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Letters to the Editor

Carranza vs. kids

Dear Editor:

Chancellor Carranza is a danger to the education of our students (“Carranza’s racial approach is wrong for schools,” Editorial, June 13). He believes in integration as an opposite to high standards instead of supporting both at the same time. Kicking Asian kids out of the testing schools to admit black and Latinx kids is divisive and counter productive. Instead the Specialized High School Admission Test should be maintained and new schools opened up that admit kids on grade point averages and state tests. Gifted and Talented programs should be funded at very high levels.

The schools need reform, but so does society: Poverty is the fundamental cause of poor school results. The kids in low-income neighborhoods need realistic ambition: Their parents need good-paying jobs and the kids have to feel that one is waiting for them if they perform well in school. They should have enough to eat every day, internet and quiet to study ...

Poverty is our key problem in education. Browbeating white people or substituting blacks for Asians in the select high schools will not produce significant integration or real progress for most of the 70 percent of students who lack a quality education.

Jeff Schneider
Brooklyn

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Carranza’s toxic crusade

Dear Editor:

Re your June 13 editorial, “Carranza’s racial approach is wrong for schools”:

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is an out-of-control social justice warrior who plays racial roulette with our city’s school system to end what he calls its “toxic whiteness.” But he started his job on false terms in 2018 by breaking a three-year contract he signed with Houston’s Independent School District in 2016. Maybe he was lured by a $345,000 yearly salary, which tops that of his boss, Mayor de Blasio, by $86,250. He spends $23 million on a “Racial Equity” training program staffed by high-paid consultants, while those funds should be used to improve classroom instruction in poor-performing schools. The New York Post called him a “racial arsonist.”

Carranza is NYC’s worst schools chancellor since Mayor Mike Bloomberg appointed former Hearst Magazines boss Cathie Black in 2011. She lasted 95 days on the job. How much longer will Carranza survive in his job? Taxpayers and voters must urge an end to his toxic tenure ASAP.

Richard Reif
Kew Gardens Hills

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Licenses for all mean money

Dear Editor:

Just days before Albany concludes for the year and lawmakers return to their respective districts, the fight to expand immigrant rights has intensified.

The New York State Assembly made a historic move to support and further expand the rights of immigrant New Yorkers by passing A3675, also known as the Green Light Bill, which will provide undocumented residents across the state access to a driver’s license. Immigration activists and supporters of the bill like myself are working diligently to push lawmakers in the Senate to act on the Green Light Bill, which is beginning to gain momentum there.

Expanding driver’s licenses will create a foundation for economic mobility to take place. According to the New York Smart Growth Coalition, which is made up of businesses across the state, empowering immigrants can strengthen New York’s economy by adding $57 million to state coffers annually from registration, taxes and fees and $26 million in one-time revenue.

Public safety will improve for everyone because drivers must pass written and road tests in order to become licensed as well as purchase insurance. In 2003 the state of New Mexico passed legislation expanding licenses to undocumented residents and saw a significant drop in uninsured vehicles and traffic fatalities.

The Borough of Queens serves as the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, with 47.5 percent of the population being foreign-born, which makes Queens one of the greatest benefactors of the Green Light Bill.

I am hopeful that the Senate will show leadership on this bill before the close of session. If New Yorkers want to show their support to expand immigration rights to allow undocumented residents access to a driver’s license, now is the time to call their state senators and urge them to support the Green Light Bill to reduce insurance cost and add to the state’s economy. To them I say, your vote will be a true telling of whose side you are on and we will keep that in mind on your next election day.

Chiedu Uzoigwe
South Ozone Park

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Liberty over entitlements

Dear Editor:

America was born not by accident but conceived by deliberate design to guarantee freedom and liberty and to create an environment that nurtures creativity, self-reliance and responsibility and protects individual property rights. It is not by accident that America generated the highest standard of living on the planet.

