2017-05-17 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Urban Upbound

To The Editor:

Thank you to all who supported the 2nd Annual “Conversations with our Groundbreakers” event on Wednesday, May 3 at The Durst Organization in Manhattan. Five participants from Youth Career Pathways, Tax Preparation, Financial Counseling, Worker Cooperative programs, and the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union shared stories of moving upward in life personally and financially. Your presence was supportive and meaningful as they continue to make strides towards achieving their dreams.

Special thanks to Development Coordinator Carly Rome for taking the lead on organizing the successful event, and the Durst Organization for hosting and catering the event!

Your support makes our work in low-income New York City communities possible. Urban Upbound offers programs that make a difference in the lives of the city’s most vulnerable youth, fragile families, and working adults striving to do their best.

Your donations help make our participants’ pathway to success possible. If you were not able to make the event, please consider making a gift at www.bethefirst.nyc to help fund programs that connect youth and adults to employment, financial counseling, educational resources, entrepreneurship opportunities, and a safe and affordable place to keep their money. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible and means so much to us! Bethany Goldszer Senior Director of Programs and Development

Urban Upbound
Long Island City

Memorial Day

To The Editor:

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and I hope the many will not forget the importance of this day. Memorial Day in my book is not just another day off to shop for sales or backyard barbecuing. In my opinion, 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 who died serving our country. So please honor Memorial Day and honor those who gave their lives for all those things we hold most dear, which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as professed in the Declaration of Independence. You can do this by attending parades in your local communities and saluting those who have and do serve us so well. Let’s not forget all those who serve on the homefront like policemen, firefighters, and EMS workers who also protect us. You can also call a veteran and tell them thank you for serving and keeping us free from tyranny. You can also fly the American flag from home, office and business to show respect and honor for all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for God and country. Remember this too: Our flag is red, white and blue, and these colors don’t run.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Bring Back Express 7

To The Editor:

There are better ways to celebrate the recent 100th Anniversary of the number 7 Flushing subway service. In March 1953, a super express began operating from Flushing-Main Street to Times Square in the AM rush hour. This 7 stopped at Main Street and Willets Point before skipping all stops to Queensboro Plaza, skipping the Woodside and Junction Boulevard express stops. The running time was cut down to 23 minutes from 25 minutes. This ended in a few years.

Holiday and Saturday express service was discontinued in March 1954. Midday express service between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. was discontinued in August 1975. Riders have had to endure too many years of inconvenience as a result of the MTA NYC Transit investing $774 million in Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) on the Flushing 7 line. With or without CBTC, there are opportunities to increase capacity and service by running trains more frequently midday, evenings, overnight and weekends on the 7 line. There has been no express service between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., due to periodic ongoing track, power, signal, and routine maintenance projects for decades, including work to support CBTC.

Upon implementation of CBTC by early 2018 (which was supposed to have been completed between October and December 2016), let’s hope midday express service resumes. Will it be worth investing $774 million in CBTC when it may only result in increasing the number of rush hour trains by 2 from 30 to 32 in each direction? After that, the MTA NYCT no longer has any other opportunity for increasing rush hour capacity on the 7 line.

Given the tremendous growth in 7 ridership 24/7, riders would welcome restoration of midday, Saturday and holiday express services, along with more frequent local service off-peak, late evenings, overnight and weekends.

Larry Penner
Great Neck

TV Our Downfall

To The Editor:

Hillary Clinton recently told reporter Christiane Amanpour that FBI Chief James Comey cost her the election. I want to offer a less vindictive and conspiratorial assessment.

According to Nielsen, the average American family has 2.5 TVs per household – with 31% owning 4 sets or more. 75% of Americans have at least one television in their living room. From the age of 3 through 80, an average American will spend 1,540 days watching commercials. Divide this number by 365 days, and you get 4.2 years.

Could the ultimate reason a cameo actor on The Nanny, Sex and the City, Home Alone 2, The Little Rascals, and Zoolander – and an executive producer of the Miss Universe pageant and The Apprentice –was able to become POTUS be because Trump is a commercial brand that screen-addicted Americans knew and trusted?

Sadly, Trump may have won simply because most Americans have a shorter attention span than a goldfish.

George Cassidy Payne
SUNY Adjunct Professor of
Philosophy
Rochester, NY.

Most Ineffective President

To The Editor:

This week’s issue of the Gazette was interesting. Yes there is a definite need, and it is important too, to have Amber Alerts for hit and runs, and also for those who abuse and attack elderly or disabled persons.

Also, this entire mess with Trump letting go of the FBI director, making allegations of voters illegally voting, and Russians tampering with our elections is too much and detracting from the main issues of health care, tax reform and other promises made by the most ineffective president ever elected.

Gang members should be accused of a felony if they kill others.

I applaud Congress Members Lowey and Maloney for their influence in getting our city reimbursed for the money we are paying to protect Trump Tower.

Also it is shameful and appalling that a mailman steals and we have trust in these people. Something must be done to safeguard or prevent this from happening.

Mother’s Day is once a year and is commercialized. The ideal is to honor mom every day of her life whether she is young, middle aged, or older and a senior citizen with love affection, caring and remembering the commandment to honor mother. A person does not have to have children to be a mother. Mother Teresa was a mother to all, caring for the poor and sick.

Also Earth Day is every day and not one day a year. The Earth belongs to God and we rent it and must preserve it, protect it and save it from environmental pollution so that future generations can enjoy this precious gift.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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