2017-07-05 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Honor Contract

A copy of this letter was received at the
offices of the Queens Gazette.
June 27, 2017
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump:

I write to request your personal assurance that no foreign-born person recruited into our nation’s Armed Forces will be deported, pursuant to the memo discussed in last night’s Washington Post article entitled: “The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them.”

According to Alex Horton’s article, “The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation.” Also, “The Defense Department launched the program [Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI)] in 2009. Since the program’s start, more than 10,400 troops, most of them with service in the Army, have filled medical billets and language specialties – like Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Pashto – languages identified by the Pentagon as vital to the success of military operations, but in short supply among U.S.-born troops...About 1,000 [MAVNI recruits] have seen their visas expire while waiting for travel orders, which would put them at risk of deportation if their contracts are canceled.”

MAVNI recruits have contractually agreed to place their lives on the line to protect every American citizen. I feel it is only right that we honor our contract with them, and that we allow these individuals to continue to live in America once their service has concluded. They are exactly the type of individuals who will continue to make America great.

I thank you for your personal attention to this matter, and I hope we are able to honor the service of, and our contracts with, these patriotic individuals. Sincerely,

Grace Meng
Member of Congress

MTA Must Do Better

To The Editor:

The derailment of two cars of an A train in Harlem is just the latest in a series of problems that have been plaguing our aging subway system. This time, 34 people were injured, fortunately none seriously, but the fact remains that there were injuries, and that does not reflect well on the MTA. It is time to get the subways back up to speed – improvements are needed throughout the entire 80-year-old system, from new signals to new tracks, escalators, elevators and a much-improved PA system and station platforms. Our local politicians need to turn up the heat on the MTA, whose job it is to oversee the subway system, Amtrak, the LIRR and Metro- North. The riding public deserves to be able to use a system that is safe, modern and up to date. Our first responders handled this latest problem very well, and deserve to be commended for their work. John Amato Fresh Meadows

Let Them Keep The Peace

A copy of this letter was received at the
offices of the Queens Gazette.
June 20, 2017
James P. O’Neill, Commissioner
One Police Plaza
New York, New York 10038

Dear Commissioner O’Neill:

As New York City Council Members, we are deeply troubled by the recent New York City Police Department (NYPD) directive that forbids officers from entering a residence when responding to a noise complaint unless given explicit permission. We urge you to take action to protect the residents of New York City and rescind this order as it is not in the best interest of the communities that we serve.

We believe that this directive will have a chilling impact on the NYPD’s efforts to preserve quality of life for countless New Yorkers. House parties and other activities that disrupt the peace with unreasonable or excessive noise are in violation of the law and warrant immediate noise abatement. Like every elected official, we regularly receive complaints from residents regarding loud parties and other similar disturbances, and such incidents will only become more common during the summer months. If the police cannot effectively address noise complaints, persistent disturbances will lead to stress and sleep loss for neighbors, a situation that has serious consequences for public health. If tensions among neighbors escalate because offending noise does not cease, public safety may be threatened as well. In short, unmitigated noise is an issue that can easily reach a boiling point, and the costs to our communities are both unsustainable and unacceptable.

We deeply value our working relationship in pursuit of the shared goal of keeping our community safe. Even more, we value the hard work that you and your officers do, putting your safety on the line for ours on a daily basis. We look forward to working with you to carefully re-examine this policy change, and we thank you for your attention to this pressing issue.

Council Members Karen Koslowitz,
Vincent Gentile, Barry S. Grodenchik,
Chaim Deutch, Paul Vallone, Fernando
Cabrera, Donovan Richards, James Vacca,
Eric Ulrich, Rafael Salamanca, Rosie
Mendez, Joe Borelli, Andrew Cohen,
Daneek Miller, Daniel Dromm, Peter
Koo, Alan Maisel, Ben Kallos, Jimmy Van
Bramer, Costa Constantinides, Elizabeth
Crowley, Margaret Chin and Mark Levine

Seperate Church And State

To The Editor:

I am not happy that government funds can be used by religious organizations and that politics can be discussed in religious institutions. That is against the separation of church and state guaranteed by the First Amendment.

I also am appalled at the derailment of the A train. The MTA must be broken up, and the city of New York should run its own buses and subways.

I am against charter schools and the state taking over the schools of NYC. There will be decentralization again, corruption, nepotism and the lowering of standards in our public schools. Leave well enough alone and let the mayor be in charge of our schools.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

Join King Manor

Dear Friend,

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts, home of Christopher Gore, a close friend of Rufus King for over 50 years. It was wonderful to see the elegant, oval dining room, the marble-floored entrance hall (with radiant heat!), and even the pool table on which King played during his numerous visits to his friend’s home. I was most touched, though, by the low carriage with customized folding steps that King arranged to be built in London and sent to Gore who suffered terribly of arthritis at the end of his life. The carriage stands as a lovely reminder of King and Gore’s friendship.

This month marks the first anniversary of King Manor Museum’s Friends Program. We were thrilled last year that over 50 people joined, and are looking forward to the continued growth of our King Manor community. Friendship support helps our staff of three serve the over 8,000 people who take part each year in King Manor’s school visits, family craft projects, community festivals, tours, lectures, concerts, and outreach programs.

We are happy this year to add complimentary tickets to our annual Holiday Party in December as one of the benefits at the Individual and Family levels. If you join at one of the upper Friendship Circle levels, you will also receive invitations to other special events. For example, in March, Friendship Circle members enjoyed a special viewing of documents from the Rufus King Papers, followed by a reception to celebrate King’s birthday in the beautiful Patricia D. Klingenstein Library of the New York Historical Society.

Please join our friends who recognize the value of preserving history and passing it on to future generations.

Nadezhda Williams Allen
Executive Director, King Manor

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