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Where Does Unspent Campaign Money Go?
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Kevin J. Ryan 5/24/2012 at 4:54PM

In this busy political season, candidates struggle to raise funds for their war chests, in the hopes of winning their races. Even with the enormous amount of money needed to mount a political campaign, there is often some left over after the buzzer. What happens to that unspent campaign money? According to the rules set [...]

The meaning of Easter brings families together
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Queens Courier Staff 4/06/2012 at 2:52PM

BY MONSIGNOR JAMIE GIGANTIELLO If you ask Christians what their favorite holiday is, many will quickly answer “Christmas.” People love the lights and trees, the presents and songs, the red poinsettias and gold bows. However, as much as I too love Christmas, Easter is my favorite. Easter Sunday and the week before, which we call [...]

Solidarity and Seeking Justice
Solidarity and Seeking Justice
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Queens Courier Staff 4/05/2012 at 2:25PM

BY COUNCILMEMBER LEROY COMRIE Since the tragedy in Sanford, Florida that took the life of Trayvon Martin, we have seen an outcry of public support for the Martin family and a strong call for justice. Many residents informed me that they wanted to express their outrage and frustration because what is happening in Sanford is [...]

Gaming can be a royal flush for the state
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Queens Courier Staff 3/29/2012 at 11:18AM

By James Featherstonhaugh President of the New York Gaming Association New York State has been in the gambling business for decades. But for the first time in our state’s history, lawmakers in Albany are acknowledging that reality, and have started a process to take advantage of it for the benefit of all New Yorkers and [...]

Not in this Office you Don’t!
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Miriam Silverberg 3/12/2012 at 10:28AM

OK, you graduated from college and are now ready to set the business world on fire. Well, perhaps, but you have to dress the part and that means not blindly following every fashion trend. Such as: The Military Look! Have you noticed that designers are trying to put women in military uniforms? Periodically, designers lose [...]

Are you a true believer or just a salesperson?
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Queens Courier Staff 3/01/2012 at 5:33PM

What do you believe in? What are your real beliefs? I’m asking you these questions so you can have a clearer picture as to why sales are made or lost. “Jeffrey, you don’t understand,” you whine. “Our customers are price buyers!” No Jackson, YOU don’t understand. You BELIEVE they’re price buyers, and until you change [...]

Preventing Hospital Readmissions
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Queens Courier Staff 2/21/2012 at 12:07PM

By Stephen S. Mills As you may have heard in the news, recently-enacted health care reform legislation will assess penalties starting in 2013 against hospitals with higher than average readmission rates for certain conditions, such as heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. Reducing hospital readmission rates has emerged as a core strategy at both state [...]

Politics Aside: Koo jumps to Democrat Party
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Robert Hornak 1/26/2012 at 10:55AM

Republican City Councilmember Peter Koo rang in the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, by becoming Democrat City Councilmember Peter Koo. This might seem very appropriate as Dragons are said to be highly ambitious, driven and unafraid to take risks. That is good, because this just may be the biggest gamble of Koo’s [...]

Better than ‘goals’
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Queens Courier Staff 1/19/2012 at 4:51PM

I am sick of goals and goal experts. You know, the people that spam you around the first of the year proclaiming they are the ones who can “help you” get to the next level. They have the magic “goal achievement formula.” All you have to do to achieve your goals is pay the sender [...]

Politics Aside: The city that doesn’t work
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Robert Hornak 1/17/2012 at 3:34PM

No sooner was it announced than we were told it was dead on arrival. Well, announced isn’t really the way to describe it; leaked would be better. Last week it came out that the official Office of the All-Intrusive Nanny State, otherwise known as the Department of Health’s Partnership for a Healthier New York City, [...]