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The completely unnecessary wars over education launched by Mayor de Blasio continued this week, with the specter of dueling rallies in Albany.
One was a protest against de Blasio’s decision to undercut charter schools at every turn. The innovative public schools, though not without problems, are providing wonderful educational opportunities to many students, especially hard-working minorities in poor neighborhoods. But they are anathema to de Blasio’s allies in the teachers union because they are not subject to their rules, and he apparently would rather see those students forced back into substandard traditional schools than be given such a great chance to succeed.
If Mr. Zizelis’ definition of an “advanced, socially civilized country” is a place where the top 10 percent of taxpayers pay 70 percent of the tax revenue, where almost 50 percent pay no income tax, where 11 states have more people on welfare than are working, where success is capped and punished and mediocrity nurtured, where the government supports its crony-owned businesses with tax dollars like Solyndra, myriad failed green projects, not to mention bank bailouts and a $17 trillion debt, it is not unreasonable to suspect a mental disorder.
Advocating for assistance for a neighbor in crisis while objecting to providing limitless entitlements and suggesting we measure the success of welfare programs not by how many are added but by how many are dropped and achieve self-reliance indicates a Neanderthal mentality to Mr. Zizelis. He conjures up a delusional vision of me “decrying the redistribution of (my) wealth to the lazy and unmotivated, lying in their hammocks smoking food stamp cigars, retired and partying on with their unemployment pittance.” I have no knowledge of and never alluded to any such attitudes and activities but perhaps Mr. Zizelis has more firsthand experience and evidence he could share with us.
He describes a scene from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which he claims was the inspiration for Reaganomics, where a chimpanzee up in a tree urinates and “trickles down” on helpless chimps below him. This definitively sums up his assessment of Ronald Reagan’s legacy and illustrates his perverted and disordered view of man’s nature and economics.
Re “Queens Library chief defends salary,” Feb. 27:
I find it hard to swallow that Galante can be worth that kind of salary, especially in the shrinking library business. Nothing there smacks of a six-figure paycheck, especially in this economic climate. More cronyism, if you really want to know.
The reasons they gave to try and justify a salary such as that weren’t very convincing in my opinion. This country, let along New York State, is barely surviving, and for someone to consider themselves worth that kind of money, for that kind of job, is robbing from the taxpayers of this state. I am a believer in free market capitalism, but this just flies in the face of logic.
We all know that due to technology today, libraries are a dying institution, like so many other things that have gone by the wayside during the course of history. Advancements, improvements and the like create obsolescence in certain career paths, but on the other hand they bring about new ones. This is just another example of mismanagement, padded salaries and cronyism, and the very reason why people are leaving New York State in record numbers.
I’m sure Mr. Galante feels he’s worth that kind of salary, as most people have an inflated opinion of themselves and their indispensability, but I can guarantee you could find someone willing to do that job for one-third of what he’s getting, and employ two more people, thereby improving the bitter job market by utilizing three people who can better serve the community in other ways.
Let’s try to put people back to work by ending duplicity in government, reducing taxes and increasing opportunity, and maybe we can get back on the road to fiscal responsibility. When I see articles like this, where someone is getting this kind of salary, it blows my mind.
If you were hoping to take out a book in Hunters Point, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.
In a letter to Friends of Queens Library at Hunters Point, Thomas Galante, the president of Queens Library, wrote that the bids to build the structure were way over budget so certain modifications are being made to bring the price-tag back down.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
The (GOP-controlled) Arizona Legislature sent a bill to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer that would allow business owners to turn away gay and lesbian customers, as long as they claim to be doing so in the name of “religion.” How long before they put up the “no gays” sign over the water fountains and restrooms?
Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson had this to say: “When you force me to bake you a cake for your gay wedding, that’s fascism.” You heard right, infringing upon a bigot’s right to deny pastries to homosexuals is “fascism.” Amazing. But not surprising.
The homophobic, ignorant, backwoods supporters of bills that promote hate should look up the name Matthew Shepard. In 1998, University of Wyoming student Shepard was kidnapped, tortured and tied to a prairie fence overnight in freezing temperatures. He died five days after he was finally found. His “crime”? Being gay.
