Opinion

Paycheck fairness
Letters Letters 4/17/2014 at 2:42PM

Republicans continue to deny that they’re waging a war against women. If so, how can they explain that Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Wednesday to open debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would hold employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women? The bill would prohibit companies from retaliating against employees who share their salary information with each other, eliminating the culture [...]

Mourning one of the finest
Letters Letters 4/17/2014 at 2:38PM

The death of Police Officer Dennis Guerra as a result of being overcome in a fire in an apartment building is indeed a tragedy for his wife, four children and the NYPD. This never should have happened, but it did, allegedly due to a senseless act by a 16-yearold boy who was bored and decided to set a mattress in his room [...]

Ex-BP Marshall urges prudence in Queens Library changes
Letters Letters 4/17/2014 at 2:35PM

I am writing to echo the Queens Courier editorial which highlights the effective leadership of Queens Library President & CEO Tom Galante and its caution against a rush to judgment regarding the Library. Over the past several weeks, I have been troubled by the assault on the reputation of this vital institution. Serious questions have been raised which deserve [...]

Op-ed: Tax Equity for New Yorkers
News Op-Ed 4/13/2014 at 11:17AM

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They’ve worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, Long Island, and hoped to remain there to be near family. However, every year during tax season they are hit by a bill from the federal government that makes them question if they will be able to continue living in such a high-cost area.

Op-ed: Our children win with universal pre-K
News Op-Ed 4/11/2014 at 11:08AM

After months of rallying for the future of our children, our voices have finally been heard! Last week, our state legislators approved $300 million in funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs in their final budget. This is historic. We are now poised to ensure every child has access to high-quality, full-day pre-K.

Secretive state budget process
Letters Letters 4/10/2014 at 12:06PM

We should not celebrate Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passing a budget on time. This is what they get paid to do. This budget was negotiated behind closed doors by Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Republican Majority leader Dean Skelos, State Senate Democratic Independent Caucus leader Jeffrey Klein and Democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon [...]

Farewell, Mickey Rooney
Letters Letters 4/10/2014 at 12:05PM

The passing of actor Mickey Rooney has forever ended the Golden Age of the MGM movie musicals. With a career spanning nearly 90 years, he graced the screen with his infamous portrayal of young Andy Hardy, always in love with the girl next door, Betsy Boothe, who was played by his frequent co-star and lifelong [...]

Charter schools nurture excellence
Letters Letters 4/10/2014 at 12:03PM

Most people do not realize that every convenience, every trustworthy service we use, every reliable product we buy is the result of millions of people participating in the free market and making choices from a plethora of possibilities. In every service we use, every product we buy, the free market separates the excellent from the [...]

Op-ed: It’s time for Congress to raise the minimum wage
News Op-Ed 4/06/2014 at 11:09AM

It’s been more than four years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage. Hard-working families are doing all they can to make ends meet during the worst economy of our lifetime – but through no fault of their own – feel like they are just slipping further behind.

Paper or plastic? Try canvas…or not
Letters Letters 4/03/2014 at 6:07PM

The City Council is ready to vote on a 10 cent fee to consumers who don’t use their own bags at checkout counters. The idea is to get the consumers to bring in their own reusable bags. Mayor de Blasio is on board with this legislation because he is going for zero waste. Now this [...]