis as a compliance specialist protecting the public from violations of environmental law. Comments (2).
Letters

We need water, not tar sand oil

There is positive and negative talk relative to the XL Keystone Pipeline. It is planned to pump crude tar sand oil from Canada across the United States to Texas, where it would be distilled and sold overseas. Comment.
Letters

MTA must improve Rockaway bus service

I wish I did not have to write this letter, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority monopoly failed the public trust once again. Comment.
Letters

Buses in Rockaway too crowded

My name is Jerome D. Reyes and I have lived in the Rockaways for 10 years. I have three sons and a caring woman at home. It was never my intention to move to Rockaway, but after I saw the beach I fell in love with It. My son just turned 8 and the ocean and the beach is all he wants. Comment.
Letters

Treat all law breakers the same

Our laws are meant to stop people from doing unlawful things and penalize those who disregard them. Our immigration laws, however, are different because their focus is not on the transgression but on the plight of those who have broken the laws and what can be done to lift the stigma they feel so they can normalize their lives. Comments (3).
Letters

Parks needs to deal with beetle

The Asian longhorn beetle threatens our trees yet the city Parks Department refuses to pick up potentially infested wood. Comments (1).
Letters

Do not stress pupils with tests

There must be no more additional state testing mandated for our students. What there must be is more teaching of subject matter so students can learn in classrooms and not be so overwhelmed with preparing for state tests. Comment.
Letters

Return PS 130 to District 26

PS 130, at 200-01 42nd Ave. in Bayside, currently mainly serves District 25 students. The school, however, is geographically in District 26 and historically was a K-6 and K-8 school for students living on the Auburndale-Bayside border. Comment.
Letters

Take precautions while online

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we are reminded of the importance of re-evaluating our security procedures, but we also must be conscious of another challenge: the threat to our personal information from cyber attacks. Comment.
Letters

Fix buses in the Rockaways

I was waiting for a bus Thursday, May 9, at Liberty Avenue going southbound towards Rockaway at 8:58 am. Comments (1).
Letters

We must be better prepared for disasters

Our planet’s climate is changing. The impact on our daily weather has been extreme. Look at the tornado that hit northeast Queens, Hurricane Sandy, the amount and severity of recent tornados in Oklahoma and other parts of our country, serious drought in some areas like Mississippi, huge snowfalls in other states and gale force winds causing fires to spread. Comment.
Letters

Left-wing right on guns, gov’t

A short while ago, the Vatican agreed with President Barack Obama concerning the need for gun control. Recently, West Point did an in-depth study on conservatives and liberals. Comments (23).

May, 2013

Letters

Expand tennis stadium for pupils

The United States Tennis Association’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is our home court, and for the players on our men’s and women’s teams there is no greater thrill than playing on the same courts where the top tennis stars compete in the renowned US Open every summer. Comment.
Letters

Reactivate Rockaway Beach line for good of Queens

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has not provided enough buses for commuters. They have ignored our requests for more buses, longer buses, more express buses and 24-hour service for the Q52 and Q53. Some 35,000 Queens commuters have been affected by the loss of the A train. Thousands more have to cope with the overcrowding on buses due to this displacement. We need more regularly scheduled buses, not random, haphazard and inadequate service. Comments (4).
Letters

Soccer stadium to steal people’s park

A Major Soccer League stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park — for the benefit of a private, for-profit business and seating up to 25,000 people with a potential expansion to 35,000 — is another nail in the coffin of destruction that has been and is being perpetrated on the second most-used park in New York City, primarily by the less privileged. Comment.
Letters

Queens Library needs help from patrons

The city’s executive budget has been released. It proposes a cut to Queens Library of $29.6 million, part of a proposed cut to libraries citywide of $100 million. Comments (1).
Letters

Ferreras should back people, not biz

It does not require a rocket scientist to make a decision concerning a Major Soccer League stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Letters

Take part in city budget process

As a taxpayer, it is important that you have the opportunity to get involved in the city’s budget process. It is your money and it only makes sense that you have a say in how it is spent. Comments (1).
Letters

