2015-02-04 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Report Domestic Violence

To The Editor:

Last Saturday’s family tragedy in southeast Queens once again underscores the human toll and horror of domestic violence. Despite the progress that we have made in domestic violence prevention and prosecution, this tragic case shows that we cannot relent in our efforts to eliminate the scourge of domestic violence. The latest statistics from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence show a 41 percent reduction since 2002 in intimate partner homicides. This sorrowful incident demonstrates yet again that even one domestic violence homicide is one too many.

Statistics show that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and more than three million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone that is, I urge you to report it before it is too late. The 24-hour domestic violence hotline number is 1-800-621-HOPE.

Richard A. Brown
Queens District Attorney

Schumer To FCC Re 911

A copy of this letter from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was received at the Queens Gazette.

Dear Chairman Wheeler,

I applaud the Commission for taking on the challenge of updating its rules for emergency 911 calls to ensure that first responders are able to find cellphone callers. I write to encourage you to finalize your rulemaking process and swiftly begin implementation of new rules.

Today, as many as 70 percent of calls made to 911 may be made from cellphones; it is critical for public safety that dispatchers be able to find those cellphone callers as reliably as they can find callers who use land lines. Unfortunately, the rules in place today are simply not adequate to ensure that cellphone callers can be found, especially when calls are placed from indoors.

The consequences of inadequate location accuracy services are literally deadly. A real-life, heartbreaking example from my home state of New York illustrates the severity of this problem. In June 2013, an elderly New York woman called 911 while having a stroke, but FDNY and EMT dispatchers were sent to the wrong address based on a cell tower reading. Because she endured a stroke, her speech was slurred and she was unable to provide dispatchers with the correct location. She was on the phone for nearly eight hours before she was located. Unfortunately she died the next day.

I was heartened to see that the FCC has decided to tackle this issue, and even more encouraged that the wireless industry and public safety groups heeded your call to collaborate and identify a workable framework for improved location accuracy.

I feel very strongly that the final rules you adopt should meet the principles identified by Commissioner Rosenworcel last year: First and foremost, a 911 call from a cellphone should result in a dispatchable location; that is the only way to ensure that emergency service providers can reliably get to callers in need. Second, any solution must be verifiable; we cannot simply trust that any particular technological solution will work. Third, the rules must be flexible to accommodate rapidly evolving technology. And finally, the rules need to be implemented as fast as is reasonably possible, although the speediness of implementation must not be prioritized over accuracy and safety.

I also encourage the FCC to continue working with public safety and industry stakeholders to ensure that their voices are heard. The collective expertise from the wireless and emergency services sectors is invaluable in putting together an effective solution for today and for the future.

In conclusion, I urge you to take swift action on this issue. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

7 Train Will Run

To The Editor:

We at Flushing Town Hall would like to thank the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for suspending its 7 line construction work on the weekend of the annual Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, February 21-22.

The parade not only is a culturally vital celebration, but a popular attraction that draws visitors from across the city and region. The impact on our area’s businesses and neighborhood’s cultural and historic sites cannot be overstated.

It is why Flushing Town Hall has scheduled for that Sunday a Lunar New Year Dance Sampler and an exhibition of dynamic calligraphy, some created by 103-year-old Flushing resident Chao-Lin Ting.

We applaud Assemblymember Ron Kim, Councilmember Peter Koo, Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, state Senator Toby Stavisky, and our Asian- American community leaders for appealing to the MTA to ensure the 7 train would keep running.

The MTA’s decision has given us much to celebrate as the Lunar New Year approaches.

Ellen Kodadek
Executive & Artistic Director
Flushing Town Hall

‘Helicopter Gov’

To The Editor:

The new phenomenon of shutting down all roads, not just major highways, in anticipation of a snowstorm needs to be seriously reexamined. I am the president of Glen Oaks Village, a co-op of 10,000 residents. The overreaction to the “blizzard” this past week by the governor and mayor in shutting down all local roads to non-emergency vehicles at 11 p.m. created enormous problems for us and other large co-ops. We have maintenance employees working the 4 p.m. to midnight shift who have been plowing our sidewalks and driveways to keep ahead of the heavy snowfall. These individuals need to drive home after their shift has ended and return in the morning to continue plowing and shoveling the front stoops of our 3,000 families. They will now be subject to $300 fines according to the governor should they be on the road after 11 p.m. Closing all roads and issuing $300 fines has created enormous problems for our co-op. Our residents expect driveways to be plowed and walkways to be cleared, a responsibility that the Board of Directors of the co-op takes very seriously. Shutting down all local roads makes that virtually impossible. More thought should have been given to this. Because a few people don’t act responsibly in a snow storm is not a reason to shut down the entire transportation grid of the city, especially when individuals are employed in jobs that require them to be at work. Asking people to exercise caution and common sense during severe weather instead of infantilizing them is a better solution than a one-size-fits-all approach. I urge our elected representatives to raise this issue with the mayor and governor so that we may see a more reasoned approach with the next severe storm.

