2012-09-12 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Elder Abuse Widespread

To The Editor:

Elder abuse is a widespread problem that doesn’t get much attention, despite the fact that there are 5.4 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and large numbers of baby boomers are in, or approaching, their 60s, a period when they become more vulnerable.

As it is, the annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion.

To learn what to do and who to call if you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, join us for the Elder Abuse Workshop I’m sponsoring on Tuesday, September 18, in conjunction with the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is required. For more information, call my office, at 718-205-3881.

Also please note below the change in starting time of the Celebration of Central American Culture and Heritage that I am cosponsoring on Saturday, September 15, in conjunction with Comité Independencia Centroamérica. The new time is 1p.m. I look forward to seeing you there.

Jose Peralta
State Senator, Dist. 13

Corona Pedestrian Plaza

To The Editor:

I am beyond pleased that the Corona Plaza project has finally gotten off the ground and the first phase is complete. It has taken many years of hard work for it to come to fruition and I would like to thank all the community partners: the Department of Transportation, Queens Economic Development Corporation, Queens Museum of Art, Corona CAN, and Community Board 4. The plaza is a beautiful addition to the neighborhood, providing a safe space for people to relax and children to play.

Bringing this pedestrian plaza is part of my healthy community initiative, which will include fitness programming and a green market in the plaza for all to enjoy. Please contact my office if you are interested in volunteering to support Corona Plaza and check out this video made by Streetfilms about its grand opening at (Corona Plaza Project Video) www.streetfilms.org/queens-corona-plaza-acommunity place-rises/ In Service,

Julissa Ferreras
Councilmember District 19

Obama Had His Chance

To The Editor:

I would like to applaud Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. He was right on point when he pointed out basically that we need less rhetoric but more jobs. Here is a man that walks the talk and that is from a man who is a businessman, father, son, husband and patriot. Romney is a man of faith that has helped others and who cares about those in need.

Romney said President Barack Obama had his chance but it is now time to turn the page. Romney’s plan is to create 12 million jobs by cutting the deficit, fighting unfair trade practices and going toward energy independence by taking advantage of American resources. He intends to, if president, eliminate needless regulation, which will help small businesses and also try to keep their taxes low so they can expand and grow and hire more workers.

There are surveys that say many Americans don’t like Romney. Well I think, like Governor Chris Christy, that it is more important to respect Romney for his tenacious spirit that wants to make America a better place for families who are struggling now under oppressive economic conditions. The question that I feel many of us should ask ourselves is, are we better off than we were four years ago? and if not, let’s consider new leadership that works for the American people.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, NY

Melber and Maimonides

To The Editor:

As the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur commence, I would like to reflect upon one of the works of the late Rabbi Dr. Jehuda Melber (Briarwood Jewish Center), a scholar featured in Modern Jewish Philosophy: The Universality of Maimonides (New York: Jonathan David, 1968). Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), of whom it has been said, “From Moses unto Moses there was none like unto Moses,” has had a significant influence not only upon Jewish thought but also upon the scholastic philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.

It was Maimonides, in his commentaries upon the Greek, Aristotle, and the Muslim, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), who anticipated Aquinas’ reconciliation of faith and reason in his Summa Theologica. However, neither Maimonides nor Aquinas had philosophically proven the theory of creatio ex nihilo (in counterpoint to Aristotle’s theory of the eternity of the universe), but only theologically counseled to “follow the Law of Moses, our teacher, and Abraham our father . . . that nothing is eternal except God, and that the theory of creatio ex nihilo includes nothing that is impossible” (Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed, trans. M. Friedlander, Dover, 1881, p. 173).

In Mathematical Logic and the Philosophy of God and Man (Manago, 1st Books Library/AuthorHouse, 2000), consequent to a Boolean algebraic and functional calculus of First-Order Formulation of Aquinas’ theorem that “Some Being is A Necessary Being” (ibid, ch. 2, pp. 17-23), it has been proven that the Necessary Being is infinite in perfection, and matter, being finite in perfection, is not the necessarily self-existent being. Matter is a contingent substance, dependent upon the Necessary Being—God: the one and only necessary being who is spirit—and, therefore, was created ex nihilo prior to the uncoupling of the gravitational force from the other three interactional forces (Strong Interaction, Weak Interaction, and Electromagnetic Interaction) at the Planck time, Tp, of 0.539 x 10 (-43) seconds, of the Big Bang origin of the universe from a very small space (point) 12-14 billion years ago (ibid, ch. 3, pp. 25-45). This scientific and philosophical interpretation accords with the Jewish Kabbalah concept that God created a finite space (a “point”) at the center of the universe followed by an “emanation from Him of an energy force composed of seven forces (sefirot) that would serve as the agents or actors of all Creation” (Kim Zetter, Simple Kabbalah, 1999, pp. 80-87).

Independently of empirical inferences of the Big Bang cosmological theory, Alexander Friedmann’s solutions to Albert Einstein’s equations in the Theory of General Relativity indicate that at some time in the past the “mass-energy” of the universe was in a state of very high density and high temperature (Manago, Mathematical Logic... p. 28). Further, since the Theory of General Relativity abolished infinity in the physical universe of closed curvature (Eli Maor, To Infinity and Beyond, 1987, pp. 212-23), the existence of the material universe as explainable through the Creation by God constitutes a philosophical theorem based upon both scholastic principles of ontology and modern physics. Whether the focus is upon the primordial components of the universe as infinitesimal loops of vibrating strings— mathematical relativistic quantum states (Dr. Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University) or upon the “God particle”, the elementary “ghosts” are material and, consequently, finite and contingent. Therefore, “God is the Creator of the contingent being of matter” (“Bubbles and Strings: A Philosophical Evaluation of Cosmological and Unified Field Theories”, Manago, ch. 4, Oremus (Let Us Pray), AuthorHouse, 2004, pp. 43-51).

