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 [...]

Paper or plastic? Try canvas…
Letters Letters 4/03/2014 at 6:04PM

The people who seem unable to handle a tax on paper and plastic bags need [help]. The solution is using fabric/canvas bags. Is it such a burden to bring your bag(s) with you to the store? Really? Would you rather promote deforestation? Would you rather destroy the environment? Aren’t there enough plastic bags floating around [...]

Changes to Obamacare outside the law
Letters Letters 4/03/2014 at 5:59PM

Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, was passed by Congress without a single Republican vote and our Constitutional rule of law acknowledges and accepts it as the law of the land. However, since its passage, many provisions of the law have been changed, tweaked, omitted, adjusted, fine-tuned, adapted and delayed over 30 times without congressional [...]

Turn over a new leaf
Letters Letters 3/27/2014 at 6:32PM

After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom. The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary and exercise habits. In fact, I’ve been told that hundreds of communities celebrate the advent of [...]

Need a united front
Letters Letters 3/27/2014 at 2:49PM

The most recent fight for control of the Queens County Republican organization between factions led by current county chair Phil Rugusa and challenger former  Congressmember Bob Turner (supported by Councilmember Eric Ulrich and his insurgents) reminds me of two hyenas fighting over the carcass of a dead animal — in this case remnants of the once-relevant [...]

Increase security
Letters Letters 3/27/2014 at 2:43PM

I find it quite disturbing to read that a 16-year-old climbed all the way to the top of the World Trade Center and was not stopped. Where was security? If this daredevil could do this, then any terrorist could do the same and plant a bomb that could hurt many and do much destruction. This, [...]

Make a difference
Letters Letters 3/20/2014 at 4:31PM

I think that most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job that they do on behalf of our communities. But we should also recognize the contribution that our community boards and civic associations make in affecting conditions in our neighborhoods. As a member of Community Board 11, I work alongside 49 [...]

Charter fight
Letters Letters 3/20/2014 at 4:29PM

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin has provided legal cover and comfort to charter school empress Eva Moskowitz, who successfully challenged the right of the state of New York to check up on her educational enterprises. Was his ruling based on an impartial and scholarly analysis of the law or was it driven by motives [...]

Not the right way
Letters Letters 3/13/2014 at 5:57PM

I have just read that the NYPD is cracking down on subway panhandlers and peddlers. I find this most disturbing because these people don’t need tickets or jail, but help. This could mean affordable housing, mental health assistance and financial help. I know this only too well, for after the Vietnam War and my release from [...]

A broken system
Letters Letters 3/13/2014 at 5:45PM

I am a retired educator with 38 years of experience in the New York City public school system. I write the following in support of charter schools and in opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to close them. Let’s say you’re passionate about pizza and you live in a neighborhood where only one establishment [...]