There is no doubt, however, that change is taking place. Instead of measuring the success of welfare programs by the decrease of participants, we promote, advertise and encourage participation in expanding entitlement programs. This environment nurtures dependency, dissuades self-reliance, personal responsibility and punishes success by limiting income and affluence. Guaranteed sustenance from a beneficent master creates dependency and a comfort zone with a false sense of security. For the recipients, choosing self-reliance and self-sufficiency is not a priority; they are free from freedom.

Redistribution of wealth sounds like a noble goal. It arises from the political notion that property is social, not individual. If a person does not own what he or she creates and produces, then who does? If everyone owns everything and everyone’s wealth collectively, there will be continual conflicts about who gets what. The uniqueness and value of our Constitution is that it limits the power of government, whoever is in charge, and protects our individual rights and freedoms. Without the rule of law, we are subject to the rule of the mob.

The economic crisis cannot be ended without resolving the question of property rights. We must protect and respect the citizen’s property rights in the wealth and income they generate, recognizing they rightly own what they produced, not other people, not society, not the government, not the state. The dilemma in the coming election is how does one negotiate with the growing number of Democratic socialists who believe private wealth is community property and must be redistributed?

Ed Konecnik
Flushing

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

The U.S. caused the problem

Dear Editor:

The United States should consider its own shameful history for establishing a policy for confronting the massive migration streaming toward our southern border. After the Civil War, African Americans living in the South were subjected to suffocating social, political and economic oppression, along with atrocious acts perpetrated by white supremacist terrorist gangs, such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Knights of the White Camellia and other “so-called” militias.

Instead of direct intervention, the federal government and the northern states chose a “hands-off” stance, allowing former Confederates to manage their “Negro problem,” since those men were thought to be more familiar with managing the affairs of their states. That national decision destabilized the South for approximately a century, causing massive African-American migrations to the North and West, as they sought to escape the violence, oppression and injustice.

Migrations are symptomatic of an extremely dire condition. People do not abandon their homes on a whim, and building a wall is not the solution. The three most powerful nations in this hemisphere — the United States, Canada and Mexico should collaborate to resolve the destabilizing influences in Central America. If not, for many years to come, expect further migrations and other serious problems that stem from oppression, violence and despair.

As part of the Monroe Doctrine, the United States claimed exclusive responsibility for the concerns of this hemisphere, in lieu of interference from other foreign powers. Since these destabilized countries are in proximity, more of this nation’s political might and resources should be allocated to the crisis in this zone.

Glenn Hayes
Kew Gardens

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Corrections on ’44 tragedy

Dear Editor:

A letter by your reader Mr. Anthony G. Pilla, “Before D-Day, tragedy,” published in your newspaper last week contains several inaccuracies.

First of all, that tragic event, the D-Day dress rehearsal, “Operation Tiger,” took place on April 28, 1944 (and not on April 26).

The exact number of Allied forces’ casualties was 946 (not “almost 750”). Many people were killed not by the Germans, but by friendly fire (due to poor communications).

Fortunately, “the lessons were leaned,” and the invasion in Normandy on June 6, 1944 was successful.

Victor Maltsev
Rego Park

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/13/2019
Strack to the future

Dear Editor:

Glad to see Strack Pond going back to nature (“Once a pond a time in Forest Park,” June 6, multiple editions). In the late 1940s and early 1950s, my friend Johnny and I would walk to the pond and fish from Ridgewood. Ice skating was also enjoyed. Whoever thought it was a good idea to build a baseball field at the bottom of a hole from a glacier should never have been working for the Parks Department.

Thomas Rom
Woodhaven

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Let NYCHA go green first

Dear Editor:

I am amazed that the City Council approved the Climate Mobilization Act demanding that older buildings be retrofitted to be more green.

Will the city be greening the NYCHA buildings?

Will that be before it fixes the mold, rodents, broken elevators, heating and plumbing plaguing the city-owned buildings?

