Letters to the Editor
Political correctness is not a weakness in a democracy. It has ensured minority’s protections fulfilling the promise of an open society. Those who castigate political correctness fail to comprehend the importance that it serves while missing the power it offers to balance the scales when one side takes advantage.
The riots following the publication of the Danish cartoon claimed by Moslems to mock the Prophet was infuriating and outrageous. There seems a never-ending mob of Moslems cursing America, burning our flag and slandering Jews and the society that the West relishes. Videos of Islamic Clerics ranting against Western culture and demanding acceptance and conversion to Shira Law are stark reminders of the threat democracies face. Rejecting integration or assimilation, the fundamentalists are determined to create a Caliphate worldwide that terminates Western civilization.
These people seek the death of our way of life by relying upon the principles of political correctness. It is an intentional manipulation seeking rights that exceed those of others. France, realizing the realities, has passed laws banning headscarves in public schools and burkas on the streets.
Freedom of speech is an essential part of political correctness. It is the obligation of news broadcasters, satirists, cartoonists and comedians to be themselves addressing Moslems as if they are no different than anyone else they report upon or take issue with. Failing to do so they surrender our essential rights to define the future of our nation. Edward Horn
Flushing Bus TerminalTo The Editor:
There was a solution to “The crowded sidewalks of Flushing, New York” written by Ken Klinger in the November 3 Gazette.
Consider the opportunities missed by the Flushing Downtown Business Improvement District for the Flushing Commons development project planned for Municipal Lot 1. New York City and transportation planners from various agencies originally considered the site in the 1960s for the construction of a bus terminal. This facility would have taken hundreds of buses off the surrounding streets, where they would have been able to discharge and pick up riders. Since that time, generation after generation of county, city, state and federal public officials on a bipartisan basis for over forty years have failed to secure any funding necessary to support environmental review, design, engineering and construction of this badly needed transportation improvement. Since the 1960s, there has been an explosion in the number of commuters riding buses to Flushing and transferring to the number 7 subway line. This has been complemented by a huge growth of commercial businesses accompanied by the demolition of homes to support construction of apartment houses and multifamily homes in the surrounding neighborhood. Who knows if the existing water, gas, electric, sewer and other infrastructure can handle Flushing Commons? Construction of a climate controlled bus terminal could assist in improving traffic and pedestrian circulation in and around the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue along with the rest of Downtown Flushing. Tens of thousands of rush hour riders would be protected from being abused by hot summers and cold winters, rain, snow and winds. There could be a smoother transfer between the bus and subway. How disappointing that the Flushing BID was unsuccessful in convincing any brave elected officials to step forward and honor this commitment from decades ago as this final opportunity disappears forever.
Congrats To Ottomanelli To The Editor:
Congratulations to Ottomanelli, the excellent butcher celebrating its 50th anniversary in Woodside. On Saturday, Oct. 30, hundreds of Woodsiders came to the store at 61st St. and Woodside Ave. for the free homemade food and the six piece brass band happily entertaining us with lots of Italian melodies.
It is no surprise that an excellent butcher could prosper for so long in Woodside. In its own quiet way, Woodside has developed more outstanding restaurants than any other neighborhood, not just good restaurants, but outstanding ones, starting with the Zagat rated Thai Sri Pra Pie, Italian Sapporo da Ischia, Mexican La Flor, Japanese Asian Bistro, the avatar Donovan’s Pub, Skillman Avenue’s Kettle and Aubergine, Equadorian-run Donato’s Italian; plus two newcomers, the already famous Filipino La Payag and the up and coming Colombian Steakhouse Andrew Carne de Res NY.
No other neighborhood has that many outstanding restaurants, topped off with the best butcher, Ottomanelli. So, here’s to another 50 years!
Woodside on the Move
Going To The PollsTo The Editor
It has been a trying voting season but what really gets to me is all the attacks from one candidate to another. I think that voters like myself would have been more interested had there been more discussions on the issues. We needed to hear more about how they would correct the mess in Albany and create more jobs and improve education. I did vote on Tuesday because I still believe in our democratic process and believe real change can come only when we the people are involved. If our elected officials aren’t doing the right thing, we the people can vote them out. You see, in a real democracy, we can do just that. Isn’t democracy a beautiful thing? Let me also say in closing, kudos to all that voted.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, N.Y.
