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Opinion

August, 2018

Letters

Registering to vote more important than ever

With the local and mid-term elections swiftly approaching, eligible New Yorkers of all backgrounds and political leanings must register to vote and those who are already registered should make sure others in their communities are prepared to cast their ballots. Comments (5)
Letters

No term limits for community boards

The NYC Charter Revision Commission is currently considering various changes to the city charter that would amend various governmental practices in our city. Comments (1)
Political Action

A comparison of presidential races

During World War II, our nation was strongly united in the war effort. Toward the end of WWII in 1945, there was more freedom of opportunity. Comments (3)
New Voices

Lawsuit reveals flawed census citizenship question

The decision to include a specific question on citizenship on the upcoming 2020 Census is a controversial one, long suspected to be motivated by politics rather than practicality. The U.S. Census is intended to count all persons living in America, including non-citizens. Critics suggest that the inclusion of such a question, for the first time in nearly 70 years, is designed to suppress cooperation and response rates in predominantly immigrant communities. Comments (4)
Editorial

Applaud the Night Out program

Tuesday marked the return of National Night Out Against Crime as cops and city dwellers across the five boroughs gathered to continue building the relationship between the NYPD and neighborhood residents. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Tracking the trends of tomorrow ... today

Trends are something I wouldn’t say I’m great at predicting. Comment
QueensLine

NBA legend Bob Cousy grew up in Queens

Born on Aug. 9, 1928 in Manhattan, Bob Cousy electrified NBA fans for 13 seasons with his seemingly magical passing ability and prolific scoring as a point guard for the Boston Celtics. Comment
Letters

Support your local diners

The closing of Briarwood’s Flagship Diner is disappointing. I have enjoyed many excellent meals for decades when frequenting any one of our many local diners, including the Flagship. Over the years, we have seen the demise of too many others, including the Bel Aire (Astoria), Gold Star (Bayside), Seville (Douglaston), Sage (Elmhurst), Saravan (Flushing), Palace (Flushing), Future (Fresh Meadows), Fame (Jamaica), Scobees Grill (Little Neck) and others. Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Addition of bike lanes, subtraction of parking spots hurts local businesses

Central Queens businesses are under attack by the city Department of Transportation as it removes parking spaces along Queens Boulevard and adds bike lanes. These changes are supposed to spur bicycle riding but have instead caused a drop in business for stores along Queens Boulevard with the fear that local businesses will go out of business. Already, Ben’s Best Delicatessen has closed due to loss of business since people can’t park so they can patronize the store. Comments (6)
Letters

Opportunity Zones provide chances for those struggling

It is no secret that economically there are numerous neighborhoods across Queens that are struggling. Comments (2)
Letters

We need a new marijuana enforcement policy in Queens

The time has come for Queens to follow the lead of Manhattan and Brooklyn and stop prosecuting low-level marijuana possession and smoking cases, once and for all. It’s not fair, it’s not right, and it’s not worth it. Comments (8)
Editorial

More bike lane drama

The bike lane debate shows no sign of abating in Queens. Comments (1)
On Point

Cuomo, de Blasio not helping the average ‘Joe’

Many of New York’s working-class citizens feel forgotten and betrayed by a mayor and City Council not interested in their daily struggles to make ends meet, but instead obsess over preventing deportation of illegal immigrants who have been arrested or convicted of various crimes. Comments (11)

July, 2018

Opinion

2020 presidential election could take cues from 1948

When we look at the presidential race of 1948, we can see certain similarities to what took place in 2016 and what might take place in 2020. No one thought that in 2016 we would have 17 candidates running in the Republican primary, although it was assumed that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee of the Democratic Party. Comments (5)
Editorial

Abolishing ICE isn’t the answer

New York City lawmakers, including state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), are waging a fight to abolish ICE in favor of a new agency to help control immigration. Comments (4)
Rhymes with Crazy

Here’s why I now love Mr. Rogers more than ever before

Our columnist says why her appreciation for the show she was bored with as a kid has grown significantly. Comments (4)
The Civic Scene

