2009-01-02 / Letters

Selfishness At Scholars'

Dear Editor,

Recently, the Region 5 Scholars' Academy School Leadership Team (SLT) sent a list of requests to The Wave in an open letter appealing to the community to help them in those endeavors. Among these demands were that changes to several community bus routes be made, construction and repairs be performed on sections of the Rockaway Freeway, and that work should commence on rehabilitating the trestle which carries the A train. To answer their concerns about the train, construction will begin on the elevated A line next June. Luckily the repairs survived the axes of the MTA budget hawks. While I understand, appreciate, and agree with the SLT's sentiment on the A train line, I cannot concur with their desire to remake the whole community to their liking, for a decidedly average middle school, and a mediocre high school. The money needed to install sidewalks and speed limit signs would not only be a large amount and hard to obtain in a time of economic crisis

such as this, it would also disrupt well-established

traffic patterns, and possibly reduce the freeway's vehicle capacity at a time when Rockaway's population is exploding. Also, while I recognize the necessity of a crossing-guard in the school zone, I do not see why sidewalks are needed on the freeway, when students can walk along Rockaway Beach Boulevard, which has broad, functioning sidewalks in that area. Finally, though I realize that Scholars' Academy Principal Brian O'Connell is a political entity in the community and a bully, neither the people of Rockaway nor our representatives should feel beholden to his demands, those of his cronies, i.e. the SLT, or the school he represents.

JOSEPH O'MALLEY

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