Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens’ civic activist. He continues to write about government, budgets, politics, media, transportation, urban history, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents. He has been an avid letters to the editor contributor for over 20 years. His works have been periodically featured on the pages of The Queens Courier along with many other daily and weekly newspapers in Queens and the New York metropolitan area along with various national newspapers and magazines.
July 18, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of “TV” dinner inventor Gerry Thomas. His employer Swanson & Company overestimated the demand for Thanksgiving turkey in 1953. They were stuck with 260 tons of frozen turkeys. The birds were stored for many weeks in 10 refrigerated train cars which traveled back and forth on a […]
The nuclear deal between Iran and the United States in the long run will be detrimental to the survival of Israel. It is still not a done deal. Providing Iran with 24-day advance notification for inspection of potential violations is ludicrous. Congress has 60 days to review and concur. President Obama in his usual arrogant […]
On Friday, June 26th the New York Daily News celebrated 96 years of publishing. As a teenager in the 1960s, I can still remember being able to buy four newspapers for less than a dollar and getting change back. At the end of the day, increasing the newsstand price, shrinking content, reduction in actual newsprint […]
While a majority of citizens continue to be apathetic, there are still many of us who really care about the actions and activities of both our elected officials and state government agencies. Their budgetary, legislative and regulatory actions directly impact both our individual civil and economic liberties. There is a great burden on those few […]
Who could blame Councilman Mark Weprin for resigning his seat to become Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He has no hope of becoming Council Speaker in 2018. Mark gives up his part time City Council position which pays $112,500 plus lulu to earn $150,000 per year in his new job working for the […]
Will new Republican state Senate majority leader John Flanagan learn from the mistakes of his predecessors Joseph Bruno and Dean Skelos? Will he get down to the people’s business and seriously discuss how to reform state government? Here are some popular ideas yet to be implemented. Will he support legislation and amend the state Constitution […]