Blog: Fred’s Gripes

Fred’s Gripes

My name is Frederick R. Bedell Jr. and I have written opinions that have appeared in the Queens Courier as well as most local and regional newspapers for many years now. The name of my blog is “Fred’s Gripes.” I hope to touch on many topics and situations that affect many of us in Queens and tick some of us off, including myself.You may or may not agree with me but feel free to send your comments; I would really appreciate your input. So, until I hear from you, be well and be good to one another.

Queens man arrested for terrorism
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 10/19/2012 at 11:19AM

Bangladesh national, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was arrested for plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve building. This is all due to the vigilance of the FBI and our own NYPD. Their tenacious and courageous efforts have foiled again these would be terrorists and should be applauded for a job well done. These most egregious [...]

Michael P. Murphy honored
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 10/08/2012 at 9:21AM

The USS Michael Murphy, a DD261 class destroyer, was christened today. It was named after a true American hero, Lt. Michael P. Murphy who died in 2005 trying to save his fellow Navy Seals. He received the Medal of Honor for his brave actions in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, where he was mortally wounded but continued [...]

Mitt Romney for President
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 9/21/2012 at 10:06AM

I know you are not going to like what I have to say to those who read this opinion of mine. First of all, I can’t support a politcal party that advocates the systematic murdeer of unborn children. Millions of our nation’s children have been wiped off the face of the earth. They could have [...]

Democrats change platform at convention
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 9/10/2012 at 9:59AM

I was just reading that Democrats have restored to their platform pro-Israel language and references to God at the convention. Now apparently they had pressure to do so and some grumbled about it. In their previous platform it was written that Jerusalem is not recognized as the undivided capital of Israel. That, in my opinion, [...]

Neil Armstrong: The Right Stuff
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 8/27/2012 at 9:44AM

We have just lost Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon who said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I had seen Armstrong and his crew of Apollo 11 on TV that day, July 20,1969, and I was in awe of that historical moment. It was a [...]

West Nile Virus is on the rise again
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 8/20/2012 at 9:56AM

I have just read some most distrubing news: West Nile virus is on the rise. As reported in the news this past weekend, this disease has been pointed out by the CDC that the conditions are right for the spread of West Nile Virus and there could be a serious outbreak. Now, according to ABC [...]

Romney picks Ryan
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 8/13/2012 at 9:39AM

Former Governor Mitt Romney has just picked Congressmember Paul Ryan which I say, kudos, great pick. Here is a true conservative and a true American who wants our country back on track and back to work. We have about 23 million people out of work, not to mention more on food stamps and welfare. And [...]

Gabby Douglas wins gold
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 8/06/2012 at 9:39AM

Gabby Douglas finished with gold medals in the individual and team all-around in gymnastics. This, in my opinion, was a most remarkable achievement for this 16 year old. Let me also point out that she is also the first African-American woman to win gold in these categories. Gabby possesses not only skill but a most [...]

Evil strikes Aurora, Colorado
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 7/23/2012 at 9:55AM

James Holmes, allegedly killed 12 and injured 58 in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado where the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” was showing. This brings much sadness to our nation again. Our heartfelt prayers go out to these families who lost love ones and those who were injured in this senseless massacre. [...]

Murder rate is rising
Fred's Gripes Frederick Bedell Jr. 7/09/2012 at 10:53AM

There has been 16 murders in the past five days. So far this year, 193 murders have occured and most by illegal guns. I feel even one murder is too many.  As reported, there has been seven killings since Friday, including children, club goers, a shopkeeper and a husband. In Queens this weekend, three men [...]