Opinion

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 [...]

Council members should use mass transit
Letters Letters 5/15/2014 at 5:35PM

Why not amend NYC Council member Dan Garodnick’s bill requiring employers with 20 or more workers to sign up for transit checks to also include all 51 NYC council members, along with several hundred council staff? Council member Garodnick and his 50 colleagues can all give up their free parking spaces at City Hall. They [...]

Bus lane nightmare
Letters Letters 5/15/2014 at 5:34PM

Having a bus lane taking away a car lane for 12 hours a day on Woodhaven Boulevard will be a driver’s nightmare. There are many, many more cars, vans and trucks than buses on the road. To have that many automobiles have one less lane will cause more congestion and longer travel time, not to [...]

Op-ed: Finding jobs in Queens
News Op-Ed 5/11/2014 at 8:43AM

As the winter weather is at long last breaking, so is a seemingly never-ending downturn in the labor sector. Employers appear to be relishing in warmer temperatures as suddenly the country has seen an increase in jobs for education, health, retail and more.

No way to treat a veteran
Letters Letters 5/08/2014 at 11:57AM

A Bronx principal named Jennifer Joynt gave Iraq Marine veteran Christopher Moll, who is a special-education teacher at Throgs Neck middle school, an unsatisfactory rating. This is due to his absences over his National Guard service. She also said she would not be able to pay him for his time invested and he will have [...]

Praise for the FDNY
Letters Letters 5/08/2014 at 11:56AM

Once again, our firefighters responded immediately to a major crisis, this being the F train derailment in Queens. Our firefighters are the best, and the passengers, for the most part, were evacuated by them in an orderly and calm manner. We owe a debt of gratitude to our firefighters, as well as to the passengers [...]

Teachers pact a return to fair bargaining
Letters Letters 5/08/2014 at 11:40AM

The new contract between the city and the United Federation of Teachers is a monumental achievement for all New Yorkers because it is a milestone of reconciliation between management and labor.  People can argue the merits of its details, but what is indisputable is that the Bloomberg era of deliberate, almost sadistic impasse and union-busting [...]