2017-07-19 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Basis Of Morality

To The Editor:

Regardless of ideological differences or political loyalties, Americans historically have placed national interests first. Rivals have compromised to serve the general good. If rivals Speaker Tip O’Neill and President Reagan found common ground, then good men dedicated to the welfare of the people should be able to do so again.

“Trump World” is in such controversy that it is truly hard to maintain comprehension. Daily, another Russian revelation consumes the public discourse driving Trump supporters to an ironclad belief that there is a witch hunt, fake news fomented by a biased press. Every new revelation only reinforces what Trump opponents believe to be true.

The divisions are tearing us apart from our fellow citizens and is a threat to the future of the nation. There have been conflicts in our national past that have pitted brother against brother. Bloodshed had been spilled as a result. The enemies of the USA happily watch while considering the end of the American Era.

Slavish devotion to a political party orthodoxy is an Achilles’ heel that poses a clear and present danger to America. Absent today is courage by politicians to stand up for what is right regardless of the potential primary challenges to their reelection.

As JFK wrote in “Profiles In Courage,” “A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality,”

The Russians attacked our democracy. They and anyone complicit must be held accountable. Politics be damned! “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men,” said Kennedy, quoting Reverend Phillips Brooks, during Remarks at Presidential Prayer Breakfast, February 7, 1963.

Edward Horn
Baldwin

Free App Protects Kids

To The Editor:

Last year, after seeing a spike in crimes at public parks, especially at children’s playgrounds, I decided to take action.

As a parent of two young daughters who spend many days at the local kids’ playgrounds, I’m sick and tired of seeing the garbage and loitering that draws inappropriate behavior around children.

That is why I created the ParentPatrol App, a tool that lets caregivers monitor, report, and share inappropriate activities at public parks with local authorities and other parents.

For the next few weeks I’m visiting civic groups, community boards, schools, and any organization interested in promoting this app to go over its functionality. If you are interested in having me visiting your group to talk more about ParentPatrol, please email me at info@ronkim.com or contact my office at 718-939-0195.

We recently made some upgrades to the app, including map and alert functions, which you can check out at: www.ParentPatrol.org. See the YouTube video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK9-HiU0L60.

Your Assemblyman,
Ron Kim
www.ronkim.com

I’ve Done A Triathlon

To The Editor:

I’ve done a triathlon.

When I was a lad, my older cousin Richie held on to my two-wheeler for hours until I could ride it by myself. Twenty-seven years later, my friend Bill assured me that I could finish a marathon (and not come in last). And five years ago, my late friend Dave encouraged me to take a splash. So when you combine my biking, running, and swimming, I’ve completed a few triathlons – just spread out over 55 years!

Sorry, Richie. I’ve kept up with the running and swimming, but not the biking. It’s been on my mind recently, but it’s not so simple. In the other sports, one just needs some good sneakers or ear plugs and goggles, but cycling takes some serious equipment.

Good thing Nomad Bike Shop is right down the block from the Entrepreneur Space on 37th Street in Long Island City. As it happens, owner Damon Straub is a QEDC client. He practiced architecture for three decades until opting for a new challenge. He came to us, and we reviewed his business plan. Inspired by a childhood mentor who owned motorcycles, his vision was to create more than a place to purchase and wheel away; he wanted a community hub where enthusiasts could repair their steeds, network, and learn from each other. Damon opened his store in LIC in 2015. As with many start-ups, the first year was tough, but he persisted. Last year, he moved to his current spot, a more traveled location off Northern Boulevard. This great leap of faith required capital, and QEDC was a trustee for his KIVA Zip loan. We believed in him.

Today, business is breaking away. Damon has four employees and he hosts entertainment, seminars, and Happy Hours, while making excellent use of social media (i.e., a great newsletter). What he has found very satisfying is helping immigrants – some of whom have never biked before – learn the joys of the sport and become part of his community.

