More jobs lost
My sister stopped by the CVS on 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village the other night after work. She was surprised to see they now have self-checkout.
They have one manager helping customers if they run into a problem with self-checkout and one person working the photo counter.All the cashiers are gone.
I feel bad because now all those people are out of work and people who could get jobs as cashiers can’t get a job there. Now there are more unemployed people and fewer jobs.
Is this going to become universal?
My sister did not like it.She tried to check out at the photo counter but the woman there said you have to use the kiosks.
I wonder if it’s going to last.A few years ago The Kmart on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village had self-checkout at a few of their registers but that did not last long.
In this economy we should be creating jobs, not eliminating them.
Vets need a hospital
(An open letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki)
I hope this letter finds you well.I am writing to you today on behalf of the many veterans living in Queens and Nassau counties. As a member of the New York State Senate Veterans Committee who represents thousands of veterans in my district, I am deeply concerned with your recent decision to select a developer and to move forward with the Enhanced Use Lease process at the St. Albans VA facility.This CARES/EUL program adopted by the VA is taking a toll on our veterans and our communities as well.
Queens and Nassau counties have over 200,000 veterans in residence.It seems unfair that they should have to travel to Brooklyn or Northport, LI for medical attention. The community of St. Albans, as well as the veterans, supports and deserve a full-service hospital with an emergency room; primary and extended care for female veterans; a comprehensive treatment facility with a domiciliary; and veterans’ transitional housing.
I believe we owe this not only to our veterans from prior wars, but also to the many young men and women who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with serious injuries.We owe them much more than just a “Thank you.”They have earnedthe right to have the best medical facility within a reasonable distance from their homes.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this request.Once again, I respectfully request the VA to stop the Enhanced Use Lease process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.
NYS Senator for the 15th District
Save the stadium
(An open letter to Rep. Anthony Weiner, state Sen. Toby Stavisky, City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi)
I am writing on behalf of Rego-Forest Preservation Council. We extend a special thank you for composing a joint letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Aug. 12 requesting a feasibility study. You have responded to the pleas of a vast coalition of local and national landmark supporters regarding a historic international icon, the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, and also expressed the need for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate more landmarks in Queens.
You acknowledged the sentiments of the greater public, who hopes to see the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium landmarked (by city and state) and purchased by a more creative and deserving party who would restore and reuse it with everyone in mind, to ultimately boost jobs, business and tourism, and convey pride. From its rendering in the 1922 MIT Technology Review, it was depicted as “America’s Tennis Stadium,” but seemingly poor marketing decisions by boards of the West Side Tennis Club in recent years let it go astray.
Under Cord Meyer development’s condo-minded proposal, a portion of the facade would be retained, but the soul of the iconic stadium, including the grandstands, interior stone work and field, would be sucked out for out-of-context condos, more closely resembling a Brutalist Style structure of the Cold War, or a “Disney-esque” look, to phrase it mildly. It would usher around 200 residents into Forest Hills Gardens, and be another case of overdevelopment in Queens. Our schools are already burdened, and it is doubtful that a modern design would be approved in the face of restrictive covenants.
Building typical condos of “Anytown, USA” and demolishing the majority of an icon to settle a debt (according to published reports), would be the selfish, short-sighted and unimaginative approach.
We hope that you will continue to defend one of our nation’s greatest “landmarks at heart,” and a 21st-century family destination of great potential. Thank you very much.
Michael Perlman, chairman
Rego-Forest Preservation Council
A beautiful article
Re “Alpha Phi Alphas work to get out the vote,” Aug. 19, multiple editions:
I am proud to say that the writer of the article is my brother, and that I am a member of the illustrious organization he is writing about. Keep up the good work Mr. Fagan. And, Zeta Zeta Lambda, continue to hold up the light of Alpha.
J. Evan Daniel
Silver Spring, Md.
Give us teachers a raise
As a new school year approaches, there still is no agreement betweenthe UFT and the New York City Department of Education. This is verydisconcerting.
Mayor Bloomberg has deferred layoffs of nearly 4,000 teachers, but he still is not budging on the very important issue of a salary increase, albeit a minimal one. Teachers deserve a pay raise. We all work very hard under some very tough conditions, which certainly adds more unnecessary stress to the instructional workday.
It is time for the mayor and the chancellor to step up to the plate and seriously work with the UFT and our very hardworking and professional president, Mr. Michael Mulgrew, to come to a settlement.
Everyday living has become more difficult as daily expenses continue to rise. We teachers need to be able to pay our bills and other expenses just like all other workers in this city, state and country.
Cops, take this knife, please
On Saturday, Aug. 14 my husband came home from work and found that someone had placed a machete on our little brick wall along our driveway. It was between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. We carefully put it in our basement, not sure what to dowith it,and made sure not to put our fingerprints on it.
On Monday the 16th, I saw a police officer at Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway, who told me the precinct “is just down the block” and that I should bring it there (118th Street just down the block from Forest Parkway? Are you kidding me?)As a mother of two young children, I told him I cannot get on the train with them to do that.
I called the precinct when I got home. The woman who answered also suggested I bring it in. I told her why I couldn't and sheasked an officer what to do. She then took my address, and told me I did not call the right precinct.I grew up here; of course I called the right precinct. She spoke in broken English and could not understand the street name. Why does she work there?
Anyway, she finally understood andsaid someone would come to get it. They never did.A family member of mine went to the Woodhaven town meeting on the 18th. She spoke to the officer there, who took our address and said someone would come the next morning around 7:30. No one came, at all, all day long.
What is wrong with the 102nd Precinct? This weapon, with a blade over 18 inches long, could have been used in a crime. We live close to the park; it could be a piece of missing evidence. Are the police of the 102nd Precinct really too busy to come and get this dangerous weapon? It’s no wonderhow bad the neighborhood has gotten. I hope Mayor Bloomberg reads this.
It’s Women’s Equality Day
Today, Aug. 26,National Women’s Equality Day, we honor and celebrate the invaluable contribution women have made to the growth of our society.
In recognition of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug started National Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Here in New York we continue to benefit from women’s tradition of leadership and strength, but we still need to do more to guarantee that all Americans have equal protections under the law.
New York led the nation in advancing women’s rights since long before 1971. America’s first women’s rights convention took place in upstate Seneca Falls in 1848. The resulting Declaration of Sentiments asserted “that all men and women are created equal.” This was a milestone and rallying cry for the women’s voting rights.
Many key women in government call New York their home. America’s first female vice presidential candidate for a major party, Geraldine Ferrarro, represented Queens in Congress. Brooklyn’s own Ruth Bader Ginsburg is our nation’s first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. She is joined by fellow New Yorkers Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton has gone on to serve as the secretary of state. And there are many women serving in local positions. The list goes on and on, but the point is that New York’s women provide indispensable leadership.
Women’s Equality Day is not only a celebration, it is also a reminder. We are still struggling to achieve a level playing field. We can congratulate ourselves for enacting equal pay laws, but we must remember that with women making only 80 percent of their male counterparts for the doing same job, we still have more work to do.
Take up the cause. For our mothers, our sisters and especially our daughters, we must continue the fight to ensure that we all have equal opportunities, equal freedoms and equal rights. Thank you.
Michael G. Miller
NYS Assemblyman for the 38th District