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Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2009 12:00 am

Another name

Dear Editor:

With all due respect to Mr. Baard’s opinion in last week’s Queens Chronicle, “Change the Name,” there is only one name for the Mets’ beautiful new stadium, Gil Hodges Field.

While Mr. Baard nominates John Bowne and deep down inside Mets owner Fred Wilpon would rather see Jackie Robinson on the exterior of his Ebbets Field replica, the reality is that a corporate logo will stay in place. Be it Citi Field, Metlife Park, Milk of Magnesia Stadium, no one turns away $20 million per year (especially in this economy) for naming rights. This means the Mets have pitching ace Johan Santana practically for free every season.

But if we could put a human face on the replacement for dearly departed Shea Stadium, its Hodges. Period. Not only was he a great player in the 1950s for Brooklyn (put him in the Hall of Fame, already), Gil pulled off the all-time greatest managerial job ever. He led the 1969 Miracle Mets to the World Series championship. Plus, the poor man died on the job in 1972 from a heart attack.

Gil Hodges has a direct link to Mets history. Messers Bowne, Robinson and Citigroup never did, and never will.

Vincent Ruggiero


Help the middle class

Dear Editor:

I’ve got to hand it to the architects of those Republican rhetorical ruse-rants. Their mastery of dysphemism and euphemism raises it to an art form.“Raising the taxes of the wealthy,” is just a typical distortion of fact, no different than politicizing the women’s credo, “pro choice” as “pro abortion.”

What is really happening with taxes is that we are allowing the tax rates for the wealthy to return to the level they were during the Clinton administration.He had inherited President Reagan’s trickle down fiasco together with his tax cuts for the wealthy. The Clinton administration then proceeded to become the most economically successful administration in our country’s history.The Bush administration reinstated the Reagan tax cut for the wealthy and oversaw arguably the worst economic disaster in our country’s history.Let us hope that Obama’s administration is a redux of Clinton’s.

In short, when Bush’s reinstatement expires the irresponsible tax breaks for high-income Americans expire and we will return to the income tax rates for upper-income Americans that we had in the 1990s, rates that were consistent with a balanced budget and economic growth for middle-class Americans, who haven’t seen their paychecks increase.Let’s keep the middle-class tax cuts and reform the alternative minimum tax in order to give middle-class Americans the tax relief they deserve to have.

Zack Pal


Where to now?

(An open letter to Gov. David Paterson)

Dear Gov. David Paterson:

My husband and I chose St. John’s Hospital as our hospital when we moved to this area 35 years ago,because I am Catholic.St. John’s hasn’t been for some time,but I guess non-Catholics don’t realize that.

In any event, I know that many, many people without any health insurance have been taken care of by St. John’s for a long time for free,so of course the hospital has undergone a financial drain.

I heard that some other hospitals are being given funds by the state to take up the slack.Where should I tell the ambulance to take me, now that my hospital is gone?Queens Center Mall?

Joan Davis

Forest Hills

Bad use of funds

Dear Editor:

I am very disappointed in my representative Congressman Gary Ackerman (along with Congressman Jerold Nadler from Manhattan) who voted to hand over $475,000 of our taxpayer’s money to “improve and expand” the Italian American Museum in Little Italy, whose board is known to run the museum like a private corporation. They do as they please without any federal, state or local regulation’s even though they collect money from corporate sponsors (tax-write-off’s that would otherwise be used for public use) or public taxpayer money. This a non-profit, public organization who discriminate against those Italian American artists who have no connections, or are not rich enough or a part of their inner-circle. The money would be better spent on security to protect Fort Totten.

Minister C.J. Di Donna


Who’s serving us?

Dear Editor:

The slogan “the greatest good for the greatest number” sounds noble and virtuous. It has no specific meaning and can and has been used to justify depraved and vicious actions: 51 percent of the population enslaving the other 49; a lynching mob murdering a man whom they consider dangerous to the community; nine hungry cannibals eating the tenth one; a Nazi regime exterminating the smaller number of Jews.

The slogan implies the “good” of the majority must be achieved through the suffering of a minority, that the benefit of one man depends on the sacrifice of another. Responsible Americans are now compelled to sacrifice for the “good” by bailing out failed businesses and co-signing the mortgages of irresponsible spendthrifts.

The slogan the “greatest good for the greatest number” is the antithesis of individual rights and liberty. The “good” is not determined by counting numbers and is not achieved by the sacrifice of anyone to anyone. When every man is free to work for the greatest good he can achieve for himself by his own choice and by his own effort, the sum total of such individual efforts is the only kind of social good possible.

In their infinite wisdom, the founding fathers enshrined in the Constitution the principle that the state is subservient to the individual, not vice versa. Henry David Thoreau observed “the character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in the way.” He also warned, “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I would run for my life.”

Ed Konecnik


Clean up!

Dear Editor:

I was so surprised to see how disrespectful dog owners are in regard to picking up after their pets. The pooh is literally every place you look.

I see how well maintained the park is by the people that work there, putting garbage cans out, 30 feet from each other. There’s absolutely no reason not to pick it up when so many cans are there for pooh disposal.

So much beautiful open park land is a “treasure” these days when every blade of grass is being cemented down for more buildings the pooh signifies to me; people saying “who cares about nature and the open breeze that’s created there because no buildings block the free flow of air, and who cares that we were given this open space to walk our beloved pets and ourselves and meet nice people who are just happy to be outdoors. If they visited their loved ones at a cemetery would they not clean up there also.

What’s the difference, cemeteries are sacred? So is Juniper Valley Park. Don’t spit on it, that's what you do everytime you leave your dogs pooh there. Shame on you, how lazy could one be? All you need is a small plastic bag, to bend from the waist down, you don’t have to look far for a garbage can. Remember the ad years ago on tv, the American Indian with a tear rolling down his cheek when he saw all the litter. Well, that same person would not be able to stop sobbing if he rode around Juniper Valley Park today.

Ellen Wilkinson and Scooter


No more Bloomberg

Dear Editor:

As reported here and in other media outlets, I was encouraged to see the five county chairs from the Republican Party expressing their solidarity at last week’s pow-wow with Mayor Bloomberg, as they rebuffed the mayor’s feeble attempt to woo them into giving him the Republican line.

I applaud their bravery for standing in unison and one in particular, the Queens chairman, Phil Ragusa, for having seized this opportunity, in that meeting with the mayor, to take him to task on his decisions that have put this city on its course toward financial oblivion.

Since he assumed power, his fiscal “ingenuity” has today produced public deficits, thanks in no part to his willingness to cater unnecessarily to the education lobby’s every whim, and offer generous concessions to other public sector unions.His tax hikes levied on homeowners and tenants, while producing huge surpluses during the so-called boom years of 2003-2006, resulted in nearly a sixty percent increase in the city’s annual budget since he took office in 2002. Things now cost twice as much as they did prior to 2002.

Acutely affected by Bloomberg’s well thought out “solutions” are those people who also live in cooperatives and condominiums, who are forced to pay higher maintenance increases to cover these ridiculous property tax increases. So, despite the falling values of these units and other residential homes, property taxes continue to rise!Nevertheless, New Yorkers have bravely attempted to implement sensible cost saving measures for themselves and their families in order to eke out some semblance of a living, but this mayor thinks that a good idea is bludgeoning New Yorkers with more tax hikes and higher fees.

They are tired of trumped-up police statistics, which falsely tell the populace that crime is going down, while the reality on the ground tells a different story.They’re also tired of the disturbing frequency with which quality-of- life nuisances have returned.In fact, they’re pretty much tired of ineffectual government.

Yes, give the voter an alternative. It should not be Bloomberg.

Anthony LoGiudice

Clearview Gardens

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