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Op-Ed: Rebuilding our city with private investment
Op-Ed: Rebuilding our city with private investment
News Queens Courier Staff 11/16/2012 at 10:34AM

The recent superstorm, Sandy, has devastated large parts of our city, and while we must continue to help those neighborhoods still in need, we also must begin to figure out how we move forward to avoid this large-scale suffering again. First of all, our power grid is extremely fragile and in need of serious upgrade. [...]

Op Ed: Human trafficking is not victimless
News Queens Courier Staff 8/16/2012 at 3:03PM

BY SENATOR JOSE PERALTA I introduced a bill last year, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law, prohibiting the distribution of obscene, business-card-sized ads for prostitutes.  These so-called “chica” cards, which have been handed out along Roosevelt Avenue and adjacent streets for many years, feature promises of “free delivery.” After a press conference at which I [...]

Op Ed: Condemning the violence against Sikhs
Op Ed: Condemning the violence against Sikhs
News Queens Courier Staff 8/09/2012 at 12:12PM

In the aftermath of the terrifying events in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the American Sikh community is grieving the loss of six lives. They are also awaiting answers. Why would such a heinous act be perpetrated, committed within their own house of worship? Although the investigations concerning the motives of the killer are ongoing from local, [...]

Op Ed: A Model School in Queens
News Queens Courier Staff 6/29/2012 at 2:58PM

By Francis Mechner, Ph.D. Director, Queens Paideia School “Paideia” – Plato’s ancient term for the ideal education of Athenian citizens — is an apt name for the widely-accepted educational philosophy that John Dewey expounded in the early 1900s. Children must learn not only the three Rs, Dewey said, but also the skills and knowledge they [...]

So you want to have ‘inclusion’
Opinion Billy Rennison 6/01/2012 at 5:00PM

BY ANDREW BAUMANN Since I can remember, the state’s Department of Education has always talked about “LRE,” or Least Restrictive Environment. The days of special education students being secluded into one building are just about gone. With more and more opportunities for each child to reach his fullest potential, doesn’t it make sense that we [...]

Op Ed: The Myth of Relaxation
Opinion Queens Courier Staff 4/12/2012 at 3:22PM

By Rabbi Yossi Blesofsky A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed the results of a fascinating study. People who work under high pressure conditions will often take time off to get away from it all, relax and “decompress.” This, common wisdom assumes, is the way to alleviate the accumulative effects of stress. Alas, the study’s [...]

Op Ed: Labor invests in ‘The American Dream’
Op Ed: Labor invests in ‘The American Dream’
Editorial Gregory Floyd 9/28/2011 at 5:06PM

President Barack Obama recently proposed the American Jobs Act as a remedy to end the most devastating unemployment our nation has experienced since the Great Depression. I have an idea on how to help. In consultation with our financial advisors, union pension funds are routinely invested in various projects and bonds that will protect those [...]