2006-03-24 / Letters

Letters

Missing Street Signs

Need To Be Replaced

The following letter was sent to supervisors of the Department of Transportation in Queens.

Dear Sirs,

Please be advised that Department of Transportation signs have been removed from poles at the following locations and that such signs are for No Parking and No Standing.

All missing signs listed below are on the north side of Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Beach. Longer poles should be inserted to prevent tear down of signs and more bolts to prevent rip down:

-Beach77 Street

-Beach85 Street

-Beach89 Street

-Beach90 Street

-Beach97 Street

-Beach103 Street

-Beach104 Street

-Beach105 Street

-Beach106 Street

-Rockaway Beach Boulevard Beach 110 Street North Side

-South Side of Shorefront Parkway- Beach 73 Street and Beach 95 Street

A total of 12 signs.

Obviously, many street signs are missing and require replacement. Most of the signs removed are for "No Standing" and undoubtedly interfere with law enforcement and public safety functions.

Please replace the signs. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

PAUL KOKKINIS

No Equal Time To Theology

To the Editor,

The present discussion about teaching Intelligent Design or Creationism or whichever term one prefers boils down to just one thing: in a biology classroom and that is the teacher must give equal time to theology.

The push to place Creationism in a science class was brought to a head in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of July 1925 in Tennessee. In March of that year a resolution was passed that prohibited the teaching of theories contrary to accepted biblical interpretation of creation. In other words the teaching of evolution was a no-no!

The fact that the term "monkey" was used is an indication that the media at that time, and in the present, coins a word or phrase and it sticks. "Ape" should have been the term used. The same goes for "theory." The non-scientific public has been taught to believe that the Theory of Evolution is just that-a theory, or something that is not proven as fact. Even some biology texts today have a disclaimer-due to religious pressure (faith-based is the term used today, but I prefer to call it like it is)-to the effect that evolution is a theory and not a provable fact.

Scientists use the word theory to mean an observable phenomenon; something that is observed to occur over and over again. Don't we accept Copernicus' theory that the earth revolves around the sun? Copernicus' beliefs led directly to Kepler's laws of planetary motion and Newton's theory of universal gravitation. How about the Atomic Theory? If this theory isn't true, how is it possible to have nuclear energy? Einstein's Theory of Relativity, the theories of light and of electricity; these are observable phenomena. Scientists have observable evidence that the continents are in constant movement partially detected by seismic activity- this is known as the Theory of Continental Drift.

The Theory of Evolution, too, is an observable phenomenon. We see it in the fossil evidence, anatomy, divergence and convergence of characteristics, molecular biology, genetics, and even in the domestication of animals.

When I taught evolution in public school I had some students, over the years, question me about the Bible's verses on the creation. How can evolution be true if the Bible says something different? My stock answer was that I teach science and it is not within my purview to discuss religious beliefs. I suggested that the student take it up with his/her parents or religious advisor. As for me I have no problem reconciling my science beliefs with my religious beliefs. When I taught biology in yeshivas I was asked by the rabbis not to teach evolution and I, of course, refrained from doing so. But there were times that the students would approach the topic. I explained that I can't discuss it. In fact I never even used the term 'evolution,' I jokingly referred to it as the "E word."

Creationism does not belong in a science class. Imagine this: a public school biology teacher teaches evolution and then goes on to discuss Genesis as mandated by the local

board. A student raises his hand and, obviously upset, asks, "Didn't the universe begin as a giant cosmic egg?" Another student says, "No it was the creator who used his sweat to make things." Still another student chimes in, "You're all wrong, creation is eternal, there is no need for a creator." Still another student says, "Creation occurs repeatedly throughout time. It did not occur only once." There are as many beliefs in how the universe and people came about as there are religions so, in our public schools, which religious belief should be taught in opposition to evolution? Should it be mine, yours or another's belief?

STEPHEN YAEGER

Kelly Could Never Be Mayor

Dear Editor,

In the words of Gomer Pyle, USMC: "Well golly shazzam Sergeant!" Apparently, you can fool most of the people, all of the time.

Case in point, the Quinnipiac Poll showing a 70% approval rating for NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. So much for the impression that New Yorkers are an astute and discerning audience.

Obviously, most City residents have yet to experience the brazen corruption and glaring ineptitude of our boys in blew [sic] and have never suffered a false arrest at the hands of New York's Foulest [sic]. Then comes the clandestine, fraudulent and perjury-ridden grand jury indictment by District Attorney Morgenthal and we're on our way to Disney World.

As for the supposed groundswell of support for Mr. Kelly's mayoral candidacy, this former Marine Corps Member and holder of many degrees is incapable of getting his detective squads to locate open, but missing, police reports. How is he going to handle the complexities of life in Fun City?!

It's just not going to happen.

Ever.

RICHARD VENEZIANO

An Accused Cretin Answers

Dear Editor,

As an accused cretin and oil thief (according to Stephen Wohl in the 3/17 issue), I would like to reply to Mr. Wohl's childish and insulting letter.

I have several questions that I am sure some one with Mr. Wohl's grasp of geopolitics, logic and the English language can answer. #1- is democracy different from "democracy"? #2 - Do you really believe, as your opening sentence is written, that "he" (George W. Bush) is expensive in lives and treasure? #3 - Do you realize that in all instances of voting or polling the Iraqi public has expressed a desire for the U. S. forces to remain until the situation has been stabilized. #4- exactly what lie did Bush tell (a lie being a deliberate falsehood)? #5 - Why am I not surprised that some one who is willing to call his fellow citizens cretins and oil thieves can't think or write straight?