As a retired city worker I can’t afford to pay for the cost of these energy mandates and my co-op, which is still affordable, will be too expensive for me to stay. (I should point out my co-op is the biggest recycling neighborhood in the city.)

Bob Friedrich (“‘Green’ laws will bankrupt us and cause blackouts,” On Point, June 6, multiple editions) seems to be on the side of the middle class and, come elections, we will remember that he speaks for the dwindling middle class.

Carolyn G. Ehrlich
Little Neck

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

A tale of two cities

Dear Editor:

Re “Willets businesses: Repave the roads” by Ryan Brady, May 30, multiple editions:

The Willets Point businesses render important services to the poor and middle-class auto owners and have done so for many years. Since they are the antithesis of the billionaire sports and real estate moguls, their requirements are ignored by a city administration guilty of a lack of transparency. Notwithstanding that they pay their taxes, their dilapidated streets have been ignored for decades.

That they have to beg to have the roads that service their businesses repaved is outrageous, particularly since the city had no problem in repaving the roads adjacent to billionaire David Wilpon’s Citi Field.

I believe the petition of the 50 business owners to the City Department of Transportation seeking the repaving will be ignored. It is evident our current mayoral administration and its Department of Transportation consider the wealthy to be their constituents and the poor and middle class be damned. Until the public wakes up and makes it clear they will not support any legislators who fail to understand who their true constituents should be, lack of governmental transparency will continue.

Benjamin M. Haber
Flushing

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Fathers and family first

Dear Editor:

Father’s Day is approaching on Sunday, June 16, and it is time to remember all that our fathers have done for us. They have worked hard to provide for their wives and children. Families have been their pride and joy. Fathers to a much larger extent have been a moral compass and a guide for their children to follow. Our nation was made great by fathers dedicated to the family, who lived and died defending and protecting their children from foreign aggression.

My father and I lived in Queens Village from the 1940s up to the early 1970s, and after my mother died when I was 14 years old, he and I were left alone. My father, who was 72 years old, said to me, “Son I must remain strong for you.” He kept working till he was 76 and had a part-time job for Grace Lutheran Church in Queens Village as a janitor. He truly loved me. I myself worked part-time after school to help him out.

This Father’s Day remember your father, those living and those who have passed on. If your father is still with you, tell him you love him for all that he did for you. And to all fathers everywhere let me say, Happy Father’s Day!

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Nix anti-arson application

Dear Editor:

I am grateful that state Sen. James Sanders Jr. has taken up the issue of repealing New York’s burdensome and unnecessary anti-arson application requirement. This lengthy application is required for anyone seeking fire or explosion coverage for a property, and must be completed each time the policy is renewed.

As an insurance agent, I have long questioned the value of this application. Not only is it a hassle for my customers, it can create real problems because an insurer is forced to cancel coverage if it is not submitted or filled out properly. It would be one thing if the application was an effective deterrent against arson, but the fact is it has long outlived its usefulness. Virtually all the information on the form is already available to insurance companies, and they typically rely on sophisticated fraud detection techniques and technology, rather than this form, to prevent arson. Other cities in the state that required this application have since repealed the requirement, leaving New York City as the last remaining place in the state to require the application.

I thank Sen. Sanders for his efforts, and hope his commonsense bill to eliminate the anti-arson application will pass this year.

Lawrence Robotti
Long Island City

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

The wonderful ‘Wizard of Oz’

Dear Editor:

This year is the 80th anniversary of the beloved MGM movie classic “The Wizard of Oz,” which was released in August 1939, as the clouds of war were gathering across Europe. Directed by Victor Fleming and produced by Mervyn LeRoy, this lavishly made film was to become one of the most enduring films in the motion picture industry.

A superb cast led by a 17-year-old Judy Garland made the picture what it became. Her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” brought tears of joy to the millions of moviegoers who went to see the film. Arnold Gillespie’s most awesome special effect was creating the great twister that blew Dorothy and Toto to Oz. The scenes of the tornado are exactly like these storms really occur.

