East End Matters...
As you may have heard Republicans have made a lot of noise lately about taking back America and putting it on the right track. It all sounds a bit like Democrats just a couple of years ago. The only difference is that the change people were looking for then was to get out of eight years of Republican policy. Now, after just two years in office critics are saying that President Obama is not delivering on his promises to change the country. Some supporters have become disillusioned, thinking the president has forgotten about them. There is one thing that all these people have yet to realize – that no one is a miracle worker. It took eight years to get into the mess this country is in. On the night he was elected Obama said the following: “The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.”
Some of his accomplishments in the first two years are momentous: healthcare reform, withdrawing from Iraq, removing limits on stem-cell research, pushing for education reform, credit card reform, and financial reform. Of course, we are still coming out of a recession and unemployment is still high.
Taking advantage of that, the Republicans have released what it calls its Pledge To America. It’s something similar to their Contract With America from 1994. One thing they pledge to do is repeal and replace the healthcare laws just passed. Parts of the healthcare bill recently took effect. So who in the Republican party will tell those who are benefiting from healthcare reform – the young person who can now stay on her/his parents’ plan until the child is 26, or children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be excluded from coverage, or those who can now get free preventive care, or people who can now appeal insurance company denials, or those who finally have seen lifetime insurance limits in their coverage dropped – that we have to start over and probably wind up with something more beneficial to insurance companies than consumers. For those who say the government shouldn’t be in the healthcare business, just a reminder – we’ve been in it since the 1960s and the institution of Medicare. When that began it was vilified. Today no one would dare think of dismantling it.
Also on election night Obama said, “There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem.”
Republicans want a rewind to the George W. Bush era that ended just two years ago. This country cannot afford that.
Good news. Community Board 14 has finally put up a website (queenscb14. org) to keep residents up-to-date about what is happening in the area it covers. Of course we are told it is still under construction, but it is up and running. The one thing that whoever is designing the site and CB 14 itself should keep in mind is, if you are going to make a product available to the public, it reflects on you – even if it is not yet complete. Try looking up the committee for housing/urban renewal. You’ll find it as housing/urban renwal. You’ll find that spelling error more than once. You can add spacing and capitalization to the problems as well. On the calendar for the 101 Precinct Community Council meeting on October 20 it should not be 101pct. For 1821 Cornaga Ave., it should not be ave. The meeting for Operation Safe Space is taking place in the Peninsula Hospital Meditation Room, not Peninsula Hospital-Mediation roomsponsored and it is sponsored by Senator Malcolm Smith not Senator Malcom Smith. Notice Malcolm is misspelled as well as the lack of spacing between room and sponsored. It should be Street, not street for the address for the Knights of Columbus. Under the resource directory neighborhoods should not be neighbourhoods (though that is the British spelling). Get addresses right, such as under announcements for the two places applying for license renewals from the State Liquor Authority. It should be Van Brunt Rd. not rd. and New Haven Avenue not New haven ave. Where are the spacings after commas in the neighborhoods description section? Oh, and it’s the Rockaways, not Rockaway’s (again in the neighborhoods section). There is more, but suffice it to say this is a haphazard way to start off a website that represents the Rockaway peninsula.