BOB ISRAEL

Start Sooner To

Recruit Lifeguards

To the Editor:

I had a laugh-out- loud moment when reading the article about lifeguard recruitment in the March 17th edition of The Wave. It seemed that the Parks was making a big deal that it was starting its recruiting of potential candidates several months late. Though it's been a while since either I or my kids looked for summer employment, I clearly remember that one would try to sew up summer employment before returning to school after Christmas vacation at latest. The Parks efforts are, once again, too little too late.

I do know that years ago the city lifeguard quota was always filled and the job was not coed. I also know that teenagers' attitudes have changed making it difficult to fill the beaches and pools. So, it seems logical to start earlier than in the past, not later. In fact, the training course, which was needed for new people to have a decent chance to be hired, started the first Monday of the New Year. Testing for those with seniority started in April.

It was not surprising to read that Marty Markowitz (Brooklyn Borough President) was at the "kick-off" boosting his borough. He is Brooklyn's biggest cheerleader. It's been curious that Manhattan had a representative; which beach is there? (In fact Manhattan has a lot of pools but is the only borough without a beach.) If Mr. Addabbo wants to claim the mantle of our cheerleader, he has to act such that Parks wouldn't dream of not having him present. He represents the longest publicly patrolled (on occasion) beach in the country and probably the distance.

Hank Iori, et. al. have a good idea (The Wave, 3/17). Hiring weekenders is one way to increase the pool of manpower. I have heard that some have claimed that this practice would be a violation of the current lifeguard contact. Though I cannot speak to this, I can say that the practice was employed at least one summer (~1972 or '73) and provided welcome relief of shortages usually providing very experienced lifeguards. Perhaps if the Commissioner or whoever wants to be our cheerleader would challenge any proscription to weekenders based on the issue of the public health, we could have our beaches covered daily. As for recruiting campaigns, I'm not laughing when I think about how inept and divorced from reality our leaders are.

ERNEST HOROWITZ, M.D

Better Days Ahead For Iraq

Dear Editor,

Regarding Mr. Wohl's letter about the war in Iraq, I guess the Iraqi people were better off with the tyrannical dictator, Saddam Hussein, and his torture chambers and rape rooms and systematic mass murders of the aforementioned Iraqis, than they are now free elections and liberation. There is a light visible at the end of the tunnel and better days ahead for Iraq and its people. Thank God Israel has their first democratic neighbor now in the Middle East besides Israel themselves of course being democratic.

BRIAN O'CONNOR

Addabbo Wrong On EIC

This letter is in response to a press release from City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr., regarding the Earned Income Credit (EIC).

Dear Editor,

In regards to Mr. Addabbo's article urging New York State to up New York City'sEarned Income Credit's (EIC) program,there is no doubt that the EIC'sprogram was enacted to benefit the poor, middle class people, the people with low incomein need of an extra income to get along. The effort of Mr. Addabbo to have the city increase the E.I.C. from 5% to 10% of the federal allotment is laudable; any effort to increase the poor's pockets is commendable. However, I believethere is a big flaw in the EIC's program that should be corrected at once.

As it standsnow, to be eligible for theprogram,the only "guideline" isthe earnedincome,and the number and ages of the children. There is nothing mentioned in the program as to the assets of the recipients with the chances that a good part of that billion and halfdollars of the EIC's program,for the last year, went to people that shouldnothave beenentitledto it.

An individual/coupleowning one or twohouses in our region, worth millions of dollars or any other assets in the millions of dollars, withtwo eligible children and an earned income that falls within the EIC's guideline,could collect:

Federal: $4,400.

State: $1,320.

City: $220.

For awhoppingtotal of $5,940,even though theirassets are in the millions of dollars. And that, I believe,is a sacrilege.

ANGELO GUARINO

Key Food's New Look

Dear Editor,

I have recently re-discovered our local Key Food Store on Rockaway Beach Blvd and Beach 105 Street.

The new manager, George by name, has done remarkable things with this supermarket. It is clean, the floors shine, the shelves are filled and several new features have been added. It is a real pleasure to shop there now!

Rockaway residents have an alternative to Waldbaum's at last!

Thank you George!!

JOAN COOGAN

Anonymity At

The Public Level

Dear Editor,

From time to time we write to our public media friends to thank them for helping us observe our long-standing tradition of anonymity for members of Alcoholics Anonymous.

First, let us express our gratitude to you. From the beginning of AA in 1935, its members have recognized that word-of-mouth is not sufficient by itself to carry the program's message of hope and recovery to the many people still suffering from alcoholism. The public media has been a vital part of this effort, and today we estimate that there are more than two million successfully recovering members of Alcoholics Anonymous in more than 180 countries.

Second, we respectfully request that you continue to cooperate with us in maintaining the anonymity of our members. The principle of anonymity is a basic tenet of our fellowship. Those who are reluctant to seek our help may overcome their fear if they are confident that their anonymity will be respected. In addition, and perhaps less understood, our tradition of anonymity acts as a restraint on our members, reminding us that we are a program of principles, not personalities, and that no individual AA members may presume to act as a spokesman or leader of our fellowship. If an AA member is identified in the media, we ask that you please us first names only (e.g. Bob S. or Alice F.) and that you not use photographs or electronic images in which member's faces may be recognized.

Again, we thank you for your continued cooperation. Those who wish to know more about our fellowship may write or phone, or visit the section "Media Resources" on www.aa.org. Although our fellowship does not comment on matters of public controversy, we are happy to provide background information about AA to anyone who seeks it.

MANAGER, GENERAL SERVICE OFFICE OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

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