Water rates a hidden tax
Letters Letters 5/01/2014 at 10:27AM

While acknowledging the need to pay for our City’s water infrastructure, it is totally unfair that the water fee paid has become greater than the amount needed to maintain the former system. The water rate increases, amounting to a hidden tax, have placed an unfair burden on middle class New Yorkers, homeowners and small businesses. These costs have a [...]

A call for more teachers
Letters Letters 5/01/2014 at 10:21AM

I think schools should hire more teachers. This can help our school grow and can help the community.  Hiring more teachers means more possibilities for extra special activities or more room for an extra class in a grade with too many kids. Education in very important because this makes us smart and allows us to [...]

Raccoons a problem in Whitestone
Letters Letters 5/01/2014 at 10:19AM

I think something that is wrong in my neighborhood is that there are too many raccoons.  I think this is a problem because they eat through the garbage and it gets everywhere.  I think the city should try to find a new home for the raccoons to live. Raccoons also eat all of your plants [...]

Op-ed: New Inspector General has a tough job ahead
News Op-Ed 4/28/2014 at 10:06AM

Philip Eure, New York City’s first New York Police Department Inspector General, has a tough job ahead of him — to make sure that the New York City Police Department is using best practices to keep us safe from a myriad of threats without compromising our civil liberties.

Paycheck fairness
Letters Letters 4/17/2014 at 2:42PM

Republicans continue to deny that they’re waging a war against women. If so, how can they explain that Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Wednesday to open debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would hold employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women? The bill would prohibit companies from retaliating against employees who share their salary information with each other, eliminating the culture [...]

Mourning one of the finest
Letters Letters 4/17/2014 at 2:38PM

The death of Police Officer Dennis Guerra as a result of being overcome in a fire in an apartment building is indeed a tragedy for his wife, four children and the NYPD. This never should have happened, but it did, allegedly due to a senseless act by a 16-yearold boy who was bored and decided to set a mattress in his room [...]

Ex-BP Marshall urges prudence in Queens Library changes
Letters Letters 4/17/2014 at 2:35PM

I am writing to echo the Queens Courier editorial which highlights the effective leadership of Queens Library President & CEO Tom Galante and its caution against a rush to judgment regarding the Library. Over the past several weeks, I have been troubled by the assault on the reputation of this vital institution. Serious questions have been raised which deserve [...]

Op-ed: Tax Equity for New Yorkers
News Op-Ed 4/13/2014 at 11:17AM

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They’ve worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, Long Island, and hoped to remain there to be near family. However, every year during tax season they are hit by a bill from the federal government that makes them question if they will be able to continue living in such a high-cost area.

Op-ed: Our children win with universal pre-K
News Op-Ed 4/11/2014 at 11:08AM

After months of rallying for the future of our children, our voices have finally been heard! Last week, our state legislators approved $300 million in funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs in their final budget. This is historic. We are now poised to ensure every child has access to high-quality, full-day pre-K.

Secretive state budget process
Letters Letters 4/10/2014 at 12:06PM

We should not celebrate Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passing a budget on time. This is what they get paid to do. This budget was negotiated behind closed doors by Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Republican Majority leader Dean Skelos, State Senate Democratic Independent Caucus leader Jeffrey Klein and Democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon [...]