Re “The Risk of War” by John Amato, Letters, March 27:
It should be obvious that power does what power wants, e.g., Putin annexing the Crimea. As are most people, I am against any nation interfering in the internal affairs of other nations — but for the U.S. to accuse Putin of doing what the U.S. has done on many more occasions, e.g., Iraq, Vietnam, Grenada, etc., is the height of hypocrisy. There is an old saying, “When going to court to sue others for wrongdoings, one should go in with clean hands.” This statement should be self-explanatory. Leaving aside the political rhetoric, the United States and Russia going to war over the instance such as this is ridiculous on its face.
In Queens many bars have come and gone. One was Tutie’s of Ozone Park, an institution and treasure in South Queens for many decades. In the 1940s Tutie’s began to gather up and display memorabilia, long before it was fashionable to decorate a bar or restaurant with such items.
As the years rolled by just about everything you could imagine ended up somewhere in the bar at 88-19 Liberty Ave. There was even a toilet seat hanging from the ceiling. If you could name something that wasn’t there, you’d get a free drink.
Pat Toro served his nation in wartime and his community ever since. Now he needs the community to be there for him.
Toro, a Marine who fought in Vietnam, is suffering from cancer, and desperately needs blood donations. A blood drive has been organized for him April 15 in Whitestone, but at least 40 people have to register for it ahead of time for it to go forward. As of the Chronicle’s press time Wednesday, fewer than half that number have, according to a source familiar with the push.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein with Victoria Townes, recreation assistant at the St. Albans Community Living Center, and James Remias, a veteran of the Vietnam War.
The assemblyman honored veterans recently for Valentine’s Day, collecting cards and gifts to distribute in St. Albans.
Since December we have had snowstorms, which have gotten more severe. It seems more like Juneau, Alaska than New York City. It has been frigid cold with snow and ice. This weather has really been hard on everyone of all ages, the old and the young suffering the most. The ice is especially dangerous. So, please be careful walking and if there are any problem areas on Jamaica Avenue, please call our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation office at (718) 805-0202 and we will address the location.
As all Woodhavenites we have to keep on getting down to Jamaica Avenue. In spite of the continued bad weather, the stores are open. If you can’t get to our Avenue, there are many restaurants and businesses that deliver.
The United States was a very different place 50 years ago. Phones had cords, televisions had just a handful of channels, a computer was the size of a room and the Winter Olympics, which had just wrapped up in Austria, had 34 events, a fraction of the number underway in Russia.
But if there is one thing that hasn’t changed in 50 years, it’s the popularity of four boys from Liverpool, England — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — who first exploded on the world scene back then singing nicely about their desire to hold hands with a girl and the Fab Four first stepped foot on American soil right here in Queens.
A veteran of the Vietnam War who also retired from the MTA and was an auxilary police officer, Cohen was a regular at press conference and public events in the borough, where he would take photos and converse with other photographers, reporters and officials. He was known for telling people his job “didn’t feel like work.”
Cohen spent more than a decade taking photos for the Queens Tribune and Press of Southeast Queens newspapers, and his photos would regularly grace the covers of both papers.
Since the United States began its global war on terror more than a decade ago, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have gone overseas — to Afghanistan, Iraq and other places — to fight and protect this nation and its ideals.
Like the millions who went before them, to places like Europe, Africa, the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait, they served long tours far from home and in precarious situations that require a level of bravery and courage many people can only admire.
Oh say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave over Rego Park?
The Family Fruit Farm grocery store at 94-01 63 Drive had featured the flags of 22 different countries flying above its awning, but not until recently have two American flags joined the row of nations.
(NAPSI)—The family entertainment network INSP has expanded its commitment to veterans by partnering with the congressionally chartered United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and by providing the network’s video, entitled “Thank You For Your Service,” an homage to Vietnam Veterans.
The official United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration flag and certificate is presented to INSP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Cerullo by Lieutenant General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter. (NAPS)
Vietnam veteran Alfred Gatt, riding shotgun, is joined by his parents-in-law, World War II veteran Casper Inzerillo and his wife, Ann, and Gatt’s wife, Patricia Gatt, a Queens Chronicle account executive, and Fred Jost of the Knights of Columbus, who also served in the ’Nam
Flags of 22 different nations fly on the awning of the Family Food Farm grocery store at 94-01 63 Dr. in Rego Park. Old Glory is not one of them.
And that is something Vietnam War veteran George Gardner, 66, of Rego Park finds “ridiculous” — though many passersby and even store employees have never even noticed the lack of the Stars and Stripes.
With the government shutdown having ended after more than two weeks of nonstop finger-pointing from both sides of the aisle in DC, let us not forget those who have served this country for ideals they believe in — and the effect that this mess made on their livelihoods in such a short amount of time.
And of course it could all happen again in January, when the deal reached by the president and Congress expires.
A C-123 military plane led to some confusion and concern Saturday morning when it flew over southern Queens.
