The best Mets
(An open letter to all Mets fans)
While watching the Mets (7) and Astros (4) game on Sunday, May 15, SNY Broadcasters Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen talked about the way the Astros honor their retired hero players. On a wall at their park, they display inside a baseball the stars’ last names and their numbers. The SNY camera focused on Scott (33) and Ryan (34).
At Citi Field the only display on the wall in left field shows 35-37-41-42-Shea. We should respect our heroes better by honoring their names ... not just their numbers. I call upon all who love Mets baseball history to join me in letting the Mets’ owners know that you want them to add our hero players names on the Citi Field wall of fame.
Anthony G. Pilla
Korea is one of the oldest nations on earth, with a rich culture, more than a millenium of unity and an indisputable national identity.
Korea entered the 20th century as an agrarian bureaucratic kingdom of half a millenium’s duration.
Due to the fortutious geophysical juxta- position of the Korean peninsula between greedy China, bearish Russia and foxy expansion-minded Japan, Korea has been invaded, conquered and colonized by those three nations intermittently throughout its 4,000-year history.
The vicissitudes of history have been unkind to the Korean people. And in the summer of 1945 they became the victims of a tragic historical injustice.
At the end of World War II, Korea was the only nation not responsible for aggression which was almost whimsically divided by the U.S. and Russia. The Korean people were never consulted about the split.
After 36 years under the repressive yoke of Japan, Korea should have been wholly liberated by the victorious U.S., which has shouldered the brunt of war in the Pacific. Russians should never have been permitted into the northern part.
Only five short years later North Korea invaded South Korea and subsequently thousands of young America fighting men lost their lives, not to mention some two million Korean civilians who perished.
Despite these tragic events Korea was practically ignored by the rest of the world. Even the Korean conflict was “downgraded” to a police action by then President Harry S. Truman.
Finally, an official recognition of the Korean people’s fervent wish to be united as one nation manifested itself as a symbolic gesture when the Nobel Peace Prize went to South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung in the year 2000.
The long-suffering Korean people deserve to be unified. Korea has a right to be left alone, in peace, as a single independent nation.
Illegal conversions ...
The problem of illegal conversions in Flushing is an epidemic (“Pols call for tough laws to prevent illegal apartments,” May 12). Most people think it’s the landlord doing this, but it’s also the tenants who are being told by rental agents that they can save on the rent if they subdivide the apartment. I guess some people will do anything to make their commissions.
Unfortunately the law is protecting the lawbreakers and not the law-abiding people. Seems that “illegal search and seizure” is the problem. Well, whatever happened to probable cause? Why can’t we give the Departmet of Buildings more power to get into these questionable properties? Perhaps if the landlord were fined huge amounts of money each time the DOB could not enter for inspection it might help.
It doesn’t matter who put the walls up, the landlord has the responsibility to know who lives there, how many and what is going on with his or her property.
It’s time to take action. How many more lives are we going to risk or, worse, lose? It’s time all you elected officials know we mean business. We put you there and we can take you out. Start changing some laws and do it now. We will remember you at the voting booth.
Mary Ann Boroz
... Ruined our block
I agree with Maria Thomson of Woodhaven (“Bust illegal apts.,” letters, May 12).
I had to move two yers ago. I had lived on 124th Street between 107th and 109th avenues in Ozone Park for 34 years.
Every single home had become two-family or three-family. We had so many fires. Our driveway was always blocked and we had to park sometimes two blocks away — and I had a private driveway.
I saw the Building Department come around. Not one person would answer the door. These people should be paying more taxes. Something has to be done. If there is no answer, shut the electric or water; then you wil gain access.
When my husband and I turned 62 years of age two years ago, we decided to move. While we had lived there for 32 years and loved it, we had no choice.
If someone gave me $1 for every illegally rented house, I would be rich today. I am only too happy to report this.
Valley Stream, LI
Re “Don’t let state ethics reform slip away,” Editorial, May 12:
Everybody is for reform, but nobody wants to be hurt. The Brennan Center came out with 12 critical points for reform. Politicians are choosing only the most ineffectual to advocate. The first reform would be to incarcerate the entire state Senate and Assembly for grand theft of service.
