2018-01-03 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Creek Revitalization

To The Editor:

As 2017 draws to a close we want to thank all our volunteers and supporters for making it such a productive and successful year at NCA. Key accomplishments in revealing, restoring and revitalizing our dear waterway: 1,600+ people engaged in educational events, tours and activities; 12,000+ pounds of debris removed from street ends areas; 2,500+ water quality data points collected over 26 weeks; 112 storm drains stenciled with “Overflows to Newtown Creek”; 16 illegal pollution sources investigated, reported and/or resolved; 100+ plant species identified and mapped along shoreline areas. For more info, visit www.newtowncreekalliance.org/2017- year-in-review/. 2018 is shaping up to be another hands-on year for improving and revitalizing Newtown Creek with more restoration and research projects, advocacy and planning as well as tours and inclassroom education. Your support enables us to do more in securing a cleaner and safer Newtown Creek for generations to come.

Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.newtowncreekalliance.org, or by mailing a check to:

Newtown Creek Alliance
45-18 Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside, NY 11104

On behalf of the board of directors we thank you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,
Willis Elkins, Program Manager
Lisa Bloodgood, Education Coordinator
Newtown Creek Alliance

‘Till We Meet Again’

To The Editor:

I feel friendship is very important and on that note, I awoke this morning and went on to Facebook to see what good friend, Harry Weymer was doing, being I had not heard from him in awhile. I got the sad news from his wife Melania that Harry died on December 20, of terminal brain cancer. He was a retired schoolteacher from Ithaca. He also had a sister in Mineola named Fran. We had known each other for over 50 years. We both grew up in Queens Village in the ‘50s and ‘60s. We both attended Grace Lutheran Day School in Queens Village. We both sang in the choir and were members of the Boy Scouts, Troop 114, in the church. We went on many camping trips and learned much. Harry and I attended the World’s Fair in 1963 in Flushing and saw what the future might be like. But what I remember most was when my mother died in 1963 and I was 14 years old, Harry walked over to my house to offer his condolences the same day she passed away. I never forgot that act of kindness. We reconnected after losing touch with one another, when our alumni group for Grace Lutheran got in touch with many former members. Thank God for Facebook. We had many different events that brought many of us together. Harry and I corresponded by email and talked about what we both were going through, Harry with brain cancer and me with an aggressive prostate cancer. Let me say in closing, “Harry you will be missed by many friends and relatives, for you meant a lot to all who knew and loved you.” Let me also say Harry has touched many lives, and his life somewhat was like the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” For in life we don’t realize how many lives we have touched for the better. Rest in peace Harry Weymer, till we meet again.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Code Blue

To The Editor:

I applaud Crowley for his attempts to save net neutrality.

That is an abomination and shameful that that piano teacher was performing lewd and sexual behavior with children. Who can we trust now?

That is awful that there was exposure to dangerous electrical equipment in Forest Hills.

I am glad that that police killer will die in prison, but he should have gotten the death penalty. I thought that those who killed police automatically got the death penalty.

Landlords who deny heat should be punished and fined. Apartments without heat on cold days are awful and leads to illness and discomfort. Water should not be turned off for 14 hours to clean roof tanks or do work during cold winter days. I am glad that code blue was issued so that everyone will be in a shelter during these frigid dangerous nights.

I agree with our mayor that school lunch shaming should be stopped immediately and children who are behind in payments for lunches should not have their names broadcast on the PA system and should not be given a cold half of a sandwich instead of a warm meal. This is stigmatizing indeed.

Also, this is the second time that a ferry boat went the wrong way and people were stranded and it took four hours to evacuate them.

I also agree with fire protection that during this holiday season measures should be taken to prevent fires from Christmas lights and trees that become dry, etc. The holidays are to be enjoyed, not to be spent in mourning or in hospitals due to injury from fire.

I am sorry to learn that one worker was hurt in the 53rd Street train tunnel after a collision. This work is so hazardous

I really am thrilled that students in Ridgewood school sent cards to veterans who live in the Saint Albans Community Living Center thanking them for helping defend this country and showing appreciation towards them. That is the true meaning of the holidays. Christmastime is too much hustle bustle and too commercialized and the true meaning is peace on earth and goodwill towards all people. The news recently does not show this at all. The best gift is to be kind, respectful, give other people dignity, and appreciation, not to take them for granted. Helping others by volunteering throughout the year is a gift that lasts all year round.

I am glad that our governor will add more places to the list of historic places in New York City and state, and that he will sign a bill allowing people to pay property taxes this year to avoid the non-deductibility for 2018.

There is too much lewdness here in this city. What happened to the moral fiber that is tearing and making this city like the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah?

I am glad that the government will not be shut down, but why not pass a law that will last more than a month? It is anxiety-provoking to have to wait until right before the expiration date occurs.

The new tax law will put our nation in billions of dollars of debt.

I am applaud Van Bramer for his bill to have the parks in the city cleaned after being sprayed with pesticides. This is for protection of the health of the park users and decreases the poisonous pollution that exists as a result of not cleaning.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

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