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(BPT) - To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains – you have a lot to think about when you’re doing your taxes. While you’re preparing your return, don’t overlook a consideration that’s every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund – tax-related identity theft.
Pols say ‘Adoptee Bill of Rights’ is key for medical records –
A bill pending in Albany that was sponsored by a Queens assemblyman would allow adopted New Yorkers to access their birth certificates and medical records, which they are barred from doing.
For many years the middle class has been dumped on and forced into full, often humiliating retreat. Our standard of living and quality of life has taken a crippling hit. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the injury, grievous and slow-healing as it is, is not fatal. Now is the right time for us all to fight back with a revived militancy. Unions have held high and run with the torch for generations and have enabled the middle class to make progress for much of that time. And they are in the best position to carry on today.
Many people have been suckered into the myth that unions are part of the problem, not the solution. They’ve been tricked into believing that union members prosper at the expense of the middle class, when history shows a direct correlation between the ascendency of the middle class and the rise of unions.
The enemies of unions are the same folks who fiercely oppose the rights of all other employees also. They invariably side with bosses, no matter how blatantly arbitrary or flagrantly unfair their actions. They are foes of a living wage, due process, family medical leave protection, paid sick and vac
ation days, or any other mandated job security safeguards. And sure as hell they’ll never support any voluntary such safeguards!
These anti-union, anti-middle-class elements cloak themselves in “patriotism,” but they are the most unpatriotic of all Americans and in this sense they are far less “American” than people of undocumented status. They favor privatizing the military, privatizing the penal system, privatizing education, privatizing the postal service and anything and everything else (except maybe mom-and -pop delicatessens). With hellish fury they fought every act of mercy ever legislatively proposed as a safety net for Americans in agony.
Are you a patriot? Then regardless of your economic bracket, professional title or credential or position in the social strata, your personal interests are union interests and middle-class interests and American interests. Defend them!
Robert Ruffin, second vice chairman of Community Board 10 and a World War II veteran active in Queens veteran groups, passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 94.
The South Ozone Park resident was born in Fort Worth, Texas on March 3, 1919 and spent his childhood and teenage years there.
There has been much talk about UPS and Fed-Ex, who didn’t get all those Christmas and holiday packages to their customers in a timely manner. And yet our U.S. Postal Service seems to have gotten the job done no matter what the weather conditions may have been.
For that I say, “Bravo!” As we used to say when I was in the Navy, “You’ve done a yeoman’s job,” meaning “Well done.”
Now let me give praise to our mail carrier, named Diane, who delivers to Bellerose and Glen Oaks Village. She seems to always have a smile on her face as she greets those on her route with a happy hello. When I walk my dog, Jack, a Jack Russell, she more often than not has a treat for him. And the other day before Christmas she gave him a little stuffed animal mouse, which he loved very much.
If Diane marks the caliber of mail carriers, we are truly most lucky indeed. In closing, let me salute all of our mail carriers. Kudos for a job that was done above the call of duty.
Amidst a call for revitalization, the United States Postal Service said it anticipates restoration work to start next week for the exterior Flushing Main Street Post Office at 41-65 Main St.
Visible deteriorating building conditions recently prompted Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) to urge the USPS to restore the building’s exterior.
(Family Features) The influence of family can be a powerful thing. When asked who inspired her as a child, Rosa Parks, an extraordinary American activist, answered, "My family, I would say, my mother, and my maternal grandparents. I grew up with them."
(BPT) - El logro de una calidad constante en la atención, independientemente de la raza o el origen étnico de una persona, continúa siendo una meta esquiva, aunque fundamental. Una parte central de la solución es mejorar la alfabetización en salud, es decir, la capacidad de usar y comprender la información de salud.
(NAPSI)—Moving across town or to a different city in-state is complicated enough, but when your move crosses state lines, it’s a whole new ball game. Here are a few things to consider.
(Family Features) Everyone loves to discover a handwritten card or note among a thick stack of mail. Regardless of how many electronic words we get bombarded with each day, the personal touch of a message written by hand remains a special gesture that never goes out of style.
The Queens Chronicle has learned that a cost-cutting, controversial plan to move the Bayside Post Office to its out-of-the-way annex has been dropped.
In July 2012, then-Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) revealed that the U.S. Postal Service was planning to move the Bayside facility on 42nd Avenue to its annex on 216th Street. The congressman noted that the annex is in an isolated location on a dead-end street with almost no parking.
