2005-08-12 / Letters

Letters

Little League MVP

Dear Editor,

The Rockaway Little League named its first league-wide Most Valuable Player this year but the choice wasn’t easy.

I met Marty Andresen on several occasions over the season and he always had those faraway eyes, but I just assumed he was thinking about turning in his royal blue and orange uniform once and for all the winning NY team’s navy blue and white uniform.

I was ready to welcome him to the winning side when he told me that wasn’t the reason but he was trying to come up with the right qualities for a league MVP. He said there are many kids that can hit the ball over the fence or strike any number of batters out or make diving catches in the field but those aren’t the qualities I’m looking for. I wished him luck on his decision.

When I met him a few days later wearing a big smile on his face he told me he had figured out the right qualities for a league MVP. The quality he was looking for was leadership and the player that most exhibited leadership in the league was Chris McCabe. I know this because I helped coach the team that Chris McCabe played on this year and for the benefit of the readers who don’t know him he is the boy with the biggest heart and the biggest will to play even though he is confined to a wheelchair.

When Chris comes into the dugout he doesn’t go down to the end of the bench out of the way, he sits right next to the dugout opening where every player and coach has to climb around his wheelchair to get in and out. But no one ever asks him to move out of the way because that’s his spot. That’s leadership.

Whenever Chris comes up to bat there is such community spirit that players and parents from both teams root him on to get a hit regardless of the score. That’s leadership. If there is a game where we are losing and the players and coaches begin to feel sorry for themselves Chris doesn’t allow it saying there’s always time to catch up. That’s leadership. Hitting home runs, striking batters out and making diving catches are the things that can be taught but leadership is a special quality that some people just have and Chris is one of those people making him the unanimous choice this year for league MVP.

TOM BOGGIANO

Sanders Is The Man

Dear Editor:

One of the greatest intellectual, religious, spiritual and political minds of the Twentieth Century has spoken very loud and clear in his endorsement of James Sanders for re-election to the City Council.

One of my favorite quotes is Einstein’s “Visionary thinkers will always receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Well, the logical extension of this thought is “Like minds recognize like minds” and “Visionary thinkers support visionary thinkers.” Given the time, opportunity and support—James Sanders will undoubtedly be as productive, successful and legendary as Floyd Flake. I truly believe this. James Sanders has a great mind and a lion’s heart.

The Reverend Floyd Flake’s accomplishments while Congressman far supersede most of the then and now Queens county party leaders that were “leading” while he was in office as well as those who continue(d) to “lead” after he retired from political service. The Honorable Floyd Flake’s accomplishments have etched his name in the annals of “great American political theorists to study and emulate” whether within the corridors of universities, colleges, political organizations and especially in, if they were serious about truly being productive, political party clubs e.g. Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club or the Queens County Democratic Club. Is there anyone who would dispute this? And if so, surely it’s not based on his (Flake’s) productivity and success.

Okay then. The man (and I do mean the maaannn!) has endorsed James Sanders for re-election. What else needs to be said? Wasn’t Reverend Flake the same one who, for the most part, singly “knighted” the current, renown powerful Congressman as heir to his Congressional throne when he (Flake) vacated it several years ago? Then, as far as I am concerned, Reverend Flake’s word is still trustworthy.

If it’s about vision, intelligence, productivity, progress and success then follow Flake’s endorsement. If it’s about working towards some semblance of cohesion, community, and collective wholeness—don’t only vote James Sanders back into office but support him once he’s in there.

If it’s about mediocrity, the same ole tired ass, petty politics and crabs at the bottom of the barrel— pulling each other down and at the end of the day, none of the crabs have anything but bumps, scars and bruises and sad, reluctant memories of “back in the day”—then don’t vote for James Sanders.

It’s a new day. We need to do the right thing—the wise thing—for the right reasons because we might not have this opportunity again. We can’t blow it by chasing ghost dreams.

TIMOTHY AARON-STYLES

‘Newcomers’ And Overcrowding

Dear Editor,

I found the Wave’s “Newcomers Guide” very interesting. It was like every merchant had an ad in it. They are probably the only ones who think they will benefit from the new housing all over Rockaway. There are many old time residents who look at the building boom as destroying our Rockaway way of life.

