2012-01-11 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Chance For Second Term

To The Editor:

The problem in being the head of any organization is that regardless of the malfeasance of anyone else, you bear the blame. With leadership comes the ups and downs. Enduring the ridicule of disappointed customers is one of the prices of being a leader even in the absence of control.

President Obama justifiably deserves the rancor of many voters. Upon his swearing in his control of the organs of government was a unique opportunity given to few presidents. Rather than exercise the power he held in his hands he chose to indicate a direction for others to lead. By doing so he corrupted his power, diminishing the esteem his supporters had for him.

Many prior supporters of the president hold him accountable for the dire condition of employment and are vehemently enraged by the financial aid that has returned the big banks to stability and profitability. Though the Great Recession would have become another Great Depression if the banks were allowed to fail, the average person who is underwater in their home and fearful of losing their job asks, “What about me?”

Current indicators point to an upturn to the economy and to improved employment. Yet the anger and fear that created the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street is not likely to soon disappear. Worse, the open hatred by Republicans of Obama will only become more evident as we near November 2012.

Regardless of the eventual Republican nominee, Obama’s chances of reelection remain good. America has paid for this president’s education that finally has him standing out [in] front of issues and fighting for what he deems right for the American people. In hindsight, perhaps the Republicans playing chicken with the national debt considering default a viable option and three years of “No” dogma will be the reason for Obama’s reelection. Hopefully, if Obama is reelected the mistakes of the past have taught him how to lead a nation that has always stood with a leader.

Edward Horn
Baldwin, NY

Don’t Forget To Tip

To The Editor:

I could not agree more with “Salute And Shop At Small Businesses” (Editorial -- January 4). Why not continue participating beyond the recent successful second annual national shop Small Business Day this past November 26? Do the same as often as you can during the other 364 days a year. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood businesses. There are so many great local businesses in neighborhoods all over Queens.

My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server at your favorite local neighborhood restaurant. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. It is appreciated.

Remember, these people are our neighbors. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.

Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support the Queens Gazette. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, N.Y.

A Drop In The Bucket

To The Editor:

As January, 2012 progresses, the fact that 200,000 new jobs were created in December, and the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5 percent, still does not indicate a trend toward the end of this very long and devastating economic recession.

President Obama has hailed this latest information regarding the economy, but has also stated that much more needs to be done. He is so right! This president came into office promising to turn this economy around and to improve the employment situation, but just the opposite occurred. The reason that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent is because so many Americans who are unemployed have simply stopped looking for work, because there are no available jobs, and so many people are unemployed who are searching for work.

Let’s not kid ourselves—200,000 jobs being created is, as Ralph Kramden would say, “peanuts, just a mere bag of shells”.

This country has a very long way to go before we are anywhere near a sustainable, viable economic recovery and significant unemployment reduction.

The presidential election of this coming November 2012 will be so very important. Everyone should vote. We need change in the occupancy of the White House. The current resident has had more than enough time to turn this country around and he has not been at all successful.

John Amato
Fresh Meadows, NY

911 Call Center

To The Editor:

Several topics of interest were heard on radio and television and are worthy of sharing with Gazette readers on the editor’s page where my opinions are expressed.

I am so glad that the improved 911 call cener will open at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn thus fixing the flaws that existed during the 9/11 attacks that killed so many on that awful day.

Now, due to the blessings of technology, when a 911 call is received from a cellphone a digital map is brought up on the screen showing exactly where a person’s calling location is, which is valuable. I praise the EMS and FDNY for doing so much for those in need— coaching callers through CPR, calming terrified children whose moms or dads are very ill, walking callers through the delivery of babies etc. We are thankful for these caring people who save lives.

I am so glad that a new, perhaps the largest, convention center in the U.S.A. will be constructed in the Aqueduct casino area with a hotel and that will bring revenue to Queens and put us on the map, which is truly very important in these trying financial times.

I am also so horribly appalled at the hate crime against the mosque and Hindu temple that occurred. We as one people believing in one God must unite and care for one another if civilization is to move forward.

I am also appalled at the unwarranted attack on Rangers’ fans and a police officer at the outdoor Rangers and Flyers game in Philadelphia on New Year’s day. What happened to civility, decency and manners? Our society must shape up.

I am, however, confident upon hearing of the drop in unemployment in December.

The drastic budget cuts for defense and the decrease in our armed forces is alarming. We are not isolationists and must defend ourselves against tyranny and oppression and make it a better world.

One more thing, the doing away with incandescent bulbs for lighting by October 2014 is awful and appalling. Why must we as consumers pay more for lighting? If the old way of lighting is not broken then why fix it?

Our government must not force this lighting situation upon us since it is inconvenient and not feasible.

Cynthia Groopman
Long Island City, NY

Much Ado About Nothing

To The Editor:

In light of a 15 trillion dollar debt, the uncertainty of Obamacare, uncontrolled borders, nuclear proliferation and the myriad challenges our country faces, the repetitive badgering of the candidates regarding their positions regarding contraception during Saturday night’s Republican debate appears purposeless. Sometimes however, the illusion of a relentless search for the truth obfuscates and diverts attention from the real issues. The media knows better than anybody if you don’t ask the right questions, the answers don’t matter.

Ed Konecnik
Flushing, N.Y.

Elevation Of Archbishop

To The Editor:

I would like to praise Pope Benedict XVI for elevating Archbishop Timothy Dolan to cardinal.

I feel Archbishop Dolan truly is a priest who has served the people. He has been outspoken on important issues like same-sex marriage, abortion, Catholic education and family values. He has not been afraid to speak his mind, speaks from his heart and has possessed the common touch. He feels deeply for the poor and the sick. He has a voice that he has used well to defend and promote the priniciples of the church, and will be stronger still as a cardinal.

As a Catholic and as a Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus in Douglaston, I feel this is a very proud moment for many New Yorkers. I firmly believe Archbishop/Cardinal Dolan can make a profound difference on the Catholic church in America and the world. May God bless you, Archbishop Dolan and bless you in your work as cardinal.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, NY

Soccer For Woodside Kids

To The Editor:

The Woodside Soccer Academy has started in Woodside. With strong encouragement from Woodside on the Move, soccer coach and Woodside resident Oscar Villada has started a soccer program for kids, boys and girls. The first activities at P.S. 11 have been wildly successful. Parents and kids are clamoring for more soccer. The next thing, of course, is a fundraiser, coming soon.

Al Volpe
Woodside on the Move Vice President

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