2016-08-24 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Not Time For Closure

To The Editor:

Yep! Here we go again. September will be shortly upon us with Labor Day, return to school, the ending of vacations and the awful day of remembrance: September 11th.

This will remarkably be 15 years from the devastation and death of that day. America and the world has changed. Our children at the time and those after will never know the America we cherished prior to planes flown into stone edifices filled with people simply at work.

The loss of nearly 3,000 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field was only the beginning of what has been death strewn worldwide by fanatics who believe that death is the road to heaven.

First Responders of the FDNY, PAPD and NYPD died saving thousands at the World Trade Center. But if not for their courage, dedication and fearlessness so many more families would be mourning the loss of loved ones. Too many Americans have come to believe it is time for closure.

Yet daily, those who responded to the massive search and rescue and clean-up of what were once towering structures turned to ruins fall victim to the toxins in the air that were designated safe to work in. Daily sickness befalls those who answered the call and so many have perished horribly from lung diseases and cancers.

On Saturday, September 17th, St. Michael’s will once again hold a Remember Me Run and Memorial Service to honor the First Responders of 9/11. This year St. Michael’s will also honor those who died working upon the “pile.”

Nearly 400 names of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to search for victims and remove the debris of the Towers will be inscribed permanently onto a granite wall. Those who gave freely of themselves deserve much more.

While the world rages from terrorist attacks that seek only to destroy the American way of life, it is not time for closure. It is time to honor those who fought for all of us!

Ed Horn
Baldwin, L.I.

Moving On Not Possible

To The Editor:

I have had discussions with several people and they said they felt that on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 we need to move on and not make such a fuss on that day. Well should we move on? I think not. We lost over 3,000 people on that day of infamy. Terrorists hit the mainland on September 11, 2001, New York City and Washington D.C. having the worst death tolls. How does one forget brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, neighbors, friends and co-workers? It is said when you forget history you are doomed to repeat it. On this 15th anniversary of 9/11, now known as Patriot Day, I ask all to remember all those who have died on that day with your prayers. I also ask all who can, to fly or display the American flag from home and office as an act of respect and to honor all those who passed away on that day because of those with evil intent. Let us also not forget the first responders who aided in the clean up and search for those who might have survived. Many of these first responders have died and many more are sick and dying. All of those who came to the aid of our country and tried to help need to be remembered as well. May God bless all of them, and their families who cannot forget all those who came, saw and tried to help.

Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Maintain Trees Properly

To The Editor:

With so many street trees all throughout the city and its boroughs, it is important that all of them be maintained properly by the Department of Parks and Recreation. For example, along a stretch of 73rd Avenue near Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, there are several oak trees that have electrical lines passing through them. Obviously whoever pruned them did not know the proper way to prune and thin out the branches that were near the lines. These trees were butchered, and their natural crowns were permanently destroyed, and will never regrow. If Con Edison needs to prune trees because its electrical lines are near them, they should subcontract out to private pruning companies whose staff know how to properly prune trees. The utility should not prune trees unless they have a qualified arborist on site to advise them of proper pruning procedures. Our trees should not just be randomly pruned any old way because of utility lines. Also, the Forestry Division of the Parks Department needs to really get moving on regular tree maintenance throughout the city, especially in Queens. There are scores of dead and dying trees that need to be removed and many others that need to be pruned to maintain their health and vigor. If this division is not adequately staffed, then it should subcontract the work out to tree pruning companies, to assist with the huge volume of trees that need to be maintained. We are now entering into the beginning of the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, and time is of the essence here.

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Ice Cream, You Scream!

To The Editor:

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”

Take a day off from worrying about cholesterol, triglycerides and your weight. Treat yourself; beat the heat and humidity by going to your favorite local ice cream parlor and order a banana split.

Thursday, August 25 is National Banana Split Day. It was invented by 23- year-old apprentice pharmacist David Evans Strickler at his Latrobe, Pennsylvania store's soda fountain in 1904. The cost for this tasty treat was 10 cents, which was twice the price of any other ice cream sundae.

Why not have an all-ice cream dinner? Enjoy a couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream. It should be properly served in a long dish (sometimes called a boat). The banana is cut in half lengthwise with three scoops of ice cream in between. Tradition has scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but many substitute other flavors.

Add some hot fudge, whipped cream, crushed nuts, maraschino cherries and other toppings. It will put a smile on your face and bring back childhood memories of when you frequented Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor or another favorite ice cream emporium.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, LI

Inspiring Stories

To The Editor:

I was deeply elated when I heard that a 100-year-old man was honored for being involved in civic affairs. He is a credit to his community. Stories such as this one are inspiring.

Also, I am elated to learn that another man was honored by the Queens Library for being a long-term patron of the library.

In addition, I am glad that school supplies were distributed to needy children and that there are organizations that give out backpacks filled with supplies. Thanks Gazette for publishing such inspirational articles which show the goodness in people.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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