Perhaps we should have two Americas: the Democratic States of America, where civil rights apply to everyone, and Teabagistan, where ignorance, bigotry and racism rule the day.
The head of the company that owns the Woodhaven building that partially collapsed last year appeared in Queens Criminal Court last Friday and was ordered to immediately hire an architect and file for a work permit for the corner structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave.
George Kochabe, the head officer of 78-19 Jamaica LLC, appeared in court after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A judge told him he must retain the architect and file for the work permit before his next court date on April 10 — almost a year to the day after the collapse occurred.
A crowd huddled in front of Starbucks on Friday in Jackson Heights and it wasn’t to sample a caramel macchiato.
According to city officials and residents, the Starbucks on the corner of 37th Avenue and 79th Street regularly leaves mounds of garbage on a residential street rather than in front of the store along the commercial corridor.
Eyesores and community terrors were the main topics of discussion at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting, with positive news being delivered by authorities on both fronts.
As an angry JPCA President Bob Holden held up an image of a graffiti-covered commercial box truck illegally parked in the driveway of a residential building, Department of Buildings Queens Community Liaison Ken Lazar reported to the crowd of around 60 people that the agency is continuing to issue summonses to the owners of such properties.
St. Patrick’s Day came early in Sunnyside. Children wearing bright green shamrock-shaped hats waved and smiled to the rainbow of people parading down Skillman Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade on Sunday. Though it was a cold March day, the spirit of love and equality fueled the crowds of dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, activists, politicians and spectators.
Many of the participants, including Mayor de Blasio, will not be marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on March 17 because lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people have been barred from openly partaking in the event with banners and as organized groups since 1991.
Though the contracts have been signed and the variance has been approved by the City Council, business owners in Willets Point are not giving up. They want action to be taken by the city, and they want it now.
A handful of owners told their stories while supporters sat with melancholy looks on their faces, somberly nodding when their peers pointed out the hardships they all face.
Marta Gualotuna tears up as she recalls the lack of support she received from the city to relocate her business. Arturo Olaya, head of the Willets Point Defense Committee, sits next to her with other business owners and workers.
Sports fans are well aware of the number of can’t-miss top draft picks in baseball, football and basketball who were never able to live up to expectations, much to the chagrin of the teams that signed them to lucrative contracts and the fans whose hopes were dashed. As former Mets star Rusty Staub famously quipped, “Potential means that you haven’t accomplished anything yet!”
The pop music world is littered with artists who looked like big hit makers but for one reason or another failed to light the charts on fire. “American Idol” fans can recite the names of most of the past winners as proof.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three men who have staged 10 early-morning robberies in laundries and chicken restaurants since Jan. 19.
Police said in all the incidents, one of the men brandishes a gun as all three, wearing masks and gloves, enter the business.
No matter the stress facing a college sports team or its fans as the playoffs creep closer, Senior Day is always a thrilling moment for everyone involved.
The graduating members of the team are the subjects of a ceremony honoring their achievements while graduating fans take in the excitement of going to their school’s game one more time.
(NewsUSA) - The commitment to get to the gym on a regular basis may have come and gone for many by now -- and understandably so.
(BPT) - What if after surviving your first cancer diagnosis at the age of 51, you were re-diagnosed just 18 months later? Metastatic colorectal cancer patient Dave Johnson experienced that first-hand, and was initially reluctant and scared to tell his family, friends and co-workers.
(BPT) - Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn’t always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest.
(BPT) - Did you know self-directed IRAs allow Americans to invest in assets other than stocks and bonds, while enjoying the tax-free or tax-deferred status of their retirement account? Very few Americans realize that they have the option to self-direct their IRAs, or other retirement plans, into real estate and other alternative assets. Most investors believe that the only IRA investment options are bank CDs, the stock market or mutual funds - often because of inaccurate information from their current IRA custodian.
(NewsUSA) - Running a small business can be tough, and keeping the money you earn in your pocket can be a challenge, especially at tax time. Check out these tips to help ensure you don't give more money to the government than you must: