2018-04-11 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Democratic Institutions

To The Editor:

For those who oppose and hate Trump nothing will change their feelings. For those who believe Trump is doing a fantastic job and deserves their support and future votes, nothing he will do shall alter their devotion.

The United States is called a democracy, when in fact it is a republic. The difference is not a small matter. Republics are governed by laws that a democratic majority must abide by. The majority can pass legislation that affects the laws, but until that occurs the laws impose upon all citizens’ rights, duties and obligations.

When public officials are sworn in they take an oath to the Constitution of the United States and to defend the nation from foreign and domestic enemies. If there is a question of laws being violated, it is the duty of officials to investigate. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been appointed to investigate possible crimes committed against the nation.

It is the way of politics to attack an investigation that may damage the political fortunes of a political party. To do more than give negative lip service against a prosecutor is to attempt to deny the people the means to seek the truth. Any defendant charged has the right to a trial by an impartial jury and as recent trials, i.e. of Senator Menendez, have proven, the people will judge the validity of any indictment.

The Founding Fathers are called upon by all political spectrums. Their genius in creating the structures of our democratic institutions are a daily gift. To attack the special counsel is to reject the very basis upon which the nation was founded.

Ed Horn
Baldwin, LI

Unified Democrats

Dear Friend,

Since the election of President Trump, protecting my constituents has been my number one priority. As part of my efforts to shield you from the racist federal government, I have been pushing progressive legislation intended to achieve social and economic justice for all New Yorkers. With a unified Democratic Party in place, we are ready to work together to achieve an electoral victory that will put us in the State Senate majority.

Together, as one block, we can send a clear message to Washington and let this racist, anti-immigrant government know what we are made of in New York. In the upcoming elections, Democrats will prevail and bring the progressive wave we need to push the DREAM Act across the finish line.

The interests of my neighbors are at the core of my work. I look forward to continuing to represent you in Albany as we work to achieve a progressive future for all who are suffering in Trump’s America. I vow to keep the most desirable state of our communities intact.

Jose Peralta

School Safety Meeting

Dear CEC24 Principals, Parents, Staff, Family and Friends:

We want to say THANK YOU to the many, many parents, staff, students and community residents that came out on Tuesday night (March 27) to our CEC24 Meeting at PS/IS 119.

Parents are very concerned about school safety and requested that we bring someone in from Safety to speak on the subject matter... and so we did. But unfortunately, many of the of the questions asked by parents were not answered and as a result, parents and staff left disappointed, angry and discouraged. We apologize for the outcome of that meeting and have to say we were completely shocked ourselves. We did not expect to have so many questions left unanswered.

We were just as disappointed as all of you were.

We will continue to push forward. As I stated at the meeting, I will state again—we are a united front. We are parents. We are aunts, uncles, grandparents and family of NYCDOE students. We are staff and we are community members. We are New York City residents and taxpayers and we have a voice. We also need to be the ones to help the next generation, to keep them safe, to ensure that policies are put in place today to protect their tomorrow. We want our teachers to worry about teaching and not about risking their lives—that is not what they signed up for.

Please join us at our next CEC24 meeting where we will bring in a panel of speakers from NYCDOE, NYPD and FDNY. We will send out a survey in advance of the meeting so that we can better prepare our speakers to answer questions. Those of you that (did not have) very informative and helpful feedback at the meeting, kindly send an email to myself or cec24@schools.nyc.gov and we will have our panel review and come prepared with answers.

We thank you for being the voice for your child, your child's teachers, your child's staff and Administration. Please feel free to come to the next meeting with posters, flyers, and banners expressing your concerns. We will also be in touch with other community education councils citywide and ask that each CEC across all five boroughs begin to take action on this movement.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:15 pm for the Business Meeting (CEC24 Executive Board Meeting, Open to Public); and 7:00 pm Calendar Meeting at PS/IS 87, 67-54 80th St, Middle Village, NY 11379. Buses nearby: Q29, Q45, Q47, Q54.

We will continue to stay strong and remember that SAFETY is our goal!

Thank you principals, parents, staff, family and friends!

Lucy Accardo
CEC24 Co-President

Assist The NYPD

To The Editor:

The NYPD needs your help in combating burglary. Put thieves out of business. Burglary violates the safety and security of the home.

Follow these tips to prevent burglaries:

• Never leave your door unlocked or open. Dead bolt locks are a great deterrent to burglars.

• If you go out, close and lock your windows. Fire escape windows should be gated and approved by the Fire Department.

• Buzz people into your building only when you are absolutely sure of the visitor’s identity.