City must stop practice of solitary confinement

It is time to end torture in New York City jails. I am referring to the rampant use of solitary confinement, which has brutalized incarcerated people, cost taxpayers millions of dollars and made our streets more dangerous. Comment.
Letters

Knives have no place on a plane

It is ridiculous that the Transportation Security Administration is going to allow small knives to be carried on board planes. A small knife is just as dangerous as a large one. Comment.
Letters

Back Willets Point development

Queens is on the verge of an economic development tidal wave, but if we do not encourage this growth, we stand to lose out on critical opportunities to improve the quality of life for residents. Comments (3).
Letters

Knives have no place on a plane

It is ridiculous that the Transportation Security Administration is going to allow small knives to be carried on board planes. A small knife is just as dangerous as a large one. Comment.
Letters

People, biz must stop littering

At the northeast corner of Northern Boulevard and Clearview Expressway in Bayside is a green area where the Soldier’s Monument stands. The monument commemorates the sacrifices our men and women made serving in the armed forces during wartime. Comments (2).
Letters

Rockaway line would reduce bus crowding

The A train has been out of service since Superstorm Sandy devastated many areas of Rockaway. So I have been taking the Q52 bus to get home, at Arverne By the Sea. Comments (1).
Letters

Shame Congress into passing gun control laws

Republicans successfully derailed the passage of gun legislation last month in the last moments when passage looked likely. The 54 votes in favor fell short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who co-authored the bill, said it would have passed if the National Rifle Association did not score it. The NRA score scared enough senators to oppose it rather than risk reprisals from pro-gunners come election time. Most headlines called these folks cowards. Comment.
Letters

Reactivate the Rockaway Beach line

Bus service has always been an issue on the Rockaway Beach line, specifically the Q53. There is daily overcrowding with students and adults alike trying to get onto the bus so they can get to their destinations on time. Comments (1).
Letters

Obama, stop caving in to the GOP

It is hard to believe that our normally cognizant President Barack Obama would think that appeasing today’s warped incarnation of the Republican Party would have them reciprocate in kind. Comments (10).
Letters

Curran was a consummate coach

The death of basketball Coach Jack Curran is a sad loss for Archbishop Molloy High School, the city and the country. Comment.
Letters

Pols have no guts over gun control

I am disgusted with the cowardly behavior of some of our U.S. senators bowing down to the National Rifle Association and their lobbyists while more than 90 percent of Americans are in favor of universal background checks, a no-brainer. Yet 46 of our senators voted against the wishes of the people. Comments (5).
Letters

More guns are not the answer

The idea of solving violence committed with firearms by increasing the amount of firearms is as idiotic as offering a drowning man a glass of water to relieve his thirst. Comment.
Letters

Earth Day deserves coverage

Did I miss it? In reading the April 19-25 issue of the Bayside Times, I saw not one mention of Earth Day or Earth Week. Comment.
Letters

MTA disrespects Queens CBs

Community Board 9 is outraged by the lack of communication with us regarding a major MTA intrusion of articulated buses 62 feet long on the Q10 route from Kew Gardens to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.
Letters

Shame on Senate over gun bill

It is incomprehensible that the background checks for people who want to purchase guns did not pass the U.S. Senate. Comments (5).

April, 2013

Letters

Do your part to maintain quality of parks

Regarding your April 5-11 article “Parks needs to better care for trees,” we need to take care of our trees for many reasons and need to hire more staff. Comment.
Letters

NRA, foreign nations similar

On April 2, the U.N. General Assembly, to a resounding cheer, overwhelmingly approved — 154 in favor, three against and 23 abstaining — the first international treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. The obvious goal: keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of perpetrators who would wreak havoc upon their victims. Comments (2).
Letters

NRA, pols in cahoots against kids

Every newspaper in the country should print the names of the 41 Republican U.S. senators, along with the five Democrats, who voted down the gun control bill. Comments (2).
Letters