Good deeds and preparation tools across the borough

In November the Kissena Park Civic Association members coordinated with City Councilman Peter Koo’s Office, the Partnership for Parks, Parks District Manager Mark Edwards and students from Hunter High School to spread wood chips on trails in Kissena Park. Woodchips and tools were provided by the city Parks Department. Comments (2)
Editorial

A necessary solution

Human trafficking is an epidemic that spans the United States and afflicts Queens. Comments (1)
QueensLine

Cosmetics queen Estée Lauder was born in Corona

Born Josephine Esther Mentzer on July 1, 1908 in Corona, Estée Lauder was a businesswoman known for her eponymous brand of cosmetics. From a modest beginning in which an uncle made cosmetic products in an abandoned stable behind their house, Lauder diligently built her brand into a global beauty empire. When her company went public in 1995, it was worth some $2 billion. Comment
New Voices

On Queens’ shores, a lesson on asylum seekers

Lost in the discussions on whether it is acceptable to lock up children separately or to simply lock up entire families for violating immigration law is the case of the Golden Venture, which landed on Queens shores 25 years ago carrying more than 200 illegal immigrants. Comments (5)
Letters

Loving your country a part of Muslim religion

My closest friend’s family, and even colleagues are first, second, or third-generation immigrants. I didn’t choose them for this reason, we just seemed to click this way. Comments (3)
Editorial

A call for change

A new petition calling for New York state to impose stricter driver’s license requirements and frequent renewals for senior drivers has picked up steam, collecting more than 10,000 signatures after the death of a Flushing teenager who was struck and killed by an elderly driver in June while crossing a street in Whitestone. Comments (4)
Rhymes with Crazy

How to win at soccer without really trying

Here’s a hint: Let the kids play by themselves! Comments (1)
Letters

Give public transportation a try

July 2018 marks the 54th anniversary of federal government support for public transportation. Comments (4)
The Civic Scene

Hevesi wins small victory in fight to prevent homelessness

Queens Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi sees the problems facing communities due to homelessness and the problems caused by attempting to solve the dilemma, so he has suggested a solution. Comments (1)
QueensLine

Queensline: JFK Airport opened in July 1948

Welcome to July 1948! Comment
Letters

Human Trafficking Courts are making a huge difference in New York

Human trafficking is a horrifying reality in New York City. Comments (2)
Editorial

A new age

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley in last week’s Democratic primary shocked the borough, city, state and country, and it could lead to the start of a new movement away from the political norm. Comments (3)
New Voices

Pressure mounts for Queens politicians to take action on ICE

The sudden and dramatic implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy for asylum seekers by the Trump administration has renewed scrutiny on Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, with many immigration advocates now calling for the abolition of the agency. Though ICE has operated extensively throughout the city, reports of 2,500 children separated and detained or sent to foster case has brought national scrutiny on the agency. Comments (2)
Political Action

A look at the history of immigration law in the United States

As we look at past presidential campaigns in American history, it was the election of 1840 that had the most enthusiastic participation. Comments (2)

June, 2018

Rhymes with Crazy

If you see something, sometimes you should keep your mouth shut

Not every child left in a car is in danger. Comments (1)
Editorial

Queens stands up

Queens lawmakers and city officials have spoken out against the U.S. Supreme’s Court decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and they should be applauded for doing so. Comments (3)
The Civic Scene

We should celebrate our high schools’ many accomplishments

College adviser Nicole Caruso has announced that the Hillcrest High School’s class of 2018 earned over $2 million in institutional and private scholarships, including full scholarships to NYU and Howard University. Overall, she says that 93 percent of the graduating seniors applied to CUNY, SUNY or private schools. Comment
Letters

Specialized test prep program a real success

As city and state leaders prepare to take up the challenge of evaluating and possibly changing the admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools, it is essential they consider the great strides already being made from the ground up to expand access to these excellent institutions. Comments (1)
Letters

