2004-05-07 / Letters


Pharmacies In Danger

Dear Editor,

The Governor is proposing drastic cuts in Medicaid and EPIC reimbursement rates to the pharmacies in New York. This will be devastating to them.

My pharmacy, in Coney Island for the last 85 years, along with more than 1200 across the state will have to close, resulting in the unemployment of thousands of workers, the overcrowding of hospitals, and insufficient health care services to all.

We must preserve our local pharmacies with the support of our state legislators and Governor Pataki.


Against The Iraqi War

Dear Editor,

If someone breaks into your home, you have every natural and legal right - in every country in the world - to throw that intruder out with whatever force it takes.

The intruder terrorizes you: you, in defending your home, are not a terrorist.

When George W. Bush's United States attacked and entered Iraq, which had not attacked America and was not an occupied country, George W. Bush's invaders became classical criminal terrorists. Every Iraqi attempting to repulse the invaders is a patriot, a hero and a freedom fighter. Every American supporting oilman George W. Bush's bully invasion and planned resource plunder of Iraq is as guilty as the German supporters of the Third Reich's blitzkriegs abroad.

End our multiplying crimes right now: get out.


Thanks For the Development

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank Donna and Charlie Howard for investing back into their community. 

As I drive by many of the seniors in our town, and I will be one myself soon, I can't help but to think how wonderful it will be for our island to have it's own medical facility, pharmacy and a cafe. 

For years and years now we have to travel outside of our own community to purchase prescriptions, children's medicines, cards, wrapping paper, cosmetics etc.   It will be such a convenience to so many people to be able to walk down the street to the corner pharmacy.

Our generation never had the restaurants of the 50's & 60's, a nice restaurant to pull up a chair with the kids for a hamburger, fries or a hotdog. I can't wait for The Broad Channel Cafe.  I know many residents would love a place to sit and have a nice lunch with their friends from town!!!

So thank Charlie and Donna for investing in your hometown and making it a better place for all of us Broad Channelites!!!!


Family, Friends And Tragedy

Dear Editor,

This letter is about James Dunne, a man who lived in Rockaway for 25 years and moved to Long Island in the early 1970's. He is retired from the LIRR, a member of the American Legion Post 423, a Vietnam War veteran, father and grandfather.

On March 13, 2004, his life was tragically changed. While driving to the American Legion Hall, Jimmy and his wife, Carol, witnessed a bad car accident near the hall. Carol got out of the car and gave the police a report about the accident. Jimmy went to see if he could help anyone in the cars that were involved. A fire truck and an ambulance came and started to take care of the people in the cars. Jimmy helped his wife back out of the Legion parking lot and she left.

While walking back to his own car he saw a driver of a car barreling towards the mass of policemen, firemen and EMT workers. In a selfless act of bravery, he jumped into the car's path and tried to wave the driver off. Jimmy took a vicious hit and was thrown over the car causing severe head injuries and a broken leg. He remains in a coma at St. Johnsland Head Trauma Rehab in Kings Park.

The driver of the car was a woman named Lisa Lloyd of Rocky Point. It has been proven that she was on drugs at the time of the accident. She also had two young children in the car. She has been arrested and charged with reckless driving (deprived indifference to human life), DUI, and endangering the welfare of children. May she live with the guilt and shame of this horror the rest of her life.

The outpouring of love for this great guy has been remarkable. His wonderful wife Carol, whose heartbreak, worry, prayers and love have been there from day one. His sons, Brian and Jason miss their dad and have been back and forth to the hospitals. Brian's wife Maureen, while caring for two children, has been constant in her love and support. Jimmy's sisters, Maureen, Ellen and Lorraine, have shown their love and have prayed and cried and been there to do what they can. His sister Lorraine has been an angel in disguise. She is a dialysis nurse and has been able to understand and explain to the family the complications of medical procedures, medications, diagnosis, and prognosis. He daughter Dawn, another nurse, who just gave birth, made an intelligent suggestion about putting a filter in Jimmy to catch any bloodclots. His nephew, Kevin, a physical therapist and one of his godsons, has done all he can. His many other nephews and nieces are heartbroken.