Rockaway was a quiet, laid-back beach community with spectacular views of the ocean and the bay. We were allowed to enjoy our way of life. Our views have been taken away by the likes of Duane Reade and the Ocean Grande. We used to have a restaurant, The Beach Club, where you could sit, eat and drink and look at and enjoy our beautiful ocean setting—that is gone now. You could always find a parking space—not anymore. Soon Rockaway will have both traffic and parking gridlock.

Our quality of life is being destroyed by the greedy developers. Rockaway cannot hold all the people that are coming and that the greedy developers are bringing.

My wife unfortunately had to go to St. John’s Hospital at the end of May. On a Monday morning the Emergency room was a zoo. There were patients all over the place. Patients were in the Emergency room for three to four days waiting for beds in the hospital—but there were no beds available. Three to four people were jammed into rooms that were made for two patients—they had no privacy. When my wife left three families were arguing over who would get her bed.

I asked some staff members why this was going on and was told the overcrowding was because of all the “newcomers” moving in and the hospital did not have the facilities to handle all the new people. Peninsula Hospital is most likely the same.

Where are the “newcomers” children going to go to school? Our schools are overcrowded now. This will completely ruin public education for families who have been in Rockaway for many years. No new schools are being built.

Doctor’s offices are overcrowded now. In the future you won’t be able to get appointments and it will take days to get medical care, and you will wait in doctor’s offices for countless hours before you are seen.

The trains in and out of Rockaway will be so crowded they will be like cattle cars, as the MTA will not put more trains on. The buses will be the same situation.

What’s going to happen when people find that there is no more room, parking, school space, hospital beds, doctor’s appointments and every facility is that people will stop coming to Rockaway.

What’s going to happen to all the “newcomers” who have bought two and three family houses and were told by the greedy developers and real estate salespeople that their rental apartments will pay their mortgage, when this doesn’t happen because there will be a glut of apartments which people will not be able to afford. (Remember, there are no jobs in Rockaway except low paying ones, and our transportation system will be completely overused and overcrowded.)

What will happen is that the banks will foreclose on these houses and the banks and developers will start to offer these apartments to the city for section 8 housing. This is starting to happen already. The city and Manhattan will be able to solve their homeless and shelter problems by shipping all these people to Rockaway like they did when they built the projects.

Unless something is done now to stop this over-development, in a few more years Rockaway will be a disaster area. Our Rockaway way of life will be gone forever.

And the merchants who are now clapping their hands in glee will be wringing their hands in sorrow. This is the reality.

BERNIE FEUER

Local Parking

Dear Editor,

A few thoughts on your specious little editorial about parking restrictions. You begin by quoting the Wave’s own editorial 20 years ago, describing in detail a quality of life to which no New Yorker wants to return. However, in just a few more sentences you describe the parking restrictions in the west end as blatantly ridiculous in terms of safety. Since the end of the Dinkins administration there has been powerful evidence and positive practical results in the association of quality of life issues with crime and safety. This has apparently escaped you. Then you go on to say that the parking restrictions should be made more “reasonable” so that the Federal Government does not punish us or “do it for us.” I would urge my elected officials and editorial writers to strenuously remind the Federal Government that its primary purpose is national security. Their job is to protect us from foreign invaders, not set local parking regulations. Finally, your suggestion that most locals would find a $100 or $200 summer fee for parking reasonable is just wrong. They would consider it another unfair tax, added to the most highly taxed people in the nation.

GERARD WALKER

Missed The Boat

Dear Editor:

I Think You Missed The Boat!!!

I am quite disappointed at The Wave’s coverage of the Wounded Warrior Project sponsored by the Graybeards.  I was saddened to see that “Rockaway’s Newspaper since 1893” gave so little press to what I consider one of the best things that Rockaway has been involved in during the 10+ years that I am living here.  The neighborhood rallied and banded together after the terror attacks of September 11 and the crash of Flight 587.  I am proud of that.  However, when 23 of our young wounded veterans of the Iraq war get 3 1/2 days to partake in events that they would not otherwise get the chance to do, I think that it deserves the proper acknowledgement from “our” paper. 

