Author Archives: Queens Courier Editorial

Flushing man killed outside rapper’s tour bus


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A Flushing man was shot and killed in Philadelphia after a gunman fired into a crowd of people surrounding a rapper’s tour bus, according to various media reports. The victim, Jowann King, 26, was shot in the abdomen late Thursday, February 28 and later died at a local hospital, according to CBS Philadelphia. Another person […]

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Enough


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It is time to put aside partisan politics, reach across the aisle . . . and tackle gun control. Last Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, inside Sandy Hook Elementary, took the lives of 20 children and six adults. It should serve to galvanize pundits, politicians and the nation to embrace tougher legislation on guns. Maybe […]

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A shining example


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Much has been written about Police Officer Larry DePrimo, the 25-year-old who, while on patrol, reached into his own pocket to purchase socks and boots for a homeless man in Times Square. He even went so far as to put them on the man himself. His act of kindness was immortalized in photos by Jennifer […]

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Utterly shameful


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It’s like adding insult to injury. This past weekend, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reinstated tolls at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. After Sandy left the areas devastated, Governor Andrew Cuomo had the foresight – and heart – to suspend the fare, but apparently, officials feel a […]

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Where were they?


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Can anyone tell us why it took TWO WEEKS for the Red Cross to get to Sandy victims in the Rockaways? It seems that one of the areas that was hardest hit was also the most ignored by the organization. In the days following the superstorm, elected officials, community leaders and people with heart flooded […]

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Good idea


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There is talk to help Howard Beach in case of another flooding disaster. The neighborhood lies on the edge of Evacuation Zone A, which, for Queens, includes the Rockaways, parts of Long Island City, Broad Channel and nearby Hamilton Beach. But Howard Beach residents were not told to leave the area, putting lives on the […]

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What took so long?


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So, after waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . . in line for gas, Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally heard our pleas and decided to institute the odd/even method. And guess what? It seems to have worked. Over the weekend lines were shorter, motorists were able to top off their […]

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How to help


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Like a phoenix from the ashes, we shall rise again. Superstorm Sandy might have knocked us down, but she did not knock us out. In the days following her fury, our city has seen some of the worst suffering in recent memory. People have been left homeless, out in the cold, and facing an uncertain […]

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The terrorist downstairs


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Neighbors say they had no idea that the quiet man living downstairs was plotting a terror attack. At first glance, they say, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, seemed harmless, and those who know him were shocked to hear the news that the FBI busted him on Wednesday, October 17 for planning to blow up […]

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Unwelcome options


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The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has officially announced its proposals for fare hikes that “will bring in “vitally needed revenue to support the New York region’s transportation system.” There are four options on the table: Two options keep the base fare at $2.25; the other two raise it to $2.50. The cost of a weekly […]

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Lives Shattetred


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He shouldn’t have been driving. Joseph Beer was a 17-year-old behind the wheel with only a learner’s permit when the unthinkable happened. Under state law, someone with just a permit can drive at certain hours with someone who is 21 or older and holds a valid license. Not only that, but reports claim that Beer […]

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Unfriendly skies?


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It came to light last week – to our horror – that two separate groups of contracted JFK security officers filed complaints with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), citing problems with officials making employees cut corners when inspecting aircrafts and working within the terminals. The groups claim that they are forced to perform the usually […]

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The good and the bad


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THE GOOD Common sense prevailed. The first phase of a master $656 million plan to construct a new police academy in College Point is well on track to completion – meaning by 2014 NYPD recruits will be centralized in one facility. It just makes sense. Currently, “firearms training is in the Bronx and driver training […]

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Let kids be kids


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Ok, so being a parent today is hard. You try to instill values in your children and hope those life lessons stick, and they make good choices. But it seems as though the Department of Education (DOE) knows better. Thanks to its CATCH (Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health) pilot program, girls as young as 14 […]

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Getting fleeced


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With gas prices continuing their two month climb in New York City — approaching 2012 highs — the average price for a gallon has risen to $4.23, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. This is eight cents higher than a week ago and 17 cents higher than a month ago. One alternative to driving? Public […]

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