2016-01-20 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Duh Donald

To The Editor:

“America needs Donald Trump!” The Far Right has claimed for years that the interests of the nation is under attack and American Exceptionalism no longer exists due to Liberal policies and a compliant media.

Reality has nothing to do with core beliefs. The resiliency and strength of the US is a fable to Trump and his acolytes. Trump is the messianic preacher sent to return America to greatness. The Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court be damned. Once Trump is in the White House the sky will be forever American red, white and blue.

America which has been blessed with some of the greatest national leaders the world has known currently demands a man who has bit lines, sound bites, outlines with no policies and fabricated outcomes. Trump who clearly believes, “We have a problem!” and offers nothing to correct these wrongs except to demean others will surely lead us to the Promised Land.

Years of talk-radio has given voice to slanted truths, vitriol and blame pointing. After all, if the US is the most powerful nation, how can it be that others have rights rather than to be subservient to US wishes? How can a nation of immigrants permit Muslims to our borders? How can we permit voters who disagree with us to vote? How could America have a black president?

To address and cure the evils that threaten us daily, the US now requires an entertainer whose assured promise will be to make us laugh. Many with tears in their eyes other than joy. Our allies and enemies will join in differing degrees of wonderment.

After four years of a Trump administration the US will be forever changed. Either there will be an electoral base ensuring the Right the reins of power for generations or an end to the rabbit Right. That is if there is a US after four years of Trump!

Ed Horn
Baldwin

Reconstruct Roadways

A copy of this letter was received at the Queens
Gazette.
December 22nd, 2015
Director Dean Fuleihan
NYC Office of Management and Budget
255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Dear Director Fuleihan,

On behalf of the Douglas Manor Association, I am requesting that the Office of Management and Budget include the Department of Transportation’s funding submission regarding the total reconstruction of roadways within the Douglas Manor neighborhood of Queens County for the for the Fiscal Year 16 January Plan.

As you can see from the enclosed letter, the DOT has determined Douglas Manor is in dire need of repairs which include street lighting, curbs and street reconstruction. Roadways have been in an escalating state of disrepair for over a decade with certain streets sinking or completely collapsing. In 1997, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Douglas Manor as an historic district. This historic district of the City of New York must no longer have historically deplorable roadway conditions and I am respectfully requesting that this project be included in the Department of Transportation’s capital plan.

Thanking you in advance for your anticipated cooperation herein. Awaiting your reply, I remain, Very Truly Yours,

Paul A. Vallone Council Dist. 19,
Edward C. Braunstein Assembly Dist. 26
cc: Douglas Manor Association
Queens DOT Commissioner Garcia
CB 11

In The Steps Of MLK

To The Editor:

When Rabbi Moshe Shur was in college, he joined other student volunteers in a 1965 and 1966 summer initiative to register disenfranchised voters in six Southern states. As president of the student participants in this national project begun by Rev. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Shur met Dr. King who, he says “became a mentor for our lives.”

Martin Luther King Day is a moment in history for today’s students, but for Shur, it is a living memory that “branded” him and molded his future. Now an adjunct professor at Queens College of the City University of New York and the retired Campus Director of Hillel, Shur is attempting to bridge that generational disconnect by deepening students’ understanding of that era in a very personal way. His project, begun last year, “In the Footsteps of Dr. King,” will bring him and 14 QC students to Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, from January 17-21. The students—Muslim, Christian, Jewish, African-American, and immigrants from many nations—reflect the population of one of America’s most ethnically diverse colleges. It is the second time Shur will be leading students for the project; he traveled south with 18 students on the inaugural trip in January 2015.

The students will not only be visiting museums, memorials and historically important sites, participating in a Martin Luther King Day march, and viewing the film Selma, but also meeting with people who played an active role in the civil rights struggle. These will include Barbara Emerson Williams, daughter of Rev. Hosea Williams (Dr. King’s assistant), whose family foundation established Hosea Feed the Hungry in Atlanta. Throughout the trip, students will be using video, photography and writing to record their experiences, which they will share in a campus wide presentation this spring semester.

Queens College has a long association with the civil rights movement and has a renowned civil rights archive: www.archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/. The White House awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously to QC student Andrew Goodman, who was murdered with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner on June 21, 1964, in Mississippi for their voter-registration work. The college’s Clock Tower is named in their honor.

“In the Footsteps of Dr. King” is sponsored by the Queens College Student Association, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Student Life, and New York City Council Member Rory Lancman.

This project is dedicated to the memory and vision of David S. Taub.

Maria Matteo,
Queens College, CUNY

Honoring Eagle Scout

To The Editor:

The Scouts, Leaders and Members of the Committee Boy Scout Troop 268 take great pleasure in announcing that:

Having completed the requirements for, and having been examined by an Eagle Scout Board of Review Bobby Pavlatos was found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout.

In honor of this achievement, we have scheduled an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Saturday, February 6, at Monahan & Fitzgerald in Bayside.

We would appreciate a letter or certificate acknowledging his achievement. We will compile it with other acknowledgments and place it in a scrap book commemorating this special occasion.

Thank you for taking time from your extremely busy schedule to help this community recognize the achievements and service of Eagle Scout Bobby Pavlatos.

Peter Moustakos
Advancement Coordinator of the Troop
Committee
Boy Scout Troop 268
Flushing

Pay For TV & Watch Ads

To The Editor:

I have been paying for cable for a number of years now and I can’t understand a few things. Now here is my gripe. The original idea about cable in my opinion is that the consumer could watch various programs with less or no advertisements. That’s what I thought I was paying for and yet cable gets our money and then gets commercial money. In the end they are getting paid twice. What a great deal for cable at the price of hard working consumers. Well only in America!

Eva Bedell
Glen Oaks Village

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