Opinion

BOE sacrifices voters’ rights for political correctness
Letters Letters 7/28/2014 at 2:15PM

NYC’s Board of Elections cited a low voter turnout for the June primary and a declining participation rate over the last few years. There’s a good reason why. The BOE closed a number of polling sites because they were deemed inaccessible to handicapped voters under the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Sending absentee ballots to disabled [...]

No response to letter
Letters Letters 7/24/2014 at 12:41PM

On February 28, 2014, the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130, located at 200-01 42 Avenue, Bayside, Queens.  To date, we have received no response from her or anyone on her staff.  The letter was sent certified, return receipt requested, so we [...]

Thank you
Letters Letters 7/24/2014 at 12:38PM

As President of the Friends of the Lefrak City Library and a member of the community, I want to publicly thank state Sen. Jose Peralta for resolving an important community concern by helping us secure a crossing guard for our school children at the very busy and dangerous intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction [...]

Op-ed: Straight-up talk about testosterone
News Op-Ed 7/20/2014 at 1:57PM

It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper (or website) without hearing about testosterone deficiency in men. We’re barraged with information that ranges from scientifically correct concerns about a very real medical condition, to completely unsubstantiated claims about “miracle” supplements that promise to do everything from improving a man’s mood and sex drive to giving him a body that would rival that of his favorite action hero.

That didn’t take long
Letters Letters 7/17/2014 at 12:53PM

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito taking credit for recent passage of a $75 billion municipal budget is nothing to be proud of.  She presented the budget to her loyal flock of members just before midnight on June 25. They only had one hour to read it prior to voting at 1 a.m. on [...]

Standards for school superintendents
Letters Letters 7/17/2014 at 12:48PM

Chancellor Carmen Fariña is requiring school superintendents to re-apply for their jobs. She is also setting a minimum of seven years as an educator as a qualification and reinstating the former stipulation that superintendents be mature adults. Currently, many of the division heads and policymaking executives at the Department of Education only a few birthdays [...]

LIRR strike would be an economic disaster
Letters Letters 7/17/2014 at 12:45PM

The LIRR strike is fast approaching and I fear a devastating effect on our economy. I feel that this strike would not affect the 1 percent but the 99 percent who depend on the rails to get to work. This will not just affect the 300,000 who travel by the LIRR but those who travel [...]

FDNY Lt. Ambelas, RIP
Letters Letters 7/10/2014 at 2:08PM

Our Bravest has lost another heroic soul who died trying to save others in a Williamsburg fire. Lt. Gordon Mathew Ambelas of ladder Co. 119 is reported to be such an individual who went above and beyond to save those in danger. It is said that he exemplified bravery when he came to work and [...]

More arts education needed
Letters Letters 7/10/2014 at 2:07PM

When we study great past civilizations, what do we revere about their cultures?  Not their military conquests. Their glamor quickly is reduced to dry footnotes and maybe a movie script. It’s through the arts: music, painting, sculpture, dance, architecture and crafts that we achieve the nearest thing to immortality. So why are so many public [...]

A better, safer Woodhaven Boulevard
Letters Letters 7/10/2014 at 2:07PM

Recently I attended the Woodhaven Bus Riders Gathering hosted by the Riders Alliance where we talked about how to improve safety, bus service and congestion on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards. There were a broad range of people from communities along Woodhaven Boulevard in attendance—bus riders, drivers, business owners, bikers and, of course, pedestrians. Everybody [...]