The Munchkins are also a very central part of the movie. There were 125 of them who portrayed the little people of Munchkinland, and my wife and I had the honor of meeting three of them back in October 2004, at a promotion for the movie at the former Fortunoff’s department store in Old Westbury, LI. We spoke with each one of them, Jerry Maren, Karl Slover and Mickey Carroll. Maren was the Lollipop Guild Kid who handed Dorothy that huge round lollipop. All of them were so happy to see such a large crowd waiting to meet them.

Maren said to me, “John, we know that with people such as you, your wife and all of these many people who are here today, that ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will always live on for future generations after we are all gone.” I said to him, “Jerry, you, Karl and Mickey are absolutely correct. You all were a very important part of this wonderful MGM masterpiece, and we all will always remember and love “The Wizard of Oz.”

They had tears welling up in their eyes when I said this to them, and I also began to well up with tears.

I have loved this wonderful movie since I was 4 years old and never, ever have missed a broadcast of it when it came on television as an annual showing, and then on TCM or TBS on cable.

1939 is called the Golden Year of Hollywood because the major studios released more movies that year than in any other in cinematic history. And at the top was “The Wizard of Oz.” Remember, “There’s no place like home!”

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Before D-Day, tragedy

Dear Editor:

Before the magnificent D-Day 75 memorial tribute to our brave fallen heroes fades into history, I wish the Chronicle will allow me to share the little known pre-invasion tragedy that took place on April 26, 1944.

Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower ordered an invasion rehearsal to take place off the English Channel coast of Slapton Sands, England. As a convoy of Army troops prepared to disembark for the trial landing, German E-boats attacked and sank their ship. Almost 750 soldiers and sailors were killed in this horrific event. Eisenhower ordered this tragedy to be classified top secret so as not to weaken the morale of our country.

Anthony G. Pilla
Forest Hills

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/06/2019
Polarizing bishop

Dear Editor:

Re the May 30 response by Bishop Charles Norris to Richard Reif’s opposition to CUNY granting an honorary Ph.D. to the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bishop could use a lesson in tolerance by respecting the opinions of others (“Respect Rev. Sharpton” and “No CUNY Ph.D. for Sharpton,” April 18):

Mr. Reif is one of your most intelligent letter writers, yet Bishop Norris labels him as a “nut” and calls his views “really out of this world.” Yet, many would oppose an honorary Ph.D. for Reverend Al, not just Mr. Reif. Has the bishop forgotten about the entire Tawana Brawley affair championed by Sharpton, for which he has still never apologized?

Then the bishop criticizes the neighborhood Mr. Reif lives in because it is “white.” Yet if someone criticized the bishop for living in a black neighborhood, if that is the case, that would be considered racist. Living in a white neighborhood does not mean someone is living in the clouds and is not able to see reality as the bishop is implying. Bishop Norris is just as polarizing as his idol Reverend Al.

Like Mr. Reif, I also graduated CUNY many decades ago when a CUNY undergraduate degree meant something. Today, some college students must first take remedial reading to prepare them to take college courses, but they never should have been allowed to graduate high school without learning basic skills. If Sharpton is granted a Ph.D., then a CUNY Ph.D. will also have no meaning.

Allan Rosen
Brooklyn

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Sharpton: not forgiven

Dear Editor:

In the May 30 issue was a letter from Bishop Charles Norris, admonishing Richard Reif and praising the Rev. Al Sharpton for his charitable and community work.

Both The New York Times and New York Post have reported Internal Revenue Service charges that Mr. Sharpton owes millions in back taxes, a crime most of the rest of us would have lost our homes and possessions for. While his National Action Network has done some good, his past is not to be forgotten. He cannot easily be forgiven protesting about Jewish Americans whom he claims are slumlords and exploit blacks. Nor lamenting “white interlopers” who own businesses in Harlem. Here in Howard Beach, many of us old enough can recall when he came here and demonstrated, shutting down businesses, blocking traffic and ridiculing Italian Americans. I am of half-Italian ancestry and those actions are not easily pardoned.

