2004-03-12 / Letters


Race and Reporting
Dear Editor,
Letters Race and Reporting Dear Editor,

Race and Reporting
Dear Editor,

Why does the media including The Wave fail to identify in the descriptions of criminals, their race? Which of course 90% of the time the perps are black or Hispanics. As in the Bays water rape and the Belle Harbor assault. Also – The Wave right away deemed the Breezy Point incident last year as a "racist hateful assault." Weren’t the Bayswater rapes and Belle Harbor mugging also racist hateful assaults? Oh wait, I am sorry. It’s only hateful and racist if the perps are white and the victims are minorities. Also, Howard Schwach is disappointed the suspension center is not on 116 Street. Why not have Howard run the center in his apartment or in The Wave Building?


Lew Simon Saves the Day

Dear Editor,

During the deep freeze in January, the heater in my home broke down. I had called Keyspan and they told me that they would not be able to come until the next day. In my home, I have an elderly tenant who cannot take the cold. I then called Lew Simon. Immediately, he called Keyspan and someone was sent out that same night. I got my heater working. I wish to thank Lew Simon for all his help.


Borrow Pits

in the Jamaica Bay

Dear Editor,

I want to thank you for devoting a good deal of space in last week’s Wave to the borrow pits and for including some of the concerns of the Bayswater Civic Association. In fact, it was due to your article of the previous week that we learned of the meeting of the Jamaica Bay Task Force. However, I think it would have been nice if you had included the fact that you had given the wrong address for the meeting. At least 12 cars drove to Kingsborough Community College in response to the urgent mailing we sent our members. You were told this the next day and apologized on the phone but I think everyone who drove to the wrong address in Brooklyn deserved an apology as well.

By the way, as a former educator, I don’t think you devote too much attention to our schools.


Rockaway Democrats Vote

Dear Editor,

Speakers representing candidates in the March 2 Democratic primary spoke at the Good Government Reg ular Democratic Club on Thursday February 19.

Former Assemblyman Frank Bar baro of Brooklyn spoke for Congress man Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland. Barbaro is known as a long time tenant advocate, 24 years in the NYS Assembly and as Chair of the Assem bly Labor Committee and for his underdog primary campaign against Mayor Edward Koch.

Barbaro told how he first became aware of Dennis Kucinich when, as mayor of Cleveland, he resisted pressure from bankers to sell off a public power plant during a fiscal crisis. He praised Kucinich for speaking to the truth of the American dream, having voted against the war in Iraq and against the Patriot Act.

Kucinich is the only candidate for a single payer health plan and says he could fund it by collecting the taxes from those on top who are not paying their fair share. He calls the No Child Left Behind Act an unfounded hoax. The three principles of his campaign are health care, tax relief and aid to education.

Mike Muller has worked for and visited Rockaway for a number of candidates including Tom Gephart and Alan Hevesi. Betsy McCaughey Ross, represented Senator John Ed wards. Senator Edwards sees our nation as two Americas, one for the rich and privileged and one for everyone else. He feels the No Child Left Behind Act should be called the No Rich Child Left Behind Act.

Edwards wants a level playing field and an opportunity for all children to go to college. While working for Ed wards in other states, Muller found people in Middle America want the same things we do.

The U.S. has become a nation to be feared, not revered. Edwards won his Senate seat by defeating incumbent Republican Senator Lauch Faircloth and the Jesse Helms machine. As the son of a mill worker, Edwards will fight for good jobs for all Americans.

A CNN poll this week showed Ed wards leading Bush by a 54%-44% margin. Muller said Ed wards should spend several days in NY before the primary and we should give him a serious look.

Congressman Gregory Meeks, an early and enthusiastic supporter of John Kerry, spoke for the Senator. He was accompanied by Democratic Dist rict Leader Bob Simmons of Far Rockaway. Meeks momentarily shock ed the audience by announcing he supported John Edwards, and after a pause, for Vice President.

Meeks said he decided to support Kerry because he had the right background to stand up to George Bush. John Kerry, Meeks said, would be the next President of the United States and would be ready to take charge of our nation’s security.

Kerry is taking his campaign to every state, while his major opponent, John Edwards is going to compete actively in only a few.

During the question period, Rep. Meeks referred to the debate in Con gress over the prescription drug bill. He was told that an appropriation for $2 million in this budget cycle for a generator for Peninsula Hospital would be removed unless he supported the Republican bill. Meeks voted against the bill.

Sources close to the Kerry campaign told the audience they expected the endorsement of the Queens County Democratic organization at a rally at York College on Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Voters in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, March 2 will be able to vote for the candidate of their choice on a statewide basis. Any candidate getting at least 15% of the vote will be awarded convention delegates.

In addition five delegates will be elected from each of the local congressional districts. The only Rock away residents on the ballot are Simone-Marie Meeks on the Kerry slate in the Sixth Congressional District and Lew Simon on the Dean slate in the Ninth Congressional District. If a presidential candidate withdraws before the convention, a delegate elected on that slate is un committed and can vote for the candidate of their choice.


National WWII Memorial

Dear Editor,

There are many who may not be aware of the newest monument to be completed in April 2004, in Wash ington, D.C. The National World War II Memorial will be the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II (it honors more than 16 million). The memorial, which will be established by the American Battle Monuments Com mission, will honor all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation’s call to arms. The Second World War will be the only 20th century event commemorated on the Mall’s central axis.

Nearly 59 years after the end of World War II, the National World War II Memorial will be dedicated in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 29, 2004, on the National Mall. The monument is funded almost entirely by private contributions from thousands of people who served during the War. Unfortunately, too few veterans remain to appreciate the recognition.

