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Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:44 pm, Thu Jan 5, 2012.

Never vote GOP

Dear Editor:

The Republican Party is morally wrong on most issues facing America. Millions of citizens are hurting and crying out for help.The GOP has turned a deaf ear. Their tactics in the 112th congress is to delay, obstruct, block or kill every Obama proposal!

Polls show that only 9 percent of voters approve of “partisan gridlock” that’s taking place on Capital Hill. They also reveal that most Americans disagree with GOP leaders opposing Obama’s American Jobs Act, and his call for “shared sacrifice.” If your r˝aders recall, the GOP godfather, Ronald Reagan, urged wealthy citizens to accept — shared responsibility. It should be noted taxes were raised 11 times during his presidency! Oh, yes, readers – don’t forget the famous remark made by our 41st president, “Read my lips... No new taxes!” Need I say more?

Two hundred forty-nine congressional Republicans signed a “no tax increase” pledge, orchestrated by Grover Norquist. It is my understanding that the only pledge members of congress take is to defend the constitution! Norquist threatens to defeat anyone who violates their pledge by using a powerful weapon, corporate money!

Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky), stated that his “top priority: is to see a one term for president Obama. House speaker, John Boehner (R-Oklahoma) said that he does not like the word – compromise. It shows weakness! To this writer these two leaders should have put country first and found a way to work with the president. President Reagan and the house speaker, Thomas “Tip” O’Neill (D-Mass.) did in the 1980’s. Thirty years ago 60 senators were moderators knowing how to compromise. Today, sad to say, there are no moderate senators!

After three years of Tea Party and radical far right influences, the Grand Old Party has lost its way and turned its pack on the traditional values of the Republican Party. I am proud to see that President Obama is using some of Harry Truman’s leadership by asserting his authority through executive action!

Republicans will attempt in 2012 to make President Obama look “ineffective.” As Governor Christie (R-New Jersey) put it, Obama will become a “bystander in the Oval Office.” This writer predicts this GOP election strategy will become their Waterloo on Nov. 6, 2012!

Anthony G. Pilla

Forest HIlls

Lies from the left

Dear Editor:

America’s economic decline is linked to and perhaps was precipitated by the decline of our culture. The significant components of our culture, our sense of honor, humility and the dedication to personal responsibility have been subverted and morphed us into people who believe their well-being is someone else’s responsibility.

For over two centuries, Americans have been taking care of themselves, freely competing, inventing, producing, pursuing happiness and creating the highest standard of living on the planet. President Obama thinks this process is not working and has empowered an elite to correct the poor choices of the masses. Obamacare delegates decisions that will affect our health and well-being to unelected unaccountable bureaucrats. Energy Secretary Steven Chu defends the ban on the sale of incandescent light bulbs by saying “We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.” I submit no one, no matter how bright, can possibly know what is in the best interest of everybody.

A new lexicon has been introduced to re-educate and render regulations and restrictions on the Constitution and our liberties more palatable. To wit, “greed” means anyone with a lot of money must have stolen it; “social justice” requires the wealthy share since they have more than they need; “fairness” means redistribution to each according to his needs.

It is an egregious deception to rename and refer to FICA contributions as a “payroll tax.” FICA stands for the Federal Insurance Contribution Act which was enacted to fund Social Security. Extending the so-called “payroll tax” cut is politically expedient; it will not produce jobs or stimulate the economy but only threaten the solvency of Social Security. To make up the shortfall, mortgage and refinance fees have been imposed on homeowners. If nothing changes, we will eventually run out of other people’s money.

I send my best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2012 to the readers, my friends and neighbors with the admonition we cannot change the Mayan Calendar ... but we can vote.

Edward Konecnik


Caring coverage

Dear Editor:

A few weeks ago, one of your editors, AnneMarie Costella, wrote an article on my son, Joseph, and his struggle with Asperger’s syndrome (“Bellerose man battles disorder to live normally,” Oct. 13, multiple editions). This article accurately and compassionately documented Joseph’s life, as well as shedding light on a little-known form of autism.

Despite his struggles along the way, Joseph has grown into an intelligent, caring individual, who serves in our local civic association and volunteers his time at Long Island Jewish Hospital and the ICL Milestone Residence at Creedmoor.

I commend Ms. Costella for writing an excellent article that can serve as inspiration to those individuals with disabilities showing them that they can be overcome.

