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Thankful and not so thankful

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:39 pm, Thu Dec 5, 2019.

There’s plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and in keeping with longstanding reverent tradition, that’s what the uniquely American holiday is all about.

Here in Queens, we’re thankful that life is generally good for most people who play by the rules and don’t engage in self-destructive behaviors. Of course bad things happen to good people all the time, but looking at the big picture here, jobs are plentiful, unemployment is low and the streets are safer than they used to be. But not all is rosy. Here’s just some of what’s on our mind.

We’re thankful the rate of violent crime is far lower than it used to be, but we’re not so thankful that it is ticking up in certain areas.

We’re thankful the subways continue running around the clock, but we’re not so thankful that they’re one of the places where crime is up and where policy makers actually encourage lawbreaking by claiming things like turnstile jumping or the unregulated sale of food products are no big deal, not worth enforcing.

We’re thankful that our two airports provide thousands of jobs of all kinds to our residents, but we’re not so thankful that a wave of helicopters flying between Manhattan and Kennedy are suddenly darkening the skies of South Queens.

We’re thankful some of our buses are running marginally faster but we’re not so thankful that one of the reasons is there are fewer stops along their routes.

We’re thankful the good economy keeps flooding City Hall’s coffers with tax revenue but we’re not so thankful the mayor keeps finding new ways to spend it rather than sock some away or actually reduce taxes on homeowners.

We’re thankful so many homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy have been rebuilt, but we’re not so thankful that many still have not, more than seven years after the superstorm.

We’re thankful to still connect with you, our readers, every week, but we’re less thankful that before we can say all we want, we run out space.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 comment:

  • Linnster posted at 12:31 pm on Fri, Dec 6, 2019.

    Linnster Posts: 10

    Excellent article. Thank you.