Referring to your editorial of April 15, 2005 (Fast Track To Oblivion for FRHS?, page 4) please note that “A Beautiful Mind” was not based on the life of physicist Richard Feynman as you noted in your column. The film was about the mathematician John F. Nash, Jr., who won the Nobel Prize for Economic Science in 1994. Further, although many would agree that he deserved it, Dr. Jonas Salk was never so honored.
D. SPRINGER, Ph.D.
Love, Compassion, Tolerance
I couldn’t help but respond to the article “Creationism and Darwinism.” I believe “God” was removed from the public school system because He or She is solely associated with Christianity, which does not honor or allow free expression of other belief systems. God is a great mystery. How dare any human being declare that they know the absolute truth about God when us humans are so fallible. Where I deeply believe in Christ, he is one of the many avenues to God, the greatest spirit. My relationship with him has deepened when I let go of all the dogma attached to religion. The dogma is just the thing that keeps people from God and has turned many Christians away from Christianity. I agree that we need spirituality in our school as well as our homes, but it has to be in honor of each individual’s understanding of God. Our children do need to learn about what really matters in life: love, compassion, tolerance and respect for all life on this earth. This is obviously lacking in the youth of today. There doesn’t appear to be any value on life, just material things. We as adults need to be their role models. Let’s take God out of the box and allow His or Her love to manifest in all of us.
Great Teachers At P.S. 225
As a former student of P.S. 225Q, I was saddened to hear of the state takeover and restructuring. I think it is terrible the way the teachers of the school are being blamed for the shortcomings of the students.
During my years of learning at P.S. 225, I had the experience of being taught by very dedicated professionals who were always willing to go the extra mile. I always felt that the staff cared very deeply about myself and my fellow students. I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Racer, Mrs. Pollack, Mrs. Moran, Mr. Funtleyder, Mrs. Honan and Mr. Berndt. These are wonderful, dedicated professionals who deserve to be treated as such. I hope that other former students and parents will write on behalf of the wonderful teachers at P.S. 225 so that they may continue to educate the fine children of Rockaway.
A Loving Memory
It has pleased Robert Krinis’ family more than anyone will ever know to see how much he was loved in his beloved Rockaway. To read the letters and know how much he touched people’s lives has made us all honored to be his family. We thank God for granting us the precious time we had with him. We thank God for all of you, for the outpouring of love and affection since his death on April 1st. You help us keep his memory alive!!
A special shout-out to Dominic! I meant for your name to be included in my last letter, I am sorry I didn’t realize I didn’t write it in. Forgive me for it was hard to see good through my tears. Dominic and Robert worked the computers together in the hardware store. Thanks to Dominic we will be keeping the website alive. Visit www.rockawaysurplus.com. We hope to include pictures of Robert there one day and places for people to write what they remember about Robert.
Our love goes out to everyone who knew Robert. He may be in heaven watching over us, but we will keep him alive and with us through our letters and wonderful memories of his life.
Krinis Had Wonderful Qualities
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Robert Krinis, of the Rockaway Hardware Store on Beach 115 Street.
He treated customers so nice. Always ready to help. Never impatient. Had time to wait on a customer – which is impossible to find today when you go to a store. What a wonderful quality to have. May he rest in peace.