Forgiving Al Sharpton is much like Vietnam veterans forgiving Jane Fonda or abused actresses forgiving Bill Cosby. Fonda did produce some fine videos to help women stay in shape and maintain healthy lifestyles. But veterans find it hard to forgive her after she expressed support for the Viet Cong and called Americans liars about the torture they endured. Likewise Mr. Cosby had a successful television show, but his lack of respect for women makes it hard for many to overlook his past.

Perhaps Al Sharpton has changed from the rabble-rouser he was once was and his NAN has benefited the intended communities. That does not change the fact that in the past he gravely offended many people and the memories of his acts and words still echo to this day.

Edward Riecks
Howard Beach

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Never forget D-Day

Dear Editor:

As the 75th anniversary of D Day arrives, we should express our most sincere gratitude to all of those soldiers who sacrificed their lives on that day when the Allies stormed the German-held beaches at Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Europe from five years of Nazi terror and tyranny.

So many soldiers were killed and injured during that battle, and those who are still alive who fought there on June 6,1944 deserve special recognition by our country, as well as those who sacrificed their lives at Normandy.

After 75 years, our world must never again be scourged by the terrors of major conflict. Now the world is a much more unstable, dangerous place, because of so many smaller conflicts occurring around the globe, as well as the continuous buildup of nuclear weapons by many countries, including the U.S., China and Russia. World leaders have a responsibility to prevent what happened from 1939 to 1945 to ever happen again, because if major conflict were to break out, all of humankind would not survive, and the world would be plunged into permanent nuclear winter.

God bless all of those brave soldiers who fought in World War II, including at Normandy, on June 6,1944. All of America is forever indebted to you for the sacrifices that you all made, which included many of you sacrificing the greatest gift of all — life!

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

MTA off on grant seeking

Dear Editor:

Something was missing from the MTA-NYC Transit Public Hearing Notice of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Reconstruction and Expansion of the Jamaica Bus Depot (May 30).

The Federal Transit Administration on May 15 announced a Notice of Funding opportunity to apply for approximately $423 million in fiscal year 2019 competitive grant funding for bus and bus facility projects nationwide.

The purpose of competitive grants from the Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

There are other annual formula FTA grant programs such as Urban Area Formula 5307, Capital Annual Investment 5309 and Buses and Bus Facilities 5339, along with Congestion Mitigation Air Quality and several other Federal Highway Administration grant programs that can be transferred over to FTA. All of these could also be used as funding sources.

Why is the MTA-NYC Transit following the State Environmental Quality Review Act and not federal National Environmental Protection Act? Following NEPA is necessary to preserve eligibility for potential FTA funding opportunities to pay for any planned transportation improvements. MTA averages $1.4 billion annually in funding from FTA under various grant programs. These funds pay for various capital improvement projects. Why would MTA-NYC Transit want to forfeit potential federal funding for reconstruction and expansion of the Jamaica Bus Depot? Riders, taxpayers and elected officials should be concerned.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI
The writer is a transportation historian, advocate and writer who worked for 31 years for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (1)

‘Jeopardy!’ winner over AOC

Dear Editor:

I read that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returned last week to her bartending roots, mixing drinks at a high-priced gastro pub in her Jackson Heights district where a plate of rigatoni with ragu will set you back a measly $20 bucks and a spring pea salad a puny $16. A bit pricey for the common laborer.

Well, truthfully speaking if I want to see a bartender mixing drinks I would rather go to the bar where 12-time Jeopardy champion Austin Rogers works. As anyone who has seen him knows he is funny and most importantly, unlike Ocasio-Cortez, he can name the three branches of government.