QEDC’s world is filled with go-getters like Damon. The winners of the 2017 StartUP! Business Plan Competition – Nicole Russell from Last Dragon Pizza, sisters Sherifa Adams and Mona Belizaire from swimwear company NEISH, and twin sisters Laken and Carlissa King, who manufacture female dolls via Elle & Cee World Girls – are all go-getters. I look forward to writing about their successes in the future.

We’re planning for our next fiscal year now. Despite whatever doom and gloom the pundits prognosticate, we are still strong. E-Spacers are selling at food markets around the city this summer. The 2018 StartUP! – now sponsored by Resorts World Casino New York City – kicks off in September. The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program starts in October. for a full list of QEDC programs, visit www.queensny.org/qedc/business/programs/.

Will I actually start biking again? Would I actually do a non-stop triathlon? Stranger things have happened, and a good challenge is always fun. I don’t have wheels yet, although Damon did give me an official Nomad cap. It’s a beginning!

Sincerely,
Seth Bornstein
Executive Director, QEDC

Neutralize N. Korea

To The Editor:

North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons program and is making progress in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the Western U.S. It is working on miniaturizing nuclear weapons to fit on ICBMs by early 2018, and it threatens to attack the U.S. with nuclear warheads.

North Korea is a virulent Communist country, with a closed militaristic society governed by Kim Jong-un, who appears to be unstable and ready to aggressively use his military forces.

If North Korea reaches the point of being able to launch ICBMs against us, we might have to launch a preemptive conventional strike against their missile sites after beefing up the ground forces in South Korea and putting them on full alert. Hopefully, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea will intercept any missile attacks by North Korea.

We will probably have to deploy additional U.S. Army, Marines and Air Force units to Japan and possibly Korea and position a number of carrier battle groups off of North Korea, prior to a preemptive strike.

Donald Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH

Mayor Lacks Sympathy

To The Editor:

Mayor de Blasio claims some panhandlers are doing it for fun. In the past, he had said he wished he could eliminate panhandling. Yet in my opinion, many panhandle because they are homeless and have either little or no income to speak of. They need to eat and have needs like many of us do. Does he want to starve the homeless out of existence and by doing that, the issue will go away? There are many who are addicts, chemical-dependent or mentally ill. Also there are those who have fallen on hard times, like veterans who have found it hard to handle the high cost of housing. They have no choice but to panhandle. What is the de Blasio administration doing to help the many who are in great need? As reported on the internet, “Homelessness in the Big Apple has skyrocketed under de Blasio’s watch to its highest since 2005. Statistics show there are 3,892 people living on the street, 40% more than last year.” Let me also point out that there are more than 60,000 living in shelters and motels paid for by the city and taxpayers. I see quite a few panhandlers in Glen Oaks Village, and quite a few of our residents and businesses find this most troubling. I wonder if they would panhandle in front of City Hall or at the Mayor’s home in Brooklyn, would he try to do more? And yet he would likely have security preventing that from happening. I myself had found myself homeless in 1975, after my release from the U.S. Navy and was forced to ask for spare change for a while until I was offered a place to live by the kindness of a stranger named Cyril, who emigrated from Nigeria and understood homelessness. I truly feel the pain of the homeless, and ask the city to do more.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Mass Transit In Crisis

To The Editor:

With the necessary repairs already beginning in Penn Station, our already overtaxed transit system is likely to become even more overburdened, despite the addition of train cars and extra bus service to accommodate thousands of commuters from all around the tristate area. The MTA should have been doing this repair work extensively 30 years ago, when the transit system was starting to show stress and wear. Our politicians should have been on top of this also, pressuring the MTA to do these repairs years ago. Hopefully, after these repairs are made, commuters will have a much safer and more rapid trip into the city without any delays or derailments. Stations, platforms, and PA systems, along with elevators and escalators also need major repairs, in addition to tracks, signals and switches. MTA, let’s get with the program – NOW!

John Amato
Fresh Meadows

Bryant Class Reunion

To The Editor:

William Cullen Bryant High School has announced its 50th Class Reunion for the Class of 1967, to be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information call: Marilyn Schiller at 212-828-2400.

Sincerely,
Janet Adams
Greenlawn, L.I.

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