Good riddance to gun makers

Three cheers for Connecticut! Colt, the firearm manufacturer of the AR-15, is packing up its wares. It is leaving the Constitution State and Gov. Dannel Malloy for the Lone Star State and Gov. Rick Perry. Comments (5).
Letters

Participatory budgeting shines in eastern Queens

Over the past eight months, the residents of eastern Queens embarked on a new and unusual way to decide how $1 million of government funds would get spent. The results exceeded my expectations and once again proved the value of public participation in government. Comment.
Letters

MTA must improve Rockaway transit

The buses on the Woodhaven corridor are too overcrowded and unreliable and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority does not care. Comments (3).
Letters

Give constituents their owed monies

It is important that the projects that were approved for funding in City Councilman Daniel Halloran’s (R-Whitestone) 19th Council District under the participatory budgeting project be allocated those monies. Comment.
Letters

Trade Fair must hire back workers

As members of the City Council, we write in support of your meat department workers and their efforts to receive fair and lawful treatment in the workplace. Comments (6).
Letters

Halloran blood drive is still on

I am the blood drive chairman for the 19th City Council District, in the district office of Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). We are hosting a blood drive Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Key Food in the Whitestone Shopping Center, at 153-17 Cross Island Pkwy. Comments (1).
Letters

Ragusa target of unfair criticism

As former Queens elected officials, we have had the opportunity to work closely with Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. We have known Ragusa for more than 30 years, and in our experience he is one of the most honest, diligent, decent and forthright people we have had the pleasure to be associated with in our many years in public service. Comment.
Letters

Do away with the city’s five borough presidencies

The old city Board of Estimate included the five borough presidents and, as a result, they possessed to some degree legislative power. The board was declared unconstitutional because the numerical populations in each borough were not the same. Comment.
Letters

Patronize local businesses to keep them alive

As a regular patron of North Shore Hardware, I could not agree more with the April 5-11 Bayside Times article “Little Neck merchant nails customer service.” Comment.
Letters

MTA must show respect for Flushing church

I am writing to you today because I am concerned about the situation around St. George’s Episcopal Church, at 135-32 38th Ave. in Flushing. Comment.
Letters

Primary race needed for Halloran’s seat

In light of recent developments — i.e., the arrests of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Vincent Tabone — I am calling on the Queens Republican Party leadership to give us Republicans a choice. Comments (10).
Letters

Police officer intimidates resident at CB 8 meeting

I attended a Community Board 8 meeting March 13, which had on its agenda a United States Tennis Association application to expand its facilities in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (3).
Letters

Parks needs to better care for trees

As we approach spring and summer, it is important for the city Parks Department’s Forestry Division to maintain the thousands of trees that line streets and that are in our parks and playgrounds. Comments (2).
Letters

Beep candidates pledge task force creation

On March 28, the Bay Terrace Community Alliance hosted an informative and lively candidates forum. It was standing room-only at the Clearview Park Golf Course Clubhouse as residents came out to meet the person who will be the next borough president. All announced contenders for the office of borough president participated. Comment.
Letters

USTA plan will benefit boro park

Regarding the March 22-28 letter to the editor “Parkland should remain haven for people, not business,” we are confident that in partnership with the local Queens community boards and elected officials we will ensure a better Flushing Meadows Corona Park and United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Comment.
Letters

Council should pass paid sick leave

It is time for paid sick leave to become law in New York. We should no longer force parents to choose between holding their jobs and caring for loved ones, especially young children. While paid sick leave would enable fathers to lean in by pitching in during family illness, it will especially be a godsend to single mothers. Comment.
Letters

Higher fare must equal better service

Now that the bus and subway fares have increased, will there be a corresponding increase in the quality of service for the riding public? Comment.
Letters

Keep gifted program in boro school

On March 6, the PTA of PS 122 held a rally that filled the school’s auditorium with concerned parents, teachers, kids, educators and legislators. The reason: the city Department of Education’s proposed changes to a gifted and talented academy that has been a successful model for similar programs for the past 25 years. Comment.

