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We need the 7 train

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:06 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.

Dear Editor:

How irresponsible and one-sided your article about the closure of the 7 train is for the Hunters Point community (“Hunters Point gets heated with MTA,” April 3, Western Queens edition).

Your associate editor made several backhanded remarks such as “… closed for a handful of weekends.” Don’t know the size of her hands, but 22 weekends is more than a handful! Further she said “it is clear that the residents and business owners … would not be satisfied until the MTA gave in to all their demands.” That is untrue. The MTA has not now nor in the past many years listened to our community. We have offered several suggestions and none were acceptable.

Year after year this lack of service goes on. Several businesses have already closed because of the lack of weekend service in the spring and summer. These are taxpayers who deserve better. She states now it will be “only 17 weekends,” which is one-third of the weekends of the year! For our community that only has the option of the 7 train, canceling every year has been a big issue and apparently not one that your reporter has had to deal with.

The heading at the top of the page says “Western Queens News.” She should not be slanting her article in favor of the MTA. Put her work under Commentary if you decide to continue to run such one-sided “news.”

Nina Stromberg
Long Island City

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