Bill Viggiano
Williston Park, LI

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

GOP vs. climate science

Dear Editor:

John Amato made many excellent points about the devastating effects of increasing cataclysmic storms (“Wicked weather alert,” May 30). He provided many important tips on how to deal with storms and flooding of biblical proportions. But he forgot the single most important advice that all Americans should heed.

Vote for people who believe in: the science of climate change, the proof that these storms are more severe as a result of warmer oceans and the fact that sea levels are rising due to the melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Who are these candidates? Democrats.

Let me make it simple for anyone who is still confused. Don’t vote for a candidate like Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, author of “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.” Inhofe actually brought a large snowball onto the Senate floor in a failed attempt to “prove” that the globe is not warming. The really scary part is he was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at the time.

So while evacuating flood zones, stocking up on batteries, water and food are all great tips for a few days, weeks or months, there is only one way for Americans to protect themselves and their descendants from future storms caused by climate change for generations to come. Don’t vote for Republicans! The party that supports Trump’s budget proposal that calls for a 17 percent cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a 6 percent cut to the National Weather Service. You know, the people in charge of providing forecasts for life-threatening weather events like hurricanes.

Robert LaRosa
Whitestone

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 05/30/2019
Libraries, not law firms

Dear Editor:

The Daily News and New York Post recently reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio is cutting $10.4 million from the city’s public libraries, including one in Park Slope that he often used. Those funds can be restored by diverting them from the $13.5 million that taxpayers shelled out to lawyers to defend the mayor and his cronies from federal and state charges resulting from investigations into his Campaign for One New York and meddling in upstate New York politics.

Bogus Bill broke his promise to pay these legal costs. That makes him about as trustworthy as the “My Pillow” guy in TV ads. Our City Council members and City Controller Scott Stringer must do everything possible to target that money to public library branches instead of private law firms charging $900 an hour.

Richard Reif
Kew Gardens Hills

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Broken windows theory

Dear Editor:

At the Ozone Suites and Inn in Ozone Park (now a homeless shelter), an SUV has been out in front for several days with the front window smashed in from the outside. Someone smashed a wastebasket on both sides of the front windshield and rendered the SUV undrivable.

This is the new age of Ozone Park. Founded in 1893, died 2019.

Ray Hackinson
Ozone Park

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Help me find my children

Dear Editor:

State Assemblyman David Weprin believes a birth certificate is a legal document that is important to one’s identity. Well, I agree. But adoptees in New York State are forbidden access to the original document unless they have a court order.

A bill sponsored by Weprin known as A.5494, The Clean Bill of Adoptee Rights, should get passed and clear the way for adoptees to know who their biological parents were and are. I feel this is important for the adoptees and their biological parents who seek to meet.

I am one of those biological parents who seek to meet my children. In 1975, while I was still in the Navy, my children were adopted after my wife had left us and I had no means to support them and had no family or friends who could help me. I’m going to be 70 years old this year and would like to make contact before I pass away.

I would like to tell my sons, named Tommy and Bobby, who will be 50 and 49 years old, respectively, that I still love them and think of them, and I would like to tell them it was not their fault they were adopted and tell them of our family history. And to Assemblyman Weprin, I would like to thank you for your efforts.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Water bill insurance?

Dear Editor:

The fear factor has homeowners buying insurance added to their water bills. How and when did this come about? Who authorized it? What bids were made? Where does all the money go?

My councilman’s office did not consider it a matter of their concern. I should handle it! Thanks.

Joseph T. Klonowski
Middle Village

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

I’ve talked trees for years

Dear Editor:

(An open letter to Councilmember Robert Holden)

I’m writing in response to the letter from Richie Polgar of Maspeth, in the Queens Chronicle on May 23, entitled “Restore the trees.” Mr. Polgar cited the lack of trees on Woodhaven Boulevard. Of course, I was happy to see this issue being raised by Mr. Polgar and commend him on his letter. But I was dismayed by the response of the person Mr. Polgar contacted at Councilman Holden’s office, who claimed no one had ever “brought this up.”

