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Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2006 12:00 am

Mets Stadium

Dear Editor:

The Mets’ new stadium brought back memories of our long departed and beloved “Bums” from Brooklyn.The new design is nothing less than a recreation of the facade of Ebbets Field.

It just might lure me back to see a game.

David Rivkin,

Jamaica Estates

Dog Gone Good Stories

Dear Editor:

Regarding your coverage of Vivi, the missing whippet:This dog is all about New York. She’s beautiful and fragile and tough. As a 9/11 survivor, I need a happy ending right now. What you are doing to help is wonderful. You have the support of all of us here.

Virginia Breen,

Park Slope, Brooklyn

Noise In L.I.C.

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter to express my appreciation for the article that appeared in the March 16 Queens Chronicle titled “Neighbors Protest Plans For New Long Island City Lounge,” by Ron Brownlow. After being ignored by the powers that be, I am pleased he covered so many issues regarding Lounge 47 and the new proposed bar Blends.

The article gives myself and my neighbors hope in believing that someone really cares about our quality of life. Our complaints to the community board, State Liquor Authority, Environmental Protection Agency and the police have gotten us nowhere. Your paper took the time to listen to us and voice our objections regarding the loud noise and music from Lounge 47 and the concern of having another new bar just 25 feet away.

You shared our concerns about our want for peace of mind. You can’t imagine how it feels when you need to sleep at night and Lounge 47 plays the music so loud that you can’t sleep and it even causes a day lost from work.

Thank you for giving us a voice. I just hope someone will listen.

Helen Paolo,

Long Island City

Dog Park Lawsuit

Dear Editor:

As president of the New York Council of Dog Owner Groups, I was understandably upset by the pending lawsuit by the Juniper Park Civics Association against off leash dog recreation.

However, our group—the nation’s largest—reached out to the civic association. Bob Holden, president, responded favorably. Together, we hope to work with local dog owners to arrive at a solution that works for everyone.

Sometimes it is easier to scream than it is to work. People who volunteer to improve their communities are to be commended, whether it is through a civic association, parks group or dog owners’ group. We can, and should, each contribute toward improving our neighborhoods.

I cannot promise success, but the signs are positive. As long as we continue to talk and work together, there is hope.

Hurricane Katrina showed the nation how much pets mean to their owner caretakers. Let’s take that love and translate it into a workable solution to any dog related problem that may exist within the community.

Bob Marino,

president, NYCdog.org,


Bear In Mind

Dear Editor:

March 19, 2006 was the third anniversary—if that’s the word to use—of our invasion of Iraq.

Yet no such mention of March 11, 2006. It’s our 412 year anniversary and celebration of no further attacks on the American homeland, on you and me.

Four and a half years. How did this come about? Was it:

1) That al Qaida has dropped their ways and intentions, or

2) al Qaida has stopped trying to hurt us, or

3) Despite all the endless criticism as to what this president supposedly isn’t doing, his efforts to defend the American homeland, you and me, have indeed paid off.

Let us always remember, al Qaida doesn’t discriminate. They will kill Democrats and Rpublicans. I pray that all Americans keep this in mind.

The president has earned our support and deserves it.

Walter Lamp,

Forest Hills

Immigration Concerns

Dear Editor:

The Black Legion was organized in Detroit in 1936 to curb immigration during the Great Depression. Perhaps it is time to reactivate this organization to curb the current illegal immigrants. Think about this when you pay your taxes to support these illegals.

Bill Molnar,


Stop Illegals

Dear Editor:

In regard to the Editorial in the March 23 Queens Chronicle concerning immigration, there is no question that the millions of illegal immigrants are a problem. You say that they are “toiling away at thankless jobs.” So why are they staying here? Because it is still better than from where they came. So by accepting their presence here and knowingly hiring them, the employers are also gaining “illegal” profits.

Every legal employee here has a Social Security number. A legal Social Security card must be shown to every employer so that legal Social Security deductions can be made. After all, although your article seems to favor the illegals, you do note they are taking jobs away from legal immigrants. Is that fair? Of course not.

You do note the “guest worker” program, which could help the situation on the one hand or attract even more illegals on the other. The only thing that can, and should, be done is to strictly follow the law and strictly deport illegal immigrants.

Frankly, your last paragraph is all wet. Your way is an amnesty program. Once enacted, it would attract more illegals. They would know they wouldn’t be deported. Just continue working and they will soon get “permanent legal status.” And the “suckers” waiting to legally enter the United States will just continue to wait.