The twin-engine propeller plane, a U.S. military staple during the Vietnam War, flew at around 5,000 feet over JFK Airport, Howard Beach and Ozone Park at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The dull buzz of the plane’s engines sent eyes skyward, leaving some residents to wonder what was going on.
The opinions of Queens’ federal lawmakers on whether the United States should launch an attack on Syria in response to its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians run the gamut.
Some support the action, at least one is opposed, at least one admits he is undecided and several of the others issued varying statements before President Obama announced that he would seek congressional authorization for military action last Friday.
The United States should not rashly attack Syria over its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons, and President Obama should ask Congress to approve any strike on the country before launching one, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) said in a statement issued Friday.
Maloney’s statement appears to be the first released by any of Queens’ federal representatives on the possibility of the United States launching air strikes against Syria.
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the Allied Veterans Committee hosted an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War cease-fire on July 27.
“They call this the “Forgotten War” because it was right after World War II and right before Vietnam,” keynote speaker and former state Sen. Serphin Maltese said. “But I think it’s time we remember the men who served bravely because many of us were not prepared for battle but we stood up for our country and fought hard.”
Rosedale-Laurelton American Legion Post 483 headed the Memorial Day procession to the World War I and Vietnam memorials on Sunrise Highway.
Hundreds gathered Monday to march in Howard Beach’s Memorial Day parade, the neighborhood’s first since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the procession’s path seven months ago.
The nasty weekend weather cleared up in time for Monday morning’s parade, which featured residents, children, elected officials and veterans. It kicked off and ended in Coleman Square, near the memorial to Bernard Coleman, a Howard Beach resident killed in World War I, for whom the square is named.
Hundreds gathered Monday to march in Howard Beach’s Memorial Day parade, the neighborhood’s first since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the procession’s path seven months ago. Marchers went from Coleman Square to Our Lady of Grace Church to the neighborhood’s two other war monuments: the World War II memorial at Howard Beach Assembly of God and the Vietnam memorial at Walter Wetzel triangle. The Korean War was commemorated at St. Barnabas because the community’s memorial is several miles away in Charles Park.
Anthony Pisciotta volunteers at Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park, repairing the walkways, sealing up mausoleums and making sure the dead are not forgotten. When he discovered that the plaque on the tombstone of a Marine killed in action was missing, Pisciotta found a way to replace it.
Private First Class Irving Aron was killed in action by a band of Nicaraguan bandits who attacked his unit while they were repairing telephone wires on Dec. 31, 1930. President Hoover posthumously awarded him a Navy Cross on April 25, 1931, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Pat Connolly, one of the main organizers behind Howard Beach’s annual Memorial Day parade, said it is more difficult this year for him to reach out to prospective marchers.
“The last few years, its been growing and growing, but we lost all our contacts during Hurricane Sandy,” Connolly said. “I’m just so worried about this year.”
Republicans successfully derailed the passage of gun legislation last week in the last moments when passage looked likely. The 54 votes in favor, fell short of the 60 needed to break yet another filibuster. Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said it would have passed if the NRA didn’t score it. The NRA score scared enough senators to oppose it, rather than risk reprisals from pro-gunners come election time. Most headlines called these folks “cowards.”
Let’s be clear, this was not good legislation anyway. It was full of holes and, if passed, would have been meaningless. For example, gun show sellers could just walk outside the gun show building and sell guns in the parking lot. Family members and friends could sell guns to each other without any background checks.
Make no mistake about it, this is a partisan fight. 90 percent of the Democrats voted for the bill; 90 percent of the Republicans voted against it. However, a few courageous Republicans did break ranks.
Universal background checks, a ban on military weapons in civilian hands, large capacity magazine bullet clips, and keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable have nothing to do with the second amendment. Guns have changed since colonial times, and so should the laws. Back then, militias were needed to suppress British loyalists, to keep the slave population in control, and to fight off marauding Indians. Able-bodied men were conscripted when needed. Today, we have a standing army, the National Guard, and well-established police forces all across the country. Militias are a thing of the past.
How is it that Republicans can bow to the NRA membership of 4 million, while they put budgets on the table that will gut Social Security and Medicare whose benefits help over 35 million AARP seniors? Let’s start a Senior Score system and use that come election time.
Social activist and filmmaker Michael Moore, says we should show the pictures of the massacres if we want effective gun laws. Showing pictures of the horror of war was enough to turn the tide of the Vietnam War and get us out. We didn’t see the horror of the Afghanistan or Iraq wars because the Bush Administration censored it. Maybe it’s time for billboards showing massacres such as that at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Maybe that’s the catalyst we need to move Congress to act.
The flags around Splish Splash Laundromat, located on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, have left Dennis Deans, a Vietnam War veteran, frustrated.
“The first time I went to the laundromat, I noticed they had been tattered,” Deans said. “Then as I kept going, they weren’t being taken down or replaced, and now it’s got to be close to a year with the ripped flags.”