In fact, I have advocated for the “greening of Woodhaven Boulevard” to many community groups and city agencies, going back well over 10 years. This effort to “green” Woodhaven Boulevard is well-documented and I can produce this documentation for anyone who is interested.

Sherman Kane
Woodhaven

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Wicked weather alert

Dear Editor:

The very wild and destructive weather is continuing across the central and southern plains as well as the Midwest. Drenching, violent thunderstorms with torrential flooding rains, hurricane-force winds, baseball-sized hail, as well as many numerous and very destructive tornadoes have been occurring for the last nine days as of this writing, and this volatile weather pattern shows no signs of changing anytime in the immediate future.

The Mississippi River, as well as numerous other large rivers and streams, are well above flood stage from Texas through Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Indiana, with thousands of homes and other structures destroyed and damaged. Jefferson City, Mo. was struck by a monstrous F-4 tornado with winds gusting up to 160 mph, which caused major damage throughout the city. Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana have been raked by violent, powerful tornadoes as well, causing additional property damage. Several people have lost their lives in these storms, as well as scores of others being injured.

Also, a major early-season heat wave has been occurring over the southeast U.S. with record high temperatures expected, as well as little to no rain. Numerous brush fires have broken out across the northern half of Florida, and the fire danger remains extremely high across south Georgia, north Florida and southern South Carolina. Summer has not even officially begun yet, and already the country is being raked with wild, violent weather.

Now, hurricane season will begin on June 1. Already, there has been one storm, subtropical storm Andrea, which formed but dissipated rather rapidly. With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting nine to 15 named storms, including six hurricanes of Category 1 or 2 strength, as well as three to four hurricanes of Category 3, 4 or 5 strength, the entire U.S. coastline from Corpus Christi, Texas to Portland, Maine will have to be on the alert, and people living along this entire stretch of coastline should stock up on batteries, flashlights, portable radios and nonperishable canned food, as well as have a plan for possible evacuation should that be necessary. Low-lying areas of the coast are the first to be slammed by these ferocious storms, and anybody living right along the immediate coast should heed the warning to get out, and get out right away. Homes can always be rebuilt — lives cannot!

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Probing the probers

Dear Editor:

Rep. Jerrold Nadler nearly fainted during a Manhattan press conference last week and had to be taken to a hospital. I have a feeling that is nothing like what’s going to happen to a number of his fellow Democrats after Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases his report in the next few weeks.

Bill Viggiano
Williston Park

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

The GOP vs. abortion

Dear Editor:

Since 2010, anti-abortion laws passed by the GOP have forced the closure of 70 clinics in a dozen states. Missouri, Mississippi and North and South Dakota now have only one clinic each.

What do you think women will do when they can’t obtain a legal abortion? Will they abstain from having sex? Wealthy women will still get their “secret” abortion. Poor women will die.

The GOP is obsessed with the fetus from conception to birth. But once that child takes its first breath on its own, that’s it. First no neonatal care and then no day care, no Head Start programs, no school lunch, no food stamps and no welfare. When does the GOP start caring for these children again? When they’re 18, old enough for the military, so they can use them to be dead soldiers. Are any pro-life women volunteering to adopt heroin-addicted babies? No, that’s something Jesus would do.

Some GOPers claim that life begins at fertilization. Eighty percent of a woman’s fertilized eggs are rinsed and flushed out of a woman’s body once a month. So according to the GOP that means that woman has unwittingly committed murder? Some GOP members claim that life begins at conception. I thought life began with the carbon atom. Human life cannot exist without carbon. Does that make pro-coal burning advocates serial killers?

I’ve said it before, if men were the ones getting pregnant this argument would have been permanently settled decades ago. No company-paid (healthcare insurance) contraception coverage for women. But Viagra for men? Sure. No exceptions for rape or incest? Disgraceful!

