2006-12-29 / Letters


Welcome To New Neighbors Dear Editor,

Welcome to our new neighbors on the Rockaway peninsula. I hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions for ’07 is to get involved in a civic/home/resident association. You can make a difference in improving the quality of life in Rockaway, the hidden jewel of New York City. Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas!


‘The War

On Christmas’ Over

Dear Editor,

Wal-Mart, and others, will now say “Merry Christmas.” Hurrah. A Victory. The “War on Christmas” is over.

On the other hand, the pursuit of a war not because it was needed but because it was desired, the robust embrace of torture,  the vigorous denial of justice and disregard for  law, the ascendancy of arrogance and disdain for the rest of the world, the prostitution of the planet, which was the creation of God’s own hands, the enrichment of the wealthy at the great expense of the poor, the celebration of ignorance all show no signs of slowing down. 

The ‘War on Christmas’ may have been ‘won.’ But the war on Jesus and his teachings is alive and well and continues on.


A Car Can Be

A Deadly Weapon

Dear Editor,

You may have to surrender your “Press Card,” because you are one of the very people (“media members”) who has taken the time to explain to the public that a Police Officer is allowed to defend himself or a private citizen when the operator of a motor vehicle decides to use the car as a 3,000 pound deadly weapon. When said operator decides to run a cop or a private citizen down with his car, that vehicle becomes a “deadly weapon.”


Telling It Like It Is

Dear Editor,

There are persons who may consider your commentary racist, but you speak the truth.

Reverend Al and Malcolm Smith only attend and incite the populace for their own agenda. Rev. Al gets paid for his attendance by donations, and Floyd does it to get reelected.

Neither of them gives a hoot about the high murder rate in the 101 precinct, they only march where it suits them.

You call a spade a spade. It’s time someone did.

Black perps that rob at gunpoint, or mug whites, either pistol whip or beat the victim for no reason other than they are white. But it’s never classed as a hate crime, (Which it is) It seems that hate crimes can only occur against blacks.

White victims have to be content with the apprehended perps that have beaten them, only being charged with robbery or assault, not a hate crime. Is this Justice???

PS: I grew up in Rockaway long before our High Rise Crime Rookeries were built. I’m descended from one of Rockaway’s early developers that would turn over in his grave if he could see or hear what has happened to his Rockaway.


Come One, Come All

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the Wave for publishing the 100th Precinct Community Council’s early December meeting date.

I was very happy to see such a nice attendance at my first general meeting as President, especially so close to the holidays.

I would like to ask all the residents of our great community to attend our general meetings too express any and all concerns they may have regarding the safety and well being of our community. Come join us for the New Year 2007.




Challenges Fash

Dear Editor,

Lifeguard Captain Janet Fash has accused the NYC Lifeguard Testing program as being corrupt, both in The Wave and The Daily News.

I dare her to take her own qualification test in public so that we all can see if she herself actually meets all the qualification standards. Or rather, has she herself benefited for many years from the preferential treatment of which she has charged Stein and Scher?

Put up, or shut up, Mrs. Fash. As the saying goes, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.


Christmas Tree,

Oh Christmas Tree

Dear Editor,

I am truly appalled and angered by the blatant bias of The Wave this holiday season.

What do you call a tree found in people’s homes in the month of December that is decorated with lights and ornaments, usually with a star on top of it, and presents underneath it? If you answered a Christmas tree, you are wrong.

At least according to The Wave you are; they would say it is a “Holiday Tree.” That is how they promoted the lighting of the Christmas tree on Beach 116 Street for consecutive issues in The Wave this month. When I first read “Holiday Tree Lighting” in the Wave, I was a bit put off. I said to myself, “What is so wrong with calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree?” Will somebody really be offended by reading the word Christmas? Are there any other holidays this month which involve lighting a tree? Maybe it was an oversight. Then the next week, same thing, “holiday tree lighting.” I shrugged and said, “This politically correct nonsense is out of control, but I guess that’s just what this city has come to.” Now here comes the twist! The Friday, December 22, 2006 issue of The Wave comes out in stores with a full color page covering the lighting of the “Chanukah Menorah.” Not the holiday menorah. You will not print “Christmas Tree,” but you have no problem printing “Chanukah Menorah.”

So I ask, why are we being made to feel as if there is something wrong with celebrating Christmas. Stores everywhere are selling holiday decorations, holiday lights, and holiday trees. You can go into some of the major retail store chains, and not see the word Christmas anywhere. Meanwhile, this is the very holiday they are having their sales for, and making their money on. Where did this attack on Christmas come from? What’s next, they’re going to start selling holiday eggs for Easter, and The Wave will promote the Holiday Egg Hunt in Fort Tilden?

Let me be clear, I have no problem reading “Chanukah Menorah,” because that is what it is. There is no other holiday which involves the Menorah. The Wave even provides a history of the festival of Chanukah, and the reason behind the eight candles. Fine, all I’m asking is for Christmas to receive the same courtesy, which it is obviously not. In fact, in this issue which came out three days before Christmas, there is no picture of the tree in Rockaway, or any recognition of Christmas from The Wave, except for the advertisers. There are many Jewish people who live in this community and are celebrating Chanukah, and they should feel free to do so. However, there are also many Christians in this community celebrating Christmas, and they should also receive proper representation which we are not. I’m just asking you to call a Christmas Tree a Christmas Tree, and not a Holiday Tree. It’s not like I’m asking for a nativity scene on Beach 116 Street. Heaven forbid! Oops, I mean God forbid! Oh sorry, I mean, I don’t know, what am I allowed to say anymore?


Editor’s Note: The tree at Beach 116 Street was placed by the Chamber of Commerce, who called it a “Holiday Tree,” so we did as well. In that same issue, you will find numerous references to Christmas. By the way, there is a crèche on Beach 116 Street.

Wrong On A-Train

Dear Editor,

Craig Bachrow’s A-Train quiz is not factually correct (December 22).  Yes, subway service to the Rockaways began on June 28, 1956, but for the summer months, E trains provided rush hour and shuttle service.

A-Trains served the Rockaways from September 1956 to January 1958 and then until July 1967, E train subway cars were used.  E express service still provided Rush Hours till January 1973.

Of course, E, C and CC service was the rush hours for Rockaway Park until October 1992.


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