Last week President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive action to address the country’s immigration system after House Speaker John Boehner stated that the House would not vote on it this year. President Obama recently described the increasing influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally as an “urgent humanitarian issue” and announced the establishment of an interagency group to manage this issue. Although the initiative will provide some relief to the thousands of migrant children currently living in the United States, it ultimately only serves as a Band-Aid solution to a deeply rooted problem that must be solved on both sides of the border. Latin America and the United States must strengthen bilateral cooperation to decrease the number of minors attempting the dangerous journey across the border.
In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, the number of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the country continues to worsen every year. In the last nine months alone, 47,000 minors have been detained after entering the U.S. illegally without the company of a parent or relative. This is almost twice as many as last year. Projections put the number of unaccompanied minors at over 100,000 in 2015.
In the past decade, Southeast Queens and the term flooding have become synonymous. Residents from Rosedale to St. Albans experience ponds, streams and rivers reminiscent of biblical plagues whenever it rains. While the needs of residents within this region of Queens vary widely, every community has expressed concern regarding flooding and its negative impact on the area’s quality of life.
Some industry experts attribute the frequent flooding to the rising water table beneath many of the homes in Council Districts 27 and 31, along with the cessation of the pumping of the groundwater wells owned and previously operated by New York City.
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I am writing to point out that the Queens Chronicle grossly misrepresented the view of most New Yorkers when you published a slanted opinion piece that claims the carriage horse industry in Central Park is somehow “humane.” (“Meet the Central Park carriage drivers,” June 19, multiple editions). Nothing could be further from the truth, as this industry is cruel to both horses and potentially humans.
While the writer mentioned that draft horses are in fact capable of pulling large loads of cargo for a great distance, the writer failed to mention that these carriage horses are asked to do this in unbearable conditions here in New York. Cars, buses, taxis, trucks, pedestrians, emergency vehicles and many other obstacles face them every day and at every step of their journey. A potential accident awaits the horses and the citizens at any given moment.
Some call this “romantic.” Is seeing a beautiful horse lying on the street dead after a collision with a vehicle romantic? I don’t think so, and I believe any person with half a heart agrees. God forbid that one of these horses should ever collide with a human head-on; the human wi
ll most likely lose the battle versus a 1,100-pound creature. Is that romantic?
These carriage horses are surrounded by a city so feisty and chaotic that many, many people I know can’t stand being here, and they can choose to go elsewhere if the city overwhelms them. These horses have no say in what they get to do. Almost every single New Yorker I know agrees that this archaic practice must end, full stop.
Your piece that attempted to put a positive spin on this brutal industry will only serve to energize the opponents of this abuse and end something that should have ended decades ago. Maybe I should be thanking you for your short-sightedness in this biased article.
Are they mothers and fathers searching for a bed for their children to sleep in at night or dangerous derelicts who will bring chaos and disorder to Elmhurst?
On Tuesday night, the answer differed depending on which side of Goldsmith Street you were standing on.
Not long after this year’s graduating seniors were admitted, the city Department of Education moved for a second time to close Jamaica High School and, after four years of slowly being phased out, the school graduated its final 24 students on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
“You are the 175th graduating class,” Principal Erich Kendall told the graduates, “and there will not be a 176th.”
The situation regarding the Pan American hotel's stealthy transformation into a homeless shelter earlier this month, which sent Elmhurst residents and elected officials into a frenzy, has taken an ugly turn
What a shame Ozone Park has become the forgotten town — even though this will not be printed in your paper. My opinion never is.
Howard Beach people say “Jump,” and the big shots ask, “How high?” I’ve lived in Ozone Park 45 good years. I need to know who’s job is it to take care of the few people still here.