March, 2013

Letters

New York Legislature must pass DREAM Act

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand/A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame/Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name/Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand/Glows world-wide welcome ....” Comments (1).
Letters

UFT, city need to settle on a contract

This October will be four years since the United Federation of Teachers contract expired. Comments (5).
Letters

Reform presidential primary process

Now that the presidential election has passed, it is time to re-examine how we choose our candidates for the highest office in our country. I believe we should consider changes in our presidential primary system. Comment.
Letters

Parkland should remain haven for people, not business

In describing Flushing Meadows Corona Park as not being a “traditional park,” TimesLedger Newspapers is off the mark in its March 1-7 editorial “Show Us the Money.” Comment.
Letters

Deli manager sets the record straight

Please allow me the opportunity to respond to the March 1-7 Bayside Times letter “Dogs should not eat off tables.” I understand that it does not wish to engage in a “he said, she said” between two parties, but since the reputation of a respected business in the Bayside community for almost 20 years is at stake, I think it is fair I have a chance to respond to the allegations presented in the letter. Comments (1).
Letters

Pols must stand up for Flushing Meadows, not big biz

What happened to the New Yorkers I have known and loved? Comments (3).
Letters

CB 7 should vote no on USTA

Community Board 7 is entitled to whatever information and conditions it deems necessary to aid it in making a decision on the United States Tennis Association’s current application that involves a significant structural expansion of its facilities in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (“CB 7 wants more info on USTA expansion,” TimesLedger Newspapers Feb. 22-28, 2013). Comments (1).
Letters

Follow New York’s lead on gun control

Protecting our most valuable resource — children — is any society’s most sacred duty, but it is a mission that we too often fail to accomplish. And that failure, whether it is in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Ariz., or a classroom in Newtown, Conn., is a continuing tragedy that should offend us all and shame us into immediate action. Comments (29).
Letters

No. 7 should service St. Pat’s parade

We are writing to request that the MTA reinstate No. 7 train service between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square March 16. Comment.
Letters

Gov’t must save U.S. Postal Service

It is sad to contemplate the possible demise of our reliable “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” U.S. Postal Service, but that may fall victim to the onslaught of the privatization pirates. Comments (4).
Letters

City and UFT need to work together

The failure of the city and the United Federation of Teachers to reach an agreement regarding new teacher evaluations is a disgrace. Comment.
Letters

Alley Pond meadows makes one appreciate nature

Standing in the white powdery cover of Alley Pond’s meadow alone, something moves me to savor the ability to observe distant patterns of angry steel-gray clouds touching a plaster-sculpted earth. This life sustainer with its own pattern of land and water is seemingly suspended in time by the winter’s severity. Comments (1).
Letters

Bloomberg should ban styrofoam

It seems there are people who are criticizing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to ban styrofoam. Comments (2).
Letters

Do not build stadiums in parks

I support reader Benjamin Haber’s letter to the editor “Enjoy Parks for Open Spaces, Not Sports Stadiums.” Comment.
Letters

Allow for upgrade of diesel trains

I am writing in support of a request that has already been made in a letter co-signed by 43 Assembly members, including all the members from the Queens delegation, that an appropriation of $17 million be made available to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the purposes of upgrading 10 diesel engines of freight locomotives owned and leased by the Long Island Rail Road for the purposes of hauling waste throughout the New York City area. Comment.
Letters

Dogs should not eat off tables

On Feb. 16, I had lunch at Ben’s Delicatessen in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. This was my first time dining in this establishment. I was disturbed at a site across the dining room while I was about to bite into my sandwich. Comments (2).
Letters

MLS stadium could pose health hazard

Supporters of the Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadow Corona Park have a myopic view of our need for another stadium. They espouse economic benefits and jobs, but little else. Comment.
Letters

Gun restrictions will not infringe on people’s rights

When I was a kid, I grew up with images of Hopalong Cassidy shooting umpteen bullets at bad guys from his six-shooter while riding on his white horse, Topper, at a full run. Paladin was called to town to wipe out bad guys because he was the guy with the gun in the ad, Have Gun Will Travel. Wyatt Earp shot all the bad guys when they deserved it and so did Steve McQueen and several others. Comments (22).

