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Responsible reporting

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Thank you for your unbiased coverage of the upcoming elections, especially the Assembly race.  Another local newspaper did not even mention that Tony Nunziato was also running.

Responsible newspapers do what you did.  Give the facts and let the readers decide for themselves whom to vote for.

Lee Rottenberg

Middle Village

We shall overcome

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As our area continues to cope with the very severe aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it has been emotionally moving for me to see that photo of volunteer firefighters raising our flag in battered Breezy Point. It brought tears to my eyes.

We have all been affected by the rage of this brutal monster from the tropics, but as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Charles Schumer, NJ Governor Chris Christie, President Barack Obama and many others have stated, “We will recover and rebuild even stronger and better than before.”

As a resident of Fresh Meadows all of my life, and having experienced many storms of various magnitudes, I can honestly say that I have never seen such widespread destruction of the trees. They lined our streets for years and years, and suddenly, in one day, thousands of them were wiped out.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those people who lost their lives in the storm, as well as their families. Also, let us be forever grateful to all of our firefighters, police officers, EMTs and medical personnel, as well as ordinary people who have all pitched in to rescue and help those who were trapped by flooding and whose homes were destroyed or damaged.

We must also give a word of grateful thanks to all of the news media, all of the reporters and their crews who brought us the images of the devastation as it was unfolding and the television and radio meteorologists who did a superb job of keeping us informed of the storm’s every move.

I am truly proud to be a New Yorker and an American. God Bless our city, country  and its citizens.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

Forgotten people

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As our region continues to struggle for some semblance of normalcy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be focusing mostly on Manhattan with regard to cleanup efforts.

There has been tremendous damage in the Rockaways and Staten Island, and those people desperately need help right away. The mayor seems to not be able to connect with the people in the outer boroughs, and that is indeed very disconcerting.

He was elected to be the mayor of ALL of the people, not just the people in the borough of Manhattan. We need to help everyone who was affected by this severe storm.

Together, we will rise to this occasion, as we always do when faced with adversity.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

Get ‘em out

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After the Yankees lost their chances of being in the World Series, there is one thing for certain: A-Rod and crybaby Nick Swisher need to be shown the clubhouse door.

A Rod’s performance this season was not very good. After he returned from his injury, he really did not hit or field very well. Swisher seems to be unable to cope with justifiable criticism from fans. He has a short fuse and a big mouth.

Yankee management would do well to drop these two prima donnas from their team lineup before the 2013 baseball season. These guys get paid a ton of money and they really do not deserve it at all. Let them try holding down a job where they really have to actually do work-if they did not do well, they would eventually be fired.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows


Protect our protectors

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The recent deaths of two Nassau County police officers once again reinforces the fact that these police officers put their lives on the line in order to protect the public every single day.

The first officer was struck and killed by a vehicle while responding to a call about an accident on the Long Island Expressway; the other was shot and killed on the Cross Island Parkway.

The public should be grateful for having such dedicated police officers; they have a very difficult job to do each and every day. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, doctors and nurses are truly inclusive in the definition of what heroes are.

Athletes are not heroes; they do what they do because they enjoy it. They get paid way too much money, in my opinion. All of our emergency service people should be paid the maximum salary allowable for their profession, because they deserve every single dollar of it, and then some.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and colleagues of both of these brave officers. Capital punishment needs to make a comeback in our penal system; killing a police officer is a heinous crime, and those that commit such an act need to forfeit their own lives.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows


Expand bus routes

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“Select bus Service coming to LaGuardia” (Melissa Chan, October 18) is great.

History has told us that construction of any major new transportation system expansion projects, such as extending either the subway from Astoria or Long Island Rail Road to LaGuardia Airport would have taken decades with all the feasibility studies, environmental reviews, planning, design, engineering, real estate acquisition, permits, procurements, construction, budgeting, identifying and securing funding and opening day service.

Select Bus Service has already been proven successful on other routes and can be quickly implemented. Why not also include the existing Q48 which provides connections from Flushing, which is also served by the LIRR, No. 7 subway and numerous bus lines to LaGuardia Airport as well?