1. When is the last time anyone has seen a Sanitation sweeper?
2. Where is our command post?
3. Where are our new trash pails?
4. Where is there room in the neighborhood schools for the kids who live here, were born and raised here?
5. Ozone Park needs bright lights on Liberty Avenue like Jamaica Avenue has.
6. Get that dirty mattress out of that building on Liberty where some poor homeless guy has been sleeping.
7. Why are there two halal carts at Rockaway and Liberty, where everyone is waiting for the buses and there is barely any room as it is?
8. Why is that guy collecting money on Cross Bay outside of Gold’s Gym? His vest says “Help the disabled.” He then goes across to the bank with all his money.
Can someone look into these complaints? Someone has got to step up and do the right thing for Ozone Park for a change. Thanks.
Re “QueensWay trail likely to raise nearby home values,” Opinion, June 19, multiple editions:
Ms. Candace Damon, thank you for your opinion. After all, I’m sure the Trust for Public Lands paid you a substantial sum for it. Need I remind everyone that while programs for the developmentally challenged and senior citizens and veterans and libraries go begging, the Trust for Public Lands has received over $450,000 of taxpayer money for this park idea?
Unlike Ms. Damon, I have been in contact with Professor Noelwah Netusil and she assures me (and I have it in writing) that, despite Ms. Damon’s well-financed opinions, I am employing the Reed College study data correctly. None of the studies Ms. Damon refers to focus on those properties adjacent to the bike path. The people of Forest Hills and Kew Gardens will experience higher property values, but not the good folks who live along 98th Street in the shadow of this foolishness.
I had asked the Trust for Public Lands official who hired Ms. Damon for a copy of these studies. It took me 45 minutes and cost me a dollar (I bought a regular coffee) to locate the Reed College study. After 18 months, the best the Trust for Public Lands could do, with all their staff and all their money, is hire someone to write an opinion piece. I was born at night, but I wasn’t born last night.
Here’s the next question Ms. Damon can pontificate upon: How are you going to pay for this boondoggle? It certainly won’t be taken out of your paycheck.
To paraphrase Pat Moynihan, everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but Ms. Damon, you are not entitled to your own facts.
The setting is a cramped, claustrophobic jury room on a sweltering summer day in a big city in 1957.
Twelve jurors have just been charged by a judge to consider the guilt or innocence of a teenager — implied to be a poor minority — who faces the electric chair, accused in the brutal stabbing death of his father.
Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) last week were singing the praises of an agreement on an approximately $75 billion budget.
Now the rest of the city, including Comptroller Scott Stringer, is waiting for the Council to vote on final adoption to see just how the city intends to spend the money, and where it will come from.
Many brought heated words and emotions to a public meeting condemning proposed changes to the specialized high school admissions policy at the Flushing Library on Sunday. They support the existing system, under which a student’s score on a single multiple choice test determines his or her ranking and acceptance into one of the eight elite schools.
Two bills, at least one motivated by the desire to address the racial disparity between the students at these schools and the city’s overall population by changing the admissions criteria, were introduced in the state legislative session that just ended. Neither passed, but they could be brought up again in the next session.
In a June 6 opinion piece for the Queens Chronicle, titled “On 98th Street, we say ‘No way to QueensWay,’” Neil Gianelli shared his opinion of the proposed QueensWay project.
To bolster his (negative) opinion of the project, he cites an 11-year-old study by Professor Noelwah Netusil of Reed College in Portland, Ore. He ignores multiple other studies of trails and urban parks more comparable to the QueensWay, including several in New York, does not make plain Professor Netusil’s findings, and fails to grasp the broader economic development potential of the QueensWay for hundreds of thousands of residents in central Queens, the entire borough and city.
Gone are the days when summertime meant a dearth of community theater productions on stages around the borough.
In fact, more than half a dozen attractions are on tap to open between now and when the leaves of autumn begin to fall.
Re “Legacies abound from World’s Fair” (June 12, multiple editions):
The fair did not fulfill Robert Moses’ promise that the event would result in developing “Flushing Meadows as a great urban park.”
