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(BPT) - It’s no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that impacts us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportunity for the future.
(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."
SJ Jung, second from left, talks to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in Washington, DC during an ongoing fast to push for immigration reform in Congress.
The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if it is constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?
A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property are not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superseded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?
The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles; individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable.” The ash heap of history is littered with governments that plundered and enslaved their citizens.
We have reached the point in America where the government is unconstrained to do anything it pleases while citizens may act only by permission.
SJ Jung, president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, was forced to end his eight-day fast in Washington, DC to promote immigration reform due to deteriorating health.
He and other proponents have been at a Fast for Families Tent on the National Mall near the Capitol Building. Participants are only drinking water.
(BPT) - Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of “Reefer Madness,” the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately – madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013 Gallup poll.
(NAPSI)—In 2008, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) surpassed stroke to become the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Nationwide, more than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD while millions more are unaware they may have the disease. Yet, for the serious burden COPD poses on American public health and people’s quality of life, detailed nationwide data on who is most affected by this disease has been scarce.
(NAPSI)—Forget your weekly soccer games, car pools and homework. Instead, imagine you’re not yet 13 and you’ve already lived in three countries, shifting languages and cultures, even changing your name. Now you’re ready to step inside the pages of Life with an Accent to join Frank Levy on his gripping journey from Berlin in the 1930s to the Middle East and then to America in 1946. The story is a compelling tale of what it is like to leave one world behind and begin again.
(NAPSI)—There is hopeful news for young people held in the adult criminal justice system. A number of states are beginning to recognize that youths have developmental differences from adults and in many cases still possess great potential for rehabilitation. In addition, many states are now taking these factors into account at sentencing.
“The ooooonly reason that I decided to come to Brooklyn was to win an NBA championship!” future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett declared to the press at Nets media day on Sept. 30. He was speaking as well for his fellow ex-Celtics, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, who came to Brooklyn in the big trade that occurred last June.
But based on what we’ve seen in the first three weeks, the Nets look to be far from a lock to make the NBA playoffs, let alone win a championship. Garnett seems to be a shell of himself as he has had trouble putting the ball in the basket while rookie head coach Jason Kidd has gingerly limited his playing minutes. The same can be said of Pierce and Terry. While it is understandable that Kidd wants to be careful how he utilizes his older players to avoid injury, they will not shake off the rust unless they start playing more minutes.
The students of The Aquinas Honor Society at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates will honor the visit of President George Washington to Jamaica 223 years ago with the dedication of a bronze plaque at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10 during a ceremony at the school
During research for their book “Images of America: Jamaica,” the students were delighted to learn that the first president of the United States visited Jamaica in 1790 during a presidential tour of Long Island. They learned that Washington dined and spent the night in an inn that once stood at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard Washington made a notation of it in his diary on April 20, 1790: “I crossed to Brooklyn … thence through Jamaica where we lodged in a tavern kept by one Warne … a pretty good and decent house.”
Rep. Grace Meng was mugged in Washington D.C. Tuesday night.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced Wednesday that she has resumed regular activities after being robbed Tuesday night near Capitol Hill.
(NewsUSA) - What can be more meaningful than a gift that will not only wow a special person in your life, but will also encourage positive change?
Understanding the past can help us better appreciate the present and look toward the future. If you want a more meaningful vacation, an excursion to one of America’s most significant sites can be a step straight into history. Why not celebrate the Gettysburg Address’ and Yosemite National Park’s 150th anniversaries by delving into the rich landscape that hosted each monumental achievement?
Congratulations on your 35th Anniversary! How fortunate we are to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities, suburbs and small towns are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.
Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the internet and other new information sources.
Queens residents have a number of daily newspapers to select from including the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, USA Today and Wall Street Journal, along with freebies such as AM New York and Metro New York. Decades ago we had our own daily Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press.
Daily newspapers concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local Queens neighborhoods.
