2016-11-09 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

No Place For Haters

To The Editor:

There are among us people who simply hate. They cannot be debated with or even consider the reasons for their hatred. Their world is defined within their own narrow shadow.

Humanity’s history is full of haters. Somehow our evolution has only matured to a level that permits a reflection of civilization providing a measure of sense and stability. Pierce the surface and the baseness of Homo sapiens rears its fangs with a blood thirst.

All centuries of man’s history are full of acts of incomprehensible cruelty. The only way for the actors to justify such acts is by defining the victims as less than human who possess no right to claim life, or that they survive at the level of the oppressor. From slavery to crucifixion the evil one man can impose upon another is startling.

Rwanda exploded when hatred dissolved the bounds that had permitted different tribes to co-exist. Hitler understood the innate hatred for Jews born from years of damnation promoted by zealots who forsook God for personal animosities.

The Romans were a cruel people who through arms conquered the known world. They crucified their opponents without hesitation instilling fear to imprint their might upon any who questioned their power. Yet we pray to a man who gave his life on the cross willingly for the sake of mankind. Those who hate also pray to Jesus, claiming they act in accordance with the Lord’s commandments.

America has always been great. It could always be better. US democracy has been the glue that has held the nation together for over 2 centuries. Only now is it in question by those who promise to contest a national election if results are contrary to their demands. When a national nominee for the highest office attacks the foundations of the nation, it is but a sad simple step to have citizens promising armed conflict. When hate “trumps” the interest of the nation no one should question that blood may flow. Ed Horn

Respect Our Vets

To The Editor:

As our nation prepares to celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th, let us remember all of our veterans who have served in all the branches of the armed forces from the American Revolution right down through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So many of these brave men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives as they fought to keep our country free so that we could and still do enjoy the many freedoms that we have today. Our veterans deserve the highest respect, as well as the best financial compensation that can and must be accorded to them and their families. Every effort should and must be made to give 200 percent support to the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy. Our country owes all of them an eternal debt of gratitude. The Veteran’s Administration needs to get its act together and speed up the thousands of claims that have been filed by our veterans for medical and financial compensation. There should not be any bureaucratic red tape to have to cut through in order to help these fine men and women. Any delays are inexcusable and intolerable! God bless our Veterans and God bless The U. S. A.!

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Develope Sunnyside Yards

To The Editor:

The recent announcement by the New York City Economic Development Corporation that they are going to delay release of a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for consulting firms to study potential development of Sunnyside Rail Yards in the end could be good news. NYCEDC at the behest of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was going to release the original Request for Proposals on February 15, 2015 over 20 months ago. There is still the need for Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and Metro North Rail Road to coordinate with NYCEDC on this study. Both Amtrak and NJ Transit use the existing Sunnyside Yards for midday and overnight storage along with positioning of equipment for rush hour service. The MTA, LIRR and Metro North have their own future potential plans to use portions of Sunnyside Yards for construction of a station. It would make sense to include MTA, LIRR, Amtrak New Jersey Transit and Metro North Rail Road in the development of any proposed scope of work by NYCEDC for future potential development plans for Sunnyside Yards.

Few remember that in 1998 as part of the proposed MTA Long Island Rail Road Eastside Access project, construction of a passenger station was considered for Sunnyside Yard. It would provide access to the growing Long Island City business and residential district. Fast forward eighteen years to today. The MTA has still not advertised and awarded a contract for the new Sunnyside Yard LIRR Station (that was to be built at Queens Blvd. & Skillman Avenue).

Any future development plans utilizing the air-rights over Sunnyside Yards need to include the proposed MTA LIRR Eastside Access project construction of a passenger station at Sunnyside Yard. It will provide access to both Sunnyside and adjacent growing Long Island City business and residential community along with neighboring Astoria and Woodside. There has been incredible residential and commercial growth in neighborhoods adjacent to Sunnyside Yard. Imagine the benefits to both residents and commuters. Consider the possible travel options including reverse commuting if a Metro North Rail Road connection from the New Haven line via the Bronx and Hell Gate Bridge on to Grand Central Terminal reached beneficial use along with LIRR Eastside Access and both provide service to a Sunnyside Yard station in December 2023 or some time in 2024. Sincerely, Larry Penner

Make Democracy Work

To The Editor:

I am glad that Woodside is on the map again. Also the campaign the dirtiest, nastiest one in history will be over; but we must all vote. Those who fought for the vote like women and Black people know that voting is a gift and a joy. We must not take voting for granted. If you want democracy to work, cast your ballot. Do not sit it out.

There should be braille absentee ballots since the secret ballot is key in this country. Then blind people who cannot read print will be denied their right to have a secret ballot.

Also, English should become the official language of this country. If a person is expected to get benefits from this country, to work, and to have medical treatment, etc they must learn English.

It is good to learn different languages, but English should be the first. I taught ESL for many years at Dellamonica Senior Center and it was marvelous to see senior citizens learn English and speak it.

I hope that the stock market and everyone living in this country embrace the election and the new president. We must show others that we are the best country in the world.

The marathon in my estimation is a waste of time and money. In addition, I think that having to change our clocks for only four months is ridiculous. We should be on one time only like Arizona and Indiana.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

God Bless Our Vets

To The Editor:

November 11th is the day to think about our honored veterans. For 240 years they have fought to defend those freedoms we hold most dear. I myself served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to have done so. Veterans Day is a time to remember all veterans. We need to remember all those who gave their lives and the many who lost limbs, hearing, sight and have come back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These veterans who have served our nation did so with pride and devotion to duty so that we might have those freedoms we enjoy today. We need to salute our brave men and women who are now serving in Afghanistan and who have served in Iraq, as well as other parts of the world. This Veterans 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 our personal freedom to vote for our future leaders without fear. Our system may not be perfect, but still is the greatest in the world. But these freedoms do not come without a price. They come with great personal sacrifice from those who leave family, friends and jobs to serve the greater good. I hope this Veterans Day there will be many flags flying in support of our brave men and women who have served and who are still serving this great nation of ours.

Remember the words of our first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington, who said, “The willingness with which our young people will fight in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country." That was so true back then and is so true now. I ask all who read this letter to call a veteran you might know and say thank you for a job well done. May God bless these brave Americans and may God bless America on the day we call Veterans Day.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

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