Queens will support its immigrants

President Trump’s immigration policy is dehumanizing individuals, ripping children from the arms of their parents and tearing families apart. Comments (6)
QueensLine

Actor Robert Davi has stayed true to his Queens roots

Born on June 26, 1951 and raised in Astoria, Robert Davi is an actor, singer, writer and director perhaps best known for his vivid portrayal of a colorful assortment of Hollywood villains, thugs and tough guys. In a film and television career spanning over 40 years, Davi has appeared in TV series from “Charlie’s Angels” and “St. Elsewhere” to “Criminal Minds,” among the 130 films on the silver screen he has performed in alongside greats from Marlon Brando to Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis. The native Astorian is also a critically acclaimed singer, known for bringing his own unique depth a Comment
Letters

Miller: Ozone Park homeless shelters aren’t the answer

An open letter to Mayor de Blasio, Comments (3)
Political Action

The 2016 election shows how future presidential campaigns will be run

Most of our presidents in recent times came from state governorships or the U.S. Senate. Comment
Letters

Letter to the Editor: Community Board 2 votes against bike lane proposal

Bravo to Community Board 2 in Queens for voting down the ill-conceived protected bike lane proposal. Comments (1)
On Point

Time to fix the property tax system

New York City’s notorious property tax system is a sham and desperately in need of a fix. Comments (13)
New Voices

Detention of children in immigration facilities sparks furor

The Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of asylum seekers from their parents came under renewed scrutiny amid reports of inhumane detention facilities. Comments (4)
Editorial

A historic weekend in Queens

Queens added to its rich past with a historic weekend. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

A brief history of children’s games (played outside)

Too many kids don’t get enough sun. Introduce these oldies but goodies and they’ll happily head out doors! Comment
Letters

Letter to the Editor: MTA needs funding, and it needs it now

While Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue to fight over who is responsible for the management and funding of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Washington continues to be a reliable financial partner. Comments (3)
Letters

Letter to the Editor: Raise the smoking age

It’s June once again, and a proposed New York State Tobacco 21-minimum legal sales age law is once again in jeopardy of running out of time. With bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly, both full chambers in Albany should be given an opportunity to pass this common sense, bipartisan-supported law. Comments (2)
QueensLine

June 1964: Queens College disappearance, civil rights drama and Mets’ marathon double-header

Welcome to June 1964! Comment
Political Action

The importance of Assembly district leaders

The Executive Committee of the mainstream political parties’ County Committee is very important in local politics. Comment
Letters

Marijuana reform is necessary in Queens

Last month, a front page New York Times story about the city’s marijuana possession enforcement set off alarm bells. Comments (3)
Editorial

Greener pastures?

New York City lawmakers and the NYPD are making an effort to review polices governing low-level marijuana offenders, which they believe would lead to declining prosecution rates. Comment

May, 2018

Rhymes with Crazy

David Hosack: New York City’s founding father

And here’s why he is who he is. Comments (1)
QueensLine

Walt Whitman spent part of the 1830s in Queens

Born Walter Whitman on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, N.Y., Walt Whitman was a quintessentially American poet, essayist and journalist. He is best remembered for his collection of poetry “Leaves of Grass,” an American epic that champions and identifies with the common man. Comments (1)
Letters

Eat these healthy foods at your Memorial Day barbecues

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Association leaders voice concern about bioswales

State Sen. Tony Avella just held a press conference in Fresh Meadows concerning bioswales, or rain gardens as the city calls them. He again stated his view that homeowners should have the right to opt-out of having the city build a bioswale at the curb in front of their houses. A score of civic association leaders with other supporters came to support his views. Comment
Editorial

Honor our heroes

As everyone prepares for the holiday weekend, it’s important to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Comment
New Voices

City releases first-ever report on inclusion

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs released its first ever annual report in March detailing efforts in 2017 to in the report’s words integrate immigrant New Yorkers into the city’s “civic, economic and cultural life.” Comments (3)
Opinion

Political clubs are a big part of the party

New York State election law recognizes two committees as representing a political party: the County Committee and the State Committee. Comment
Editorial

Shelter dilemma

As the homeless debate rages on in Blissville, it has become clear the city has taken advantage of the small Queens town. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Hey parents! Stop making fairy tales less scary!

