Representatives Joe Crowley, Nydia Velazquez, Anthony Weiner, as well as Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer made a wise investment in America’s future by supporting a green stimulus bill (“Lawmakers thrilled by federal fiscal package,” Feb. 19).
At a time when we must focus on projects that simultaneously put people back to work, build energy independence, and fight global warming, the energy package in this legislation will accomplish all three imperatives. Investments in clean energy are some of the most effective stimulus in the bill.
A Greenpeace-commissioned report found that investments on this scale could save us billions in our utility bills and reduce global warming pollution by the equivalent of taking 13 million cars off the road every year.
In addition, these investments will provide jobs for construction workers, roofers, electricians, and other specialties hit hard by the downturn. That’s a smart use of taxpayer money that deserves recognition.
Carmichael’s Diner in the late ’70s had the best soul food in the boroughs, on par with the original Jack’s Nest, Sylvia’s and the West Boondock. Regulars at the diner were Guy Brewer, Tommie Agee and many of the ’69 Mets players and many, many other prominent residents of Jamaica. King Carmichael and his brother Arthur are dearly missed. The whole corner was owned by the Carmichael brothers. My how time does fly.
Why more troops?
Here we go again. I thought this new president was going to end the needless wars our troops are fighting. I guess we are getting the same nonsense that President Bush shoved down our throats. Seventeen-thousand more troops for Afghanistan.
Those poor kids being thrust into a quagmire that looks more and more like Vietnam. Afghanistan had nothing to do with Sept. 11. It’s all about empowering the United Nations and using our troops for “policing” actions. This is, of course, completely contrary to the U.S. Constitution and President Obama knows it.
Frank St George
We need Mayor Bloomberg
Mayor Bloomberg’s approval rating has dropped to 52 percent from about 70 percent in November. Yet his numbers are still ahead of his leading Democratic contenders like Anthony Weiner, William Thompson Jr., and Tony Avella. There are many who are upset because he went against the will of the people on term limits, but difficult times call for difficult decisions. When President Franklin Roosevelt ran for four terms there were some who were upset as well. Now there are those who call the mayor such names as king or czar Bloomberg. I think the mayor might prove to be a superhero whose name might be “Super-Mike.” In my opinion in these dificult times we need an independent, honest leader like Bloomberg to get New York moving again. Mike used his business experience to turn the city around after 9/11 by creating jobs and balancing the budget while protecting vital services.
I believe he can do it again if given the chance. There are those who doubt his veracity, but let no one doubt his tenacious efforts to safeguard and try to make this a better city.
Mayor Bloomberg has a detailed economic plan for all five boroughs including:
Investing in jobs creating infrasture like subways, roads and parks.
Reducing our dependence on Wall Street with smart, local development in every borough.
Helping small businesses by cutting taxes.
Creating green jobs, by investing in alternative renewable energy technologies like wind and solar power.
Now more than ever, we need Mike Bloomberg to keep our economy moving, our neighborhoods safe, our schools improving and our city cleaner and stronger than ever before.
Frederick Bedell Jr
Glen Oaks Village
Change the name
If the stadium where the Mets play in Flushing is to be renamed and Citi Field proves politically unviable given its bailout funding, we’ll have a chance to celebrate what is truly special about Queens. No place in our borough is more famous than our stadium, thanks to the Major League Baseball media machine. It therefore should announce who we are, and what we value. Nothing would accomplish that better than calling it Bowne Stadium.
John Bowne was perhaps the most honorable resident of Flushing. His 1662 fight for religious freedom set a precedent for our entire nation. He stood up to Governor Stuyvesant’s repression of spirit and moved a community to welcome the myriad faiths and rational ethics of succeeding waves of newcomers.
This is what makes America a beacon that can’t be snuffed out by the murderous likes of Al Qaeda. Indeed, a poetic parallel is that while the World Trade Center towers were being completed in Manhattan, the Ganesh Temple, home of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, was being built on Bowne Street — the very place he lived, in Flushing.
