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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2002 12:00 am

Bias Crimes

Dear Editor:

In regard to the vandals’ attack on August 31st that destroyed a statue of St. Gregory, which was at St. Gregory’s parish since 1964 in Bellerose. Also another attack which took place at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Bayside where anti-Catholic graffiti which was in front of the entranceway, which I found quite disturbing.

As a Catholic, I’m outraged over these attacks upon the Catholic church which I find to be egregious acts appalling and an insult to all Catholics.

Our heartfelt prayers go out to Father Joseph Cunningham and to his parishioners at St. Gregory’s and also to Monsignor John Mahoney of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and all their parishioners. This has truly been a most painful experience for all concerned.

I’m very troubled over these attacks, which I can only see as attempts by the few who might be disturbed over the crisis in the church and see this as a way to make things right. There have been a few fallen men of God but remember that the church is not made up of the few but the many who love their faith and are dedicated to doing God’s work that includes the clergy and lay persons.

These atrocious attacks must not be allowed to perpetuate in our communities for bias crimes affect us all even those who commit these vicious acts.

Frederick Bedell Jr.,

Little Neck

Drivers Beware

Dear Editor:

Disabled patrons shopping at Kissena Farms (Kissena Boulevard and Aguilar Avenue), and parking in the handicapped parking spots, with their handicapped parking permits clearly visible on the dashboard, are being towed. 80+-year-old disabled people are forced to find another way home (with their groceries), and then to find a way to Brooklyn (to redeem their cars for $100 plus tax).

The problem: the handicapped parking permit was not hanging from the rearview mirror, but was clearly visible on the dashboard. In fact, the sign in the parking lot states that illegally parked cars in the handicapped spots would be ticketed by the police. There was no mention of towing.

Legal to tow: Extremely questionable. Ethical, decent, morally correct, humane: no. Also the low-life, scum tow truck operator could make his commission on the backs of handicapped senior citizens.

In case you were wondering, the senior citizen in question never left the stores in that shopping center. In fact, when the owner was notified by the police of where to find his “stolen car,” he was told the reason his car was towed was because the permit was not hanging from the mirror.

So if you are disabled, and shop in that shopping center, please make sure your permit is hanging from your rearview mirror.

Name Withheld,


Other View

Dear Editor:

News that the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to advance New York City's bid to host the 2012 Olympics received mixed notices in Kew Gardens Hills and other central Queens neighborhoods, which are adjacent to Flushing Meadows Park, Queens’ largest and most popular park, and the second largest in the city.

As New Yorkers, we are pleased that the USOC has kept New York in the running for the top spot, but the sponsors want to play their games in our neighborhood, so we cannot share the Olympic boosters elation.

Folks who live near the park question whether closing much of Flushing Meadows Park to the public for two or more years; permanently displacing public facilities, paid for by NYC taxpayers; permanently merging the city's largest fresh water lakes into one huge water body; displacing a 40-plus-acre natural wetland; and building a multi-million-dollar bridge over Jewel Avenue (to be paid for by the taxpayers) might be too high a price to pay for a seventeen-day extravaganza.

Equally worrisome, is what happens to the park after the Olympics are over and the sponsors and fans go home: Is turning a large part of the park into a rowing regatta and white-water rafting concession appropriate use for a public park? How will a chronically under-funded Parks Department maintain the newly merged and dredged lakes? How will the city restore the playgrounds, ball fields and other public facilities displaced by the Olympics? What happens to the wetlands?

Patricia Dolan,

Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association

Thank You Angels

Dear Editor:

We need to tell you about two angels (names unknown) who stopped to help us when I called for help.

My husband, who has bad legs, was trying to get into the car in front of 88-08 151st Avenue in Lindenwood on Thursday, September 5th at about 3 p.m., when his right leg gave out on him. I saw this grey van and yelled out, “please help us.”

A woman came over and she flagged down a passing truck that said American on it. Then a man came over and helped my husband get back on his feet and helped him sit in the car.

My husband and I started crying just for the mere fact that these two people stopped and helped, which, believe it or not, is quite rare.

To the big strong man: your truck said American and you truly are. To the other angel: God bless you. Thank you.

Steve and Barbara Trustman,


Never Come

Dear Editor:

In the Israeli and Palestinian conflict it goes like this—when Palestinians kill Israelis in acts of terrorism it is called a Holy War. When Israelis kill Palestinians in reprisal during combat the Palestinians vow to seek revenge.

The main goal of the Palestinians and other Arabs besides seeking revenge is the destruction of the state of Israel. As long as Israel has the United States as an ally that day will never come.

Frank Adamic,


Name Change

Dear Editor:

After reading Rich Tobiassen’s letter, I feel possibly I owe an apology to all the readers of the Queens Chronicle concerning my thoughts of a bust and plaque of Ed Fowley in Fowley Park.

He wrote in the September 5th issue that Ed wanted just a street named after him, which was done.

Not being in his circle of friends I did not know of his wish.

It’s my wish and I feel other Woodsiders will agree that the smiling bust and plaque be erected in “Fowley Park.”

Ed was a small man only in height, having looked up to people he spoke with. Now in death, everyone looks up to him seeing the street name “Fowley Way.” Thank you Rich for enlightening to his wish.

Walter Karlak,


Against Agency

Dear Editor:

The nation’s leadership seems to be in a rush to create a Homeland Security Agency as well as a cabinet position. Yet though a year has passed since the tragic events of September 11th, absolutely nothing has been done regarding out-of-control immigration, reforming the CIA and FBI, or fixing the security problems at most of the nation’s airports.

No one has been called to task as to why only a few privileged political leaders knew that something was about to happen while the rest of America remained in the dark. Not a single head has rolled as a result of the 9-11 debacle and so many questions remain unanswered.

Instead, we Americans are now expected to meekly give up many of our constitutional rights in the name of national security without ever having been given answers as to why our nation’s leaders were so irresponsible in the first place. I have the sense that we will regret the day that they passed Homeland Security.

Frank St. George,

East Rockaway

Beware Of Tree Pruners

Dear Editor:

I sent a letter to the Department of Parks regarding so-called “tree pruners” loose in Woodhaven.

Warning—If you are scheduled for pruning, stand next to your tree and watch them carefully or your tree will be butchered like mine was.

On Thursday, September 5th, the tree in front of my house was subjected to butchery in the hands of so-called tree pruners from Lewis Tree Service of Pennsylvania.

I had a nice tree in front of my house that I watched grow from a sapling years ago. It was a proud oak until the “tree pruners” attacked it. Notices were posted for tree pruning, but when I arrived home, the so-called tree pruners had cut off every limb up to 30 feet high and left the tree misshapen and unattractive. I am left with an unpleasant looking tree which was a stately tree before. It is a shame and unfortunately I will be forced to look at it until I move.

I think someone should inspect the company’s qualifications, because it surely isn’t tree pruning. Tree butchers would be a better title. I wish I could undo the damage they have done.

Carmella and Tom Cerar,


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