Our columnists says they are supposed to frighten the little ones — and the kids can handle it! Comment
Letters

Thank you, President Trump

Jerusalem is now recognized as the capital of Israel by the United States. Comments (8)
QueensLine

Heading to the past for a look to the future

Welcome to May 1886. Comments (2)
On Point

Council ignoring real problems by going after ‘segregation’

Newsflash: New York City is a segregated city with “extreme levels of segregation,” and “remains more segregated than most metropolitan areas in the United States.” Comments (11)
Editorial

Continue the fight

As the story of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s alleged violence toward women unfolds, we applaud those who have had the courage to speak out and tell their tales of horror. Comments (1)
New Voices

Queens’ Nepali immigrants slam decision to end TPS

Accusing the federal government of “playing games with immigrant rights” and making a “political decision,” the Nepali community in Queens slammed the Trump administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for Nepali nationals. Comments (7)
Letters

Happy anniversary to the LIRR

Let us all wish a Happy 184th anniversary to the Long Island Rail Road. Comments (1)
Bayside

Missing the point

I would like to respond to your reporter’s article concerning the president’s travel ban. Comments (2)
Letters

Defining today’s America

America is not just a place but an idea and an ideal and a way of life. Comment
Opinion

The importance of the State of the Union

Nowhere is it mentioned in the U.S. Constitution that the State of the Union has to be a verbal statement or that the president has to give a speech before members of Congress. Comment
Editorial

Stop the hate

We, as a community, should be better than this. Comments (2)
Rhymes with Crazy

When was the first time you spanked your child?

Times change, and so have baby books. Comment

April, 2018

QueensLine

Longtime NBA player, executive has Forest Hills roots

Born on April 24, 1955, in Satu Mare, Romania, Ernie Grunfeld is currently the president of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Comment
New Voices

Lawmakers, activists turn to innovative solutions to help undocumented

As the prospect of an immigration deal fades with each day, state and local officials as well as community groups are looking for ways to ease the burden on undocumented city residents. One such initiative, Green Light NY, pressures Albany to restore the right of undocumented persons to have driver’s licenses while another initiative proposed by the city comptroller’s office attempts to address the soaring cost of filing fees to become a citizen. Comments (3)
Letters

We need to make sure our trees are safe

As the summer season approaches, more and more people fill the sidewalks and parks of our city. There are the thousands of trees that line those sidewalks and fill those parks. Are they safe to walk under? Comments (1)
Political Action

Changing the terms of office for federal executives

Our president is restricted to two four-year terms in office. It was the tradition in the U.S. government before it became law with the 22nd Amendment. Comment
Letters

Put money back into the hands of people

The property tax system in this city has been broken for decades. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Meet the ‘Hidden Figures’ of the fashion industry

Women fashion designers have been turning heads for more than a century. Comment
Letters

A dose of doo-wop

While strolling through Central Park near Bethesda Fountain last Sunday, I was drawn to the strains of songs of the 1950s being performed by a group of gentlemen who call themselves Cover Story. Their music, affectionately referred to as doo wop, revived many fond memories, uplifted my spirits and made me smile. It even stirred my patriotic pride because those sounds could not have been created anywhere else on the planet. Sadly there are some who are of the opinion that the “classic songs of the ‘50s” represented an era of repression and segregation. Comment
QueensLine

A look back to April 1963 in Queens

This is the way it was in April 1963 in Queens. Comment
Letters

Excessive airplane noise must be reduced

For the last three days, and as I write this letter to the editor, it sounds like a ballistic missile is screaming above the homes of the Broadway-Flushing Historic District. I am sure it is much worse in downtown Flushing. Comments (1)
Letters

Do Congress members even read legislation before voting?

