Opinion

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 [...]

Op-ed: Let’s be their voice
News Op-Ed 2/16/2014 at 12:32PM

The heartbreak and agony that Avonte Oquendo’s family has had to endure is one that I can’t even begin to imagine. Over the course of the past few months, Avonte became more than just a face on a missing poster.

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 [...]

Op-ed: Seven-point plan
News Op-Ed 2/09/2014 at 2:29PM

Last week, a convicted killer escaped from the state-run Creedmoor Psychiatric facility in Bellerose, where he was being held for observation. This is a serious concern to the civic leaders of this community and other nearby community organizations.

‘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 [...]

Remain focused on objective
Letters Letters 2/06/2014 at 1:23PM

I offer my sincere congratulations to Councilmember Eric Ulrich on his new appointment as the Chair to the Veterans Committee. It is not just a high profile position, but an opportunity to provide his vetted establishment as an already accomplished legislator to the veteran community throughout the city when it is needed most. I, as [...]