2006-05-17 / Editorials

Erroneous Information

          Erroneous Information

To The Editor:

I am contacting you regarding the story at this link: http://www.qazette.com/news/2006/0426/features/008.html .

This story, based on a press release from Cartridge World Inc., contains erroneous information attributed to us, Lyra Research, a third party mentioned in the fifth paragraph of the press release.

Cartridge World corrected the press release and reissued it without mention of Lyra. Here is the revised press release issued by Cartridge World http://sev.prnewswire.com/computer-electronics/220060410/CGM06510042006-1.html .

In order to cease and desist distribution of the previous version's misattribution of Lyra Research market information, please replace your current story with the above one.

Thanks for your prompt attention to this issue.

Very truly yours,
Andre Rebelo
Marketing Manager, Lyra Research

Other Side Of Development

To The Editor:

I am writing in response to the cover story about the proposed Silvercup West development project in the Western Queens Gazette issue of March 1. This is my second time submitting this letter, and I hope that you will be fair and publish it this time, since every viewpoint deserves to be heard.

As a member of the Screen Actor's Guild, the thought of more film production in New York is an exciting and welcome idea to me. As a resident of Long Island City, I feel I must be circumspect about any such enormous development project and urge its promoters to realize that we have heard many such promises in the past of waterfront access, the attraction of visitors and all those wonderful things when similar projects have been erected. One example is the City Lights complex, which did indeed provide a lovely waterfront park and then proceeded to block off its pier access last 4th of July to any person who did not have a special pass from City Lights. Can we expect this elitist attitude from Silvercup as well? Another example is the Shore Towers in Astoria, which promised improved waterfront access for all, and then 6 months after it was built closed off the waterfront "esplanade" to all but its own residents. What we are then left with are looming edifices that add to traffic and congestion and make it necessary for Con Ed to blast out more pollutants from their power plants to satisfy the increased need for electricity, but no real benefits for the existing citizens of Long Island City and Astoria. You do mention jobs, but how many locals will really get those jobs? And don't forget the many cell towers that will have to go up on every apartment building in the area to provide cell phone access for all those extra residents.

When we citizens of Western Queens read these types of articles, which only give the developer's point of view on such projects, we are easily taken in and persuaded of the wonderful new way of life we will all have when the project is completed. We need for you to print points of view from opposing factions, as well as objective projections about the reality of the jobs, pollution, traffic congestion, etc., so that citizens can really ponder the pros and cons.


Georgina Young-Ellis
Member Long Island City Alliance

Century-Old Statistics

To The Editor:

Show this to your children and grandchildren This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1906. One hundred years ago.

What a difference a century makes!

Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

Athree-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.

With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.

The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard". Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.

Coffee was 15 cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into that country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." (Shocking? DUH!)

Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the United States, possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


Edward Horn
Baldwin, New York

Where Are Subway Phones?

To The Editor:

I am writing to discuss the telephone situation in our city. I heard that there is a paucity of landlines, public telephones that are in good working condition in our subways. This is an awful situation, in that not all people own cell phones and in times of emergency, cell phones may not function well.

Communication is of utmost importance at all times, and I am appalled to learn that 2 out of every 4 public landline telephones are working in our subways. This situation must be corrected. In general, there is a paucity of public landline phones on street corners.

Also, I agree with the mayor in banning cell phone use in the classrooms of our public schools. These students use their cell phones to text messages, see television, take pictures, chat with friends and this detracts from the learning and educational process. We are spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money for public education and it is of no use when students do not pay attention in class and use cell phones for amusement. iPods are also not for students to use in classrooms. More attention should be paid to learning and to proper attention skills, and distractional amusements are not necessary.

Cynthia Groopman
Long Island City

Keep 'Banner' English

To The Editor:

A new recording being dubbed the new Star Spangled Banner, Spanish version called, "Nuestro Himno", I feel, has gone too far. I agree with President Bush where he said, "I think the National Anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English." I agree 100 percent and I believe that should be required for all immigrants. I also believe respect for our culture and our traditions are also needed requirements for citizenship to this great nation of ours.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

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