Was Iraq intervention worth it?
Letters Letters 6/19/2014 at 12:07PM

What is occurring in Iraq today could be and was foretold prior to and at the beginning of the American invasion. Not only were the reasons used to justify the invasion flawed, but the understanding of the nature of the sectarian and tribal divides that are centuries old are not going to vanish simply by [...]

Sen. Schumer, what was he thinking?
Letters Letters 6/19/2014 at 12:06PM

Residents of Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston and Auburndale have for two years been living under the terrible noise of the new take-off route out of LaGuardia Airport called the TENIS Climb. Planes fly low and often and create noise that precludes outdoor conversations, and even [indoor conversations through] open windows. Moreover, the expectation is that [...]

Not unpatriotic, just arrogant
Letters Letters 6/12/2014 at 1:18PM

Greta Hawkins, principal of P.S. 90 in Coney Island, reportedly banned the sight of American flags and the singing of “America the Beautiful” from her school’s upcoming graduation ceremony. Two years ago she torpedoed the airing of a ballad expressing pride in America on the grounds that the sentiment might be odious to immigrants from [...]

Veterans suffer at hands of G.O.P.
Letters Letters 6/12/2014 at 1:02PM

Republicans appear to be outraged by what’s happening at the Veterans Administration. But in reality they are overjoyed! Unlike Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the AP, Solyndra and Obama’s birth certificate, they now have an actual scandal to talk about. While the care received by veterans is disgraceful, the fact is that the GOP [...]

Praying for peace
Letters Letters 6/12/2014 at 1:01PM

Let us all fervently hope that Pope Francis’ meeting with President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine will finally, at long last, result in peace between the two nations! “Peacemaking calls for courage much more than warfare,” Francis told the two men. The meeting took place in the Vatican gardens near [...]

Driving us crazy
Letters Letters 6/12/2014 at 12:53PM

New York City drivers don’t know how to drive on the road. Does anyone know the meaning of a STOP sign? A yellow signal? A red signal? A yield sign? What about using directionals when changing lanes? When the speed limit is posted at 30 mph on streets, it does not mean to drive like [...]

Ignoring the teachers
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:29PM

The Republicans have assembled a variety of experts to develop a viable alternative to what they consider the ruinous Affordable Health Care Act. Among the group is a large number of physicians whose participation they perceive is essential because the GOP recognizes the expertise that is a product of their training and experience. But when [...]

Maya Angelou R.I.P.
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:21PM

Maya Angelou has left us but in body only because her relentless spirit lives on. She was a poet, civil-rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. Maya reached out to the many with her long life at 86. Her tenacious and courageous spirit reached out to us with her thoughts and words with [...]

VA failure
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:11PM

I am writing to simply express sayonara – good riddance – to Eric Shinseki, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, upon his resignation over substandard timely care and false records covering up related timelines involving treatment of veterans in a number of Va. hospitals. There were incidents of the “seven-month waiting list” at 28 Va. [...]

It’s not the teachers – it’s the kids
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:03PM

I’m still bewildered that education pundits refuse to see that it is not the schools; it’s not the teachers; it’s the kids coming to the schools with a corrupted sense of their responsibilities to be good learners. Today’s youngsters watch way too much television and spend too much time engaged with other “marvels” of modern [...]