Historians and traditionalists work hard to remind us of this humble Quaker immigrant's contributions, and this gesture will further ground us in our local culture. Elected leaders using the stadium as a backdrop through the coming decades will be measured against the commitment to liberty of its namesake. Today’s immigrants should learn of the roots of tolerance in our nation at the same time they are learning the “great American pastime.” Viewers across the globe might ask, when hearing that the Mets are playing at Bowne Stadium, “who was Bowne?” The answer will be what is best of America.
Long Island City
Thanks for the memories
In the wake of the closing of the historic banquet hall, LeCordon Bleu, of Woodhaven, I am writing to express my heartfeltthanks to all the wonderful people there, where I had worked as a waiter and bartender from 1971-1975 during my collegiate years at St. John’s University.
Working at Le Cordon Bleu was a whole experience of life which enriched my perspective of diverse religions and culturesasexemplified in the parties, ranging from dinner dances to bar mitzvahs to weddings.It was at The Bleu that I learned about the rich culture and cuisine of the Satmar Hasidim, aJewish section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We served tables but also enjoyed snacking on the rich culinarydelights of theHungarian andRomanianJews,listening to the classical music of Europe and imbibing the sounds of Yiddish.We learned respect for the religious traditions of others and the male waiters had to wear yarmulkes, even though we were mostly Christians.
We worked bar mitvahs, and looked forward to getting complimentary Bering cigars from the host as we danced the Havah Negillah to and from the kitchen.We shed tears asthe dad danced with his daughterto the tune of “Daddy’s Little Girl” andthe mom danced to the tune of“Mr. Wonderful”at the Christian weddings, and as “Sunrise, Sunset” serenaded us of the Jewish experience.We boogied to the tune of “Skin Tight” and “Boogie Shoes”during the Friday night dinner dances of Afro-American organizations who booked the Grand Ball Room, andwe came home with a pocket full of tips those nights!
We learned Greek from the Greek waiters, Hebrew from the Jewish waiters, and lessons in psychology from the psych alumnus of Long Island University, Mike, another lead man and captain.And, we loved the Glatt Kosher food supervised by “The Rabbi” atthis Italian-owned and operated restaurant.
Cut the Q74
The outcry over ending the “vital” Q74 line which runs empty all summer, during most of the day and night is a true disservice to the underserved areas of Queens where there is limited public transportation and you have to walk blocks to get to what service there is.
The alternatives for CUNY law students is to stay on the “F” train one more stop and take the Q20A or Q20B on Main Street by Queens Boulevard which lets off at the front door of the CUNY School of Law. Or if on the “E” get off at Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard for the same buses.
The real reason they are moaning is because they are guaranteed a seat at both ends of this very short route. Guess the Queens College campus is still an ivory tower because in the real world the MTA knows from fares on the Q74 that the buses run empty. Even before the MTA “doomsday” budget this route should have been eliminated and its resources put where really needed.
These alternatives have been available to the students and Pomonok Houses for years. The politicians who are protecting this route are either Queens College graduates, or like Gennaro, have taught there.
Cut those taxes
Why are governments perpetually experiencing “budget crises” and raising our taxes? Our tax money is used as fertilizer to grow bureaucracies. These, in turn, produce nothing but regulations which diminish our freedom and smother our economy. We don’t need more government, we need less overhead!
Before thefederal income taxwas passed in 1913, we not only survived, we prospered. Thefederal governmentwas about 20 percent of its current size, and no one feared a tax audit. At that time, government could not afford its Frankenstein agencies that spawn the monstrous regulations that strangle our productivity.
OurConstitutionworked to keep us free from burgeoning government so long as that Constitution was obeyed. Now theU.S.Constitutionis largely ignored by politicians eager to buy votes with ourtax dollars.
What we need is less government, more freedom for the individual and private business, and a return to the strict limitations that theU.S. Constitution placesupon the growth of government.