Bob Friedrich
President, Glen Oaks Village

MPB Is Vital

To The Editor:

I am writing this letter today in the hopes it will shed some light on a glaring problem in our community. I am referring to the potential closing of a beloved and thriving school in our neighborhood, Most Precious Blood (MPB). Please notice I used beloved and thriving to describe this school. Listening to our parish pastor when he read the letter to the church, you would think that the school was a wasteland. This school is the heart and the future of the parish. Closing the school will crush the kids attending it and ultimately cause a mass exodus from the parish. My son currently attends the second grade at MPB. He loves his school, teacher and classmates. He is thriving there. Please help us get the message to the Diocese, the bishop and the pastor. We want to continue to thrive. Kevin A. Jay

Doesn’t Need Closing

To The Editor:

I am writing to you in hope that you will publish this story and help us in Long Island City.

On Saturday, January 10, the parents of students at Most Precious Blood School (MPB) got a text message, telling us to go to the school’s website to read a letter from the Pastor, Fr. William Krlis.

The letter stated that since the school is in disrepair and enrollment is going down the school would be closed at the end of the school year.

This is not true.

The fact is, that while the school is in need of repairs, they are not dire. Most Precious Blood School has been operating in the black for seven years, taking no money from the parish.

The truth of the matter is, the CHURCH is badly in need of repairs and Fr. Krlis wants to close the school, rent it out, and use the profits to repair his church building.

This is the first time a thriving school is being closed to help save a church.

Most Precious Blood School takes no money from the parish or diocese, and is not a drain on church funds. However, in the years that I have been a parishioner at Most Precious Blood, Fr. Krlis has made no big fundraising efforts to save his church. In fact, he has lost many parishioners due to his bad management and lack of compassion.

Most Precious Blood School is an anchor in our community. The surrounding schools are already overcrowded, and will become more so with its closing. Most Precious Blood School IS our community!

Right now, we are scrambling to find another school for our son. We feel that a quality Catholic education is important, but other Catholic schools in the neighborhood are either too expensive or too far away for us to manage.

Also, if the Diocese of Brooklyn can close a PROFITABLE school to make quick cash, what is to stop them from closing other, smaller schools? We don’t trust the Diocese at this point.

I attend church at Most Precious Blood, but will be leaving if this goes through. I do not feel comfortable supporting a church that pays lip service to my family values yet obviously does not share them.

We, the parents, and the alumni of Most Precious Blood School are asking Bishop DiMarzio for an audit of both the school and the parish. We want to know where the money is going.

Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated! Kate McCroary Jay

Fed Is Unaccountable

To The Editor:

Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of bankers or where money comes from. Consequently many are indifferent to the machinations of the Federal Reserve. I implore those concerned about debt, sound money, transparency, liberty, and taxation without representation to consider the following facts.

After having consolidated their financial grip on most of the European nations, the Rothschild family, along with other wealthy international bankers, wished to extend their sphere of influence in the United States. In November 1910, after several failed attempts to establish a central bank, a group of bankers met surreptitiously on Jekyll Island, North Carolina, to draft a plan they would call the Federal Reserve System. They decided on this name because it would deceive the people into thinking it was a government agency administered and regulated by Congress.

In reality the Federal Reserve System is owned by private individuals. It is a consortium of unelected, unaccountable bankers who hold the value of the dollar in their hands. They control interest rates and create money out of thin air by buying bonds issued by the government, charging the taxpayers fees and interest payments. This has the same effect as printing money. Policies and actions of the Fed do not have to be approved by the president, the Congress or any elected official and it has never been audited. Why would the government grant a monopoly to private bankers to print money, and pay fees and interest when it has the authority to make the money itself interest free? The Constitution gives only Congress authority to “coin money and regulate the value thereof”.

President Woodrow Wilson, who signed the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, regretted his action: “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country, all our activities are in the hands of a few men.” Thomas Jefferson warned, “I believe banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” Mayer Anselm Rothschild stated, “Give me control of a nation’s money supply and I care not who makes its laws.”

Author and philosopher Johann von Goethe writes, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

Ed Konecnik

What Cyprus Needs

To The Editor:

A wise government is one that displays leadership and is blessed with a vision to act in the interest of its citizens and break through the maze of political traps. Greece has now a chance to regain its dignity lost by incompetence and political opportunism. It will take a lot of effort and years to dismantle the oppressive institutional stronghold enforced upon the nation by bad government policies, but not impossible.

Alexis Tsipras, the charismatic young new leader and his supporters are on a mission and have a goal in the interest of the people. Time will tell, but the Revolution of the Mind has begun! Out of the ashes of political chaos, despair and social injustice, Greece has been given the opportunity to rise in prominence once again and do the right thing for the Greek people.

Does Cyprus have such a similar chance? Under the present political climate and culture it’s impossible. No products of the same system can introduce revolutionary changes.

That one special leader has not risen in Cyprus yet to guide the nation forward; it was never blessed with one. Instead, the nation harnesses political opportunists as “leaders” borne out of a culture dominated by Kommatokratia. Free thought and free minds on the island have been stagnated by the inability to speak out in a society, a society that shuns fairness in a transparent meritocracy and transparency. Unless that attitude is torn down and yanked out from its roots to clean out the stables of nepotism and corruption, there is no chance for Cyprus to rise above its present mess; that’s where the Revolution of the Mind plays a crucial role.

Maybe now that Tsipras has been elected in Greece, some of his policies can start to rub off on our own petty politicians and start acting in the interest of the people, and not in the interest of their Kommata, IMF EU-Troika, NATO and others. One may well say dream on…but there’s no harm dreaming for a miracle. Andreas C. Chrysafis

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