February, 2013

Letters

Church needs to enter the 21st century

With the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will be resigning as head of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of February due to personal reasons, it is now time for the College of Cardinals to elect a pope that will be more moderate in views, especially regarding allowing priests to marry. Comments (4).
Letters

Protect loved ones from smoking

Our home is our refuge, an investment and the place where our families grow, but it can also be the place where our children’s lungs are first introduced to secondhand smoke by smokers who live in the building. Comment.
Letters

City Council members need to work for the people

I had written to each of you regarding your inaction with respect to the mayor’s ban on sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces. Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was kind enough to provide me with a letter signed by himself and 13 Council members and sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg June 1 protesting the enactment of the ban. Comments (3).
Letters

Uphold church-state separation

The U.S. House of Representatives approved disaster assistance for houses of worship. Comments (6).
Letters

Koch was a true New Yorker

I am writing to express my sympathies over the departure of former Mayor Ed Koch (1924-2013), Mr. New York. The time was 1924 when Mr. New York was born in the Bronx, when “the smell of the Bronx is perfume to me” (Rodgers & Hart, “I Gotta Get Back to New York”) and “as black as onyx, we’ll find the Bron-nix Park Express” (Rodgers & Hart, “Manhattan”). Comment.
Letters

Storms proof of global warming

The latest information regarding this past year is that it was the warmest on record for the United States since records were kept since 1895. Comments (15).
Letters

Enjoy parks for open spaces, not sports stadiums

Major League Soccer’s Madison Avenue advertising that its proposed stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be a business boon for Queens is like everything it has been claiming: nonsense and without any credibility (“MLS sees stadium plan biz boon for Queens,” Jan. 25-31). Comments (1).
Letters

GOP should look in mirror over hypocrisy

Republican supporters say if Democrats are going to call them stupid and hypocrites, they should have their facts right. Well, here are a few examples. Comments (4).
Letters

City should check tree stability

One of the destructive results of Hurricane Sandy was the destruction of trees throughout the city. Comment.
Letters

Four pols show courage on gun control

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden deserve great credit for their efforts to curb gun violence in our country. So does Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the state level and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the city level. Comments (2).
Letters

State must find funding in budget for early education

I am writing to request that you hold the funding levels for Early Intervention Programs and preschool services at the same levels that were enacted in the 2012-13 state budget in your executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-14 and commit to doing so in future budgets. Comment.
Letters

Writer cannot decide gun ownership

Unfortunately, Kenneth Kowald’s Jan. 17-23 article “NRA has no right to dictate who should live and die” is filled with the same illogical, irrational cliches we have been putting up with for years from the anti-gun extremists. Comments (3).
Letters

Clinton performed well before GOP

I think U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did an outstanding job defending herself and the State Department from the disgraceful onslaught by the Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Comments (1).
Letters

Whitestone Knights of Columbus raise funds for needy

Charitable works are a constant in Whitestone. The local Knights of Columbus, the Monsignor Francis J. Dillon Council No. 5872, is constantly at work trying to help and assist those in need by sacrificing their own time to raise funds. Comment.
Letters

Stop No. 7 work for Lunar New Year

We would like to thank you for your Jan. 22 letter expressing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commitment not to disrupt No. 7 train service Feb. 8, 2014, the date of the 2014 Lunar New Year Parade. Comment.
Letters

Learn to put up with plane noise

LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports contribute enormous amounts of money to the economy of New York City that benefit all residents who are expected to share equally in the good and the bad that flows therefrom. Comments (1).
Letters

Gun law should be model for U.S.

The new gun restriction law passed by New York state’s Legislature is a good beginning down the path for making a dent in reducing weapons on our streets. Comments (3).
Letters

Centrist GOPers should take back party

Just when you thought you heard the most outrageous mouthings from our gun-aholics, they one-up themselves. The following is the twisted logic presented by Larry Ward, chairman of Gun Appreciation Day, who said at a press conference celebrating the event. Comments (1).

