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March, 2017

Editorial

DOE tunes out

Is anyone at the Department of Education listening to the parents, teachers, students at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing and their elected officials? Comment
New Voices

Trump’s travel ban lacks coherent reason

On March 6, the Trump administration unveiled its newest iteration of its ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim nations. Among the changes in what opponents of the action call the “Muslim Ban” are the exclusion of Iraq from the list of banned countries and exemptions for travelers with green cards and visas. Comments (3)
Letters

Strong fathers program helps build backbone of the city

I had the great privilege this past weekend to serve as the commencement speaker at the Strong Fathers program graduation ceremony at Forestdale Inc. The Strong Fathers program consists of dozens of men, young and old, who are working to improve their relationships with their partners and their children. Comment
Flushing

Immortal words: Flushing poet to have his ode engraved in stone in Italian town

You don’t often hear about a former high school teacher from Flushing having his poem immortalized in marble by the patriarch of a prominent family living in Southern Italy. Comments (3)
Rhymes with Crazy

Medical field embraces genetic testing

Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, and how about the odds of acne? Comments (1)
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Letters

Long-suffering 7 riders should get midday express service

There is more to “Transit Quagmire” (TimesLedger editorial, March 10-16) concerning Gov. Andrew Cuomo cutting $65 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget and ongoing problems with both the LIRR and No. 7 subway. Comments (1)
Editorial

An unjust act

The abrupt firing of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara sent a shudder through Queens, where his prosecutions of corrupt politicians seems to have halted the long parade of lawmakers found guilty of illegal dealings. Comments (3)
Rhymes with Crazy

Playboy’s return to prominence

Playboy Magazine used to be the illicit thrill that men of all ages hid in their sock drawers. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Tracking down the latest locale for your favorite supermarket product

Can this insanity please stop? Comments (1)
Letters

Mayor’s new homeless program will reduce shelter population

As a doctor I learned to be relentless when treating my patients. So, I am proud of the relentless effort the de Blasio administration has put into taking on the homelessness crisis. Comments (1)
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Editorial

Transit quagmire

The public transit system often seems close to buckling in Queens under the weight of near record ridership even though the number of straphangers declined last year for the first time since 2009. Comments (2)
Opinion

Keeping offenders out of jail may reduce violence

It’s no secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners – which is odd for a “Land of Liberty.” Comments (1)
Letters

House homeless in vacant hospitals like Creedmoor

Once again communities are protesting the city’s plan on dumping the homeless population into hotels in their neighborhoods. Comments (1)
Opinion

Detective McDonald delivered a message of healing

Steven McDonald, a native of Queens Village, was a New York City police detective who became a messenger of peace and forgiveness after being shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in 1986. Before his death Jan. 10, 2017, Detective McDonald traveled the world, from high school gyms on Long Island to Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Middle East sharing his story of rebirth through forgiving the young man who nearly took his life. Whe Comments (1)
Bayside

Vallone describes wonders of his recent trip to Israel

After leaving Ash Wednesday Mass this past week, all of the wonderful and powerful memories of my most recent trip to Israel came flooding back to me. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Death of milkman on train tracks haunts poet’s memories of his youth

Nicole (Lucivero) Martini never met her grandfather Nick for whom she is named. Her brother Nicholas never met him either. Comments (14)
The Civic Scene

NE Queens residents leery about bioswales’ unintended consequences

Last year the city Department of Environmental Protection painted green letters on the sidewalks of houses in Queens. Comments (3)
Political Action

Trump demonstrations follow long periods of U.S. unrest

When we look at the contemporary street demonstrations across the country and look at the ones from the past, we find some similarities. Comments (2)
Editorial

A heartless act

As homelessness worsens in the city and the state increases rent subsidies for poor families to keep them off the streets, a Christian nonprofit in western Queens is evicting its longtime tenants to open a shelter. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Ranking city’s and state’s most influential players

Who holds the city’s levers of power changes every year, and that’s why we rank ’em. Comment
Letters

Trump has no sense of decency

Phil Orenstein, president of the Queens Village Republican Club, is misguided in claiming Trump’s immigration policy is limited to the deportation of the undocumented with serious criminal records, and accuses Democratic politicians of undermining Trump’s every move. (Letters to the Editor - Feb. 24-March 2). Comments (1)
Opinion

World’s biggest dino inspires Natural History fossil hunter

If anyone could lay claim to the excuse, “I’m not fat — I’m big-boned,” it’s the Titanosaur on view at the Museum of Natural History. Comments (1)
Bayside

My Bayside block blighted by commercial creep

One single block. Comments (6)

February, 2017

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Editorial

Another first

Queens’ riches are in its diversity, which was confirmed yet again by a new study that found the borough has more languages than anywhere else on the planet. Comments (3)
New Voices

Survivors of Japanese internment camps see parallels today

Feb. 19th marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a 1942 decree from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that ordered the internment of Japanese Americansas well as some German and Italian nationals in American concentration camps during World War II. Comments (3)
Letters

Irresponsible pols bring needless panic to immigrant communities.

