Enough


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It is time to put aside partisan politics, reach across the aisle . . . and tackle gun control. Last Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, inside Sandy Hook Elementary, took the lives of 20 children and six adults. It should serve to galvanize pundits, politicians and the nation to embrace tougher legislation on guns. Maybe […]

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A shining example


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Much has been written about Police Officer Larry DePrimo, the 25-year-old who, while on patrol, reached into his own pocket to purchase socks and boots for a homeless man in Times Square. He even went so far as to put them on the man himself. His act of kindness was immortalized in photos by Jennifer […]

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Utterly shameful


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It’s like adding insult to injury. This past weekend, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reinstated tolls at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. After Sandy left the areas devastated, Governor Andrew Cuomo had the foresight – and heart – to suspend the fare, but apparently, officials feel a […]

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Shameful act


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

How – and why – in 2012 would someone do something so heinous? Bashir Ahmad was just minding his business, opening up his local mosque, when a cruel and heartless attacker jumped him from behind, leaving the innocent man with staples in his leg and stitches in his thumb, forehead, the top of his head […]

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The meaning of Thanksgiving


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

For many of us this Thanksgiving will have special meaning. As the tri-state area, and especially our borough, recovers from Sandy, let us each take stock of what – and who – we have in our lives, and count our blessings. And let us not forget those who have lost so much. Yes, we have […]

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Where were they?


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Can anyone tell us why it took TWO WEEKS for the Red Cross to get to Sandy victims in the Rockaways? It seems that one of the areas that was hardest hit was also the most ignored by the organization. In the days following the superstorm, elected officials, community leaders and people with heart flooded […]

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Good idea


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There is talk to help Howard Beach in case of another flooding disaster. The neighborhood lies on the edge of Evacuation Zone A, which, for Queens, includes the Rockaways, parts of Long Island City, Broad Channel and nearby Hamilton Beach. But Howard Beach residents were not told to leave the area, putting lives on the […]

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What took so long?


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So, after waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . . in line for gas, Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally heard our pleas and decided to institute the odd/even method. And guess what? It seems to have worked. Over the weekend lines were shorter, motorists were able to top off their […]

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How to help


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Like a phoenix from the ashes, we shall rise again. Superstorm Sandy might have knocked us down, but she did not knock us out. In the days following her fury, our city has seen some of the worst suffering in recent memory. People have been left homeless, out in the cold, and facing an uncertain […]

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The good and the bad


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THE GOOD Common sense prevailed. The first phase of a master $656 million plan to construct a new police academy in College Point is well on track to completion – meaning by 2014 NYPD recruits will be centralized in one facility. It just makes sense. Currently, “firearms training is in the Bronx and driver training […]

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Let kids be kids


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Ok, so being a parent today is hard. You try to instill values in your children and hope those life lessons stick, and they make good choices. But it seems as though the Department of Education (DOE) knows better. Thanks to its CATCH (Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health) pilot program, girls as young as 14 […]

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Getting fleeced


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With gas prices continuing their two month climb in New York City — approaching 2012 highs — the average price for a gallon has risen to $4.23, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. This is eight cents higher than a week ago and 17 cents higher than a month ago. One alternative to driving? Public […]

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ROCK THE VOTE


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With the September 13 primary — and its abysmal voter turnout — behind us, it is time to start focusing on the November 6 general election. If you are not already, we urge you to register to vote. It’s very easy, and a linchpin of our Democracy. So, as the slogan goes, “Just do it.” […]

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Never Forget


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Our world changed forever on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m. Foreign supported, funded and trained terrorists dealt the worst sneak attack since Pearl Harbor. They had hijacked four jet planes and took them on […]

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The sad and the ugly


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THE SAD . . . We at The Queens Courier extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of William Bateman, a local homeless man found dead just steps from the Bayside LIRR station. The loss of a loved one is undoubtedly very difficult, and losing someone who was so well-liked in the community […]

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