It's amazing the amount of friends that this warm, funny, wonderful guy has. Real friends that most of us would be envious of. They have shown their support and love in so many ways. To all our friends, thank you for the comfort you've given this family, and the love you've shown. It really has given us strength with this devastation.

For those who know Jimmy Dunne, pray for him to recover. Jimmy is proud, honest, full of integrity, class and love. His a big man in so many hearts. I know - because he is my big brother and my love for him will always be there.


Teacher Of The Year

Dear Editor;

I am writing this letter, to commend Miss Alloca, the 2nd Grade teacher at St. Camillus.  Recently my dear friend John Heslin was hospitalized in Staten Island Hospital.  My son Liam is in the 2nd grade at St. Camillus and is very fond of John.  He knew that I was going to the hospital to visit John.  The day before I was to go to the hospital, he asked me, if  his whole 2nd grade class could make get well cards for John.  I said it was not up to me, that he would have to ask Miss Alloca.

When I picked up my son that afternoon from St. Camillus, he had 30 get well cards, written with pictures and all from the 2nd grade class.  There is nothing like the art work of a child to cheer you up when you're sick or even when you're not sick. 

John Heslin was very grateful to receive those cards from his sick bed.  He thanked me, and I said don't thank me, thank Liam and Miss Alloca.  There should be more teachers like Miss Alloca, who take the time and that have the compassion to help someone who is under the weather.

Hats off to Miss Alloca.   She has my vote for teacher of the year.


Managing Beach Access Is Good

This letter was written to Queens Borough President Helen Marshall

Managing beach access is a good thing in both the current phase and in the future of the Arverne / Edgemere HPD residential proposal. But there are those who agree with me that the first phase structure are not so attractive and where are the trees and grass expanses as around the Daytons? And why not a proposal to tap into the waterfront tourists economy?

So its not surprising that, according to the Joiner article in the recent Queens Chronicle, only 16 percent of tourists questioned had visited Region 3 (South and Southeastern Queens, and Rockaway)! Note, that years ago, I had put together a group of dedications (some now still only proposals) including Dubos Point (B 63 Street and Decosta ave), Duke Kahanamoku Way (end of Beach 38 St.), Terrapin Point (Beach 75 Street and Amstell Blvd.), Matthew Henson Beach to Bay Park (Beach 38 Street to Bayswater Park), and Chaney, Schwerner Goodman Sprayview Promenade Setback (beaches environs of the Way) to promote tolerance, protect habitat while promoting watersports and to attract tourists. But pathetically neglect has set In! The Parks Dept. has a mosquito farm at dubos Point for example and another HPD attempting to demap a dedication to the father of American surfing and an Asian pacific islander.

So while its been shown that Rockaway development options can be manipulated towards a high density residential one (includes environs of the HPD proposal in partnership with Cd#14) why not adhere to water dependent and related waterfront revitalization guidelines? The old Playland site offered employment for teens and the ones playing with guns would have to travel to the Jersey Meadowlands and out of Rockaway (anyway) for opportunity such developments bring.

So while I am and have been a strong proponent of conservation of habitat why not work conservation (Matthew Henson Beach to Bay Park eg.) with an RFIP for an Entertainment complex for the eastern selection of the HPD proposal and where flooding potential is greater? Behind a setback there is opportunity for hotel, surfing center, science museum, small aquarium, college rooms ect. And all to attract tourists and upgrade local education.

Thank You for your kind attention and concern.


Don't Ask, Don't Get

Dear Editor:

It was with great interest that I read in the Wave that the Port Authority plans to give 100 million dollars over 5 years for capital improvement projects. This money is to go to communities impacted by the airports. I have felt that for many years Kennedy Airport has not been a good neighbor. The airport has polluted our bay, damaged our children's hearing, and taken billions of dollars in profits out of our community and given little back.

