2007-04-06 / Letters


All letters submitted to The Wave, including those sent via e-mail, must contain names, addresses and phone numbers. All letters are subject to editing and publication at the discretion of the editors. The Wave will no longer publish letters in which the name is withheld, unless, in the opinion of the editorial board, there is a compelling public interest to do so.

The Fairness Of The BSA

Dear Editor,

I wrote you a letter that appeared in the August 11, 2006 edition of your publication.

In it, I predicted that despite the objections of the repulsive bigot neighbors and despicable local politicians like Tony Avella and Jonathan Gaska, the developers in the Mott Creek area would emerge victorious at the BSA. It comes as no surprise to me that is exactly what happened. This is a testament to the fairness of the BSA as a truly technical board that evaluates issues solely on their merit and not on petty and arbitrary politics.

With beautiful new homes complete on Seagirt Avenue and Beach 3 Street, new homes in the process of being built on Beach 4 Street, and about to built on Beach 5 and 6 Streets, it has become obvious that the ill conceived "downzone" has failed miserably.

Now, the neighboring residents are left with severely diminished property values and are stuck with their decrepit shacks as the new zoning no longer allows for development at a reasonable scale.


Wohl Is Incorrect

Dear Editor,

This note follows a recent letter (The Wave, 3/23/07, Letters to the Editor) from one of your readers, Stephen Wohl. I agree with his open-ing premise that one can oppose an incumbent president without betray-ing their country. However, I dis-agree with the vitriolic diatribe the writer uses to present his opinions as facts.

Nonetheless, Wohl is clearly incor-rect in his assertion that "no one in this country ever takes legal allegiance to the President." Throughout our history, untold millions of Ameri-can military men and women have sworn to do just that very thing. The first oath listed below has been in use since 1962. The second one was in use from 1789 until 1962. Please note that both of these oaths swear allegiance to the President of the United States of America.

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and do-mestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the Presi-dent of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

"I, A.B., do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States."

"I, A.B., do solemnly swear or affirm to bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and to serve them honestly and faithfully, against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever, and to observe and obey the or-ders of the President of the United States of America, and the orders of the officers appointed over me."


What's Going On

With Post Office?

Dear Editor,

What is going on at the Rockaway Beach Post Office (11693)? Last year they literally lost a certified letter. Now they can't find a store on the next block! I mailed a certified letter on Feb. 23 rd to an address one block from the post office. Five weeks later they give it back to me with the lame excuse that they can't find the address! When I asked to speak to the supervisor he doesn't come to the window. Perhaps I am being too critical, I suppose it is possible he couldn't find it.

Just how stupid are these letter carriers? And how impotent is management when they can't get the letter carriers to deliver the mail? Who trains these people? And more importantly, who promotes them?

I suppose by signing my name I risk the intentional sabotage of my mail. But could it be worse than their everyday incompetence?

No wonder FedEx is so profitable. Look who they are competing against!


Will Miss Dr. Z

Dear Editor,

As a patient of Dr. Gerald Zweifler for 40 years, I am deeply saddened by his sudden and tragic death on March 17, 2007.

It was on Monday, March 19 that I learned of his passing. I received a call from his office as usual, the day before a scheduled appointment.

A man's voice asked if I knew I had an appointment for Tuesday, March 20. I thought it was Dr. Zweifler trying to disguise his voice. I asked the man on the phone, "Who is this?" He responded, "Elizabeth's husband, and I am sorry to inform you Dr. Zweifler has passed."

I shouted No, No, No, it can't be, what happened? The news then hit me. On Saturday, March 17, at around 7:15 a.m., Dr. Zweifler was driving very slowly to Rockaway in icy road conditions.

Suddenly, he veered off the road, and crashed into a snow embankment.

Needless to say, I was numb, and in disbelief. Dr. Z., as hundreds, and I am sure thousands of patients referred to him and knew him as, was gone forever.

Had he retired (as he often joked about over the last five years, then always stepped back and said "what am I going to do?), it would have certainly been a loss itself to the community and his patients. To learn of his sudden and tragic passing was an especially sudden shock, and will continue to shock his patient base as they learn of his passing.

Dr. Z. started his practice in 1965 at 8600 Shore Front Parkway, and remained at that location.

My family, for one, included four generations of patients: My grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother, myself, and my children. My brother, who moved out to Suffolk, continued to travel back to Rockaway for many years to complete his dental work. A friend of mine who resides in Florida, and who comes back yearly to Rockaway for a few months, was also a lifelong patient of Dr. Z.

I was in Waldbaum's the other day, and ran into a retired friend of mine, and asked him if he was a patient of Dr. Z. He said yes, and then asked why. I informed him of Dr. Z's passing. He was in total shock, and mentioned he was just going to call his office for an appointment.

His sudden loss to our community and patients will be felt for days, weeks, and months to come.

You always knew you could go to Dr. Zweifler at 8600 Shore Front Parkway, and he would be there. He was always there, week after week, year after year, for 42 years.

My prayers go out to his family, friends, and the thousands of patients who will truly miss his compassion, professionalism, expertise, and of course, his good humor, which always put you at ease.


Should Be For The Kids

I am not a Broad Channel resident, but I have worked with kids in sports programs in other parts of the peninsula and northern Queens for two dozen years and what I have learned in all that time is that it should be all about the kids, not the adults.

While some members of the American Legion might believe that the lawsuit does not impact programs, I have to tell you that I have been through a similar problem and that every dollar that goes to fight the lawsuit will come right from programs. With most sports programs, and I suspect with the BCAC as well, money is tight. There is no fund that can be used to come up with the $10,00 or more that the BCAC has to spend to defend themselves from the adult organization. That money will have to come right from the programs and that means right from the kids.

It is easy to say that the parents should pay a little more, but there is a limit to what such programs can charge parents before the kids stop coming. That point is reached very early, especially for parents who have two or three kids who want to play little league baseball or midget football.

I understand that the land is valuable and that the Legion believes that it was promised the land by the city. If that is true, they should sue the city and leave the kids alone.

Bill Foehn

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