January, 2013

Letters

Sandy bill proves government works

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the $51 billion in storm relief aid for the tri-state region, but there were 180 representatives who voted against it. Comments (8).
Letters

Ferreras holds birthday fete

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras recently held a birthday function at La Gloria in Jackson Heights Comment.
Letters

Only Avella understands importance of parkland

In 1895, Frederick Law Olmstead, the genius who created Central and Prospect parks, 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).
Letters

Nix plan for FMCP soccer stadium

In terms of taking parkland for private interests, I remember helping to get citizens to sign petitions against Donald Mannes’ project for putting a racetrack in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. Comment.
Letters

Raise minimum wage above $8.50

As we start a new year and take a hard look at the city’s economic situation, a glaring need presents itself: In order to help rebuild our middle class, we need to help the working poor climb out of poverty by raising the minimum wage. Comment.
Letters

Good Samaritan saved dog from attack

I was walking my son’s dog, a beagle named Oscar, on 210th Street near 69th Avenue when Oscar was attacked by two pit bulls. Comments (1).
Letters

First responders deserve gratitude

One thing we as New Yorkers should be proud of is the way our first responders respond to accidents and other dangerous situations that put people in harm’s way. Comment.
Letters

Learn to live with airplane noise

There has been much media coverage, including an editorial from TimesLedger Newspapers (“Noise About Noise,” Dec. 27, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013), concerning complaints about alleged changes in flight patterns emanating from LaGuardia Airport. Comment.
Letters

Support mediation group to combat social violence

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left us heartbroken and looking for answers. No doubt the shooting was a result of many underlying issues, but as a mediation and family services center, we are asking ourselves: Might the lack of opportunity to resolve conflicts be one contributing factor? Comment.
Letters

Macchiarola will be sorely missed

Last month, New York City lost one of its most respected and effective schools chancellor when Frank Macchiarola died. His service as chancellor coincided with the period of my husband Leonard’s service as chairman of the state Assembly Education Committee. Comment.
Letters

Nation needs better mental health outreach

First, I recommend a comprehensive education campaign for the American public and the mental health community for the public to better understand the community when communicating how to be better understood. Comment.
Letters

Comrie honors southeast Queens community members

Councilman Leroy Comrie held an event at Thomasina’s in St. Albans to honor members of the community who dedicate their time to helping the community. Comment.
Letters

Everyone must come together to solve nation’s problems

Mr. President, now is the time to deal with all the issues that we, as a country and a people, have been ignoring and stop kicking the can down the road for future generations to deal with. Comments (1).
Letters

Little Neck Douglaston Lions Club holds annual dinner dance

The Little Neck-Douglaston Lions Club recently held their annual dinner dance at Leonard’s of Great Neck. Comment.
Letters

U.S. must abolish Electoral College

Now that the presidential race has been decided, we should re-examine the way this particular contest is conducted in our country. Comments (4).
Letters

Noise from planes a nuisance

For a long time I have noticed more planes flying overhead now every morning at 6 a.m. The planes fly overhead and wake me. Comment.
Letters

Sutphin BID gives out gifts in Jamaica

The Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District recently handed out presents to families during its Adopt-A-Family program at the Jamaica Market’s Harvest Room. Comment.
Letters

Make gun safety a high priority

The slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., sickened me and moved me to do something I had not done in a long time. Comments (3).
Letters

Put utility lines underground

One important issue that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible is to putting utility lines underground so damage to electrical, phone and cable service will be significantly reduced during future storms. Comment.
Letters

City teachers need a contract in 2013

As this year draws to a close, city public schools teachers will start 2013 without a new contract. Comments (1).
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We would be better without guns

I do not understand why we need to have guns so prevalent in our society. I know about the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. I know about the Bill of Rights and when and why it was adopted. Comments (10).
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American firearms need regulation

The Second Amendment calls for regulation, not a blanket absence of common sense. Comments (7).
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City must overhaul tree maintenance

I am writing once again to highlight the failure of the city and the city Parks Department to properly maintain city trees. Comment.
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Pols must back weapon control

The shooting massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided. Comments (10).
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