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 [...]

Hail to the Redskins
Letters Letters 7/03/2014 at 10:10AM

Did it ever occur to many that some of us, given the Hollywood turnaround toward Native Americans as no longer savages to be slaughtered remorselessly, see the Washington Redskins’ logo and its nickname as an homage to the American Indians, their bravery as underdogs, and their fierceness in defending what was rightly theirs to begin with? If it was determined that the name [...]

Cuomo failed kids
Letters Letters 7/03/2014 at 10:09AM

Gov. Andrew Cuomo let down New York’s schoolchildren by abandoning the education tax credit, even after he promised to pass it this session. The education tax credit provides an incentive to private citizens to make donations to public and independent schools and is widely supported by large majorities in both houses of the legislature, all [...]

Read to prevent summer learning loss
Letters Letters 7/03/2014 at 10:08AM

While school ends this week for NYC public school students, learning should never end. Students – and their parents – should step up and prevent learning loss this summer. The National Summer Learning Association reports that most students fall more than two months behind in math over the summer. And, mounting evidence shows that the [...]

Leave fireworks to the professionals
Letters Letters 7/03/2014 at 10:07AM

The Fourth of July brings potential fun celebrations and relaxing time spent with family and friends. Many people look forward to seeing colorful firework displays. These are handled by professionals and supervised by the fire department for safety. Unfortunately, tragedy can strike when individuals set off firecrackers. One summer, I was in the ICU after [...]

Traffic light needed on Northern Blvd.
Letters Letters 6/26/2014 at 12:31PM

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) located at 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, is a great place to learn about ecology and the need to protect and preserve our planet. The Center sees over 62,000 people a year including 40,000 children. Many of those children arrive by school bus on weekdays on class trips. The problem [...]

City needs more ferries
Letters Letters 6/26/2014 at 12:29PM

Editor’s Note: This letter was sent by the five borough presidents to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Because of its importance to Queens, we reproduce it here. For decades, New York City’s waterways have been an untapped resource. While it has the potential to serve as a major form of public [...]

Farewell, Casey Kasem
Letters Letters 6/19/2014 at 12:08PM

The radio industry has lost another icon. Casey Kasem was part of our world for over 40 years, broadcasting his famous Top 40 hits radio countdown to which millions of Americans listened every week. He was a gentleman and true professional in his broadcast field. He will be sorely missed. R.I.P., Casey! John Amato Fresh [...]