Central, Prospect and Bronx parks are great urban parks. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is in fact the antithesis of an urban park, replete all sorts of alien structures that would not and should not be allowed in parks that are the lifeblood of an urban society starved for use of open and passive space.
That investors whose money built the 1964 Fair received back 19.2 cents on the dollar, were deprived out of additional monies — allegedly by Mr. Moses, who it is said hid $1.5 million in assets ostensibly for park improvements — casts not only a shadow on his reputation, but credibility on any claim there were in fact park improvements. FMCP was and remains the most neglected of any major municipal park, underfunded and treated not as a park, but real estate up for grabs by business and real estate interests, courtesy of myopic politicians who have difficulty remembering who their true constituents are.
These myopic politicians, nay Neanderthals, have approved allowing the multibillionaire companies Related and Sterling Equities, affiliated with the Wilpons, owners of the Mets ball club, to construct a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall on the Citi Field parking lot, which is in fact on FMCP land — something that would cause even Robert Moses to turn over in his grave. This lack of responsible government is currently the subject of litigation.
While there may be merit in remembering some innovative aspects of particular exhibits at the 1964 Fair, in the absence of creating a true legacy, “a great urban park,” there is in my opinion little cause for celebration.
Since few expected the Rangers to go very far in the NHL playoffs, it’s easy to rationalize their five-game loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. That’s cold comfort, however, to both Rangers players and fans, who will undoubtedly ruminate on three overtime losses preceded by blown third-period leads and punctuated by questionable referees’ calls.
Two particular referee calls may have been the turning points in the series.
Noora Ferdoucy just wants her dad to come home.
“My family cannot move forward without my father,” she said at a rally held at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center on Monday. “He provided for us, took care of us and most importantly, he is my dad. He was there for me every day and I love him.”
With an overwhelming show of support from members of Community Board 11 on Monday night, the long-planned plaza in downtown Douglaston took another step toward becoming a reality — possibly as soon as next month.
The agenda also included informational presentations on speed bump criteria and hotel legislation proposals.
The debate over banning horse-drawn carriages in Central Park has gained momentum since Mayor de Blasio — an avid critic of the practice — entered office.
On one side, animal rights activists call the carriage rides inhumane because of the hot asphalt and tough city conditions the horses are forced to endure; on the other, carriages are a novelty and show the more romantic side of the city.
New York City is one of the most unique places in the world; and not always for the reasons people think.
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One frequent letter writer always blasts “liberals” as being socialists and takers and those who want the government to take care of everything for everyone. They want more doles and handouts, he says.
He then compares his twisted opinion with fiction writer Ayn Rand’s writing. She, he believes, offers a sound template for a great society based on the government being neutered. He insists that living in that make-believe society would be more “American” with everybody for himself. His argument sets up a false view of liberalism, then uses fictional nonsense to condemn it.
Liberals, or progressives, by definition are broad-minded folks who tolerate different views and behaviors in others. They are progressive socially and politically, favoring reforms that advance culture, protect personal freedoms and embrace a government that works for everyone. We believe government is our friend, since “We the people” are the government. We believe its role is one of promoting the general welfare, and having an inclusive hand in our lives by providing a safe environment and laws that protect our way of life.
Contrast that with conservatives, who are in favor of the status quo, keeping traditional values and customs, in spite of social changes, and in general hate change and anything to do with government in our society. Their world is one of exclusion rather than inclusion. The libertarians even go so far as to not want any government at all.
Think about it. We would still be under the control of England if they were in charge. They would have seen the breakaway colonials as disruptive “Occupy Wall Streeters” who should be mocked and broken up. We would never have had a Constitution or a Bill of Rights. It was the liberals and progressives of that time who launched the American Revolution. Be thankful for that. How ironic.
A debate over a proposed charter school in Woodhaven turned somewhat contentious at Community Board 9 Tuesday night.
The Circle Academy Charter School is due to open in a former church at 85-27 91 St. next year, but its application to the New York State Education Department was recently withdrawn.