I was fortunate to have one of the soldiers stay with my family during the event.  New friendships and great memories aside, I am embarrassed to send him the copy of The Wave that I promised him.  While he was here, he saw an issue of the paper, and I told him to look forward to the next copy because there would be extensive reporting of the events...or so I thought. 

Although the events were reported on a whole page the following week, more than 3/4 of the page had photos (without captions) with a minimal amount of text.  If you were to compare this amount of coverage to the tremendous impact of this weekend on the soldiers, their families, the numerous volunteers, and the host families, you too would be embarrassed.  I don’t know how or why this happened.  

Regardless of your position as to whether or not we belong in Iraq now or in the future is irrelevant.  These soldiers deserve our respect and more from The Wave.  Spotlighting some of the soldiers’ stories of their lives and their time in combat would have been compelling to almost every one of your readers.  Documenting how happy the soldiers were to be given such a wonderful opportunity to come here and enjoy the water skiing and jet skiing would have made for an interesting read as well. 

I hope that when some of our “old” soldier friends return with “new” soldier friends for future events such as these, they get the proper recognition in the press from The Wave.

MARIE M. MORIARTY

 

Grounds For Dismissal

Dear Editor;

On Monday, although many Senators of both parties, as well as the American people, showed opposition to the nominee, President Bush appointed John Bolton as UN Ambassador.  By using the unusual “recess appointment” while Congress is away over the month of August, the White House effectively thumbed its nose at the Senate, bypassing its Constitutional charge to “advise and consent” on such a nomination.  The recess appointment provision was created in the Constitution to get over crises during the absence of Congress, not a gimmick for a president to get his own way.

But, we shouldn’t just enjoy the summer in Rockaway. We must protest this foolish decision to recess appoint John Bolton. Make noise about it.

Over the past few months, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held hearings to determine whether or not John Bolton was fit to serve as UN Ambassador.  In addition to learning from Bolton’s subordinates that he bullied analysts in an effort to contort intelligence to his own ends, the Senate’s request for critical documents to shed light on his activities at the State Department has been stonewalled. We are losing the balance of power that is the genius of the American system.

As a result, the Foreign Relations Committee, controlled by honorable

Republicans, failed to grant Bolton a favorable recommendation.  And the

Senate refused to confirm him as well, with both Republicans and Democrats working to stop this terrible nomination from going forward.

As if this weren’t already enough, just this past week the State Department admitted that John Bolton did not tell the truth on a statement which he swore to the Senate was truthful — an effort to hide the fact that Bolton himself had been questioned by the Inspector General about the false claim made by President Bush that Iraq tried to buy yellow cake uranium from Niger.

Lying to Congress shouldn’t be a reason to promote someone — it should be grounds for dismissal.

Sending an individual as controversial as John Bolton to be our representative to the world will only undermine our efforts to win friends

and allies at this critical time.  Surely we can do better than John Bolton.

FRANK GERACE

Attribution For Pictures

Dear Editor;

In your June 17, 2005, issue, you printed a wonderful pictorial of the 100-year history of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

One very important thing I failed to include in that article was an attribution to the Archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, New York.

The majority of the photographs in the article came from the Sisters’ Archives. The Archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph are a treasure trove of their history of good works, among them the founding of St. Joseph’s Hospital, now named St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, in 1905, Rockaway’s first hospital. They have been very generous in allowing St. John’s to use these photographs to celebrate its Centennial. Many thanks to them for the opportunity to retrieve a rich history of health care and caring in the Rockaways.

PENNY CHIN

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC

RELATIONS

SJEH

Thanks To Peninsula Hospital Doctor

Dear Editor,

I just want to applaud District Leader Simon’s column (July 29, 2005 issue of the Wave). Not only is it an informative piece, but it acknowledges the outstanding medical care given to patients by Dr. Frieda Lozenoff in the Emergency Room of Peninsula Hospital.