Weekly newspapers such as our own Queens Chronicle and others fill the void for coverage of local community news. We are blessed with many weekly papers to select from besides our own Queens Chronicle. These competitors include the Queens Courier, Queens Gazette, Queens Tribune, Queens Examiner, Times, Times Ledger chain, TimesNewsweekly, Ridgewood Times, Forum and The Wave.
I’ve been grateful all this time that the Queens Chronicle has afforded me the opportunity to express my views via letters to the editor, along with others who may have different opinions on the issues. Thanks to you, an ordinary citizen like me has the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of various elected officials. Public officials use taxpayers dollars on a regular basis to promote their views via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest columns. In many cases, they are ghost written by campaign or office staffers paid for by taxpayers on public time. Ordinary citizens like me only have the limited ability to write when we can to find the time.
We need to continue supporting all our weekly community newspapers. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including the Queens Chronicle and many others.
Don’t look now, but the Giants, who started the season by losing their first six games, have now won three straight after beating the Oakland Raiders 24-20 at MetLife Stadium last Sunday.
The game was not as close as the score indicated. While Giants QB Eli Manning had an average day for him in terms of passing statistics, he did not have to do much as running back Andre Brown came off the injured reserve list to rush for over 100 yards.
The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if is it constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?
A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property is not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superceded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?
The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles: individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are a testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable”.
The New York Mets announced Tuesday they are hosting an anthem search on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Citi Field with the winner performing the National Anthem on Opening Day, March 31 when the Mets play the Washington Nationals.
Auditions for the general public will take place starting at 10 a.m. The first 100 performers to arrive at Hodges VIP are guaranteed an audition to sing a song of their choice — excluding the National Anthem — a cappella. Season ticket holders will start their auditions at 9:00 a.m.
To his family, he was Jason Mizell, but to the world, he was DJ Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, a rap trio that helped make hip-hop mainstream for the MTV generation. Sadly, at just 37 years old, he was gunned down by an unknown assailant on Oct. 30, 2002, ending his musical journey. But he had forever changed the landscape for deejays worldwide.
Although Ronald Washington, a convicted drug dealer, was named as a suspect in the murder no one was ever charged. A combination of reluctant witnesses and weak evidence leaves the case and motive unsolved 11 years later.
Could learning to drive and parallel park in Queens be good practice for docking a Space Shuttle at the International Space Station? Maybe, but it really takes a lot of education and The Right Stuff — both of which Ozone Park native Charles Camarda has in spades.
Camarda was a crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on the historic Return to Space Flight of July 26 to Aug. 9, 2005, the first shuttle mission since the tragic loss of the Columbia and its crew on Feb. 1, 2003. The flight was designed not only as a rendezvous with the ISS but as a test for new protocols meant to avoid any repeat of the Columbia disaster, which was caused by a piece of insulation that broke off during launch, damaging part of the shuttle’s hull and causing it to burn up on re-entry.
Even though he spent the first four years of his life on an Air Force base in West Germany, John McEnroe is arguably the greatest athlete in Queens history.
The hot-tempered Douglaston resident won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1979 US Open, defeating his good friend Vitas Gerulaitis in straight sets. At just 20 years old, McEnroe became the youngest player to ever win the tournament’s singles championship. He would go on to win 27 singles and doubles titles that year, an open-era record at the time.
Back when CUNY trustees unanimously voted to appoint James Muyskens as president of Queens College, the school was struggling to bounce back from shaky leadership under a president who stepped down after losing credibility. With Washington Monthly this year ranking it No. 2 as the “Best Bang for the Buck” Muyskens will have left the college in a much more elevated standing when he retires at the end of 2013.
From an early age, Muyskens knew he wanted to be an educator and he credits a high school math instructor for inspiring him to pursue a career as a math teacher. After taking a logic course as part of his curriculum at Central College in Iowa, however, he soon gravitated to philosophy, a field he was fascinated with since it didn’t always have concrete answers.
When it comes to traveling with family members, you really want to get it right. When done properly, family travel can bring different generations together and leave everyone with memories they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives. Given that potential, and considering the fact that family travel can involve substantial expense, it’s a smart idea to rely on experts in the field to make your family travel plans a reality.