The official dedication celebration will span four days and will include a World War II-themed reunion exhibition on the National Mall staged in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, a service of celebration at the Washington National Cathedral, and an entertainment salute to World War II veterans from military performing units. Informa tion will also be available by calling the memorial’s toll free telephone number at 1.800.639.4992.

A cultural celebration entitled "America Celebrates the Greatest Generation," will take place throughout the summer of 2004. The celebration is designed to honor the military and home front contributions of that generation.

The World War II Registry of Re mem brances is an individual listing of Americans who contributed to the war effort. Any U.S. citizen who helped win the war, whether a veteran or someone on the home front, is eligible for the Registry. Names in the Registry will be forever linked to the memorials bronze and granite representations of their sacrifice and achievement. This is provided free of charge, to honor those whose service and sacrifice helped win the Second World War.

A fire in the archives during the 1970’s destroyed records, so it is important to place the honoree’s name in the Registry.

A website is accessible to register (for free), all those who served: www.wwiimemorial.com. The Ameri can Battle Monuments Commission encourages WW II veterans to enroll in this free registry, via their website or by calling 1.800.639.4992. The registry will be accessible from the Memorial site on the National Mall when the Memorial opens to the public.


Thanks Parade Organizers

Dear Editor,

My appreciation and thank you’s to Michael and Christine Benn, Peggy
Neville, Mary Rooney, Lew Simon, Mike Keller and the entire Queens County Cultural St. Patrick’s Day Committee for their tireless efforts and endless support in the grandest parade ever to hit our shores.A0A0 Thank you all on the committee as well as parade supporters, my family and friends for the beautiful honor.A0 Congratulations to all the 2004 Honorees.



Lew Should

Get Some Credit

Dear Editor;

James Conway Sullivan was a great man.A0 He was wonderful to the Rockaways and ran the Irish community for years.A0 He deserves to have a street named after him and be recognized as a leader here in Rock away.A0 I’m also grateful to Joe Adda bbo and Chatty Chapey for anything they did to make this happen.

But I am sometimes baffled at why Lew Simon gets no credit for
any thing.A0 I know that he had a lot to do with renaming this street as well.

I personally went around for Lew and had people of the community sign petitions. The petition was sign ed with enthusiasm for James and Lew, who has also done a lot for a community.A0 The community may not realize how much Lew Simon does for them, but you can look at his track record and he has always been there, petitioning and demonstrating, to keep this neighborhood safe for our residents and our children; even when some other prominent members of the community would not get involved.A0 Please give credit where and when it’s due.A0 Recognize Lew Simon as one of the spearheaders for James Conway Sullivan.A0 I know he did the work because I personally helped him.


Major Recycling Changes

Dear Editor,

(The following letter was sent by John J. Doherty, Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation.)

Here’s some great recycling news! As of April 1, the City will restore glass recycling and resume its weekly recycling schedule. All this85.and at a much lower price.

New York City’s innovative recycling program began in 1986. Over the following 16 years, City residents recycled paper, metal, plastic and glass. Over time, recycling also be came New Yorkers’ way of expressing their commitment to the city’s environment. Week after week, New York ers reaffirmed their commitment by carefully separating recyclable materials and rinsing plastic and glass containers. And so recycling continued unchanged, until a couple of years ago.

In 2002, the City’s fiscal landscape changed very dramatically. New York City and its Mayor found themselves staring at a $5 billion deficit.

Coming into office at the height of one of the City’s most serious fiscal situations, Mayor Bloomberg was confronted with a daunting challenge. On one hand he had to meet the legal requirement of balancing the City’s budget, while on the other hand he faced the urgent need to restore New York City’s finances, while ensuring the delivery of key quality-of-life services.

As Mayor Bloomberg went about examining the City’s expenditures, one undeniable fact emerged: while recycling paper and metal was profitable, recycling plastic and glass was not. In fact, recycling plastic and glass was a particularly costly production.

Faced with a tough fiscal reality, Mayor Bloomberg thought "out of the box" and in a bold move suspended plastic recycling for one year and glass recycling for two. In addition, the recycling collection was changed from a weekly to a bi-weekly schedule. At the time these changes were made, Mayor Bloomberg vowed to restore plastic recycling in 2003 and glass recycling in 2004, but under more favorable conditions.

Mayor Bloomberg’s bold move paid off. Jolted by the unexpected change, vendors reconsidered their operations, improved them and came up with more favorable terms for the City. As a result, New York City will now pay less for recycling than it was paying two years ago. In addition, any increases down the line will be much more modest than anticipated under the old recycling program. And we are entering into long-term agreements with recycling vendors that should also help to stabilize costs.




Fight The Parking Ban

Dear Editor,

We all had another great St. Pat rick’s Day Parade. People from all over came to celebrate the great festivities.A0IA0was so glad to see how the parking from 126 Street to 139 Street on Rockaway Beach Blvd. was utilized. My wife andA0I took a walk up the Blvd. and counted 75 cars, not counting all the parking spaces still available. Now lets see does it make sense to put "NO PARKING"A0signs on Rockaway Beach Blvd.A0all year round. What will happen next year?

If you are in agreementA0toA0NOT have the "NO PARKING" signs put up on RockawayA0Beach Blvd. bet ween Beach 126 StreetA0and Beach 139 StreetA0speak up now call your Council Member Joseph Addabbo Jr. If you remain quiet regarding this matter theA0signs will suddenly app ear since they were already ordered.



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