Today’s generation in Congress could learn much from the late Idaho Republican Sen. James A. McClure, who died seven years ago on Feb. 26, 2011. Comments (1)
New Voices

Queens immigration advocates blast change to 2020 U.S. Census

Last week Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross skirted an April 1 deadline and consented to a request from the U.S. Justice Department to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 U.S. Census. Across the borough, immigration activists are furious at the political implications of the move and have voiced concerns over the integrity of the data that is to be collected as immigrants may question the confidentiality of the data. Comments (3)
Letters

Community Board 1 launches Ravenswood survey

Community Board 1 is launching a community survey to gather input from residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the Ravenswood neighborhood. Comment
Letters

Support bike lines in Sunnyside, Woodside

As a Sunnyside father and husband, I support the installation of protected bike lanes and safer crosswalks for pedestrians on Skillman and 43rd avenues. Let me tell you why. Comments (6)
Rhymes with Crazy

New York should follow ‘free-range’ Utah

So why can you be arrested for it in New York? Comment
Letters

An open letter to DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia

I am writing with concerns about overcrowding at the Queens 1 district garage. Comments (2)

March, 2018

Letters

Canadian newsprint is not the enemy — tariffs are

Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. Comment
Letters

Demand more women lawmakers in city government

Susan B. Anthony said in 1897, “There will never be complete equality until women themselves help make laws and elect lawmakers.” Comments (7)
Letters

MTA should restore original Freedom Ticket plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s “Freedom Ticket” program is gearing up to become a broken promise that represents a classic bait-and-switch on Queens. Comments (7)
QueensLine

Roosevelt, the rails and more in 1937 Queens

In 1937, the nation was still in the grip of the Great Depression, a period in our history where the economy all but collapsed and one in four workers was unemployed. Comment
Editorial

All for fair fares

It’s time for fair fares. Comments (1)
Letters

Celebrate spring with healthier eating habits

With three crippling nor’easters battering the East Coast in quick succession, we’ve all been looking forward to March 20, first day of spring, balmy weather, and flowers in bloom. Comments (12)
Letters

One way to help prevent school violence

The tragic school shootings and the growing number of mindless acts of mayhem have stirred emotions and provoked debates about the root causes of these events. The most contentious aspects of the debates are the accessibility and the kinds of weapons used. Comments (2)
Editorial

Making it right

Kudos to the NYPD for reversing its decision on the posting of armed officers in three public high schools in Queens. Comment
New Voices

Policy of separating children spurs ACLU lawsuit

A controversial practice by Immigration Customs Enforcement made national headlines as the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the agency for separating mothers and children detained at the border in a policy the ACLU has panned as having “no legitimate purpose.” Comments (3)
Rhymes with Crazy

The flip side of post-traumatic stress disorder

For some but not all, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Comments (1)
Opinion

New York Conservative Party looks for election success

The New York State Conservative Party was formed in 1962 and it has had a significant impact on the political way things have been run across the state, with some success closer to Queens. Comment
Letters

Praise for the Zucker Hillside Hospital

I would like to praise the Zucker Hillside Hospital for all they do in the mental health field to help the many in need. Comments (1)
Opinion

City’s changes to SBS, bioswales proposals not enough

Although many members of community boards in Queens spoke out against the proposed Select Bus Service, it was initiated anyway. Comments (1)
Letters

A closer look at arming teachers

UFT President Michael Mulgrew is on record that he does not support the idea of his members (teachers) carrying firearms in school. Comments (2)
Opinion

Better pay can help bring true police reform

True police reform cannot be done with policies alone; it takes great police officers, too. Comments (1)
Editorial

Film frenzy

It’s that time of the year again. Comment
Letters

An open letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota

We write today to bring to your attention the problems posed by a proposed revision to the “Freedom Ticket” plan that would significantly limit the plan’s effectiveness by preventing commuters from using Freedom Tickets to travel to and from Penn Station. Comments (1)
Opinion

