2003-01-29 / Editorials

Fights WNV Mosquitoes

A copy of the following letter was received by the Gazette.

Dear Councilmember [Tony] Avella:

Thank you for your correspondence dated Aug. 21, 2002 regarding standing water conditions at Flushing Airport in Queens.

The Office of Vector Surveillance and Control routinely conducts mosquito surveillance within the Flushing Airport. This past season West Nile [Virus] infected mosquitoes were found within the property in mid August; consequently, we adulticided [sic] within the Flushing Airport on the evening of Sept. 5, 2002. Additionally, in an effort to further reduce the adult mosquito population arising from the airport, our office larvicided [sic] on several different occasions during the months of July, August, September and October.

This area is difficult to larvicide because of the rugged terrain and it remains a prolific mosquito-breeding site. Our office is currently working with the Economic Development Corporation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservations to develop more effective techniques to routinely larvicide this area next season.

Thank you for your effort in alerting us to this matter. If we can be of further assistance, please call the Office of Vector Surveillance and Control at (212) 676-2018.

Sincerely,

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

Commissioner

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Americans First

To The Editor:

Two uncalled-for incidents took place over the weekend, one on the Tim Russet TV show (January 12), who, while interviewing Reverend Al Sharpton said that he was the second African-American to run for the presidency. Yes, he knew that Reverend Jesse Jackson was the first.

The second occurred the very next evening on the Jim Lehrer News Hour. After he showed a TV clip of Senator Joe Liberman announcing his candidacy for the high office, Jim said he was the first Jewish person to run for the presidency.

Now in that context religion and race seem innocuous, but what has it got to do with anything? I always though we were first and foremost Americans and religion and race are personal matters of the individual and has no room or business in politics. So why inject it in the first place? And if you’re going to do it as they did, why wasn’t the religion and race of all the other candidates mentioned?

Sincerely,

John Carno

Astoria

Hope For The Coming Year

To The Editor:

After reading the December 26 issue of the Gazette I was very pleased with two articles which promoted the positive and gave hope for the coming year ahead.

The article "Woodside Seniors Honor Markey" praising her dedication is an inspiration for all to read and it is through positive articles like that one, that role models are introduced and thus the quality of life is improved in a positive manner for all of us.

I wholeheartedly support Peter Vallone Jr., for his tireless efforts about sex offenders. All of us are given the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the right of freedom from violation and sexual abuse are very sacred and important to all of us.

Sexual offenders must be taken from our midst so that freedom of movement can be promoted. None of us should be fearful or frightened of being attacked.

Thank you, Gazette for providing all of us with enlightening, inspiring, heartwarming and insightful articles during the past year that have had positive effects upon our lives.

Cynthia Groopman

Long Island City


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