Don’t make it a ‘snow job’
Letters Letters 2/27/2014 at 1:20PM

Let’s not read too much into what was a mistaken but not malicious judgment call to keep the schools open on a particular bad weather day recently. We lucked out that no school-related disasters were reported under these harsh conditions, but let’s see the big picture. Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina’s decision was perhaps thoughtless, but [...]

Setting the record straight
Letters Letters 2/27/2014 at 1:18PM

Mr. Isaac’s letter, printed in the February 13 edition, demonstrates why charter and private and parochial schools are needed. It is the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, which references our unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is no “pursuit” of liberty; liberty is a given. Pursuing happiness [...]

Potholes are a pain
Letters Letters 2/20/2014 at 2:11PM

In regard to your article on potholes (February 13-19) I would like to bring to your attention the poor conditions of whole sections of Northern Boulevard from the 59th Street Bridge to 114th Street in Corona, a heavily traveled road especially for trucks, the roadway has been repaired numerous times over the last few years [...]

RIP Shirley Temple
Letters Letters 2/20/2014 at 2:06PM

Shirley Temple, America’s child star of the 1930s, was a true American treasure. Her precious smile, along with those curls and dimples, made her endearing to the public. She brought joy and laughter to all of us at a time when this nation was going through the Great Depression. She also devoted many years of [...]

Working to get to the Core of the problem
Letters Letters 2/20/2014 at 2:04PM

The D-Day invasion at Normandy was postponed because the elements weren’t favorable. But that didn’t mean its participants renounced the liberation of Europe. Rockets have been aborted seconds before takeoff, but that didn’t deter us from a commitment to space exploration. Beethoven ripped up reams of musical sketches but after some corrective action got the [...]

End of an era
Letters Letters 2/20/2014 at 1:32PM

The deaths of Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar make me realize how lucky my generation was to remember these special celebrities in their prime. The child who could dance, sing, cry on cue and flash her dimpled smile brought pleasure to adults and other kids in the 1930s, when our country had record unemployment and [...]

Goodbye to a legend
Letters Letters 2/13/2014 at 5:01PM

The passing of former New York Mets radio announcer and baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner is indeed very sad. He had a career in baseball that spanned many years, until back problems forced him to retire at age 32. He went on to a long career as a radio announcer for the New York Mets, along [...]

Not a fan of charters
Letters Letters 2/13/2014 at 5:01PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio deserves the praise of all New Yorkers for using public money to fund public schools rather than rifling the taxpayers’ wallet to grease profit-making private charter operators. The mayor is demonstrating fiscal responsibility and adherence to the core values of principled leadership, as well as respect for the spirit of the [...]

Rethink idea
Letters Letters 2/13/2014 at 4:49PM

Mayor Bill deBlasio and other city officials are floating the idea of legalizing illegal basement apartments and other units as a way of dealing with the need for more affordable housing in our city. The outgoing Chair of the City Planning Commission, Amanda Burden, has stated that we must accept an increase in density and [...]

‘Show me the money’
Letters Letters 2/06/2014 at 1:24PM

In every debate over inequality and redistribution of wealth there is an unnoticed or ignored elephant in the room. Every three working Americans provide sustenance for two who are not ill or disabled and the number of non-working is growing (an additional 10 million were idled in the Obama “recovery” alone) and it is likely [...]