2010-01-01 / Columnists

East End Matters …

Political Correctness; Boardwalk Repairs; Some Good Things
By Miriam Rosenberg

As we turn the calendar into the New Year, we leave the season in which political correctness goes berserk. It actually seems that December could be deemed the month of Political Correctness. I started really thinking about it when I listened to one of my Christmas CDs. Now before I get caught for political correctness before I even start this article, yes, I am Jewish, but it doesn’t mean I can‘t enjoy the music of the season.

As with all his CDs, country artist Brad Paisley ends his Brad Paisley Christmas with a comedy Kung Pao Buckaroo piece starring superstars of the Grand Ole Opry. In this one, “Little” Jimmy Dickens, George Jones and Bill Anderson try to sing Christmas carols but they can’t because of political correctness. You can’t use a song with Christmas in it because some people might get offended. Try singing White Christmas and they get beeped twice because you can’t use the word white, you need to use the word Caucasian. Little Drummer Boy? Nope. You might offend the small people. And on and on it goes. Yes, it goes way out there. But, Paisley gets his message across.

Political correctness has gotten way out of hand. Actually you cannot win. If you try using Happy Holidays so as not to offend someone, someone gets offended because you didn’t use Merry Christmas. Years ago streets would be decorated and, no matter if you celebrated Christmas or Hanuakkah, the spirit of the season filled the air.

Now, as one staff member of this newspaper said this week, “It’s like somebody killed the holiday[s].”

The last few years the season of peace, love and joy has been taken over by arguments about what is, or isn’t, right to say. It seems that Political Correctness has overtaken tolerance and understanding. It’s time that we accept the fact we are more the same than we are different.

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Just prior to press time, it came to this reporter’s attention that the Department of Parks and Recreation has be gun revitalizing the boardwalk from Beach 24 to Beach 26 Streets. While this has been needed for a long time, the process seems to leave a lot to be desired, according to the president of the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association.

“Unfortunately, the neighborhood was not notified of this project, which impacts on public access to the boardwalk and the beach,” said S.C. Samoy in a letter to The Wave.

Samoy goes on to say that the only available ramp on Beach 24 Street is blocked and the ones on Beach 25 and Beach 26 Streets are in disrepair. She added that a posted sign says the project will last a year, “meaning no access to the boardwalk or beach during the time.”

The Wave will keep track of this story, and hopefully have an update next week.

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I wanted the first column of 2010 to have something positive in it. Yet, you look around and see much of the same old, same old. Thugs robbing a woman in an Arverne elevator, gun arrests rise in the 101 Precinct, armed robbery on Mott Avenue.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Because I have seen proof there are young people who care about their community. The explorers of the 101 and 100 Precincts work to better their communities through volunteering and helping their neighbors.

This past summer Rockaway Develop ment and Revitalization Corporation sponsored its clean streets program where young people from the area helped keep the streets of the Far Rockaway business district spotless.

The 101 Precinct and the NYPD Queens Community Affairs Bureau Youth Enrichment Program recently completed a program at Sorrentino Recreation Center. The young people who took part went through a fiveweek program in which they were taught job interview skills, etiquette skills, financial strategies to good credit and more.

Despite what seems to be constant stories of teens causing problems, there are Rockaway youth who want to better themselves and the area around them.

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