We hear that the ICE raids on criminal illegal aliens throughout our nation and in New York City have brought needless panic to the immigrant communities in Queens. Comments (5)
Health

Sudden onset unattractiveness

When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Comment
Opinion

New York City high schools are not preparing graduates for college

What’s the value of a high school diploma when the recipient isn’t ready for college or a particular career? Comments (3)
Letters

Transit projects favored by Katz require big bucks to fund

When it comes to public transportation, “Katz delivers ‘State of Borough’ address” (TimesLedger/Feb. 3) made for some great sound bites but provided little substance. Comments (4)
Editorial

Fighting evictions

It’s tough to be poor in Queens and the city seems to be taking note. Comments (2)
Letters

City Council must step in to protect our water, air quality

This Council has done much to protect New York City’s water and air quality, public health, and our civil rights.We need that commitment more than ever as we face the pending confirmation of an EPA administrator openly hostile to environmental regulations and a Congress that has already introduced legislation that would nullify climate change mitigation policies, would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, and would prohibit the collection of data on race and demographics—key tools for civil rights advocat Comments (3)
Opinion

If you see and say something, you could be a citizen spy

If you see something, say something. Comments (3)
The Civic Scene

Mayflower briefs Fresh Meadows civics on hotel planned for their turf

Since a permit was given to build a hotel at 186th Street and 64th Avenue in Fresh Meadows about three years ago, there has been no contact with the owners of the hotel. Comments (1)
New Voices

Queens activists scramble to protest Muslim ban

The hastily written and implemented ban on entry for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries was met with swift condemnation and protests by Queens activists and other opponents at Kennedy Airport. Comments (6)
Letters

Enough is enough with Mr. Trump

Do the people remember when President Richard Nixon made one very big mistake and was impeached? Comments (10)
Letters

MTA choice for interim executive director a home run

Following in the footsteps of previous MTA President Tom Prendergast, Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim is an excellent choice as interim executive director. She is an even better one to serve as the next permanent MTA president. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Renaissance man’s vision created A Better Jamaica

A Better Jamaica, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the southeast Queens region, celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Jan. 31. Greg Mays, 55, founded the organization to improve the bond between residents in the area. Comment
On Point

Plastic bag fee is social engineering run amok

Unless Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides not to sign the plastic bag bill, New Yorkers will again feel the hands of city government reaching into their pockets and taking more of your hard-earned money. The disciples of social engineering and behavior modification in the City Council last year passed a 5-cent fee on each plastic bag used and twice that if you double bag your groceries. Comments (14)
Letters

Trump endangers animal welfare by shutting down federal site

As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another over the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals - already the most oppressed sentient beings onearth. Comments (2)
Editorial

Hidden Crime

The New York Police Department is cracking down on sex trafficking in the five boroughs and setting up a hotline to help women forced into slavery. Flushing and Jackson Heights are the epicenter of the growing industry in New York City, which victimizes undocumented immigrants as well as many Americans. Comments (1)
Opinion

Why can’t we kindly disagree?

It seems like arguing — screaming, shouting or at the very least, extreme eye-rolling — is right up there with eating breakfast these days. Wake up, brush your teeth, glance at the latest news and explode! Comments (2)
Letters

Borough president has abandoned Willets Pt. plan in favor of stadiums

Prior to 2008 there were many small businesses in Willets Point Queens, primarily rendering automotive services for the public at a cost far less expensive than at automotive dealers. They were truly rendering an important service to the people of Queens. Comments (4)
QueensLine

Award winning Queens actress fine with being stereotyped

Born Andrea Donna de Matteo on Jan. 19, 1972, actress and Queens native Drea de Matteo is best known for her portrayal of Mafia moll Adriana La Cerva in the HBO series “The Sopranos.” Comments (1)
Letters

Psychologists draw up categories for Trump’s tweets

It seems likely that Donald Trump will continue to send out twitter messages during his presidency to dominate the news cycle and to influence or deflect news stories he does not like. Comments (4)
Political Action

Gotham businessmen Trump and Rockfeller both eyed the presidency

The 2016 presidential race demonstrated the activities of a candidate whose entire career in the free enterprise system was conducted mainly from New York City and surrounding areas. Comment
Editorial

America’s DNA

Newly minted President Trump has gone too far in banning certain Muslims from the United States and ignoring the fact that most Americans take pride in their immigrant heritage. Comments (2)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

The people and the press must check government’s power

It’s up to us to make sure — you and me — to resist the new President’s plan to trample our rights. Comments (1)
Letters

State has failed to provide equal education for students in SE Queens

As a parent of multiple children, you always want to make sure that you provide each of them with the same access and opportunity to be the best they can be. Comments (2)
Opinion

Hollywood hypes threat of child predators dating back to 1931’s ‘M’

Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began? Comment
Letters

Back off, Mr. Trump: Queens will protect its immigrants

If you want to strip sanctuary cities of funding to force us into complying with your vindictive anti-immigrant executive actions, go ahead; that won’t make us budge. Our principles cannot be bought and besides you could use the money seeing as Mexico won’t be paying for this wall you want to build. The American taxpayers will. Comments (4)