Rockaway is a community in need of capitol improvements. The failure of the city of New York to invest adequately in this community over time has lead to Rockaway's economic decline. We are a waterfront seaport community without a seaport. We lack basic infrastructure, which exists in waterfront communities the world over such as a municipal pier. This pier would develop a municipal character to our bayfront and spur economic development (jobs). The development of a municipal pier would give the recreational and commercial maritime industry access to our shores. The development of a municipal pier is a port issue and it is right to expect our Port Authority to provide funding.

I was pleased to hear council members Addabbo and Sanders are to be members of the committee that will have responsibility for spending this money. They understand the need for jobs.

I remember something former Congressman Flake once said, "Communities that don't ask for anything don't get anything." Our councilmen need to start asking early and often for this much needed and deserved capital improvement.


A Horizontal Tornado

William Sherriff is an ex-pilot and aircraft safety expert who has often written to The Wave about AA 587.

Dear Editor;

I quote from your recent article on American Airlines Flight 587.

"Those who believe tail separation was the cause of the crash."

Actually tail activation by wind shear was the cause and tail separation was the result.

The co-pilot made a perfect formation join-up on the center of a horizontal tornado, the left wing tip vortex of the B 747 Heavy.

These rotating vortices swirling around the aircraft struck the large, 27' tall, vertical stabilizer broadside!  NASA claims these forces can reach 300'/sec!  The vertical stabilizer is now the largest flight control surface on the aircraft.  The 0.8g force striking the left side of the vertical stabilizer broadside, induces an instantaneous left YAW, which creates an abrupt left "Dutch Roll" into the ground! 

The resultant, huge, inertia forces of the instantaneous YAW maneuver, tore off both engines from their support structure, along with fuel lines streaming smoke and fire.  The quick reversal of the 0.8g force sheared off the vertical stabilizer!

This was the first accident of this kind, a join up on the center of a horizontal tornado, in 100 years of flight.


Helpful Peninsula Hospital

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter so that I may share an experience and a treasure of a find with you and the community-at-large.

Last year, my sister, Sylvia Schuster, and I had our mother, after suffering a significant stroke and a heart attack, air-ambulated from Florida to the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at Peninsula Hospital Center. Although my sister and I were a bit apprehensive about having made the right choice of facilities, our anxieties were quickly allayed. Within hours of our mother's arrival at the hospital, we were warmly welcomed by the staff who familiarized us with the program and got to work helping our mother. Their manner was professional, caring, and above all, competent. In the weeks ahead, the staff became our friends, shared our ups and downs, and comforted us as we rode an emotional roller coaster. My sister and I knew that whenever we left the hospital, our mother was in good hands.

As the months passed and our mother's condition unfortunately deteriorated, hastened by her preexisting medical problems, she was moved to and from the Coronary Care Unit, the Step Down Units, the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit and the Rehabilitation Center. She was even taken for a visit to the Dental Department. During this entire time, my sister and I were always kept posted, and our concerns were always addressed. However, first and foremost, we knew that our mother's medical issues were being attended to in a manner that provided us with peace of mind. Although it is with great sadness that our mother passed away, my sister and I were consoled by the fact that our mother had been given the best of care and every possible chance during her stay at Peninsula.

Peninsula Hospital was a gem of a find for my sister and me. The Traumatic Brain Injury Unit is truly an asset for the community it serves. Our mother was treated with compassion, dignity and respect. As the family of the patient, you can imagine how comforted we felt knowing that our mother was being well-cared for by a professional and competent staff.

Although we will always feel the pain of having lost our mother, we will also have the peace of mind knowing that we did the best we could for her. We thank the staff of Peninsula Hospital Center for giving us this peace of mind. It will last our lifetimes. Peninsula Hospital well deserves this public acknowledgement.


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