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.
Mayor Bill de Blasio should look in the mirror before blaming Washington for shortchanging mass transit needs. Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and growing. It has actually increased over past decades. When a crises occurred, be it 9/11 in 2001 or Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Washington was there for us. Additional billions in […]
Lawmakers attempting to stamp out the rapidly growing use of new designer drugs or synthetic marijuana by outlawing its consumption will not work. The only way to significantly reduce consumption of new designer drugs or synthetic marijuana is to legalize consumption of real marijuana. The crusade against tobacco, marijuana, pornography, adult entertainment and unhealthy food still continues by both government and those who believe they know best what is good for you is doomed to failure.
Several years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo created 12 Regional Economic Development Councils around the state with a budget of over $1 billion in an attempt to create new jobs and businesses. To date, they have given out almost $1 billion of your hard earned tax dollars. Just how many new businesses and jobs have been […]
No one who truly believes in limited government, balanced budgets, reduction in long-term debt and support for the free enterprise system signed up for George Pataki’s ill-fated 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. It is the same for 2016, which is why Pataki once again is unable to get out of the starting gate. He could […]
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 […]