(Family Features) For everything from paying for lunch to paying the water bill, a checking account is the primary tool many Americans use to make day-to-day financial transactions. But for many consumers free checking is becoming a thing of the past as banks notify their customers that “free” accounts are being discontinued.
Re “Pray for no strike,” Letters, July 17:
In that letter the writer stated that the then-approaching Long Island Rail Road strike would affect the 99 percent who depend on the rails to get to work. He also stated that he would pray for a compromise, and “the good of the many outweighs the good of the few,” a principle I generally agree with.
However, what choice do workers have when the hirers refuse to compromise in good faith? This results in hardship, and inconvenience to both the workers and the public.
He might also pray that the moneyed elite not inconvenience 99 percent of the public by creating hardship and depravation to millions of our citizens by giving up some of their outrageous wealth so that all of our citizens can live decently — this, in a country with more than adequate resources for everyone.
If we as a nation adhered to the Judeo-Christian ethos as claimed, we would have no need for strikes, etc. — we would be a contented and happy people.
In these difficult economic times along with many people going away for summer vacations, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood businesses. There are so many great local businesses within the heart of your local village or town downtown main street.
My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server at your favorite local neighborhood restaurant. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering takeout, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. It is appreciated.
Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs have continued to create new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment especially to students during the summer. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.
Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support our own Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business and your paper free of charge. Let them know you saw their ad.
In your coverage of the lawsuit between Breezy Point/Belle Harbor residents and National Grid/LIPA, you incorrectly stated that more than 100 homes in Broad Channel ...burned down during Superstorm Sandy. You meant to say Breezy Point. Broad Channel got its fair share of suffering, but our hearts go out to those who lost their homes to fire.
Broad Channel Historical Society
Editor’s note: We thank the writer, and the error has been corrected.
The right strikes back
Re Robert LaRosa’s “The GOP is just awful,” Letters, July 10:
The purpose of the Supreme Court is to determine if laws meet the test of constitutionality. Our politicized Supreme Court no longer serves that function.
Mr. LaRosa became unhinged at the court’s decision to excuse Hobby Lobby from paying for certain contraceptives and abortion drugs for religious reasons. He called the Supreme Court GOP-controlled. This is the same court that declared Obamacare constitutional and said federal policy on immigra
tion superseded states’ rights. Neither decision was constitutional, but since leftists agreed with them, nobody called them GOP-controlled then.
Hobby Lobby’s owners were also contemptuously said to believe in “the magic man in the sky” — the same “magic man” who gave human beings the opposable thumb and brains to think with to differentiate them from the animals. Sadly, all human beings not being equally endowed are capable of using both.
No woman today is denied access to contraception or abortions. If she is working and can’t get what she wants from her employer, she can get it somewhere else.
The truth is what is, not what one wants it to be. Mr. LaRosa would have those who disagree with Obama’s “transformation” of America into a dictatorship “dig deep.” We might then find (stupid as we are) the “irrefutable evidence” that Obama is black. But Obama is only half-black. His mother was white. Like all socialists, LaRosa doesn’t practice what he preaches. If he had dug deeper, he’d have known that Obama is of mixed race.
By the way, what ever happened to the man who was jailed for making the anti-Muslim video that caused that murderous riot in Benghazi? And those incompetent workers in Cincinnati who caused irreparable damage to the reputation of Lois Lerner and the Internal Revenue Service?
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.
The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.
George McDonald of the Doe Fund and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, top, on Friday announced an agreement that will allow workers in the Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able program to clean and beautify streets and sidewalks in Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood beginning this month.
The program, which offers jobs and training for people coming out of the legal system, will focus on sections of Myrtle and Grand avenues.
(NAPSI)—A great, fun and lucrative career may be at your fingertips...if, that is, your fingers are on a computer keyboard, tablet or mobile device. More than 600,000 IT positions are currently open with employers across the country. These jobs—with good starting pay, benefits and opportunities for advancement—are often easier to get for people with professional certifications such as CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+.
(Family Features) For small businesses and restaurants, savvy marketing can make a major difference in overall performance, especially when it comes to promoting products and services to loyal and prospective customers.
M ore than 5,400 employees of the Long Island Rail Road could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday if there is no progress on a new contract.
The workers are the highest-paid commuter railroad employees in the country, but also have been working without a contract since 2010.
In September, 125 freshmen will walk into the Martin Van Buren High School building. They won’t be students at Van Buren, but rather a new co-located school there. When they graduate in 2020, they will have not only a high school diploma, but also a college degree.
The new school, Business Technology Early College High School, or BTECH, will try to offer what the school’s founders call “a different type of high school experience,” which, rather than prepare students for college, will actually give them some of that education, so when they graduate, employers seek them out.
(NAPSI)—If you’re passionate about starting a new business, you may have the urge to jump right in without considering several key factors. One of the most critical is selecting a type of business structure and the tax implications that result from that choice.
(StatePoint) The summer season of conferences, conventions, business meetings, incentive travel, tradeshows and exhibitions is in full swing -- and with it comes the positive impact to local businesses and economies.
(BPT) - Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or the person looking to get hired, it’s all about competency.
(StatePoint) As thousands of high school graduates prepare for college, more than a few households are coping with “sticker shock” when it comes to higher education costs. And many students are leaving universities not only with a degree, but a mountain of debt.
Congratulations to the GOP-controlled Supreme Court! Because of its Hobby Lobby ruling, a woman can be denied contraceptive coverage if her employer believes in a magic man in the sky. Absolutely pathetic!
This decision is bad for women, bad for workers who rely on their employers for healthcare, and bad for anyone who believes that the rights of corporations should not come before the rights of people. And let’s hope that the Republicans continue investigating the Obama “scandals” (Benghazi, IRS, etc.) because when they get to the bottom of those, they will have irrefutable evidence to support the truth: The president is black.
The number of people working in Queens increased in May by about 23,100 compared to the same month in 2013, according to state Labor Department figures released at the end of June.
That brought the unemployment rate in the borough down eight-tenths of a point in a year-to-year comparison, from 7.7 percent in May 2013 to 6.9 percent in May 2014.
If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.
Residents of Pomonok Houses in Flushing, for years considered the crown jewel of public housing, are about to see some long-awaited improvements but, according to the president of the Pomonok Residents Association, a lot more needs to happen.
We urge Congress to fufill President Obama’s request for nearly $4 billion to address the unprecedented crisis the United States faces on its southern border, where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, including a wave of children never seen before, have been trying to make it into the country.
The border is the focus of the emergency, but its repercussions are or will be felt across the country, including here in Queens. Though they’re arriving illegally, most of those who get into the United States will never be deported, by the government’s own admission. They’re being dispersed all over the nation and surely many will end up here, where immigrants both legal and illegal make up a larger share of the population than just about anywhere else.
(StatePoint) Math may not sound like fun to everyone, but there is fun to be had when learning mathematics. If you can convince kids of that basic principle, getting them to focus in school and do well on their tests will be the easy part. After all some of today’s most downloaded apps involve math -- maybe you’ve heard of the popular app, 2048.