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Letters to the Editor 11-30-2000

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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2000 12:00 am | Updated: 3:32 pm, Mon Jul 11, 2011.

Airport Solutions

Dear Editor:

It was with the greatest of interest that I read the article about LaGuardia Airport that was featured in your November 16th issue of the Queens Chronicle and I thoroughly agree with the points that were raised.

Having had the personal experience of being affected by the delays of arrival, due to overcrowding and so much aircraft traffic, I strongly urge the authorities to please limit the number of flights that arrive and take off everyday.

There are so many flights that leave every hour and traffic is so jammed that many flights have to wait at least one-half hour on the runway prior to actual takeoff. Having too many flights waiting to take off or to land creates safety hazards and compromises the well-being of literally millions of passengers. It seems that getting so many flights off the ground and landing them at the same time is more important than personal safety.

The mass delays that occur due to the tremendous amount of air traffic is indeed a great inconvenience. This was especially the case in mid-October when I was supposed to land at LaGuardia at 8:30 p.m. but due to massive delays with the Air Traffic Control system and equipment problems, we landed at Newark Airport the next morning, at 1 a.m. LaGuardia, that early morning was closed to incoming flights. Five hours is a long time and what an inconvenience we experienced that night.

Airline deregulation is not working out well at all. In addition, the Air Traffic Control System is antiquated and must be updated to meet the needs of the mass volume of flights in this busy 21st century.

We must consider the neighborhood surrounding LaGuardia Airport. Noise pollution is unhealthy, annoying and can cause hearing impairment. We must not add more flights to an already busy airport.

Cynthia Groopman,

Long Island City

Teacher Crisis

Dear Editor:

New York City is facing a crisis. Everyday the school district I represent and school districts throughout the city are losing motivated and qualified teachers to the suburbs. City teachers are not being paid a competitive salary, worthy of the teaching profession and commensurate with the responsibility of educating our children. A crisis in education is upon us. It is our responsibility as parents and New Yorkers to urge Mayor Rudy Giuliani to help keep and attract the best teachers.

The teachers are currently working without a contract. I would like to add my voice to the growing numbers of New Yorkers who want quality education for their children and want to stop the drain of our educational talent and leadership from our city. We need to demonstrate our resolve and pay our teachers properly.

Let us pay our teachers a salary that will entice them to work in New York City, not drive them away. Not too long ago it was a €rivilege to teach in New York City. Everyone is talking about the importance of education. Proposals like vouchers, which drain money from our education system, is not the panacea for our problem. A better proposal is to raise the salary of our teachers. That would be real educational reform. Obviously, there is no greater threat to the education of our children than the loss of our teachers.

Mayor Giuliani please pay attention. Before more top-notch teachers are lost, we have to treat our educators with dignity and respect. We all agree that we must raise the bar for teachers the same way the standards have been raised for the students. However, arbitrary obstacles conceived merely to win a public relations war should not be used to judge the success of a teacher. Students’ scores on standardized tests do not adequately reflect the job performance of the teacher. For example, if a student scores poorly on a standardized test but excels in class work, the teacher may be doing a terrific job. Over the years we have lost countless numbers of teachers; truly future generations are at risk. The time to act is now.

We all must stand up and speak out before it is too late. New York City was the greatest place to get an education in the world. It can be again, but we must have the finest educators or our children will pay the price. Tell Mayor Giuliani to negotiate in good faith and to establish an incentive to attract and keep our teachers.

Mark Weprin,

member of Assembly,

24th AD,


New President

Dear Editor:

It seems to me that there is a solution to this election. I propose that we keep Bill Clinton on for four more years and send Al Gore back to Washington as our vice president and George W. Bush back to Texas as its governor.

Clinton has been a good president during good times (except for a few escapades) and waiving the two-term limit for president would be the best thing for our muddled nation.

Beatrice Petrella,

Forest Hills

Bogus Bush

Dear Editor:

If George W. Bush is wise, he will concede the presidency to Al Gore because of the distasteful conditions of the Florida election and the unfortunate consequences to his good name if he shouldn’t. The Bible speaks of the “burning bush.”

If he should become president, George W. would probably be referred to as the “bogus Bush,” the most despised president since Rutherford B. Hayes, the “fraudulent president.” The latter attained the presidency through the electoral vote despite the popular majority of his opponent.