Creatio ex nihilo is not, as in Maimonidean thought, “beyond the reach of philosophical speculation” (Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed, p. 178). Nevertheless, Rabbi Dr. Melber’s book is an excellent resource summarizing Maimonides’ thought on the problem of the existence of the universe and other major issues and problems still puzzling humanity. In the spirit of Roman Catholic ecumenism, let us celebrate the life and works of this prolific scholar of Briarwood, the Rabbi Dr. Jehuda Melber, and wish our Jewish friends, L’Shana Tova (Happy Rosh Hashanah).

Joseph N. Manago
Briarwood

JetBlue A Boon

To The Editor:

I am happy that positive events and topics were presented in this week’s Gazette that encourage us to participate in political events as well as make a difference in our community. I am glad that the dignitaries were present at the lighting of the JetBlue sign. JetBlue, being the airline in the hub of LaGuardia Airport and creating many many jobs in our area of Queens Plaza truly is a feather in the cap for Astoria. This puts Astoria and Long Island City on the map.

In addition, teachers must have their salaries raised. They are no longer just mere conveyors of information but act as parents, social workers, advocates and guides to our children who are the future of this city. Teachers have a difficult job at this time with the budget cuts and attrition leading to larger classes and great demands placed upon them as a result of standardized testing, evaluations of their performance as well as their increasing role in schools which they never had before.

The US Open is indeed another feather in the economic cap of our borough, bringing tourists, famous people, the tennis athletes and fans, and also coverage on TV. We again are placed on the map through this wonderful event. Also, jobs of so many different kinds are created in Queens as a result of the US Open, boosting our economy as well as our tax base.

We must vote in primaries since there are many candidates who have different views and it is important to select candidates through the primary voting system that will do the best to represent each political party for each position in the general election process on Election Day. Voting in the primary is indeed important and we must all participate in the political process if we want positive changes enacted to improve our borough.

I again am disgusted and appalled at hearing about so many murders taking place in our city.

Also, nothing was mentioned about labor unions in the issues of the Gazette. They are so important, and prior to their creation, the American workers were not given their rights, which we take for granted at this time.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

Death Ruled Natural

To The Editor:

You had printed a story about my son, Robert Zaretz and it happened to be that I just read the article today and was pretty upset over what I read.

First thing, Robert had no wife. He shared the expenses on an apartment with a girl named Janet Quinlan, she was not his wife nor was she a girlfriend. She was a friend and on her part she would have liked to have been more than a friend.

He would come to me saying he’s moving back with me (his mother), he didn’t want to share an apartment with her any longer.

On March 21 it was Robert’s birthday, on March 23, a Saturday, my daughter and her family came in from Long Island and the rest of my family (Robert’s sister, Lee, his brother, Matthew, who is a Federal Officer with the Department of Homeland Security, and his brother, Carson, all got together that evening to celebrate Robert’s birthday at Frost Street Italian Restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We had dinner and drinks, Robert was in good spirits and enjoyed being with his family. Janet, whom he shared the apartment with, was never with us that evening at the restaurant celebrating his birthday.

After dinner, we all went to my house, where we continued to celebrate with a birthday cake and coffee.

Later that night, Robert came back with his friend Daniel (Danny as everyone called him) Quinlan, who was Janet’s brother. They had drinks in my house and left in the wee early hours of the morning,

How did my son die in a cemetery in the wee hours of the morning?

When I identified his body, he looked beaten up, there is not a doubt in my mind that there was a fight. I was with him that entire day right into the night and he looked wonderful.

I’m told by the police as of this writing, they closed the case, cause of death a heart attack.

But what caused that heart attack? Anyone can see there was a fight and that fight could have caused a heart attack. There is no way he would ever have gone into a cemetery just like that, especially having to climb a six-foot fence to get in there. Who was after him and why was there a fight? Why don’t the police look into this further? Why did the police close the case with a heart attack?

Who worked on this case with their eyes closed?

There was no cowbell, it’s disgusting that the papers keep mentioning a cowbell, this is so untrue, there are no cows in the cemeteries, so what country did this reporter come from that has cowbells? The item was part of a candle holder, please get this story correct. As Robert’s mother, it hurts to see what things are printed especially when they are untrue. Madeline Zaretz

It Can Happen Again

To The Editor:

As the nation marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the question that many people are asking, “Are we any safer than we were 11 years ago from such another attack?” Our Department of Homeland Security has made major improvements in detecting and preventing potential terrorist threats to our nation, and security at our airports, rail stations and bus depots has also improved. With all of this enhanced security, people should feel a lot more secure and safe. However, the fact remains that anybody who really wants to harm others can do so. There could be security on every street corner; it is not 100 percent automatic protection for everybody. So, as we remember the nearly 2,000 innocent victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, we, as citizens must continue to be vigilant as we go about our daily lives and routines. If you see something suspicious, say something and report it to the nearest law enforcement person, or call 911 and report it. Life as we knew it before Sept. 11, 2001 has been changed forever, folks.

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

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