I feel badly about the closing of the Baisley Park Community Center (“Community Centers To Close As Funding Wells Run Dry,” the Queens Chronicle, March 27).It is an important outlet for the children in the community. I hope the parents from Baisley Park will fight to keep that center open. Couldn’t they approach Borough President Helen Marshall and appeal for additional funding from the county of Queens? They could also visit the Central Queens Library and research possible sources of funding from foundations and other charity organizations.
Be Aware Of Seniors
The tragedy of senior citizens with Alzheimer’s and dementia is often compounded by so many who wander off to become one more missing person. Just this week the bodies of two senior citizens who wandered from their homes were found; and it is thought that they died of exposure.
If you see someone older who appears confused or unsure of their surroundings, check to see if they are dressed appropriately for the weather. There is no harm in approaching someone to ask if they are alright or need help. The worst that can happen is the person you approach gets annoyed — the best that can happen is you save a life.
I think that’s a pretty good trade-off. It is my sincere hope that we can institute an “Amber Alert”-like system in New York State when one of our seniors goes missing. We do it for children who are helpless and in danger and we should do it for the elderly among us who are in that same situation.
Life is precious at both ends of the age spectrum; and our seniors who can’t negotiate the world themselves should be able to count on all of us to care enough to offer them our aid and protection. These people could easily be your parent or grandparent; they can be you as you enter your older years.
The Golden Rule says we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us — don’t just think about it — you can make a difference between life and death.
Throw The Bums Out
Approval ratings for Congress have never been lower, yet how do we account for the reelection of 98 percent of the incumbents in the House of Representatives and 92 percent in the Senate? Does anyone really think the Congress is doing such a wonderful job that it deserves to be reelected over and over and over again?
Incumbents promise but cannot bring about “change” since they are participants in a long established semi-covert practice of incentives and rewards and will continue to vote as their moneyed interests tell them to vote. They know few voters care and even fewer will bother to vote them out of office. Sadly, only half the people eligible to vote actually vote. Only 40 percent of eligible voters between the ages of 18 an 24 vote yet they have the biggest stake in affecting positive change for their future.
The lack of urgency to protect and secure our borders, permitting the printing of American passports and transfer of sensitive electronic chip technology as well as the outsourcing of the manufacture of refueling tankers and other equipment for our military to foreign nations suggest the members of the “House of Incumbents” overwhelmingly vote in favor of their wealthy campaign donors and big dollar lobbyists. Our nation’s borders, security and sovereignty have been compromised and imperiled, yet we continue to re-elect incumbents who have put us at risk in the first place.
A vote for anyone but the incumbent is our only hope for “change.” We can take comfort in the fact that a non-incumbent congress can’t be any worse than what we have now and we can always vote them out in the next election.
We witness the horror going on in China against peaceful people, yet hear nothing from our president condemning this treatment. In a few months, our people are going over to participate in some farcical Olympic Games, yet we are still importing questionable foods, poisoned toys and games, faulty appliances and cheaply made clothing. We hardly hear a peep from regular citizens. Why? If citizens don’t yell and scream about these offenses, what can we expect from our impotent representatives who sit on their hands pandering to this country. This is sickening.
Tax and fee increases, service cuts? What about the $1.9 billion for the Yankees’ and Mets’ stadiums?
What about the almost $2 billion for Goldman Sachs in Battery Park City? What about Bruce Ratner’s $2 billion government subsidy ? These and many more, are they untouchable, impossible to cut or just stop?
Representative democracy is for the rich, not for the suckers who watch the treasury routinely looted. No money for police salaries. Steal from the needy to give to the greedy. Billions in “entitlements” for illegal aliens; billions stolen from medicare and medicaid.
We no longer have a government, just another “criminal enterprise.” Where is the outrage?
It is not easy for elected officials to risk popularity and criticism to do the right thing. But that’s exactly what happened this week when the City Council, led by Speaker Christine Quinn, enacted a congestion pricing plan for New York City. Queens owes a debt of gratitude to the members of its delegation who stood up for this forward-thinking proposal — Councilmen Eric Gioia, Thomas White Jr., James Sanders, John Liu and Hiram Monserrate — as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who initially proposed it.
There’s no question that congestion pricing has its skeptics. Not everyone sees the wisdom in asking drivers to pay more or make the switch to mass transit. But just take a look around Queens these days and you’ll see problems that are too important to ignore. Residents are tired of waiting for buses that take forever to show up — only to be so crowded that they have to wait for another one. The subways have become human sardine cans, teeming with working- and middle-class commuters. At the same time, our roadways are choked thanks to well-heeled drivers who have the luxury of driving when many of us don’t. Simply put, the status quo is no longer an option.
Gioia, White, Sanders, Liu and Monserrate risked criticism and popularity to do what is right for their districts, and indeed for all of this city. In the coming days, we hope that our state Legislators, too, will seize this historic opportunity, and make Queens a better, more livable and more environmentally responsible place to live by passing congestion pricing.
New York League of Conservation Voters,
Pricing Out The Poor?
The proposed so called “decongestion plan” is a sham that should be called the new “Mason Dixon Line” separating the poor in the north and outer boroughs, from the wealthy in the south of Manhattan. I call it a sham because it is just another tax snow job. First of all, it is true that traffic in Manhattan is heavy, along with the fact that difficult parking keeps it under control with drivers thinking twice before going into Manhattan. Of course, it might help the wealthy if it decreases traffic but I don’t think it will even do that.
The other part of the sham is that the money will go to improving MTA projects. This rhetoric is only to sell snow to the Eskimos, the very people who will be excluded. This sham is as old as the hills. Yes, the money will go where they say it will, but then the money that was going to bus, subway and trains goes some place else. It’s just another tax with no real improvement to the said systems.
We already have a decongestion system its called the free market and that is a better and fairer system then any politician can dream up.
Poverty And Government
Are the governments of the worldoften the cause of poverty and hunger?
Our “war on poverty” in the 1960s stopped the upward mobility of our poor and created a welfare class trapped in poverty. Our open borders policy allows illegal aliens to take jobs from our working poor, and our policy of outsourcing industry and jobs is destroying even our middle class.
Our wealth is squandered on government programs and given to foreign governments for them to squander. We are trillions of dollars in debt, and printing dollars, unbacked by gold or silver, have undermined the value of our currency through inflation.
Whether done on purpose to gain power over the people or through misguided benevolence, government interventioninto the economy, which is properly known as socialism, ultimately destroys the wealth of its people. Yet, we keep voting for candidatesthat promise us more of the same.
We should support less government, more individual responsibility, and with God's help we will have a better world.
Cable Charge Is Static
I am writing this letterbecause I would like the public (especially cable subscribers) to be aware ofone ofTime Warner Cable'ssubscription policies.I went toone of their customer service locations becauseIwanted to add a converter box to my existing plan. I was toldI would have to make an appointment to have a service/installertechnician come to my home and install the converter box.I was also told there would be a $30 fee for the installation.
I am making light of this because I think it is totally ridiculous to charge customers a fee for this. I could understandif a home is not wired for cable or if a customer does not have the skill to install a converter box. In that instance I guess a service/installer technician would be needed. Time Warner seems to have no problem giving their customers new converter boxes in exchange for broken ones. You walk into the customer service center and make the exchange and walk out. Then you go home and do that very difficult job of plugging the box in and screwing that very difficult cable to the back of the converter box.
I believe in a free and open marketbut I don’t believe in ripping people off. Maybe one of our local politicians could figure this one out. My money is withTime Warner. Literally.
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