VA failure
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:11PM

I am writing to simply express sayonara – good riddance – to Eric Shinseki, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, upon his resignation over substandard timely care and false records covering up related timelines involving treatment of veterans in a number of Va. hospitals. There were incidents of the “seven-month waiting list” at 28 Va. [...]

It’s not the teachers – it’s the kids
Letters Letters 6/05/2014 at 3:03PM

I’m still bewildered that education pundits refuse to see that it is not the schools; it’s not the teachers; it’s the kids coming to the schools with a corrupted sense of their responsibilities to be good learners. Today’s youngsters watch way too much television and spend too much time engaged with other “marvels” of modern [...]

Op-ed: UFT contract solves problems, ignores others
News Op-Ed 6/01/2014 at 2:09PM

Like most of my colleagues, I joined the teaching profession to make a difference in children’s lives. Yet I find that the current conversation about education — and specifically the proposed teachers’ contract — is not always focused on what’s best for kids.

The Pope’s Mideast trip … a positive sign for peace?
Letters Letters 5/29/2014 at 4:04PM

As Pope Francis prepares for his trip to the Mideast, let us hope that it will contribute to bringing much-needed peace and stability to a region that is on the verge of an all-out war. Israelis and Palestinians need to be able to sit down and deal with all of the serious issues that continue to [...]

Warning: Reform does not mean innovation
Letters Letters 5/29/2014 at 2:56PM

What a word actually means can be less important than the way it’s commonly used. If the original intent of the word has been corrupted, you can ironically set yourself up for misunderstanding by using it as it was originally meant. That’s especially true of education “reform.” Be careful when messing with words. Be even [...]

Op-ed: Tips for paying taxes for summer jobs
News Op-Ed 5/26/2014 at 7:48AM

Many students take a job in the summer after school lets out. If it’s your first job it gives you a chance to learn about the working world. That includes taxes we pay to support the place where we live, our state and our nation.

Veterans need better care
Letters Letters 5/22/2014 at 5:11PM

It is outrageous that our veterans are not being taken care of the way they should be! The VA needs to get its house in order and investigate why there are major problems for our veterans. These brave men and women have fought to preserve our way of life, and our country owes them big [...]

Remembering Whitestone’s Flying Tiger
Letters Letters 5/22/2014 at 5:09PM

Long-term restaurateur and Whitestone resident George Lum, my neighbor and good friend, invited me into his home one day. While in his den, I noticed hanging on the wall an autographed photo of the American Volunteer Group the “Flying Tigers.” I asked George where he acquired such a remarkable and rare photograph. He modestly pointed [...]

Enough complaining about WTC memorial
Letters Letters 5/15/2014 at 5:40PM

The decision to place the unidentified remains of the World Trade Center victims into the underground repository at the World Trade Center Museum and Garden was perfectly correct to do. So, why are certain relatives of those lost complaining and making it sound as if the crime of the century was committed by placing those [...]

Remembering our war dead
Letters Letters 5/15/2014 at 5:36PM

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and I hope the many will not forget the importance of this day. Memorial Day in my book is not just another day off to shop for sales or backyard barbecuing. In my opinion Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the [...]