Let kids be kids
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 9/25/2012 at 4:44PM

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 [...]

Getting fleeced
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 9/19/2012 at 11:17AM

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 [...]

Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 9/19/2012 at 11:16AM

With the September 13 primary — and its abysmal voter turnout — behind us, it is time to start focusing on the November 6 general election. If you are not already, we urge you to register to vote. It’s very easy, and a linchpin of our Democracy. So, as the slogan goes, “Just do it.” [...]

Never Forget
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 9/12/2012 at 4:39PM

Our world changed forever on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m. Foreign supported, funded and trained terrorists dealt the worst sneak attack since Pearl Harbor. They had hijacked four jet planes and took them on [...]

The sad and the ugly
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 8/30/2012 at 11:37AM

THE SAD . . . We at The Queens Courier extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of William Bateman, a local homeless man found dead just steps from the Bayside LIRR station. The loss of a loved one is undoubtedly very difficult, and losing someone who was so well-liked in the community [...]

Important steps
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 8/22/2012 at 5:54PM

There are now 509 fewer guns on the streets. That means 509 fewer opportunities for violence, bloodshed and death. We applaud the DA and all the elected officials who organized this past weekend’s gun buyback program – the first since 2009 – that netted, among others, an AK 47, tec-9, 245 revolvers, 168 semi-automatic pistols [...]

Hear no evil, see no evil?
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 8/17/2012 at 12:18PM

In the 1970s it was the summer of Son of Sam. Today it’s the summer of shootings. Just last week Sergeant Craig Bier became the 10th NYPD officer shot in the line of duty this year. The 15-year veteran, who boasts some 60-plus medals and citations, was shot in each leg during a firefight after [...]

Enough is enough
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 8/09/2012 at 12:26PM

When will the politicians listen? When will something finally be done to end the senseless violence? Now it seems we are not even safe in our houses of worship. The recents massacre of six inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin — the second such mass slaying in as many months — has hit home. Queens, [...]

The blame game
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 8/07/2012 at 12:15PM

The NYPD says politicians need to do more, the politicians say it’s out of their hands. Bottom line — gun violence is escalating, leaving in its wake a trail of blood, tears and shattered lives. Councilmember James Sanders has taken District Attorney Richard A. Brown to task, citing the lack of gun buyback programs in [...]

Incredible Act
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 8/07/2012 at 12:12PM

It is not easy to forgive. Though every major religion, most educational institutions – and even our parents – teach us that “to err is human, to forgive, divine,” not many of us actually live by the adage. Enter Doris Nowillo. On Wednesday, June 13, she stood before a courtroom and forgave the man who [...]