With all the disasters — natural and otherwise — wreaking havoc across the country as of late, as well as the ongoing state of the economy, two presentations at this month’s Community Board 13 meeting on Monday night took on added significance.
Representing the city’s Department of the Aging, Darnley Jones said areas around the borough are still trying to recuperate from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the Rockaways, where he estimated it will take another five years to fully recover.
Fresh Meadows got its start as a farming community. It first had the name Black Stump, due to how farmers marked their land by placing blackened, charred tree stumps along their property lines.
In 1923, Brooklyn attorney Benjamin C. Ribman purchased 141 acres of land, hired A.W. Tillinghast to build a golf course and christened it the Fresh Meadows Country Club. It was the site of the 1930 PGA Championship and the 1932 US Open. Babe Ruth played there after his baseball career ended.
This is a tale of two agencies, both of them suffering constant criticism from those they serve, both of them suffering constant meddling by those who think they know how they should be run. Both of their most recognizable employees wear blue, both do their work in all kinds of conditions, both have a well-known motto, both are absolutely crucial to civilization, both are being forced to make do with less.
Manny Caughman lets out a small chuckle when asked why a longtime community activist would want to assume the responsibilities and headaches that would come with being elected as the City Councilman in New York’s 27th District.
“If you have a passion for what you do, it isn’t really work,” he said.
A mail carrier lives up to the Postal Service creed on Alderton Street in Rego Park, while a pedestrian enjoys the benefit of an umbrella.
After years of mounting debt and scrambling to compete with email, the United States Postal Service is cutting Saturday delivery in an effort to save money, it announced this week.
The elimination of the extra day of service is estimated to save the USPS about $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented in August.
In the Dec 20 issue, Joe Brooks wrote that the United States should have a “one-payer or other universal system” (“For universal care,” Letters). He cites statistics that other countries spend less on healthcare as a percentage of GDP with equivalent results than in the United States.
I would like to ask Mr. Brookssome basic economic questions. First, any business our government is involved with loses money. The Postal Service, Amtrak, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are all money losers. Congressional Budget Office projections of the first 10 years’ costs of Obamacare have doubled within two years. No one has any real idea of what things will cost. Wheredoes the money to pay for a universal system come from?
Mr. Brooks stated that a universal system would cover tens of millions of uninsured people. Since the number of doctors will stay roughly the same, who will see all these patients? How long will those of us who already have insurance have to wait to see a doctor if they have all these added patients?
My sister and her family live in Italy, where there is universal coverage. The public health system there is not as good as in the United States, so people of means pay privately to get better medical care. In Canada, the rich go to the United States so they do not have to wait months to get an operation. Universal coverage is not all that proponents make it out to be. Most people in the U.S. are happy with their health insurance. Why would we want to make major changes and risk having an inferior system?
Mr. Brooks is correct in stating that our current system is broke.Obamacare was passed by people in Congress who had no idea what was in the bill (as admitted by Nancy Pelosi). What is needed is a special bipartisan committee to propose recommendations thatare best for this country. An open discussion of all our options with all the related pros and cons is the way to go. That is what a true democracy is all about.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
For many Queens residents, 2012 will be forever married to Superstorm Sandy and the havoc she wrought. For good or ill, North Queens was spared the brunt of the storm.
A sizeable number of downed trees and power outages hit the area, but most counted their luck. Compared to the borough’s southern edge, Sandy was forgiving to Flushing and its satellite neighborhoods.
The two U.S. Postal Service branches in Howard Beach, including Station B, above, at Coleman Square, were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and remain closed, but mail service returned to the neighborhood the day after the storm.
Two days after Hurricane Sandy struck Queens, residents in Howard Beach did not have power, nor did they have heat, and many did not even have cars.
But they did have mail.
As late as 1936 practically the only things along the south side of Union Turnpike were the Hillside Riding Academy at 182-70 Union and the Hillcrest Riding Academy at 176-34.
If you were a horse lover, you were in heaven. Then suddenly in 1937 the stable owners made enormous profits by selling off all their land to developers Gross-Morton and Schuettinger and Oehler.
Some 48,500 households in the Rockaways have seen their mail service disrupted due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, according to the United States Postal Service, but the agency is making adjustments to deliver mail to its customers.
All of the postal branches in the Rockaways have been closed since the storm, according to Maureen Marion, a spokeswoman for the USPS, with the exception of the Main Post Office at 1836 Mott Ave. in Far Rockaway, which was fitted with generators on Sunday. It reopened Monday and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.