Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 12/19/2012 at 4:32PM

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 [...]

Utterly shameful
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 12/04/2012 at 6:53PM

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 [...]

The meaning of Thanksgiving
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 11/20/2012 at 4:24PM

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 [...]

Where were they?
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 11/15/2012 at 11:39AM

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 [...]

Good idea
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 11/15/2012 at 11:38AM

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 [...]

What took so long?
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 11/15/2012 at 11:37AM

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 [...]

How to help
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 11/08/2012 at 5:33PM

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 [...]

Unwelcome options
Opinion Queens Courier Editorial 10/18/2012 at 12:16PM

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has officially announced its proposals for fare hikes that “will bring in “vitally needed revenue to support the New York region’s transportation system.” There are four options on the table: Two options keep the base fare at $2.25; the other two raise it to $2.50. The cost of a weekly [...]

Lives Shattetred
Opinion Queens Courier Editorial 10/18/2012 at 12:15PM

He shouldn’t have been driving. Joseph Beer was a 17-year-old behind the wheel with only a learner’s permit when the unthinkable happened. Under state law, someone with just a permit can drive at certain hours with someone who is 21 or older and holds a valid license. Not only that, but reports claim that Beer [...]

The good and the bad
Editorial Queens Courier Editorial 10/03/2012 at 11:49AM

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 [...]