2011-07-08 / Letters

Almost Lifetime Resident Speaks

Dear Editor,

To voicer Janet Rashes, who wrote last week.

I’ve got to ask, don’t people ever get tired of hearing about the west end has this, and the east end doesn’t have this …maybe it’s me but it sounds so childish. In one breath Janet whines the west has an adequate number of lifeguards and in the next breath she talks about the east end’s new boardwalk and the construction of a new parking lot … well waaaaaa where is the west end’s boardwalk … tired of it!!!! It gets old.

I like my boardwalk and I’m sure it will eventually get fixed. I’m not going to whine that the east end has a new one … I’m glad you got a new one. As far as lifeguards go, call your congressman or 311 … what do you think, somebody has an agenda against the east end of Rockaway? And on the subject of the west end, how about the front page of The Wave – aggressive panhandlers, 154 Beach 114 Street, and the Rockaway Park Hotel (west end) ... They are all over 116th ... I fear for my wife and children when they’ve got to go to a store there … this owner/ operator Jay Deutchman, maybe Lew Simon can clarify for us his story!!!!!, with these two halfway or ¾ houses, whatever they call them !!!!! like they’re really trying to help the underprivileged!!!!!!! They are helping themselves. Somebody’s making money off this (Jay Deutchman) … I’m all for helping people struggling with their lives but please, how are you going to help anybody living under the conditions these people are living under in 154 and the Rockaway Park Hotel. And please don’t insult my intelligence and tell me it isn’t that bad; it’s a government program or city program or whoever in their right mind is making the calls on these places. Build a real facility, rehab or whatever; something more humane!!!!!, instead of lining Mr. Deutchman’s pocket!!!!! and Deutchman didn’t hear anything on all the problems with his buildings ….. let me see, I wonder where he lives …. If I had to take a wild guess I’d say somewhere on the Jersey shore.

DENNIS S. O’CONNOR

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