I believe I speak for so many friends, neighbors and colleagues who have been the recipients of the conscientious and hard work of Dr. Frieda. In my association with her during my mother’s TIA seizures I found her to be painstaking in diagnosing the problem, and untiring with her remediation and recovery efforts. Indeed, my family and I were impressed with Dr. Frieda’s keen grasp of the problems of the elderly.

Special thanks to Dr. Lozenoff—long may she continue to serve the “emergency” medical needs of the Rockaway Community so responsibly. To Lew Simon, I compliment you for once again “giving credit where credit is due.”

DR. EILEEN M. MCCABE

2012 Olympic Disappointments

Dear Editor,

Everything was going so well, we were about to get the 2012 Olympics, until “Do Nothing” Senator Hillary Clinton stepped in, then we lost it.

As everybody knows what Hillary touches she trashes. On the other hand we are lucky because we won’t have to put up with the obnoxious arrogant French tourists polluting New York’s environment.

DAVID DOBLACK

Sand Castle Contest

A Success

Dear Editor,

West End Realty’s Tenth Annual Sand Castle Contest was a huge success. At this time I would like to say thank you to my friends who helped to make this day another great day in Rockaway.

Everyone was a winner; every contestant spent the day at the beach with his or her family and/or friends. The sun was out, the weather was perfect. To top that, each of the contestants received a beach bag, hats, sunglasses, medallions, beads, bracelets, dolphin necklaces, beach towels, and beach balls, all compliments of West End Realty.

My list of thank yous start with: Councilman Joseph Addabbo, who helped to ascertain the permit so we could hold the contest on the beach at 116 Street. Then there is Mr. James Cafaro, the Park and Recreation Manager of Queens, who had his staff and equipment out on the beach cleaning it in order to make it safe for the children and adults to dig. The weekend Commissioner came to see the event and said it was his first and wanted to know if I wanted to do an ice-sculpturing event in the winter.

Thomas Catanese of Tommy Two Brothers, who had his crew putting out stakes in the sand marking the 50 plus 10 foot by 10-foot cubes for the contestants, as well as the walkways for the contestants and viewers to walk.

Jate Doremus, for his time and efforts, and who makes the classification markers. Each contestant gets a marker so the judges know what category they are in. Plus, he helps at the registration table along with Jane Bernard, Associate Broker of West End Realty.

I would like to thank the businesses that give year after year. Steve and Kenny Good supplied the table, chairs and tent as well as water and lemonade during the entire event. They are truly the “Good” brothers. Again this year as well as in the past Peter from Rogoff’s supplied boogie boards and shovel sets.

No contest is complete without having food as one of the prizes. Carvel gave out coupons to each contestant to buy one, get one free. Ciro’s Pizza on Beach 116 Street (Sal and Maria) donated pizza pies. Jerry Perich and Frankie Walker gave gift certificates towards lunch or dinner at their beautiful restaurant, the Irish Circle.

Advertising-I would like to thank my friends at the Wave and Rockaway Point News for being at the event as well as giving it the coverage. Lenny Kohn from Rockaway Graphics helps to promote me in all my endeavors, and he even created a banner so that the beachgoers would know how to join in on the fun.

Thanks to some of my staff: Jane Bernard, Leslie Mahoney and Lu Ann Zipp for their support in assisting me, while Gary Gliboff was too busy with his son Jonathan having a great time making the sand sculpture “Shark Attack”.

I would like to say thank you to the judges; it was not an easy task as they found out. They were: Noel Bush, Sandy Doremus, Pat, Noreen Schramm, Stacey Rollman, Carl, Owen Baxter (with his wife, Beverly), Paul Garcia, Tighe Leavel and last but not least Jo Ann Shapiro (and her husband Tony). I would also like to say thank you to each and every contestant, for without you there would not be a Sand Castle Contest.

The one person who had to put up with me during the long hours before the event, during the event and for the time after the event (as I always say he is the wind beneath my wings, for I could not do as much for my Rockaway if he did not make my dinner, do the dishes, laundry, yes he walks in my shadow and lets me shine)—Thank you Dennis, I love you.

