Opinion

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, [...]

Op-ed: Why I support Mayor de Blasio’s plan for universal pre-K
News Op-Ed 3/27/2014 at 11:40AM

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for universal pre-kindergarten in New York City. Often overlooked is that the plan would provide more than just high-quality programs for our youngest learners, it would also fund after-school programs for every interested middle schooler in New York.

Op-ed: Why we need Mayor de Blasio’s pre-k plan
News Op-Ed 3/22/2014 at 10:14AM

As chair of the NYC Council Education Committee, it is a priority of mine to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan enacted. The only viable way to ensure that our children get this extra year of education is to create a tax on the city’s most wealthy residents to help fund it.

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 [...]