A lie is less likely to lose its way en route to a bigoted mind than is the truth trying to penetrate the defenses of a biased intellect. That’s why slander against the teachers union is so well-received among people who are hostile to public education. They buy into a package of myths, including the one that claims that the reason that the teachers union is seeking a reduction in class size is that more classes would mean more jobs for their members.
What idiot would say that doctors would like more carcinogens in the environment because it would translate into more patients for them?
Critics are not necessarily enemies. Their legitimacy as critics depends on their motives. But most opponents of public schools would actually feel threatened if the schools improved. It would disconcert these spiteful bottom-feeders and it would get in the way of their single-minded pursuit of privatization and wealth-management.
They want to destroy public schools, so not only are their criticisms not constructive, they’re illicit. Thus they resound all the more in the charter school sanctums.
Between their acts of instigating arson against the reputation of public schools and the teachers union, they make sure to send their own kids to schools where the class size is far lower than it is for garden-variety kids in public schools. They demand teeny class size for their trust-fund beneficiaries, but are blasÈ about monster-sized classes for the kids they see as the city’s runts. They’ll never forgive the teachers union for championing these human gifts.
It’s ridiculous that it still needs to be explained that the more kids in a classroom, the less time there is for teachers to devote to their individual learning styles and challenges. The supporting research is stacked to the moon, but the wrath of those who won’t consent to the proof is still stacked against the truth.
It costs money to invest in every child’s basic right to a quality education. But in the future our whole nation will reap the dividends. So an idea was raised that is both brilliant and painless: Impose a miniscule tax on people so wealthy that they won’t even notice their contribution on paper, much less dent their lifestyle.
If you have a home worth more than $5 million and choose to reside primarily in an even more luxurious domicile, your tax would be hiked by around 0.5 percent per year. That would allow an injection of around $900 million annually that could be used to lower class size.
Any person so extravagantly privileged with material gain who begrudges dedicating a relatively few pennies for the common good is morally bankrupt and shouldn’t insult any house of worship with his hypocritical presence.
While most graduates put their caps and gowns on, the 20 men who completed the The Fortune Society Green Job Training Program put on their construction helmets.
During a special ceremony held last Thursday, the formerly incarcerated individuals were honored for fulfilling the certification requirements to enter careers that require technical training in environmental remediation and construction.
The New York City Regional Economic Development Council has issued a $443,750 grant for the design of the Rego Park section of the proposed QueensWay elevated park, seen above, which would stretch from the Central Queens neighborhood to Ozone Park.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Pamphlets were distributed to residents alerting them to the change in regulations for e-waste pickups.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
Outreach, a Richmond Hill-based substance abuse treatment center, announced on Monday that it will start a new program to treat members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer community who are suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol.
“There’s such a desperate need for treatment in the LGBTQ community, which has a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse,” Jill Mastrandrea, a substance abuse counselor and licensed mental health counselor at Outreach who will head the program, said in a written statement announcing its launch. “Identified LGBTQ individuals who suffer from addiction have an acute need for treatment. Many are not welcome in their family homes; they often live in shelters with little or no support.”
(NAPSI)—One of the nation’s newest sources of electricity comes from...animal waste? It sounds futuristic, but it’s a reality for farmers like Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker, who run a herd of 975 dairy cows and 800 young stock. Back in 2009, milk prices were down, so the Brubakers looked into other profit-making opportunities. They soon began converting cow manure, via an on-farm digester machine, into enough electricity to power 150-200 homes. But they didn’t stop there—solar panels were added atop their heifer barn and broiler house to create additional thousands of kilowatts of electricity every month.
(BPT) - It’s shaping up to be a high-tech holiday this year, with more money being spent than ever before on consumer electronics gifts like tablets and phones, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. People are anxious to learn about new technologies and are shopping for the perfect presents to put under the tree. Are you one of them?
(NewsUSA) - Winter is upon us, but the window hasn't closed for homeowners to keep their heating bills from going through the roof.
(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.
(Family Features) As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages.
(Family Features) Battling crowded shopping centers. Purchasing last minute gifts. Party preparations. Travel arrangements. Hosting family. In addition to cheer and excitement, the holidays also seem to bring never-ending “to do” lists that often cause you to sacrifice basic needs in order to check off every task. One of the first things many people give up is a good night’s sleep – not knowing the crucial role that it plays in staying healthy throughout the holiday rush.
(BPT) - For many homeowners the biggest utility bill is electricity. Heating and cooling the home makes up nearly half of electricity costs, but the next biggest source is the water heater. Water heaters can account for up to 25 percent of total household energy use. Taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of a home with better insulation and more efficient furnaces and air conditioners can reduce energy costs significantly, as can making sure water heaters are operating properly.
(NAPSI)—If your kids are like most, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts they’ll get three or more colds this year. While there’s still no cure, there are steps that parents can take to ease the symptoms.
(BPT) - The bathroom doesn’t have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market – and plenty of ways to customize – even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.
A row of oak trees in the Oak Ridge section of Forest Park were planted to remember Woodhaven residents who died serving in World War I. The above rendering shows what it would be like if ribbons were tied around the trees, as they were many years ago.
Melissa Herlitz, a planner with the city Planning Department, updates Community Board 10 members on the Resilient Neighborhoods study for Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach. The study seeks to stop flooding in the two communities.
The study area for Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach.
Funding has finally been approved for the reconstruction of roads and sewer lines on Albert Road in the Centreville section of Ozone Park. More than $57 million will be going to the project, city documents state.
Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez speaks during a discussion on a resolution stating the board’s opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to legalize basement dwellings in an effort to add more affordable housing.
The reconstruction of a stretch of roads in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be funded with $57 million.
A row of oak trees in the Oak Ridge section of Forest Park may appear to most people to be just like the hundreds of others planted throughout the area.
But local historian Ed Wendell has discovered the trees were planted close to 100 years ago to commemorate the Woodhaven residents who died while serving in World War I.
City Planning officials last Thursday said the objective of the department’s resilient neighborhood study in Old Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel is to identify ways that people in those areas can be prepared for future floods.
“We want to make sure people have the ability to retrofit their homes,” Thomas Smith, a city planner, said at a presentation given to Community Board 10 members.
Community Board 9 members have a message for Mayor de Blasio: not in our basements.
Members of the board passed a resolution affirming the board’s opposition to a plan by the mayor to legalize basement dwellings as part of his plan to place or preserve an additional 200,000 units of affordable housing throughout the city.