I know they cite religious beliefs to “defend” such an atrocious opinion. I was Catholic once, until I reached the age of reason.

Robert LaRosa
Whitestone

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

Respect Rev. Sharpton

Dear Editor:

ln response to the stupid letter by Richard Reif of Kew Gardens Hills (“No CUNY Ph.D. for Sharpton,” April 18), let me say he is really out of this world in his ideas about the Rev. AI Sharpton.

I have known Rev. Sharpton for at least 30 years. I have seen him grow from a fat, fried chicken agitator to a well-versed, well-clothed and well-mannered intelligent media person. His radio and television programs are something everyone should listen to and see. He has become a well-known worldwide communicator, well-respected by many except this “nut’’ Mr. Reif.

The establishment of his Natural Action Network has made him second to none in caring for people of color and many others who seek his help. If there is anyone at this time in the civil rights movement who has championed the cause, let him or her speak now or shut up: as Mr. Reif should do.

If Mr. Reif had come out from the hills in white Kew Gardens he could have seen and heard of the tremendous job Rev. Sharpton has done and continues to do for the people whom he serves and loves. He deserves every penny he is paid.

If there is anyone deserving in this city, state, or country of a Ph.D. from CUNY, it is the Rev. AI Sharpton, preacher of the Gospel, leader of the movement and friend to those who need a friend. Take your head out of the sand, Mr. Reif, and join the ongoing revolution that includes the effective leadership of my friend and brother, AI Sharpton.

Bishop Charles L. Norris Sr.
St. Albans
The writer is Pastor Emeritus of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church of Jamaica and Executive Secretary Emeritus of Clergy & Laity United for Community Empowerment.

Posted in Letters to the editor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 am. Comments (0)

War and immigration

Dear Editor:

I read letters from people who write about our president, how he runs our country. Well, I am a World War II Navy vet, who served in both the Atlantic and Pacific and saw many things that would turn the stomachs of some of our so-called loving Americans.

Until they have seen the horrors of war and the things that went on during that time, people should kiss our president’s rear. Those people should not complain. I as a young man saw things that normal people would not see in a lifetime.

The people who are crossing our borders should be sent through the proper legal entry gates. When my parents came to this country, they came through Ellis Island and they went to night school to learn English. If you had a cold, you stayed on the island until you got well, then they checked your background to see if you had some sort of record. If it showed you had one, you were sent back to the country you came from.

Today, they cross into our country any which way they can and the Democrats back these people up. What are we doing, reverting back to the stone ages?

Mr. President, please do not allow any undocumented people into our country. We do not need anymore MS-13 gang killings.

Paul Stein
Floral Park

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Label Uber cars now

Dear Editor:

As long as there is a lack of unmistakable at-a-glance identification for all Uber vehicles, predatory psychopaths posing as Uber drivers will continue to prey on unwitting would-be Uber passengers, committing assault, rape and even murder. To protect the public, time is long overdue for the name Uber to be spelled out in huge letters on all sides of an Uber car exterior. Failure to enact such sensible legislation is abominable. As is the unwillingness to appropriately regulate other essential facets of this global juggernaut.

Just as we suffer with an all-powerful intransigent NRA, must it be likewise with an all-powerful, intransigent Uber?

William Lindauer
Long Island City

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GOP scandal history

Dear Editor:

The GOP has a dismal record of selecting political wrongdoers. Several of them lacked a moral compass. Remember Warren Harding’s Teapot Dome scandal, Richard Nixon’s Watergate and Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal?

These illegal behaviors resulted in numerous White House aides resigning or being convicted. President Obama said it best. The number of Trump’s aides to resign or be convicted could fill a football field! The only one of 45 presidencies to see both the president and vice president to resign was Republican: Nixon and Spiro Agnew.

Voters in 2020 need to consider which presidential candidate they trust to have a strong moral compass to guide America in the ’20s!

Anthony Pilla
Forest Hills

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