• Apartment dwellers, insist that the building management improve security (e.g. better locks, better lighting, security cameras, etc.)

• If you live on the top floor, make certain that the roof door is closed. By NYC Building Code regulations, a roof door may not be locked temporarily or permanently. It must always allow for emergency exit.

• If air conditioners are in accessible areas, such as walls or in windows near the ground or fire escape, secure the unit to the sleeve to prevent it from being pushed in or pulled out.

• Cut or trim shrubbery so that it does not obstruct viewing from inside or outside.

• Illuminate the perimeter of your house and door areas with enough light.

If you follow these tips, you can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized. Always call 911 for emergencies.

NYC Sanitation collects approximately 1,200 tons of recycling a day—bringing everyone a little bit closer to zero waste in landfills by 2030. They provide curbside collection and drop-off programs to simplify getting rid of your plastics, paper, glass and metals.

Community Board 2 would like to welcome Thalia Batan, Osman Chowdhury, Stacey Eliuk, Nancy Kleaver-Saltzstein, Elizabeth McKenna and Ciara Oza as new board members. Congratulations! Community Board 2 would also like to thank Ryan Balas, Anne Hart and Charles Markey for their dedicated service.

Debra Markell Kleinert
District Manager, CB 2

Eagle Scout

To The Editor:

It is a great honor to announce that Emmanuel Moustakos’ Eagle Scout Court of Honor is scheduled for Saturday May 12 at Laterna Restaurant in Bayside. Emmanuel earned his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 268 in Flushing, based at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. As part of his Eagle Project, Emmanuel collected lightly used and new clothing for the mission at The Great Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica. He managed to collect over one ton of clothing donations from friends, family and local Bayside and Flushing businesses.

Emmanuel has been part of the Flushingbased

268 Scouting program since he was a Tiger Cub, participating over the year in many civic projects that enriched the community such as tree and flower plantings, public library book drives and fundraisers, local park cleanings, fundraising drives for senior citizens, St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital book drives, care packages for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and other Eagle Projects-sponsored events. He has been an exemplary citizen in the community and role model for the other scouts. Emmanuel is a junior at Archbishop Molloy High School.

Peter Moustakos
Boy Scout Troop 268

VA Needs Overhaul

To The Editor:

I find it quite troubling what has been happening at the Veterans Administration over the years. Millions of veterans depend on the VA for their health care. Former Veteran Administration Secretary David Shulkin was fired for, what I believe, was the fact that he wasn’t getting the job done. Meanwhile, President Trump has selected Admiral Ronny Jackson as new VA Secretary. I hope he might turn the Veterans Administration into a well-oiled machine that can truly help many veterans in need of better care. As reported there are 360,000 employees and 9 million vets under their care. Now think of this; there are about 47 percent of VA health care users who are 65 or older. Some need angioplasty and suffer from heart problems, as well as cancer. I’m 69 years old and a Vietnam-era veteran of the US Navy and am very concerned with what’s happening at the VA. What has happened at the VA, I feel boils down to one thing, and that is political bureaucracy over the proper care of our veterans who gave their all to protect what we all hold most dear, and that is our freedom. They deserve better and should get it.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

Subways Then & Now

To The Editor:

Riding the vintage 1917 MTA NYC Transit subway train on opening day to Yankee Stadium was another trip down memory lane.

Up until the late 1960s, it was common to find both penny gum and soda machines dispensing products at many subway stations. Clean and safe bathrooms were readily available. It was a time when people respected authority and law. Previous generations of riders did not litter subway stations and buses leaving behind gum, candy wrappers, paper cups, bottles and newspapers. No one would openly eat pizza, chicken or other messy foods while riding a bus or subway. Everyone paid their way and there was no fare evasion or rampant graffiti.

Subway conductors would never dream of closing the doors while riders attempted to cross the platform to transfer from a local to the express train. Riders did not have to deal with aggressive panhandlers. It was unusual to find fellow riders hogging two seats, yawning, coughing or sneezing without covering up. Women did not have to worry about being routinely accosted by gropers. No one had to deal with perverts engaging in other unhealthy sexual activities.

Until the 1960s, most subway stations had clean safe working bathrooms with toilet paper. In those days, you had to pay separate fares for buses and subways. Bus operators had to make change while at the same time drive the bus. There was no Metro Card or Transit Checks to help keep costs down.

In 1967, NYC Transit introduced the first 10 air-conditioned subway cars operating on the old IND system (Independent municipal NYC built, financed and operated A, C, E. F & G lines). By 1993, 99% of the NYC 6,000 subway cars were air-conditioned with the exception of a handful running on the #7 Flushing line.

Larry Penner
Great Neck

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