Dickie Chapelle sacrificed her life in the name of journalism

Born Georgette Louise Meyer on March 14, 1919 in Milwaukee, Wis., Dickey Chapelle was a trailblazing female photojournalist who covered war zones the world over, from the Pacific Theater in World War II to the anti-Communist uprising in Hungary and finally the Vietnam War. Chapelle was killed in combat in Chu Lai, Vietnam, on Nov. 4, 1965. She lived in Queens during her marriage to fellow photojournalist Tony Chapelle. Comment
Opinion

Taking a further look at the Trump, GOP tax bill

As an accountant and student of economics at CUNY years ago, I was trained to view and measure the economy through an objectives prism and not base it on the popularity of a president or, in the case of Trump, his social tweeting skills. Comments (6)
Editorial

Not so E-Z fast

While the push to implement cashless tolling was met with applause, it seems as though things have taken a turn for the worse. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Now hear this: Your toys are listening!

Believe it! Today’s dolls double as surveillance devices. Comment
Letters

Catholic HS principals support victims of Florida shooting

As the principals of the Catholic high schools of Brooklyn and Queens, we have kept the administration, faculty, staff, students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in our prayers since the thoughtless tragedy on Feb.14. Comments (22)
Editorial

Clear the air

It’s hard to believe in this day and age in Queens that two top city officials failed to persuade Christ the King High School to allow one of its students to have the name “Malcolm X” printed on his senior sweater. Comment
New Voices

What would an immigration deal look like?

After the Trump administration decided to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and kicked the onus on a fix to Congress, the program beneficiaries, better known as “Dreamers,” have lived in limbo, facing deportation to countries they last set foot in as children. Comments (5)

February, 2018

Editorial

Students’ fight against gun violence

The Broward County shootings have been felt more than a thousand miles from Queens, where one of the youngest victims was born 14 years ago. Few traces remain of Alyssa Alhadeff’s earliest days since her family moved to New Jersey when she was an infant, but the borough and the rest of the city have embraced her as a full-fledged member of our mourning community. Comments (3)
Letters

Residents need to do their part to support local businesses

This Valentine’s Day, my wife Wendy and I went to Aunt Bella’s restaurant on Marathon Parkway in Little Neck. The restaurant opened in 1977 and just celebrated its 41st anniversary. Upon walking into Bella’s, we were meet by Moana, whose husband Richie is the owner. She sat us at one of our favorite tables in the back corner, facing the kitchen. I have always enjoyed watching the cooks at work. It is like going to the opera. The head chef waved and before I even ordered, proceeded to prepare my favorite appetizer of sauteed sweet peppers in olive oil, no garlic. Longtime host and head waiter Danny came to our table and took our order. Comments (1)
QueensLine

No. 7 train adds cars, push to make Long Island a state and more in February 1950

Its February 1950 and the No. 7 Train is adding new cars. The maroon cars with wide beige strips above and below windows will help glamorize the Flushing Line. Cooling fans and heat will be governed by thermostats sensitive to car temperature changes, including shifts brought about by an increase or decrease of passengers. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Is a college education a waste of money?

Do you remember what you learned in college? Does anyone? Comments (1)
Bayside

Hold politicans accountable for gun violence

There are no words to express the horror and shock over the killings and injuries sustained by those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day. Wonderful people, most of them children, were victims of this act of terror. The lives of the families of the victims and the community at large are forever changed by this terrible event. Comments (2)
Letters

Pols must do more to improve USPS

Complaints by Queens Congress members Joe Crowley, Grace Meng and Gregory Meeks to Postmaster General Megan Brennan concerning problems with delivery of mail to constituents offer no solutions (“Queens pols fight for better USPS service” Naeisha Rose, Feb. 2). Comments (1)
Letters

Cuomo needs to consider early voting to improve voter turnout

Thank you to state Senators Michael Gianaris, Joseph Addabbo, and Leroy Comrie for their efforts to improve voter turnout by making it easier for New Yorkers to register to vote. Comments (3)
Letters

