2018-02-21 / Editorials

Love Letter



I would like to take this opportunity to salute the Queens Gazette for helping to bring attention to the garbage truck situation on 35th Avenue in Long Island City. This may not sound like a newsworthy or “sexy” story, but it is a story of local residents defending their civil liberties and quality of life. We are witnessing a great deal of change in our communities, and I am not against progress or looking to obstruct the path of the “march of time”; however, the principles of fairness, decency and respect require that citizens in a “free” and democratic society be granted access to channels designed to resolve problems and differences. When a residential block is lined with garbage trucks, this declares war on those values. When about six companies control 90 percent of what shows up in the media, those values are at high risk. We need the Queens Gazette and other local and independent press outlets to help create the narrative of our lives in the community and to champion the causes that otherwise put us under the heels of those who march over the rights of citizens and voters and call it progress. I salute the Queens Gazette as a stalwart champion and voice of the people because might doesn’t always make right; and to the New York City Department of Sanitation, I say “shame on you.”—Sincerely, Dr. Sharon M. Cadiz I would like to take this opportunity to salute the Queens Gazette for helping to bring attention to the garbage truck situation on 35th Avenue in Long Island City. This may not sound like a newsworthy or “sexy” story, but it is a story of local residents defending their civil liberties and quality of life. We are witnessing a great deal of change in our communities, and I am not against progress or looking to obstruct the path of the “march of time”; however, the principles of fairness, decency and respect require that citizens in a “free” and democratic society be granted access to channels designed to resolve problems and differences. When a residential block is lined with garbage trucks, this declares war on those values. When about six companies control 90 percent of what shows up in the media, those values are at high risk. We need the Queens Gazette and other local and independent press outlets to help create the narrative of our lives in the community and to champion the causes that otherwise put us under the heels of those who march over the rights of citizens and voters and call it progress. I salute the Queens Gazette as a stalwart champion and voice of the people because might doesn’t always make right; and to the New York City Department of Sanitation, I say “shame on you.”—Sincerely, Dr. Sharon M. Cadiz

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