2002-09-28 / Letters

Too Good Natured & Easygoing

Too Good Natured & Easygoing

Dear Editor;

I have been living in Rockaway for 10 years now, and these are my observations.

To me Rockaway has both good and bad. First take the good.

We have a beautiful beach and boardwalk. We have very little traffic. It is ungrounded, and very good for biking, walking, and jogging. No other area in N.Y.C. has all this. And finally, we have easygoing, good-natured people.

Now the bad.

I believe the easygoing good nature of Rockaways' people is being used against them.

We have no power, politically or otherwise. And so any agency- city, state or federal can do whatever they want to us and get away with it.

We have too many nursing homes and flop houses. We get our streets, sidewalks and lawns ripped up every couple of years for new sewers. Sewers should be put in, and last 20 to 50 years. We get dirty sand dredged up on our beaches, covering the nice white sand every couple of years, instead of permanent rock jetties like Long Beach has. We have been abused by the Parks Dept., the Sanitation Dept., and the F.A.A. (the planes still fly over Rockaway as often as they did before the plane crash).

And now, the wise-ass captain of the 100 Precinct is imposing his will on us to raise his statistics. When we complain to our politicians, they say we have to get the laws changed. In a neighborhood with political power, the precinct captain would be transferred.

Useless, do nothing politicians baloney, and we vote for them over and over again.

We are too good-natured and easygoing to vote them out, and stand up for ourselves with any kind of radical action. The powers that be know that we are weak and easy, and will continue to do whatever they want to us.

My wife is tired of looking at our torn-up streets and sidewalks. Tired of seeing the depressing sights on 116 Street, scared of the planes still flying overhead. Not happy about good citizens getting summonses, while busy areas like 116 Street and 129 Street are not regularly patrolled. And surprised at how nobody seems to care about all this abuse.

But I, on the other hand, have become one of the easygoing, good-natured people of Rockaway.


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