Enough cars in LIC
Re “Will more LIC parking spots bite the dust?” May 12, Western Queens edition:
This area could hardly be better served by transit. Never understood the focus in Long Island City on more and more parking. 550 spaces already seems huge to me.
The rich vs. teachers
They are your friends and neighbors; they buy groceries alongside you and they just happen to be some of the people most vilified by Mayor Bloomberg. Who are they? They are New York City public schoolteachers, and now several thousand will join the ranks of the unemployed, thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s intransigent decision to institute layoffs.
He can protect the children of the city but instead he has made the choice to terminate over 4,000 teachers. Instead of digging into the city’s tax revenue reserves, he would lamely try to shift and assign the blame elsewhere. He would rather protect the city’s millionaires and billionaires than impose or fight for a fair taxation policy that makes those who have more pay their fair share. He chooses to protect his friends, who dug us into this current fiscal muck, as opposed to making them help to pick up those who have far less.
He commits these acts of educational treason all because he wants to change the rules to suit his childish, capricious and whimsical desires. He is like a toddler having a tantrum; only instead of the shrill cries followed by kicking and screaming he throws millions of dollars around to buy opinions. What does he know of the working class plight? While most of us toil away to pay bills and put food on the table he flies off to islands in the Caribbean on his own private jet.
Mayor Bloomberg has done everything in his power to pit parents against teachers and teachers against fellow New Yorkers. He closes down schools like most of us close windows. These actions throw entire communities into disarray, and yet sadly, he prides himself as being an educational pioneer. All of this occurs, while the ultra-wealthy bankers, who brought about this economic turmoil, don’t pay their share of the tax burden.
Here’s a simple question for the mayor. How do you plan on telling the children of the city that your desire to protect the wealthy is more important then them having a teacher? Once again, the youngest and most vulnerable become the greatest victims.
Adam C. Bergstein
Schools, not businesses
As crunch time gets closer and closer, Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda becomes much more obvious. His plans are not to improve the delivery of education but to make the DOE a more efficient operation. Like any business, when revenues decrease, streamlining the operation by cutting costs will help keep the business profitable.
However, educating our children is not a business and the decisions as to where to cut costs are crucial. The city has a $3.1 billion surplus and the spending on technology and consultant contracts are out of control.
The idea of laying off any teachers is unacceptable, whether they are teaching two years or 20. It is time for the mayor to listen to the people and set a realistic budget that provides for real education for children.
Van Bramer comes through
Earlier this month I sent a letter to the Chronicle saying, among other things, that Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office had been unresponsive to a complaint I made about a field of trash on 46th Road near PS 1. As soon as the letter was published, not one but two of his staff members called to say that the lack of response had resulted from a miscommunication (possibly technological) and that the councilman places tremendous importance on constituent service. I take them at their word.
Almost immediately, the mess about which I wrote was cleaned up. In addition, the councilman asked the Sanitation Department to place trash cans in the area. (The near-complete absence of them is unquestionably one reason trash builds up on the sidewalks.) Let’s hope that happens soon.
Last week’s Chronicle had an entertaining article about the situation (“Van Bramer is LIC’s Mr. Clean,” multiple editions), the tone of which accurately suggested all’s well that ends well.I wanted to add my own voice because I believe a person who exercises his right to gripe has a parallel duty to speak up when things are made right. This Councilman Van Bramer’s office has done.
Long Island City
Killed without cause
A cough, sneeze or treatable kennel cough, an animal scared out of its mind — suddenly they are on the daily “to be destroyed” list! New York City’s Animal Care and Control is killing dogs and cats with “no concern/mild temperament” traits.
Visit facebook.com/UrgentDeathrowDogs. Apparently something as minor as a “cold” or the animal’s being too terrified to act in its normal manner is enough to put it down without any time to get it rescued!
What is the damn rush? Does the ACC have anyone to advocate, to give these animals some time?
To all those caring and loving people who donated assets for the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center/Pediatric Vecta Child Distraction Unit for Medisys. What a blessing for our children. Our children are less terrified as this unit controls their anxiety when staff needs to suture or do intravenous therapy.
Thank you, thank you one and all from the bottom of my heart for all you did.
Assets coordinated and collected by:
Nancy A. DiCroce
Lifetime member, Kiwanis International
Health Committee Member,
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center