2016-10-12 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Trump: Me First

To The Editor:

Charges that some of Hillary Clinton’s State Department staff took the 5th and received immunity fails to convey the truth. Attornies, fearing for their clients, will require immunity prior to their testifying to protect them.

Granting immunity to Clinton’s staff also ensured that those who received it would tell all. If not, they would forfeit the immunity and be prosecuted for perjury. Therefore the FBI findings that there was no basis for issuing criminal charges against Clinton was based upon the facts.

Trump supporters will not accept this reality. They believe Donald was a genius to take a billion dollar tax write-off. That tax relief permitted him to refund his personal wealth. All was, and is, legal.

What Trump avoids admitting is that the billion-dollar loss came at the expense, livelihood and future of thousands of businesses and small investors. While Trump regained millions with the tax loss others were confronted with closed businesses, employees without jobs and lost retirement funds.

Unfortunately the US has lost members of our Foreign Service many times in the past. Benghazi was no exception, except for the political mudslinging by Trump.

During the Reagan administration 10 embassies were attacked with the loss of an American ambassador, 18 CIA officers, and 254 marines. The Bush Administration suffered 13 embassy attacks, sustaining 66 deaths, 3 diplomats killed and 22 embassy employees killed. President Obama has had 2 embassies attacked with 4 Americans killed. There have been 13 investigations costing $14 million. Reagan had one investigation and Bush none.

Trump has no respect for anyone other than himself. His mission is to win at all costs, and those damaged deserve where they find themselves. That is why, to Trump, John McCain is not a hero and our service men and women suffering post-traumatic stress disorder are weak.

Ed Horn
Baldwin, LI

Shifting Train Lines

To The Editor:

The reintroduction this fall of the old W subway line, which ran from Astoria to Whitehall Street in Manhattan is good news (“W Train Returns in November,” September 28). Perhaps more riders heading for destinations south of Canal Street to South Ferry in downtown Manhattan may transfer at Queensboro Plaza from the 7 Flushing line to the W. This might open up standing room for Hunters Point and Long Island City residents attempting to board already packed 7 Hudson Yardsbound trains. Current and future ferries serving Hunters Point and Long Island City will provide other transportation options for the thousands of new Hunters Point and Long Island City residents.

It was 98 years ago when service on the privately owned NYC franchised Brooklyn Manhattan Transit (BMT) Broadway Line (which at the time was only between Whitehall Street and Times Square) began service in 1918. The Montague Street Tunnel opened in October 1920. Local service now ran from Queensboro Plaza, including a stop at Whitehall Street before proceeding on to 86th Street Bay Ridge Brooklyn Station.

In 1949, the platform edges were modified on the BMT Astoria Line to accommodate larger trains. The BMT’s Astoria Shuttle was replaced with through service from the Fourth Avenue Line (now R) operating from Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard station to Bay Ridge-95th Street Station.

In January 1961, the Queens terminal was relocated to its current location at Forest Hills-71st Avenue via the BMT 60th Street Tunnel Connection.

In the winter of 1961, letters started to appear on the RR with the introduction of the R27s which featured it on roll signs. The route was known as the “Fourth Avenue Local via Tunnel.” It ran between Forest Hills-71st Avenue to Bay-Ridge 95th Street.

In November 1967, the day after the IND Chrystie Street Connection opened, the RR was moved back to the Astoria- Ditmars Boulevard station on the BMT Astoria Line.

In May 1985, when double letters were eliminated, RR service became the R line.

In May 1987, the north terminals of the N and R were swapped. The R now ran along the IND Queens Boulevard Line to Forest Hills-71st Avenue. This provided access to the Jamaica Yard for assignment of the R train.

Starting in April 1986, the EE was named for its association with the E on Queens Boulevard. This resulted in connecting the Queens Boulevard IND line with the Broadway BMT via a track connection in the 60th Street Tunnel. The service ran between Whitehall Street and Continental Avenue-Forest Hills from 1955-1976. The route was designated the EE from 1967-1976. It was then eliminated, since the R and N provided overlapping service. The R was rerouted to Continental Avenue (from its old terminal at Ditmars Boulevard in 1987.

Larry Penner
Great Neck

The Gift Of Life

To The Editor:

How would you like to save someone’s life and maybe be a hero? Life is such a precious commodity, and I think some of us wonder if there is something we can do to help someone in need. I have a suggestion. St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council 5911, where I serve as Grand Knight and Chairman of our annual Blood Drive at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston. This year it will take place on Sunday, November 13th, from 8:45 am to 2:45 pm. The location is 45- 14 245th Street, in Father Smith Hall at St. Anastasia. If you need to donate early or will be out of town you can use our account, no. 06461-New York Blood Center. That being said this is a great opportunity to truly give the gift of life by donating blood. There is no substitute for human blood. One in three people will need blood sometime during their lives. Blood lasts only 42 days. Your donation now is critically important. Close to 2,000 men, women and children in our communities, including cancer, transplant and surgery patients, trauma victims, newborn babies and many others need blood transfusions each day. We are fortunate to live in a region where sophisticated medical facilities and transplant programs are available. These programs require blood donations. When there is not enough blood, patients wait hours for the blood they need, delaying their recovery. Patients who are weak from low iron wait for red cells; patients whose bodies have been assaulted by chemotherapy wait for platelets that will allow their blood to clot again. Patients who have been on an organ transplant list for months or years and finally get an opportunity for an organ will lose that opportunity if there is no blood. So please give the gift of life. Remember we need more heroes. If you need more information regarding requirements you can go to the New York Blood Center at New York Blood Center or call 1-800-688-0900.

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the largest community-based, non-profit blood collection and distribution.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Like A Co-Pilot

To The Editor:

I certainly am in favor of a conductor and an engineer to be together when the train on the railroad is being driven. That is the same as having a pilot and co-pilot being together in the event that there is a problem with the pilot’s health. Also, a second pair of eyes and knowledge is necessary. This should occur for all railroad trains, including the LIRR and Amtrack.

I am pleased that there will be security cameras at both the Sunnyside and Woodside branches of the library. This is important.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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