Since the Florida Supreme Court set aside a conclusion to the vote count, there is a strong probability of a complete count in all districts which would seem to forecast a Democratic sweep and a Gore victory. Therefore, George W. should make a gracious concession now and withdraw.

Difficult though it may be, he must, above all, consider the effect on the rest of his family, especially his brother, the governor of Florida. Swallow your pride GW and do the smart thing.

Nat Shapiro,


Reality Check

Dear Editor:

I have voted in every election, primary and regular, since eligible. I buy the paper and take enjoyment at looking at the figures and believing that the last number is a vote that was mine when I look at various columns.

Now we discover that some votes are never counted—overseas, etc., when the election isn’t deemed close enough to bother. This is comparable to the finding that a publishing contest was found years ago not to even have opened many bags of contestants entrants.

If people do not believe their vote counts we certainly should understand that attitude. Even in the current outrageous conditions people are more apt to believe this than thinking every vote is considered. We are supposedly a modern people.

We need a Jimmy Carter at our polling places. When I tried to vote this year the first time my machine wasn’t working the poll attendants had to be told by me to use the emergency ballots instead of telling people “to go home and come back after work.”

We decry other countries’ elections but deny a reality check of our own.

William Pagenkopf,


Bravo Stockholm

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to all residents on Stockholm Street for the honor of being reviewed for an historic district designation. They deserve it.

If you would see that block at its very best, view it on a patriotic holiday when it seems every house has a flag out, it is an inspiring sight.

As I live five blocks east on Menahan Street and attend St. Aloysius Church, which was in the background of the photo of the November 16th issue of the Chronicle, I have seen that often.

It is inspiring enough to cause me to take the long way home to experience the exhilaration of patriotism not found often anymore.

All good wishes to all the families living there.

Marie Lore,


Overcrowded Schools

Dear Editor:

In your November 16th article “Overcrowded School District 24 Makes Plea For Help In Papers,” you reported that 5,000 seats had been added, “but then 5,000 new students entered the system, negating the effort.”

Thank you. Discussion of our profusive school construction should always be in lock-step with the subject of mass immigration. I might add that not only schools, but dangerous roads, escalating rents, airport gridlock and yes, the power plant explosion can be tied to our massive and unaccountable immigration policy.

Regarding the free ads (nothing is free, we are all paying big time for this), they could be improved upon by calling for a dialogue to reduce the growing need for seats.

On another note, let me say that foreigners, especially their children, should never be blamed for our current crisis. Anyone who blames foreigners is just wrong. Americans will always accept the world’s peoples. This is a matter of numbers and the disastrous outcome in the absence of planning and in the interest of profits.

Let’s not let the corporate farms, meat processing and the hotel and restaurant industries sap our future. I think everyone can agree that when a job is so bad that no American will do it, that calls for close examination of business practices and consumer enlightenment.

Jeannette Evans,


War Memorial

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, November 11th, I attended the “groundbreaking” for the too-long delayed World War II Memorial. The $100-million cost has been raised with no government funds involved, the site and plans approved and the “groundbreaking” ceremony awesome except, President Bill Clinton had to turn over the proverbial shovel of earth in a box.

Obstructionists, claiming the memorial would block the view, secured a court order delaying construction at the site between the Lincoln and Washington Monuments, with the Vietnam Wall, already in existence, on the right and the Korean Memorial, also already in existence, on the left.

The 16 million veterans of WWII are dying off at the rate of 1,000 each day. I plead for your immediate action in favor of the National World War II Memorial as designed and planned.

Milton Sank,

USS Tolman, DM 28 SoM 3/C,

Retired New York City Police Dept.,

Howard Beach

New Use

Dear Editor:

Some good can come of the Queen Catherine scandal.

Because the Flushing Remonstrance was drawn up in Queens, a Museum of Tolerance, whose aim would be, among others, to inform the public about crimes against humanity throughout history, would find a fitting home in this county.

Poetic justice suggests that such a museum be located on the very spot at Hunters Point originally set aside for the Catherine monstrosity.

On July 9, 1776, American patriots toppled the statue of King George III in Bowling Green and all but the head was hauled away to Connecticut, where it was melted down to make musket balls to fight the British. Poetic justice thus also suggests that the Catherine statue be melted down and the metal used in the building of such a museum.

A Museum of Tolerance, not a kitschy statue of a undeserving, justly forgotten nobody with no proven tie to this county, would be a fitting edifice across the East River from the United Nations.

David Gold,


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