DA’s disparity

There are many ways that Queens gets the short end of the stick when it comes to city funding, and the allocation of resources to the Queens District Attorney’s Office is no exception. Comment
Opinion

Richmond Hill residents to receive tax-prep help

Richmond Hill is underserved by government agencies, while community organizations struggle under a dearth of funding. Yet, despite this benign neglect, the neighborhood has swelled in population, sustained by immigration that has increased the Indo-Caribbean and South Asian community. The neighborhood features a robust variety of small businesses, with a high level of homeownership. However, the need for services has never been higher. Comments (1)
Letters

New York City must make smart decision regarding commercial waste

Every day, it’s no small miracle that the 12,000 tons of waste, recyclables, and organics generated by the city’s businesses and industries are managed by a small, efficient, and resourceful cadre of companies. Comment
QueensLine

Singer’s chart-topping rise began in Astoria

Known professionally as Melanie, singer-songwriter Melanie Safka was born on Feb. 3, 1947 and spent her early years in Astoria, Queens. She is best known for her songs “What Have They Done to My Song,” “Ma,” “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key.” One of only three women to perform solo at Woodstock in 1969, her performance started a trend among concert attendees to display lighters while artists sang. She has three children, all of whom are musicians, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Comment
Letters

There’s more to the IDC than meets the eye

In the last 18 months, I immersed myself in a lot of things, one of which was understanding state politics. Comment
Letters

Off the mark

President Trump’s State of the Union speech was disappointing, and held very little hope or promise for African Americans and other minorities. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Frank talk about an unmentionable subject

You guessed it: Death! Comment
Letters

Legal injection centers not the answer to opioid crisis

The opioid crisis is inflicting all of our communities at an alarming rate. Comments (2)
Political Action

Differences in democracies

In the United States federal government, if there is a change in the executive administration every four years, there is a period of uncertainty. Comment
New Voices

What is the history of chain migration?

“Chain migration” is the latest buzzword to define the ongoing immigration conversation in the United States: popularized by the extreme right to describe the process of immigrants gaining residency through a family visa from a relative established in the country. Anti-immigration advocates have made the spurious claim that these immigrants are arriving in “hordes” and are of a lower quality than those arriving in America on a professional or marriage visa. Comments (2)
Letters

Everyone can help prevent fire tragedies

I was watching a most insightful ABC-TV program on fire safety on Saturday. It was called “Operation 7: Save a Life.” Comments (2)
On Point

Congestion pricing is just another MTA extortion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just launched another assault on our wallets. The deceptively named Fix NYC toll scheme that he recently announced is a heavy-handed shakedown of lower- to middle‑class outer-borough residents who drive or commute into Manhattan. We have been down this road before, and New Yorkers simply cannot continue to feed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s voracious appetite for our dollars. Comments (14)
Letters

Support our charter schools

As a Neighborhood Coordination Officer in the New York Police Department, I spend my days strengthening the relationships between police officers and Queens communities. In my efforts to make New York a safer, stronger city, I’ve gotten to know my community inside and out, and I’ve learned a lot of important lessons. Comments (1)

January, 2018

QueensLine

Defense, offenses and more in January 1951

In January 1951, as part of domestic moves to defend the country, it was announced that for the first time since World War II, 2,000 regular Army anti-aircraft troops would start guarding Queens and New York City from Fort Totten in Bayside and Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. The decision was part of a series of moves by which the military and civil defense of the metropolitan area would be coordinated. In December, the Air Force had announced that fighter groups stationed around the city were operating on a 24-hour alert, both for training and for guarding against a surprise attack. Comment
Letters

Cleaning Up Mess Transit

Here in Eastern Queens, we are more than familiar with the term “transit desert.” Look no further than our Assembly district to see the lack of public transit options: without a single subway or train station, transit riders depend on buses as their primary mode of public transit. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Teen terrorists and other tales of adolescence

What makes a teen want to blow things up, hack computers, or cry over that burger you are eating? His brain. Comment
Letters

Demanding better mail service in Queens

We write to you regarding the ongoing and serious problems with mail delivery in our congressional districts in Queens. Comments (1)
Political Action