BARBARA MORRIS (WEST END REALTY)

Hassled Biker Frustrated With Options

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this letter to express my concern towards those who choose to ride their bikes around Rockaway. Being that we are a beach community, I would assume that some respect or care would be given to those who choose to ride these two-wheeled vehicles, alas, there is not.

It seems every time I hop on my bike, passersby have something to say about where I’m riding. “Ride on the street!” I hear as I ride on the sidewalk-and when I listen to them and move into the dangerous street, cars speeding along make sure to offer up some honks for good measure. This problem seems to be worse uptown, in Belle Harbor and Neponsit, where the drivers pollute the streets with their offensive, battleground SUV’s, and seem bent to get me off the roads. With pedestrians harassing me on the sidewalk, and drivers doing the same to me on the street, I’m left without many options of where I can ride my beach cruiser when I need to go somewhere.

I’d suggest the obvious (and practical) bike lane, but with dividers built purely for aesthetics now taking up even more of Rockaway Beach Boulevard, there would be no room for cars (especially not those SUV’s). All I’m suggesting is that those not on bikes-the pedestrians and drivers alike-show more compassion and respect towards those on bikes. I understand you probably have places to go, but so do we, and moving to the side of the sidewalk for a few seconds to let us pass isn’t going to put that big of a dent into your plans.

JAMIE DARRIGAN

‘Night Out Against Crime’

A Success

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the 100 Precinct Community Council, I’d like to extend our thanks to the Rockaway and Broad Channel communities for coming out to celebrate “National Night Out Against Crime.” From all indications the evening’s event was a great success, this owing to the many people that helped in making it possible, particularly Steve and Kenny Good and the staffs of both the Beach Club and the Sunset Diner. I must personally thank Kenny Good, for without him and the use of his vehicle the fireworks display would not have happened. Also many thanks to Jim Cafaro of the NYC Parks and Recreation Dept. and his crew, including the PEP officers for cleaning and securing the beach. Their many hours of hard work are greatly appreciated.

Thanks also go out to; DJ John and Indaculture for providing the evening’s musical entertainment; To all the performers for donating their time and talents for our enjoyment; To all the men and women of the 100 Precinct, their auxiliaries and the explorers, thank you for all you do for the community everyday of the year; To all the other police personnel on hand that did a fine job; To the members of the NYFD and EMS for being there to ensure our safety. A big thanks goes out to Brown’s Hardware for donating a number of giveaway items; to Lenny Kohn and Rockaway Graphics for all the council’s printing needs; to all the elected officials and their representatives for taking the time out of their busy schedules to join us.

I, of course, cannot forget the Board Members of the Community Council—Nancy Woods, Terri Harris, Andrea Mangone, Liz Sulik, Joe Young, Danny Ruscillo and Jerry Rashkis, for all the time and effort they devote to the council. And most especially to my wife Sandee for all her patience and hard work on behalf of the council.

The Community Council must also extend its thanks to all the businesses and individuals that support us through their ads in our journal and in so many other ways. Please shop and utilize the services of those displaying our stickers. They support us so please support them.

HOWARD (JATE) DOREMUS

PRESIDENT OF 100 PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Traffic Lights Needed On Shore Front

Dear Editor,

We applaud Councilman Joseph Addabbo, in office in Rockaway Beach. Two years ago Mike and Sandy, two staff members that work for Councilman Addabbo, started writing to the DOT for traffic lights on the east side of Shore Front Parkway, only to be rejected constantly. They never gave up and realized the desperate need for safety, and cared enough to listen with concern, and continued to write. Maybe the DOT will respect our lives for once and finally make the east side a safe place to live.

Thank you Mike and Sandy. The credit goes to you both, and you have our full support in regards to this critical situation. If the DOT would have respected your letters and did the job they should have done, our children would be safe, and a fatal accident would not have happened.

BEE CURCIO

SHARON MCGOVERN

PEP Waste

The following letter was sent by a Rockaway resident to Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

I am writing to you not just in your capacity as mayor, but as someone who prides himself as being a world-class corporate manager, not as a politician, but rather as a hard-nosed businessman. It is time to fire the senior managers in the Parks Department. I suggest this with sincerity and will now elicit my reasons.

