Opinion

Op-ed: A test that could save your life
News Op-Ed 3/16/2014 at 11:55AM

The word cancer is scary, unsettling and leaves people feeling helpless. Add colon cancer and the stakes intensify. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Here in New York City the disease kills approximately 1,400 people every year.

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 [...]

Op-ed: No. 7 Train closures can’t close Long Island City
News Op-Ed 3/09/2014 at 2:12PM

Each year the residents of western Queens, and Long Island City in particular, wonder anxiously how many weekends the MTA will shut down the No. 7 train. In past years, the MTA did not even provide advance warning, adding insult to injury. All the prior notice in the world, however, cannot ease the pain of the 22 weekend closures we face in 2014.

The meaning of Lent
Letters Letters 3/06/2014 at 2:26PM

The Lenten season is now upon us and it reminds us Christians that it is a time to get in touch with our spiritual nature. This is a time that many of us think of giving up those material things and giving up negative thoughts and trying to live in peace. But I feel it is more than [...]

Eradicate toll
Letters Letters 3/06/2014 at 2:21PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: BELOW IS A LETTER DISTRICT LEADER LEW SIMON SENT TO GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO Dear Governor Cuomo, As the Democratic District Leader of the 23 A.D. and Chair of the Rockaway-Broad Channel Bridge Toll Committee, we have been on record as requesting that the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll should be free for [...]

Wi-Fi threatens subway passenger safety
Letters Letters 3/06/2014 at 2:20PM

The MTA announced plans to extend Wi-Fi service to more subway stations, including 29 in Queens. Not so fast. A young woman was nearly killed when she fell onto subway tracks while texting. Expect similar incidents as Wi-Fi spreads to more subway stations. Texting and talking riders will accidently fall on the tracks or get [...]

Op-ed: Make ferry service permanent
News Op-Ed 3/01/2014 at 1:46PM

I would like to start by commending the city for the fourth extension of ferry service to the Rockaway Peninsula. I would especially like to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for extending the ferry service through May and keeping his word, as he remains dedicated to the recovery of Rockaway and New York City as a whole.

So much for that theory
Letters Letters 2/27/2014 at 1:21PM

This has been one of the most brutal winters in over a decade. Since it began I haven’t heard the words “global warming” once. I’d like to know where Al Gore and all the others who claimed to have evidence that winters such as these were going the way of the dinosaur and the VCR [...]

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 [...]