Larry Penner

Great Neck


Future is in your hands

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It has been prognosticated that the two momentous and consequential events of 2012 will be the end of the Mayan calendar and the possible re-election of President Barack Obama. Either event has the potential to cause some dismay and discomfort.

Before you vote, please consider the following: are we as human beings not really responsible for our own acts, so that we need a government to direct and control us? Must we yield our individual rights to a ruling elite that makes any laws it wishes and forces them upon everyone in any manner it wishes? Do we wish to institute the welfare state policies of Greece and other European Union countries whose economies have been devastated to the brink of ruin? Do we really believe we can legislate the poor out of poverty and multiply wealth by dividing it?

Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged warned: “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you, you may know that your society is doomed.”

Should we prepare for more than one cataclysmic event in 2012?

We can’t change the Mayan calendar but we can vote.

Ed Konecnik



Waste of resources

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Thank you for covering the issue of the LIRR vs. the QueensWay, which is of vital importance to the community. Why do we need another feasibility study on the possible LIRR from Queens Boulevard to Far Rockaway? How many studies have already been done by the state, the city and the gambling interests? How much have these studies cost already?

Tom Nevin



Done deal?

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At the recent Woodhaven meeting hosted by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, the turnout by the community was impressive. Those community members who arrived and had taken no position to either have a nature walkway or revival of the LIRR certainly decided after the presentations were made. I was one of those.

I live parallel and about 30 feet from the rail line and can only imagine never sleeping again at night if this railroad passes by three or more times an hour. I am quite worried about the structure of our 1920s homes, the debris on the tracks, children and teenagers walking on the accessible tracks and the killing of the majestic trees on the land. These trains will be more powerful than those that were there in the 1960s.

The discussion about economic development in Rego Park, Woodhaven and Ozone Park was just a mask of the negatives that were to come. Although the flyer given about the plans vaguely mentioned the Racino, it was obvious that it was the economic sponsor of this proposed project. Many of us left thinking that this LIRR to come was a done deal!

Mildred Facinelli



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The MTA has announced that fares are going to increase on all mass transit, bridges, tunnels and commuter railroads by next year. This is totally outrageous.

The public has enough to worry about due to the very bad economy, and now yet another unnecessary and unfair burden is going to be placed upon them. Perhaps the executives of the MTA should volunteer to take a substantial cut in their already overbloated and uncalled for salaries.

The commuters of this city are fed up with these constant fare increases — the service does not improve with each one, rather it seems to worsen significantly. People are going to have to lay out more money just to commute back and forth from work, which is not fair at all. Why can’t the state and federal governments help out the MTA?

John Amato

Fresh Meadows


A question of the REAL issues

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In my effort to stay informed, I attended a “Candidates Night” on October 10 at Holy Cross High School to listen to the local candidates.

There were three candidates seeking a congressional seat and four others seeking seats in the NY State assembly.

I consider myself an informed and concerned citizen and was prepared to hear a discussion about the absence of a federal budget for four years, uncontrolled entitlement spending, the unaccountable Federal Reserve, the impending bankruptcy of Social Security, the impending tax increases, imperiled pension obligations, countless regulatory agencies with myriad counterproductive restrictions and regulations, etc. I was curious to hear their solutions on how we may avoid or mitigate the inevitable “crash” as we approach the “fiscal cliff” everyone is prognosticating.

To my dismay, it seemed as if I were in a parallel universe with a different reality, where loiterers on Northern Boulevard, noise from aircraft and a procedure for extracting gas are the major threats to our lives and economy. Only one candidate attempted to address the inevitable fiscal calamity but was unable to elaborate due to time constraints.

Most elections do not effectuate change, but serve to legitimize and reinforce the status quo, since 85 percent of incumbents are returned to office. Most of the candidates subscribe to the fashionable view that government knows best and is responsible for our welfare. Their aim is to lull us into a false sense of security, encourage us to follow along with the crowd and shirk personal responsibility. What is most discouraging is that most candidates as well as voters do not understand the issues that affect our economy. Perhaps that is why they were never addressed.

There is no doubt we have met the enemy: it is us.

Ed Konecnik



Protect our water

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Forty years ago Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes and bays. Since then, New York has taken the lead on water protection by maintaining some of the best water quality laws in the nation.

However, Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently proposed lowering the clean water standards for factory farms in New York. He is putting our water in jeopardy with this plan, instead of helping farms to meet the state’s strong water protection standards.

New guidelines are being crafted by the Environmental Protection Agency that would ensure better protection of our waterways from factory farms across the country. As the rest of the nation is moving forward with water protection, now is not the time for New York to be stepping backwards. Guidelines and standards that keep our rivers and lakes protected should be upheld and enforced, rather than allowing our standards to be lowered and putting the places where we love to swim and fish in danger.

Laura Purton

Environment New York

28 West 39th Street

New York, NY


Kids should WANT to learn

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Spout a falsehood loud enough, and often enough, and not only do people start to believe it, but they start spreading it around in a similar fashion.

Shutting your eyes, or burying your head in the sand to avoid being politically incorrect, will absolutely not get anyone even close to finding a real solution to the problem!

What is the problem? Too many American kids in our present culture are not up to snuff in today’s classrooms. They are too used to having fun and being entertained. They are TV and video game junkies that do not have the patience or fortitude to do what it takes to succeed in our classrooms. We should be addressing this as the real problem as to why our American students have fallen behind, and will continue to do so as compared to other countries where paying attention in class and working hard at schoolwork is not only a top priority, but a necessity.

The fact of the matter is that teachers become frustrated, even exasperated, with the apathy of their students and their unwillingness to perform their part of the education equation.

Teachers come into the profession full of knowledge, training and motivation. When they see the gross lack of cooperation by their students and the students’ parents, as well as the education hierarchy, they become disenchanted. They are the bearers of blame for the inadequacies of parents and the society at large to see that children come to school ready and willing to learn so that not only is teaching taking place, but so is learning.

Dave Shlakman

Howard Beach, NY 11414

Help for job seekers

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More of today’s families need to be two-income households to make ends meet, whether they’re single parents or providing homes for older, unemployed children, or they’re caring for sick or elderly loved ones. They all need and want many of the same things, especially good jobs.

The NYS Department of Labor’s most recent statistics report private sector employment in New York City rose by 93,100, or 2.9 percent for the 12-month period ending August 2012. The city’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was above the state’s and the nation’s.

The city’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in August 2012, down slightly from 10 percent in July 2012.  New York State’s rate was 9.1 percent in August, and the national rate was almost 8 percent for September. Despite strong job creation by New York city’s businesses, the number of city residents with jobs is essentially flat over the prior 12 months.

Anyone who has recently gone to the grocery store, put gas in the car, or paid their monthly rent or mortgage, knows that it’s hard to make ends meet.  While our economy is slowly recovering, we still have a long way to go to ensure good, living-wage jobs. There are a number of legislative initiatives I’ve been pursuing that I think have great potential for addressing the economic woes of New York’s working families: raise the minimum wage, stop outsourcing jobs, provide family care insurance and pass the fair pay act.

As a reminder to all job seekers and to help bring together over 100 potential employers and their new hires, I am hosting a free job fair on Friday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Resorts World NY at Aqueduct, 3rd Floor, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park.  Even if you just want to obtain information about new career options, join us.

Don’t forget to bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally to meet with various recruiters. Over the years, I have organized six job fairs in my senate district, and I am always pleased to help my constituents find employment, particularly at a time when jobs are sometimes difficult to find.

If you have any questions about the upcoming Job Fair or if I can be of assistance to you in the community, please contact me or Peter DeLucia in my district office at 718-738-1111.

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is the State Senator for the 15th District.

Marking a milestone

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Congratulations to USA Today on your 30th anniversary. Over the past three decades, several hundred daily newspapers have ceased publication. In many cities and states, USA Today has stepped up to fill the void.

How fortunate that we live in one of the few remaining free societies with a wealth of information sources available. Most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily paper. Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution, along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the Internet and other new information sources.

Many daily newspapers can no longer afford assigning reporters to cover news from our nation’s capital and abroad. They now rely on wire services stories. USA Today is one of the few remaining daily newspapers to provide more in depth coverage of national and international events than most daily papers.

In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including USA Today. You have truly become “America’s daily newspaper.”

Larry Penner