Two weeks ago on a Sunday I was traveling the length of the Rockaway boardwalk when I noticed something disconcerting. Although many of the lifeguard chairs were unmanned and flew red flags, there seemed to be a preponderance of Parks Enforcement Police. In 100 blocks of travel I noticed no less than 8 pairs on the beach, each with a dune vehicle and 5 pairs sitting on the boardwalk under umbrellas.

It occurred to me during my travels that I observed 26 employees and 8 vehicles! Curious as I was, and with much time to spare, I further observed that their sole job appeared to be clearing people from the water in the lifeguard free areas. They also chased away every fisherman I saw in that 100 block area.

Several days later a young man was caught in a rip tide and swept out in the ocean, supposedly from a lifeguard-manned beach, but into an adjacent area sans lifeguard.  Sadly, he died.

It occurred to me at that point that the senior management of the parks department has some serious explaining to do. They can’t seem to hire enough lifeguards, yet have the funds to hire plenty of parks enforcement police officers to chase people off the beach? How many lifeguards could have been hired for each 2-person unit with accompanying beach buggy? Do these people work for free? What do these buggies cost? If need be can these people swim? Can they save swimmers in distress? Who assesses their effectiveness? Have funds been misallocated? What kind of parks department mandate encourages clearing ocean beaches rather than utilizing them?  Would you allow assets at Bloomberg news to be misallocated and thrown out? I think not!

Were this the only disturbing item, the letter would end here; yet it is not. A few months ago a parks department manager wrote to this very paper explaining why the beach is leveled on a regular basis, yes, why the dunes are flattened. I read with disbelief a letter so replete with incorrect statements and mindless incongruities, so puzzling  that I kept looking back at the signature to confirm it really was a manager and not a hoax. To say that dunes contribute to sand on the streets and that the beach is essentially healthier in a flat condition flies in the face of every single maritime and littoral study over the past 75 years. All over the United States dunes are nurtured, nourished and treasured. Only in Rockaway are they regularly eliminated.

We have seen more hurricanes on the mainland recently than I care to be reminded of. What will this woman say to us should this be the year of the hurricane that washes the ocean down our streets? What of her flat-beach-is-good idea then? Will you as her senior level manager accept responsibility for this negligent policy and reimburse Rockawayites for the inevitable property damage? How many lawyers will sue the city on the issue of negligence? Can you hear it? “Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, they actually bulldozed the protective dunes.

I know you appointed these people and I understand your likely reluctance to do the harsh thing, but I also know from many of your corporate employees that you do not tolerate incompetence.  Please, please don’t tolerate it in government if you don’t in industry.

IRA FELDMAN

Roxbury V.F.W. Post Welcomes New Members

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you on behalf of V.F.W. Post 8540 stationed in Roxbury, New York.

We are a group of mostly World War II veterans with a few Korean War veterans and some Vietnam vets. Our commander is a retired Major General that served in Iraq. He has three sons, all serving in Iraq. They are Major Steven Ryan, Captain David Ryan and Captain Andrew Ryan. Needless to say, we at the VFW are all proud of them and pray for their safe return after the fighting over there.

Our post contributes annually to the V.A. hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens that serve many disabled veterans. We also contribute funds to the veterans’ children’s home in the Midwest.

In April of each year we sell poppies made by the disabled veterans and sell chance books to raise funds for various charities.

If anyone is interested in joining our organization, we would welcome you with open arms. We meet the first Thursday of each month at the Roxbury firehouse.

WALTER E. BRADY

CAFTA Support For Representative Meeks

Dear Editor,

On behalf of Sugar Land, Texas-based Imperial Sugar Company, I want to express great appreciation for the leadership and vision of Representative Gregory Meeks of the 6 District of New York regarding the recent passage of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Imperial Sugar supported CAFTA because we understood that CAFTA increased our ability to import sugar from the CAFTA countries which enhanced our own sugar refining productivity, competitiveness and employment here in the U.S. while simultaneously creating more jobs and economic opportunity in the sugar growing sector of the CAFTA countries.

