2016-05-25 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Celebrate! Responsibly

To The Editor:

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and this much-anticipated holiday is right around the corner. It’s a fun time when families and friends gather to celebrate with backyard barbecues, boating excursions and other outdoor activities. It’s also an opportunity for all of us to help keep our community safe. That’s why Anheuser-Busch and our employees are renewing our pledge to be or use a designated driver over Memorial Day weekend and any time alcohol is part of our plans.

These are our roads and we have a shared responsibility to keep them safe. However you celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, please make a plan to make it home safely.

C.A. Verdon, Consumer Social
Responsibility Coordinator,
Anheuser-Busch Sales &
Service Of New York, Inc.

God Bless America

To The Editor:

As the nation prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, it is so important to remember how the men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much in order for all Americans to be able to enjoy the freedoms that we have in our great nation. From the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I and II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, right through the current wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, our military personnel have, and continue to sacrifice and risk their lives for us. They are the true heroes and heroines of this country, and we never should forget that. God bless all of them past, present and future – and God bless America on this Memorial Day!

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Memorial Day

To The Editor:

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and I hope the many will not forget the importance of this day. Brave men and women have fought and died in many wars to keep freedom alive. These wars started with the Revolutionary War and extended to the war of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Iraq and Afghanistan. And finally the war against terrorism that continues and asks all of us that if we see something we must say something.

Memorial Day, in my book, is not just another day off to shop for sales or barbecuing. Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. This Memorial Day, I find myself thinking what it means to be an American. The answer is crystal clear, and that is the pride to live in a country that allows us the personal freedom to speak our minds. These freedoms come with great personal sacrifice for those who leave family, friends and jobs to serve the greater good. I myself have served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. Although I never saw combat, I had friends who did and died serving our country. So, please honor Memorial Day and honor those who gave their lives for all those things we hold most dear. You do this by flying the American flag from homes and offices. You can also do this by attending the many Memorial Day parades in your local communities and saluting those who serve our nation so well. Let’s not forget those who serve on the home front, like policemen, firefighters and EMS workers who serve us so well. You can also call a veteran you know and tell them thank you for serving and keeping us free from tyranny.

Remember this too: Our flag is red, white, and blue and these colors don’t run!

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

On Time, Not Pretty

To The Editor:

I applaud Congressmember Crowley for his advocacy to have auto-enrollment in retirement plans. He is indeed for the people and cares a great deal for others he represents.

I also applaud Saint Michael’s cemetery for constructing a Memorial Wall for those who do not have monuments on their graves to remember them.

I cannot understand why our governor is planning to put new buses on the streets of our city with WiFi and cell phone outlets and also saying that they are beautiful. Why have beautiful buses if buses run by the MTA, especially the 30 and 12 or 8 or 41 are late and there is a very long waiting time, especially in the cold of winter and in stormy weather posing hardships for workers who are late to work. What is the rationale behind this new MTA idea? It seems that everything has to be nice-looking and everyone at the top forgets about the actual purpose of buses – to take people to work and school on time.

I also am glad that Skelos and his son were sentenced to prison for corruption. There are rumors that the Cuomo administration also has corruption. What is wrong with our politicians now?

What happened to old-fashioned honesty?

The presidential race now is like a sideshow and a circus. Hillary and Trump, the front runners, must get down to business and have meaningful debates attacking the meat and the potatoes of the issues, not each other.

In addition, why should the entire block be full of flammable material in stores or factories where the Metro-North train station is located in Manhattan, and where there was a track fire that delayed service to millions of riders?

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

Irreplaceable Pop’s

To The Editor:

I read with interest and disbelief a letter written to a local newspaper last week in which my name was mentioned, so I am responding. In this letter it stated that my “incessant complaining” of Pops being destroyed as we knew it and that the letter writer thinks we need to celebrate the reopening of the changed Pop’s Ice Cream Parlor and restaurant. Also that it could be another 99-cent store, Chinese takeout or nail salon. Also that the owners have chosen to open with a newly renovated storefront. She also stated my resistance in reopening this restaurant is thwarting Woodhaven from moving forward in a direction that “improves our Quality of Life.”

Let me respond. Yes I do lament the loss of an ice cream parlor that survived since 1910, 106 years, with tin ceilings, original floors and woodwork. The original “Pop’s” was a family oriented Ice Cream Parlor/Restaurant at which families with children could enjoy and celebrate special occasions. Now it is no longer unique with its own persona, it is another restaurant that in no way improves our quality of life by replacing what many thought was a historic location. The fact that you state “Jamaica Avenue” is in jeopardy of looking uninviting and unappealing to shoppers, residents and investors, makes me think that you are speaking of some other Commercial Strip, not our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, where the GWDC, and then with the assistance of the WBID, got our Jamaica elevated train structure and stanchions painted, where we now have at least three new clothing stores, a bicycle shop, a new catering hall, a hobby store, a new tofu location, a new fish and chicken restaurant, a new sushi restaurant, and a Spanish restaurant – and please note none of these new locations replaced the 106-year-old parlor, viable and important to Woodhaven, a historical location.

Our Woodhaven is getting all of our street lights replaced with LED lighting (this has been already done on certain locations on our Avenue). There have been great amounts of money invested in our Avenue. If you notice we now have 5 supermarkets and another being opened this week. At a time when other Queens Communities are begging for supermarkets we will now have 6. Please don’t lecture me on investment here and the appeal of our avenue, it is clean with a low vacancy rate and 95% graffiti vandalism free.

I would suggest that you go to other commercial strips, they all have 99-cent stores and Chinese takeout, but they don’t have all the other stores and businesses we have. In conclusion, I do applaud all of our new investors that our WBID has brought to our avenue, but I do not applaud the replacement of our iconic Pop’s Restaurant, which when it was destroyed it was lost forever. I would be applauding if they opened this restaurant at another location on the avenue. And believe me I would have worked very hard to find them another location. Now we have to Landmark Neir’s Bar and Restaurant before we lose more of our important Woodhaven history.

Maria A. Thomson, Executive Director
Greater Woodhaven Development
Corporation; Woodhaven Business
Improvement District

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