2006-03-31 / Letters


Ada Smith Must Go Dear Editor,

  During the past few years, it has become increasingly evident that "Senator" Ada Smith of the 10th Senatorial District is totally out of control. It is unfortunatethis person has been allowedto inflict so much pain (literally) without any disciplinary action taken. She has caused so much grief and embarrassment on the constituents she was elected to represent. The time has come for her colleagues, constituents, and the law to say "enough is enough." Again, no one is above the law.

Someone recently suggested an "anger management" course for her, but I strongly suggest removal from office due to the "many" verbal and physical abuse allegations lodged against her. Though "some" may be "allegations", it does not take a rocket scientist to know not all of the accusations were "allegations." When does this nonsense stop? Will it stop only after she has seriously injured someone, or worse? She is totally out of control, and a liability to the New York Senate and everyone knows it.

The Albany legislators and staff thatare subjected to herfury are to be commended for theirpatience and endurance.There are many Albany legislators (Democrats and Republicans) that are doing excellent jobs in representing their districts, but thelady representing myself, and the many thousands of voters in the 10th Senatorial districthas done absolutely nothing except misrepresent, challenge authority and bringdisgraceto this district and this state. There can be no if's, and's, or but's about it: Ada must go!

It's time to wake up and smell the coffee, before it gets thrown in your face, or worse. This is election year, and you must not electa time-bomb waiting to explode. Do the right thing, andvote forbetter representation for this district. This year, make your vote count.

My decision to campaign against Ada was not an easy one because I've heard of her support system, and her many dirty and relentless campaign tactics against others. Fortunately, I have great faith, and fear no one (except God), nor will I be intimidated by anyone.

This campaign is for and about the people of the 10th Senatorial District of thisstate that have had enough of Ada Smith. This is the "People's Campaign" and will be endorsed by the people to bring back the respect and decency this district rightfully deserves. The peoplewill decide who will represent them: without fear or intimidation. Common sense will prevail, because enough is enough!




'God Bless America' Singer Summered In Rockaway

This letter is in response to the March 24 edition of Beachcomber, where it was asked if singer Kate Smith, whose rendition of "God Bless America" brought her fame, resided in Rockaway during the summer months.

Dear Editor,

My cousin had a friend, Kay Dolly. She lived in a big house right on the boardwalk and Beach 112 Street. Kate Smith, a good friend of the Dolly Family, spent a lot of time during the summers in their home. Often, her manager would join her. It must have been in the late 1930's. I always thought "God Bless America" should have been our National Anthem.

I remember the drawing of a wave as the paper's heading. It was great. I miss it.


More Stops Means

Longer Commute

Dear Editor,

Being a daily commuter on the Q53 from Broad Channel to Woodside, I would like to voice my concern over the changes that are going to affect this service beginning April 9.

I welcome additional stops (especially in Howard Beach); however, I do not welcome an additional 20 minutes (or more) being added to the commute. I don't understand why it appears to be only the Rockaway residents who have more time added to their commute rather than improved service, i.e., the change in the A train years ago which eliminated a direct route to the Rockaway Park area, forcing commuters to wait at Board Channel for a shuttle train. And now changing the bus schedule once again is making the commute longer.

I was looking forward to MTA taking over the Triboro line. However, after experiencing buses still not showing up, passing by passengers in Broad Channel because of overcrowding, it doesn't appear that the "lack of service" is being addressed. Do you realize that when a scheduled bus doesn't show up or passes by passengers in Broad Channel, the waiting time is then extended from 40 minutes to an hour depending on the time of day? I doubt that any other area that MTA services has commuters waiting that length of time for transportation.

I urge the MTA to consider adding MORE buses to our route during the rush hour, late evenings and weekends. The present evening schedule has buses departing from 61st and Roosevelt 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.- waiting an hour for a bus in the dark is not only an inconvenience, it is dangerous. There should also be buses after 10:00 p.m. -the last bus to depart from Woodside- and people from the Rockaway area are unable to go to the theatre, events at Madison Square Garden, etc. Perhaps the MTA is of the opinion we spend all our time on the beach! Unfortunately, we cannot, due to Parks Department enforcing curfew hours! I'm sure many residents would like to spend their evenings in other areas (especially Manhattan), but we cannot due to the Q53 schedule.

Would they also consider adding earlier express buses to the two QM17s and one QM16, as commuters who have to be in work by 8:00 a.m. are unable to use these buses because the service starts too late. Perhaps some of those many empty Q15s that are garaged in the Rockaways and come through Broad Channel between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. empty could make a few stops in Rockaway and Broad Channel instead of heading straight for Howard Beach.

I'm always amazed how Triboro manages to put more buses on this route during the "beach season" but not for regular service, making it worse for the DAILY Q53 commuters.

I also believe that the bus stops in Broad Channel require bus shelters, but I will address that in a separate letter.


Why Is USPS Service

So Bad?

Dear Editor,

I'm writing in an attempt to voice my utter disgust on how our local Post Office on Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway operates.

First of all, the lengthy lines in the lobby are nothing new and apparently nothing can be done about that since there's usually only one to two windows open at a time and I'm told that's all the staff this branch is allocated, and there's never any postal supplies left on the counters to be completed prior to standing in those long lines.

