2008-10-03 / Letters

To The Community

Dear Editor,

I really wanted to add a comment to the senseless killing of Patrick Hernandez back in July 2008 but was unable to do so as I used to be a Wave subscriber but since the paper is filled

Letters with nothing but shootings, stabbings, and killings every week, I decided not to renew my subscription and have since moved off the Peninsula.

I have never seen such a place that was once so beautiful turn out to be such a dump filled with disaster. I lived on the peninsula for almost 15 years. I worked as an administrator at one of the agencies as well as educated children of my community in my own home. I promoted education and community involvement and encouraged parents of the children I educated to do the same. It is a shame to see such a tragedy happen to a child, full of life with a bright future ahead of him. No one deserves to be killed and cut down in the streets like an animal. Families don't deserve to grieve over another life that was full and provided hope for a better tomorrow but was taken away so senselessly.

Where are the authorities in all of this? Where are the politicians and the community leaders that are making decisions for the peninsula? Why aren't there more programs for teens, where are the movie theatres, the bowling alleys and the roller skating

rinks that give our youth something to do. Why aren't there

more prominent businesses on the peninsula offering jobs to the youth of the community? It is not enough to build houses and overpopulate a peninsula with real estate but there aren't any plans in place to offer all these people a better living environment.

The streets are dirty, the grocery stores are filthy and not providing customers with quality service. There are more nail salons and beauty parlors than there are all other businesses on the peninsula combined. Who is running the show here? Someone has to put a stop to this madness or else many more lives are going to be lost to violent crime.

I am a victim of a violent crime on the peninsula, robbed, at gunpoint, of all my personal belongings while entering the Edgemere Houses, to make sure elderly and disabled clients were receiving proper care from the agency that I worked for. Crime has become a normal way of life to some and accepted by many.

It is a sad situation and until our local politicians stop politicking in the other parts of Queens and make this peninsula their priority, they can build houses that are worth millions of dollars but will never gain back the quality and appreciation for life that should be prevalent in what was once known as such a beautiful place in the city of New York. Shamefully, it has become a dumping ground for the poverty stricken and those who are not aware that there is more to life than un-kempt nail salons, sour smelling grocery stores where after hours you have to purchase items through bullet proof glass, and let's not even talk about our failing schools, that's a whole entire article for another time.

Please people, let's wake up. It's not fair to us now and won't be fair to our children who are the future of these communities. Please don't let violent senseless crimes become the norm for those living on the peninsula. We must offer a better way of living for all.


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