Before the spectacular GOP electoral victories, Republicans were the target of political invective falsely accusing them of racism and extremism. Presently, Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration has spawned constant smears from the left that Republicans are anti-immigrant and anti-Latino.
But it’s really problematic when these lies trickle down into the popular culture and are accepted as legitimate. Recently I heard a startling statement on a New York City radio news station, when a reporter said literally, “Republicans hate immigration.” The context was that the GOP electoral victories should be good for business but are not, he said, because immigration is a huge driver of the economy, and “Republicans hate immigration.”
Although Republicans oppose illegal immigration and open borders with the ever-present threat of terrorism and the spread of Ebola, we welcome our recent immigrants who bring new ideas to the table and the spirit of entrepreneurship and rugged individualism, the very principles that Republicans embrace. Queens is the melting pot of the world, and the GOP here in Queens reflects that diversity. That’s why we found the reporter’s statement so troubling.
When discussing this complex issue above the level of political flame-throwing we’ve seen in negative campaigns, we expect objective news reporters to refrain from such irresponsible statements in order to paint Republicans as the bad guys. We set the record straight with the reporter involved as to the distinction between legal and illegal immigration, but it’s instructive for all to hear both sides of the story.
The Queens Village Republican Club is America’s oldest and perhaps most ethnically diverse Republican Club, and we are proud that our members hail from the Indian, Haitian, Caribbean, Russian, Chinese and other communities, recent immigrants who came seeking the American Dream. They believe in our credo that if you work hard, study hard and sacrifice for your children, anyone can succeed with minimal government assistance and interference.
Utah voters elected to Congress Republican Mia Love, the Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants, who said: “My parents immigrated to the U.S. with $10 in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough, they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.’’
These are the new faces of the “Party of Lincoln,” the party that abolished slavery and continues to fight economic slavery and welcomes all to our shores who wish to succeed free from government overreach.
If there’s ever a time for a team to struggle, it’s early in the season, regardless of sport. You have the entire year to analyze your roster, assess where your problems lie and make the appropriate changes. Simple enough.
For the sake of every St. John’s fan, let’s hope the Red Storm are, for the most part, over their early season growing pains as they begin to navigate a tough stretch of games this coming week.
(BPT) - One of the best ways to kick off the holiday season is to decorate. And while it’s easy to load your cart with beautiful decor from your favorite store, Christmas is more personal when decorations are homemade.
(BPT) - Not long ago, TVs were big, boxy and unattractive. No wonder they were always relegated to the corner of a room, positioned discreetly or masked within large, wooden, entertainment centers to make them fit in an aesthetically pleasing way.
(StatePoint) The look of your holiday party can be just as important as its other elements. So go above and beyond a plain table setting. Set the mood for your party and provide a striking visual to accompany the feast by creating a thematic holiday “tablescape.”
An overhaul is on the way for a handful of Queens parks relatively neglected over the course of the last few decades.
Detailing a plan unveiled last month at Bowne Playground in Flushing by Mayor de Blasio, Queens Parks Department Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski outlined seven borough green spaces that will be revamped as part of the Community Parks Initiative at a meeting of the Borough Board at Borough Hall on Monday.
After decades of neglect, the archways welcoming visitors and residents to the Ridgewood Plateau are receiving a fresh coat of paint and with it, new life.
Woodside artist Larry Madine was hired to restore the four archways bearing the words “Ridgewood Plateau” hand painted on them in script lettering. The project was years in the making and largely propelled by the Newtown Historical Society. Madine says the reaction from the neighborhood has been great and that many of the residents have been appreciative of the restoration.
(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowners spent $130 billion on remodeling projects last year. If you hope to join them anytime soon, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. After all, a kitchen remodel can give you one of the best returns on investment as long as you know where to save and where to spend.
(StatePoint) When thinking about home updates, our attention so often turns to a fresh coat of paint or new décor, but some of the most practical, meaningful changes you can make to your home will truly modernize the way you live.
(BPT) - To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.
(BPT) - You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation.
(Family Features) This season, let your creative side shine with thoughtful gifts that are fun to create and add cheer to the lives of those you love.
(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.
(BPT) - Pampering yourself with skin and beauty treatments is important, but going to the salon or buying expensive products are not always the most convenient – or wallet-friendly – options.
Overnight service in Manhattan on the N, Q and R subway lines will be suspended or redirected for four consecutive nights between Monday, Nov. 17 and Friday morning Nov. 21 to accommodate Fastrack cleaning and maintenance operations.
Fastrack is a program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that sends large crews into stations and tunnels along select lines to clean and paint; and to inspect, repair and replace signals, track and other equipment.
In an effort to protect bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers alike, the Department of Transportation plans to place Jersey barriers along Vernon Boulevard, a major corridor that runs through Long Island City and Astoria.
During a Community Board 2 meeting last Wednesday, DOT project manager Shawn Macias presented the proposal for the concrete buffers that would more clearly define bike lanes from car lanes.
(NAPSI)—High school students can draw a valuable lesson from a major car company’s contest.
After more than 70 years of painting, artist Marion Maas has put away her brushes.
Until recently, she painted every day — and her Rego Park home can prove it.
When Elly Berkovits Gross was 15 in 1944, she and other Jews were transported in a cattle car from the ghetto of Cehei in Romania to the Auschwitz-II/Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
Having hidden away a small pocketknife she happened to receive at a family wedding, she poked holes in the compartment so she, her mother and her 5-year-old brother could breathe.