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No day off for Diwali

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I just read the article “Dromm to DOE: Make Diwali school holiday” (Oct. 24, multiple editions). How very ridiculous that is.

Isn’t this the same councilman who closed 78th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights, to create a play street that is hardly used by anyone — except possibly vendors who flock to the street on Sundays to sell their merchandise? And now he has the audacity to demand that the Department of Education make this holiday a reason for students to miss another day of school. Don’t the students have enough days off from school already? On how many more holidays will he demand that schools be closed?

What would stop him from demanding days off for other ethnic holidays? Why not days off for Polish, Irish, Chinese, Iranian, Russian, Mexican, Colombian, African, etc. holidays? This is America, and schools have American holidays off. Isn’t that enough? Why are we starting to close schools for holidays of other nations and religions?

I think American schoolchildren have more days off than those in any other country. I believe some politicians will do anything to gather extra votes.

The play street on 78th Street was a complete failure and now that street cannot be used for much-needed parking space for the cars of people in the area. It just remains an eyesore. Another stupid idea and waste of taxpayers’ money — when there is already a large park on 78th Street. It just boggles the mind what politicians will do to waste our money. We the People should adamantly veto this demand made by this councilman and his cronies.

James Sullivan
Jackson Heights

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