Congratulations GovTo The Editor:
Now that Election Day has passed, and New York state has a new governor-elect, let us hope that the state legislature in Albany will seriously and constructively be willing to work with Andrew Cuomo to improve the economy of this state and city. The people are tired of a lot of political rhetoric, which is all that they have heard for years on end. Now, there must be significant changes in the way that our state government is run. Congratulations to Andrew Cuomo on his election as our next governor. We wish you all of the best as you take over a very messed up state government and economy. You certainly have your work cut out for you.
Reassess LegislatorsTo The Editor:
The election results are a “restraining order” and reflect America’s reassessment, if not rejection, of President [Barack] Obama’s vision of transformation and “change”. His proposals to redistribute wealth, impose higher taxes and increase government control of our lives and economy are incompatible with the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the tenets of the Constitution.
Recent events in Europe dramatically illustrate what happens when governments can no longer afford entitlements to the self-declared “entitled”. Citizens in France and Greece are “riotously” demanding more government spending while Americans are peacefully demanding less. Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher forewarned that the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
If you doubt our liberties and prosperity are in danger, consider President Obama’s ominous warning when, in a recent TV appearance, he likened his healthcare legislation to “every piece of progressive legislation” like Social Security as a “structure” for the changes to come. His imperious world view and obstinate adherence to discredited and failed economic theories are a matter of record. What is remarkable and dangerous is that in spite of the Constitution, we will be coerced to fund unsolicited, unwanted, mandatory government beneficence against our will.
Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged [circa 1957] observed, “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”
Tabone Says Thank YouTo The Editor:
I am grateful to each and every one who supported my campaign to restore fiscal sanity, common sense and accountability to our state government. I am exceedingly proud to have served as an advocate for these important priorities. Congratulations to Assemblymember-elect Ed Braunstein. As Ed ran on a similar platform of getting our economy moving again, creating jobs, cleaning up Albany and getting our fiscal house in order, voters in the 26th Assembly District, no matter how you slice it, voted resoundingly to restore integrity and accountability to our government. They voted for independent redistricting, good government reforms, and pro-middle class, pro-growth and projobs policies. Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has also promised to clean up Albany. He has promised to get our fiscal house in order and has said himself that government in New York is too big, ineffective and expensive. He has also explicitly promised to overhaul our more than 1,000 state agencies, authorities and commissions and reduce their number by twenty percent. Perhaps most importantly he has promised to make New York the jobs capital of the nation. To say that he has his work cut out for him is an understatement. Couple this with the fact that every leading pundit agrees that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will likely thwart his every effort, and you start to realize what a difficult path the Governor-elect has to walk. Thankfully, Republican state Senate leader Dean Skelos has already pledged support for much of this agenda. That Senator Frank Padavan will not be joining his colleagues in January to meet these challenges is a loss for that chamber and for our city. His experience and leadership will be sorely missed. Our state is at a critical crossroads and people of good will have to wish our newly elected leaders success in meeting the many challenges we face. To my many friends and neighbors who supported me and voted for me this past November 2, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
26th Assembly District
Thoughts Of The WeekTo The Editor:
With the greatest of interest I read the pages of articles in the Gazette dated Nov. 3, 2010 [and] am impressed at the manner in which Parker Institute handled Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That is such a very important topic and by early detection thousands of women of all ages are saved the ravages of beast cancer.
I also commend [Congressmember] Carolyn Maloney for her strong support of Social Security [SS] and her discussing the study concerning women over 65 who are the greatest in need of Social Security. There are women on disability (SSDI) who have that as their only source of income. Social Security is not a privilege but something to which working Americans contributed. Privatization would cause undo hardship and poverty and even loss of the entire system and its failure and breakdown. The dependence upon the stock market for Social Security is awful since in the times of economic downturn people suffer. If the original system is not broken then it is not necessary to fix it or alter it.
Also I am appalled at the proposed closing of HANAC Health Care Services. The loss of more positions of such a crucial field as home care workers is appalling and distasteful to me. Dealing with senior citizens in the course of almost 20 years, I have found that home care is the up and coming profession and is truly valuable for seniors in need to stay in their own homes and not be confined to nursing homes. That is awful to cause a 40 year old system to literally go down the drain. Home care is necessary and in the ensuing decades there will be more need for this service as America ages. The callousness of government or bureaucracy is appalling and disappointing and disheartening.
I also heard on the news that some groups want alternate side street parking rules changed. That would be terrible and would create problems. I heard on TV news that the problems with the traffic of the buses and taxi parking in front of the Queens Mall is causing uncertainty and confusion or even compromising the safety of bus riders
I am glad that [Andrew] Cuomo is now governor-elect and have confidence and faith in his governing power. Thanks Gazette
for presenting the news in a wonderful manner.
Long Island City