Jerry Wind


A cop falsely accused

Dear Editor:

I read last week’s letter “Prejudiced police” by Rosa Febles online and was both shocked and disappointed by the accusations she made.

I have never met her but would certainly welcome the opportunity to meet with her. I have worked with the police official she cited for almost two years and have spent a great deal of time with him at the station, at meetings and at other events.He is one of thefinest, hardest-working and caring people I know.I have never heard him say anything negative or derogatory against any ethnic group.He is doing whatever he can to keep everyone within the precinct confines as safe as can be.As far as the derogatory wordMs. Febles claims she heard, I find that even harder to believe as he is married to a Spanish woman and they have three children.

I am sure this will be investigated and I am 100 percent confident that this “allegation” will prove to be unfounded.

Chrissy Voskerichian

President, 109th Precinct Community Council


Editor's note: The name of the police official in question was removed by the Queens Chronicle from both this letter and the one last week that prompted it.

Bring back the trains

Dear Editor:

Recently, there has been much discussion regarding a proposal to convert abandoned areas of the old Rockaway Beach Rail Line into a “highline” park space (“Rails to trails push on old LIRR tracks,” Dec. 8, multiple editions). While I’m a strong advocate for increased park space in Queens, I believe southern Queens and Rockaway would be better served if this forgotten track once again fulfilled its original purpose as a railroad.

Transportation options for southern Queens and Rockaway residents are severely limited. Restoration of the abandoned rail line as an efficient transportation alternative to the A subway line would be welcome news to residents who currently suffer with commutes of well over an hour to midtown Manhattan. I commend Community Board 14 and the Rockaway Transit Coalition, led by Lew Simon, for their advocacy over the years.

The Rockaway Line, also known as the White Pot Junction Line, was created around the turn of the century and was owned and operated by the Long Island Rail Road. It provided 40 minute commutes to midtown Manhattan.Later,parts of the railroad were condensed and eventually closed. Then the property was vandalized and has become a source of embarrassment for the families that reside in the area.

Despite our limited transportation options, southern Queens and Rockaway have seen a large population and construction boom.The opening of the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, the renaissance of the Rockaway Peninsula as a tourist haven and the growing population all show that the restoration of this rail line is needed now more than ever.

I’m opposed to the “Queensway” proposal, if it would in any way preclude the eventual restoration of a rail link that would serve southern Queens and Rockaway. Those same communities that are pushing this proposal are privileged with commutes of 30 minutes or less to midtown Manhattan, and there is no reason why the residents of the 23rd Assembly District shouldn’t have this same opportunity.

Phillip Goldfeder

NYS Assemblyman for the 23rd District


When leaders fail

Dear Editor:

New Year’s Day has come and gone and many resolutions have been made, but by and large few may really be kept.

Our world governments and leaders need to have resolutions that truly can be enacted. The issues of this world are truely most troubling. Look at this list: worldwide unemployment, European debt crisis, war in Afghanistan, the North Korean and Iranian development of nuclear weapons, earthquakes, famine, global warming, and let’s not forget the polar bears are losing their natural habitat.

The questions I have are, where is the concern for our planet in 2012, and where is the peace on Earth? Do enough people in powerful positions care enough? For an intelligent species, it’s a shame we can’t work together and come up with answers. But unfortunately, greed and hate still rule the day.

I hope we can work together before it is too late. My personal resolution is that I pray we can all work together for the common good. I believe all people of all races, national origins, and religious beliefs can help help one another in need. I think as a human race it is one resolution that should be kept. Even if our world leaders can’t do the right thing.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks

Corzine’s full of it

Dear Editor:

John Corzine’s defense of his actions atMF Global boggle the mind.Corzineis worth $500 million and haspreviously served as CEO of Goldman Sachs, as well asgovernor and United States senatorfrom New Jersey.Hemanaged budgets in thebillions to trillions.So it is odd that hemisplaced $1.2 billion dollars of MF Global assets.

Even worse, President Obama previouslyconsidered appointing Corzine secretary of the treasury or to another critical cabinet post. By coincidence, Corzine raised $500,000 for his presidential campaign. Vice President Joe Biden called Corzine “the smartest guyI know in finance.”Perhaps I can interest either Obama or Biden in buying the Brooklyn Bridge?

Larry Penner

Great Neck, LI

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