Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin’s decision not to run for re-election in favor of devoting himself to his job as head of the Central Labor Council has caused much speculation this past week. He has been my assemblyman for almost 14 years and I’ve always admired the way he listened to the people. He was one of us, and our concerns became his own. I’m sad to see him step down as assemblyman for my district and consider it an “End of an Era”.
The direction Assemblyman McLaughlin has chosen may not be easy for everyone to understand. So much is riding on the choice at hand. The assemblyman is able to see the big picture. Many of his constituents are working people. The fact is that these people need his leadership now in this other venue. The spirit and wisdom of the man showed the bridge can be gapped. Brian proved politics and labor don’t always have [to] be at odds. There are many ways to serve. Let’s support his decision as Mr. McLaughlin continues to fight for us to [be] able to work and achieve the American Dream.
Has Praise, Requests
To The Editor:
First off, I would like to thank you for your paper, and I thoroughly enjoy reading it. I would, however, like to see more coverage on Ozone Park, Hamilton Beach, and Howard Beach.
I lived in 94-28 78th St., Ozone Park for 23 years and raised six self-sufficient college graduates while working as a Teamster for Andrew Obes in Maspeth, right by the old Calvary Cemetery .
I retired to Melbourne, Florida in 1995, but I never forgot where I was born and raised (Astoria and Woodside), and I always made a good living in Queens.
There was a young man that lived on my block who was a reporter for your paper. I think his last name was McClendon. If he still is there, please send my regards to him and his family .
Ryan also served on the United States Navy destroyer USS Smalley, DD565. The Gazette has no record of a reporter named McClendon, but we are pleased to pass along the message.
Would Ban Abortion
To The Editor:
As we approach another March for Life in Washington this March, I believe the Supreme Court changes gives anti-abortion activists more optimism of a Roe v. Wade reversal. I for one applaud that, if that would come to pass. I’m Past Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council 5911 in Douglaston and served on the council’s pro-life committee. I see the shift on the Supreme Court with Roberts and hopefully Sam Alito, who, I believe, could make this a reality.
I personally believe in the right to life and that no child deserves to die. My own personal reasons stem from my own life. I was engaged to my girlfriend at the time back in 1969. We had a disagreement and broke up. To make a long story short, she got pregnant with another man who didn’t want to get married or have a child. She and her mother tried to find an abortion and even left the country, but to no avail. I ran into her again and she told me that she was four months pregnant. I told her that I still wanted to marry her and would give her child my name and love that child as my own. Well we got married and she gave birth to a boy we named Thomas Allen.
I loved him as my own and he loved me in return. It would have been very sad if Tommy was aborted for I would never have known this loving soul that meant so much to me. I hope and pray this time Roe v. Wade is overturned and no more children will die and loving children like Tommy would be allowed to live and who can be all that they can be.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Vallones Are Asset
To The Editor:
I must applaud your January 18, 2006 Gazette article regarding Peter Vallone Sr. and the dedication of the computer lab at DellaMonica Senior Center on January 11 and his book signing. As an educational volunteer who has been working at DellaMonica Senior Center for 15 years, I have seen how the computer lab has enriched, enhanced and positively affected the lives of the many senior citizens who have learned computer skills and who use the computers for their daily lives.
The Vallones, both Peter Sr. and Peter Jr., are such wonderful dedicated and devoted human beings, caring, sharing and do their utmost to improve the lives of all people.
These two marvelous people are deeply appreciated by the senior citizens as well as all members of the Astoria Community. They have done so much for all of us and have had a sincere and genuine interest in every aspect of the life of our community, from schools to health and senior citizens centers.
I laud the Vallones and thank God for such brilliant and compassionate men who have been blessed by God with the humanitarian spirit.
Thanks to the Gazette for presenting such an upbeat article. It is reassuring and comforting to read positive news nowadays when the media is full of war, crime, abuse and tragedy.
Long Island City
Wait Out Terrorists
To The Editor:
Steven Spielberg, one of the most popular directors of modern times, has had many interviews of his new film “Munich.” One appeared in The Record, a New Jersey daily which quoted him: “What I believe is every act of terrorism requires a response, but we must also pay attention to the causes. That’s why we have brains and power to think passionately.”
Mr. Spielberg uses the word response instead of revenge. Does he think as I do that the word response is too mild a tone but revenge is “an eye for an eye”, to inflict harm in return for an injury? The other part of his quote, “pay attention to causes”, is for the birds. We know the causes, Mr. Spielberg, the whole world knows that Palestinians assassinated 11 Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972. No terrorist deserves one moment of attention or consideration by virtue of his inhuman act. Terrorists have chosen to leave the human family and must be treated accordingly.
We know retaliation is not the answer. Then what steps do civilized people take? We wait until the terrorist becomes exhausted, like what happened to Hitler and his cutthroats, the two-bit dictator Sadam Hussein and others waiting in the wings. The time frame is not as important as the ending.
Above all, we are a patient and compassionate people and we can wait until exhaustion sets in. It’s up to the terrorist[s] to stop. The ball is in their court.