Here’s to a peaceful presidential campaign

Having a presidential election every four years has led to longer and longer presidential campaigns. Comments (1)
Letters

Islanders’ new arena will lead to more traffic on Cross Island Parkway

I read with dismay that an 18,000-seat hockey and concert arena will be built at Belmont Park for the New York Islanders. Comments (3)
Letters

Breaking the silence

There has been a series of explosive reports from many women coming forth to reveal painful memories of sexual abuses. Comment
New Voices

The face of immigration reform

That the president expresses hostility toward immigration is no secret; that he would condemn it in such vulgar terms, if true, is unsurprising. While the country grapples over the controversy, with some rushing to defend remarks that the president refuses to acknowledge were made, for immigrants and organizations agitating for immigration reform, that is not the story that matters most this week. Their fight predates this administration and has a human face. Comment
Letters

The color of immigration

President Trump recently referred to the countries from which some immigrants enter our country as “s--thole.” Comments (4)
Editorial

Breath of fresh air

Ever since we have known him, two things have struck us about Corey Johnson: You should never underestimate his political ability, and he works extremely hard. Comment
QueensLine

Battaglia rose from Howard Beach to football stardom

Retired National Football League tight end Marco Antonio Battaglia was born on Jan. 25, 1973, and raised in Howard Beach, Queens. After capping a stellar football career at Rutgers University as a consensus first-team All-American in 1995, Battaglia played for five pro teams in eight seasons. He retired from the NFL after playing for the Carolina Panthers team that reached Super Bowl XXXVIII. The former football star still resides in Queens with his wife and two children and works in the athletics department at his alma mater in New Jersey. Battaglia is a friend and personal trainer of fellow Queens native and radio “shock j Comment
Letters

Well-intentioned tree should be moved

During the December tree lightings and related festivities, it was so seemingly easy for the NYC Parks Department to ignore the advocacy of Sen. Tony Avella and Dr. Charles Lombardi, urging department not to plant a tree right outside Lombardi’s medical facility on Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment
Letters

Public deserves to see details of the LIRR’s ballooning third-track budget

There is more to “LIRR expansion project contracts awarded, work to begin Jan. 2018” (Mark Hallum, Dec. 26), concerning the recent approval of $1.8 billion in contracts awarded to the joint-venture 3rd Track Constructors for design, engineering, community outreach and construction of the Long Island Rail Road Main Line third track. Comments (17)
Letters

It’s time to give the original Willets Point plan to another developer

Good and responsible government does not exist in the absence of transparency and in particular when it involves land-use matters that have been notorious in favoring real estate interests and those with political connections. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Helicopter parenting makes kids more anxious

And here’s the solution: Let your children do things! Comments (1)
Letters

Bail relief overdue

In November 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city was planning to create an online bail payment system to make it easier for individuals and family members to post bail. These are individuals who a Court already deemed could be set free while awaiting trial, if they can come up with a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. The administration claimed that the system would be up and running by spring 2017. Comment
Letters

Railway needs could delay Islanders’ arena

There is more to “Islanders arena on tap near Belmont Race Track: Cuomo” (Mark Hallum, Dec. 22) when it comes to Gov. Cuomo’s promise of significant increases in Long Island Rail Road service to coincide with the Islanders stadium’s planned opening by 2020 at Belmont Park, which may be unrealsitic. Comment
Editorial

Long Overdue

The message is loud and clear in Queens: 2018 is the year for women. Comment
Letters

Congratulations on President Trump’s first year

We celebrate President Trump’s first year of extraordinary achievements. This is a joyous Christmas season and a Happy New Year for millions of Americans as we rejoice in the pinnacle of our freedom, prosperity, opportunity and dreams for the future. Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Congress is opposed to any plans to put tolls on free East River crossings

The Queens Civic Congress Inc. is a registered New York State non-profit organization representing more than 100 civic associations and other community organizations in Queens County. Comments (1)

Classifieds

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