Secondly, the mailbox directly in front of the USPS building is broken and does not allow one to drop their mail off from the sidewalk access; only the roadway slot is open and that's been that way for months!!!

But, my real reason for writing is because I place mail orders on a monthly basis and for the last several months, at least four months that I can recall, I have to go to this branch and attempt to retrieve my package myself. I don't wait in those long lines because I have no delivery receipt to present at the window, since they are never left at my home!!!!

The only way I know there is a package for me to pick up is by calling the company I order from to see what's the status of delivery and they inform me of my USPS delivery confirmation number and even tell me that delivery was attempted at my home on a certain date. My last package was supposedly attempted to be delivered to my home on 3/20/06 at 7:23 p.m., and I was home, but no one rang my bell and the postal worker left no delivery receipt.

Today, I again went to the branch and spoke to a woman who was acting supervisor who I have spoken to on the prior three occasions. She said she'll look into this situation but couldn't recall the outcome of my prior three inquiries. She stated that my packages are supposed to be delivered by overtime personnel working my route after 4 p.m., and she doesn't know why I keep having to come to the branch to retrieve my parcels. She also stated overtime is given out randomly and it's probably not the same person working overtime on my route every month, so she doesn't understand why I keep having the same problem.

Well, if she has no answers, what am I supposed to do?????

I also questioned why if I didn't receive the first notice, and why I haven't received a second or final notice since it was now five days later, to which she told me second notices aren't left until 10 days past initial delivery dates????

I also questioned this postal supervisor as to why soooooooooooo many evenings our regular mail isn't being delivered until after 6 p.m., and she stated they are trying to get our regular mail carriers to return back to their routes, but in the meantime, overtime personnel are delivering our mail after 4 p.m.??

I know I can't change the system, but I can vent my opinions and question where the money is going when the USPS raises their prices for stamps, etc. because obviously, the money isn't going to providing better service!!!!!!

At this point, I'm at a loss.


Food Pantry Worries

About People, Not Tax Cuts

Dear Editor,

The price of the President's combined tax cuts for the wealthy and spending cuts for low and middle income Americans is now becoming clear, with 1.2 million New Yorkers living in food-insecure households. The women and men who serve them at food pantries and soup kitchens are already unable to meet the demand. President Bush has proposed budget cuts that will make it even more difficult for hungry people to get the services that they need, denying over $1.8 million dollars in federal aid to almost 35,000 people in our very own state. These are parents, children, brothers and sisters. Are we willing to trade them for a tax cut?

At our food pantry, the line is around the corner. Each week, more and more people are joining the food line here at our site, the Holy Ghost Upper Room Filling Station Ministry, Inc., 146-17 133 Avenue in Jamaica, New York. We are the only food pantry in this community . We are serving people that come from five or six different areas of Queens, Far Rockaway and Brooklyn. We are near the hotel that houses the Katrina victims and other shelter housing. Some food distributors such as City Harvest cannot help us due to their decline in funding. Please voice these concerns in your paper. People start forming a line at our site as early as 7 a.m. You are welcome to come out any Saturday morning between the hours of 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. to see the people that are in need of what we can give. We feel Queens is not getting one-half that the other boroughs get. We are a small congregation and each week we spend what we receive in donations back into food purchases. We are doing what the Bible says in Matthew 25:35, "When I was hungry, you fed me." We are in need of a food storage unit, because the wind blew ours down. We feel that food is more important at this time so we would rather take our donations and feed the people.


Lew Also Helped

Dear Editor,

We recently placed a full page thank you ad for the St. Camillus Card Party. Unfortunately, we left a very important name out of the thank you. St. Camillus Home School Association is very appreciative of Lew Simon and all his volunteering efforts on our school's behalf.

Lew is always quick to call and ask if he can help. Of course, anyone who knows Lew knows he is an expert selling raffles. Thanks again Lew Simon.




Brown's Hardware

Has Exceptional Service

Dear Editor,

I would like to single out one of the most dependable, virtuous businesses on Beach 116 Street, Brown's Hardware. I have been a customer of Brown's Hardware since 1964, when Joe and Nancy Hanna were the owners of the store. At present, Liz, the daughter of Joe and Nancy, operates the store. Joe would have been real proud of the job Liz is doing. Nancy Hanna is still working in the store.

I have never seen a business operating with employees that go way beyond their call of duty in order to satisfy the customer. The staff at Brown's Hardware is exceptional, as is the manner in which they treat their customers. They are patient, knowledgeable, respectful, and will go out of their way in an attempt to please you. The cashiers, Cathy, Melissa and Nancy, are very helpful and guide you in the right direction if you ask them for information.

There are two exceptional women, namely Nonni and Sissy, who are mother and daughter, and are just amazing in their passion for their job. I recently wanted to antique a desk in my home, and I went for the assistance of Sissy. She was so concerned with my project, she mixed the contents into a bottle, sold all the necessary materials I needed to complete the project and went step by step in how I would finish the project. She told me to call her if I had any questions.

It is a pleasure doing business with Brown's Hardware.


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