Clearly it isn’t legitimate or fair.

Stanley Kalfus,

Rego Park

Richmond Hill District

Dear Editor:

Salutations to those who are in the forefront for a Richmond Hill historical district designation. This native son of Queens keeps an eye on his old borough via the Internet, and will continue to do so.

Richmond Hill is a special area to my family and whatever happens there is a matter of concern to us. My mother’s family, the Snedekers, contributed much to the early history and life of the Hill, and continued to do so well into the last century. I wish the people of the Hill every success, and a special salute to Nancy Cataldi, who seems to me to be the real powerhouse behind the historical district designation.

Getting a historical designation is, as is common knowledge, not an easy task. Not only do you have to deal with the city, but with property owners, who may have their own agendas. In Chattanooga, a Victorian era district, Fort Wood, got the designation, and it has been nothing short of a blessing. While on Missionary Ridge, scene of a battle in the Civil War, a number of property owners objected to those who sought a designation, as they felt such a designation would “infringe on their property rights.” The point here is to keep things in perspective while trying to get the designation. Good luck and I hope the designation for the Hill becomes a reality in the near future.

John Mulry,

Chattanooga, Tenn.

More Bush Lies

Dear Editor:

Here we go again. Additional proof that Bush had planned to invade Iraq long before 9/11 gave him the excuse and the vehicle with which to realize his goal. He did, and we are now aiming at the upcoming benchmarks of 3,000 dead and 17,000 physically and mentally crippled American fighting boys and girls.

In a five page memorandum by an advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, it is documented that on January 31, 2003, in a closed door meeting, Bush made it clear to Blair that he was determined to invade Iraq despite not having a second United Nations resolution and the failure of the international arms inspectors to find unconventional weapons. Present were then National Security AdvisorCondoleezza Rice and her senior aide, Dan Fried, as well as recently dumped White House Chief of StaffAndrew Card Jr.

They all heard, but remained typically zipper lipped. This confidential memo was written by Blair’s top foreign policy advisor, David Manning. He further states that, “Our diplomatic strategy had to be arraigned around the military planning. The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for March 10.” Manning summarizes Bush’s intent by saying, “This was when the bombing would begin.”His manic determination to invade Iraq had earlier been exposed in a completely separate July 20, 2002, Downing Street memo.

Bush’s devious premeditated invasion was actually realized on March 20, 10 days later than his initial intent. Perhaps the 10 day delay saved a few lives and limbs and every day costs our youth their future.If anyone still thinks that this Iraq war is one of necessity rather than choice, they are as intent on evading the truth as is Bush.

Zack Pal,


Two Faced President

Dear Editor:

To paraphrase an old classic lawyer quip, “How do you know when Bush is lying?” The answer: “His lips are moving.”

When Bush, the banner carrier for his fellow oil barons admonished, “Americans are addicted to oil,” it reminded those very accused addicts, of a drug lord blaming the user of his product on their dependency.

Arlene Philomena,


Medical Alert I.D.

Dear Editor:

Several weeks ago I had a senior medical alert I.D. made for me at the St. Margaret’s Senior Center. The card was provided for free by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s office and I’m writing to tell you how helpful it was.

Last weekend, I had an accident in a local store and fell down. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital and simply gave the card to the doctors and nurses and they took care of all of my paperwork and used the card to prepare my medications. Going to the hospital can be a scary experience and this card saved me from a lot of aggravation.

I want to encourage other senior citizens to call Hevesi’s office to have cards made for them. You may never need it, but it is great to have just in case.

Thank you, Assemblyman Hevesi.

Kathleen Adell,


Reporter’s Release

Dear Editor:

I join with my fellow Americans in much relief over the release of Jill Carroll, the freelance Christian Science Monitor reporter. She was recently reunited with friends and family after spending 82 days as a hostage in Iraq in the hands of a militant group called the Revenge Brigade.

She has gone through hell and must be commended for her courage and veracity. I admire what she said after her release, “I abhor all who kidnap and murder civilians, and my captors are clearly guilty of both crimes.” Furthermore, I’m appalled at these egregious and nefarious acts perpetrated upon a woman, and these terrorists must pay for their crimes against humanity.

These acts must not go unpunished. Remember this: Carroll’s only crime was reporting the truth.

Frederick Bedell Jr.,


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