January, 2017

Letters

Concerns regarding new cultural unit

I read the article regarding the Indian cultural unit being implemented at Parker Jewish Institute (Parker Institute opens Indian Cultural Unit, Jan. 18). I find it interesting that in none of the articles I have read is there mention of how this is going to be accomplished. Comment
New Voices

Trump White House edits out some Obama websites

Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States last Friday, the White House’s online presence, including whitehouse.gov, transitioned to the new administration, with some notable exceptions. Webpages on Civil Rights, LGBT rights, Climate Change were moved to the archives of the Obama White House. Comments (11)
Editorial

New Yorkers stand tall

Despite our newly minted president’s concerns over the relative size of the crowds at his inauguration, City Hall’s estimate that 400,000 people marched for women’s rights in Manhattan Saturday drew few if any challenges. Comments (11)
Music

Why aren’t we singing all the time?

The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. Comment
Bayside

Stop plans to shut down pedestrian ramps

It is with great concern that my civic association learned at the January monthly meeting of Queens Community Board 11 that the New York State Dept. of Transportation is planning to close down and remove two pedestrian ramps that go under the Long Island Railroad trestle along the Clearview Expressway here in Bayside, Queens. Comment
The Civic Scene

What to do when the inevitable storms come

Did you know that snow or ice must be removed from the sidewalk within four hours after the snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow stopped falling after 9 p.m. the previous evening? Comments (1)
Little Neck

Happy anniversary to Little Neck Parkway bus

It was four years ago, on Monday morning, Jan. 7, 2013, I was able to board the first bus departing from the Little Neck Long Island Rail Road station. Comment
Opinion

Stop the senseless slaughter of birds

Ever since that plane went down in the Hudson eight years ago, the wanton and senseless slaughter of thousands of birds of various species has continued unabated. Comments (2)
Editorial

A call to action

As the Trump inauguration approached, there was a palpable nervousness coursing throughout Queens. Comments (2)
Opinion

Let’s call a cease-fire on extreme political warfare

American politics has always been a contact sport. But it has crossed a line in recent years. It is now less like sport and more like war. Comments (3)
Opinion

Unconscious biases make us blame moms for tragedies

Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would say, “Why was her skirt so short?” As if the woman caused her own rape. Comments (1)
Astoria

Queens theater writer gives voice to anti-Trumpters in new production

Divisive and downright ugly from the first primary to the final tally, last year’s presidential election had supersized portions of the key ingredients one would expect to find in a meaty theatrical drama: conflict, contrast, and the quest for power. With these elements still very much in play after Nov. 8, the flabbergasted duo behind feminist theater company The Dirty Blondes had no question as to how they would answer the president-elect: Cancel the production booked for January and heed the call of an ominous new muse. Comments (3)
Editorial

Learn debt free

Elitism in education has been a growing problem in the country as the cost of a college degree hit $60,000 a year at many top-rated institutions. The trickle-down effect was felt at the other end of the spectrum where tuitions rose at two-year community colleges and small four-year schools. Comment
The Civic Scene

Hevesi plan could help tenants living on the edge

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi has been visiting civic associations and community boards to explain his Home Stability Support Program, which he thinks would help solve the homeless problem in New York State. Currently there are 60,000 people in homeless shelters every night. To solve this problem New York City is putting homeless families in regular neighborhood hotels, which are not the answer, so neighborhood people are demonstrating against this policy. Comment
Opinion

Subtext: A dictionary of Subway vernacular

To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is — after 98 years in the making! Comments (2)
Political Action

Conservative Party expects great things from Trump

The New York State Conservative Party, at its state committee meeting earlier this year, endorsed Donald Trump for president. Comment
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Editorial

Second Avenue miracle

Yes, the Upper East Side of Manhattan has hijacked the Q train from Astoria for the stunning new Second Avenue subway, but Queens got the W line back in return. Comments (1)
Opinion

Obama report card: mixed grades but A for civility

In high school I excelled in humanities subjects like English and history, but found math and science much more difficult. Comments (8)
North Shore Towers

Milestone for non-smokers at North Shore Towers

New Year’s Day started off with a great celebration for the residents of North Shore Towers, the 1,844 apartment co-op in Floral Park, Queens, as it became the largest smoke-free private residential building in New York (another No. 1 ranking for Queens County) as well as the United States. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Science fiction: Research shows ‘research’ just grabbing headlines

Oh to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don’t take thalidomide if you’re pregnant! For God’s sake, ditch the Corvair unless you want to get impaled on your gear shift! Comments (1)
Letters

Time to join your community board

January is the month that you may apply to serve on your local community board. Community Boards make advisory decisions on many aspects of neighborhood life, including on land use cases where variances and special permits have been requested, capital and expense budget matters as well as issues concerning transportation, education, environmental concerns, parks, health and community facilities, to name some of the areas. Serving on a community board is a non-paid, volunteer position. Comments (2)
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