Congressman Meeks understood these favorable dynamics applied far more broadly than just to the sugar trade. His support of the DR-CAFTA reflected his correct assessment that the treaty offered substantial mutual benefits to our country, his Queens district and our Central American neighbors on a broad range of commerce. The increased trade under the treaty will aid our own economy and will build stronger economies and democracies in the CAFTA countries. These benefits accrue to all sectors of the U.S. economy, including the local employment and economy of Queens.

Representative Meeks should be applauded rather than subject to the reckless, baseless attacks generated by groups from outside his district with their own political agendas which are clearly at odds with the Congressman’s own judicious and well-informed analysis of what is in the best interests of his Queens constituents and the nation.

Congressman Meeks, enacting DR-CAFTA was the right thing to do, and the people of Queens should thank you for a job well done!

ROBERT A. PEISER

Give Councilman Sanders

A Break!

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to your letter about our Councilman James Sanders Jr. He has taken a neglected district and is turning it around. These are some of the things he has accomplished; he has secured and gave up to $30,000,000 to schools; secured and gave up to $9,000,000 to parks; secured and gave $650,000 to youth programs, secured and gave up to $550,000 to senior centers.

He also got $100,000,000 from lease of JFK to improve the surrounding area, 200 units of affordable housing from the New Arverne-By-the-Sea Mega Project, prime sponsor and passed the anti-gun violence legislation “The Bullet Bill.”

The list of what is being and will continue to be accomplished will go on. His staff is caring and accessible and will respond to situations. So the person who wrote the last letter in your paper needs to get informed about our Councilman.

This is why our community is going to re-elect James Sanders Jr!

CARL E. QUERRARD JR.

Concern Over Iraq War And President’s Intentions

Dear Editor,

This is to inform you that our great country is going down the drain, due to the actions of the President of the United States. He has caused many young persons to die in Iraq; he has lied to the American people when we ask questions. Why is he not bringing home our troops? Why does he seek to only care about oil and politics and not care about the hurt he is causing to American families?

We hope and pray that down the road that there will not be another Bush in the White House. This administration has caused so much heartache to all Americans. In history it will be known as Bush’s War, and that this President will go down in history as a killer of Americans.

For most of my life I have been an Independent voter, but I have voted for the Republican party, but after seeing what Bush has done to our country, and what Bloomberg and Pataki have done to our state, I am getting away from this so-called party of the people, and I feel that anyone who votes on the Republican line are very stupid people.

With the Republicans in control in Washington, this whole country is on the verge of going to pot. We do not need people in the White House who only seek to cause problems for the people. I feel that the President and the Vice President of the United States must get out of office, and let the citizens of the United States run the country.

I call out to all good citizens of the United States to start a movement to force the President into bringing back our troops. Too many of our young people are getting killed for the war that Bush started and is not needed. He should be ashamed of himself. How can he sleep at night knowing full well that he is in the wrong? Get the troops out of Iraq at once.

JAKE R. GOLDSTEIN

Fix The Republican Party

Dear Editor,

I started working with both the Conservative and Republican parties in 1968. I was elected Conservative Party District Leader in 1972, served as District Leader until 1984, and was the Republican and Conservative Parties candidature for Congress in 1978. I started the Gateway Republican Club in 1990, which lasted eleven years.

What is wrong with the Republican Party right now are three persons; Ariola, O’Hare and Maltese. I am asking all Republicans in the 23 AD to elect Eric Ulrich and Rosemary Duffy for District Leader.

KENNETH HUHN

A Response To ‘Kind Word For the Dead’

Dear Editor,

John Baxter, you are a good man. You and a few other people were kind to John Trainor. He had a sad life. His parents raised him right, but when he was an adult he didn’t always do the right thing.

Like you said John, when drink gets the better of a person, we need places and people to help. Maybe we can get a facility for people to go to where they can be put not on a voluntary basis, because they would not stay for alcoholism. We should all work at this.

KAREN KELLY

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