2018-06-06 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Flag Day

To The Editor:

Let me mention the fact that I live in Glen Oaks Village and this past Memorial Day I was saddened that on my block the only American Flag flying was my own, and on the next block again, only one. Now June 14 is Flag Day and I hope many more flags will be flying. The American Flag was originally adopted by a resolution of the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. Flag Day wasn’t officially recognized until proposed by Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949. The week of June 14 is designated as National Flag week. I therefore urge that the American Flag be displayed outside homes, apartments, offices, businesses and stores throughout the United States. We do this to honor all that our great nation represents, which is freedom, equality and justice for all. These principles and ideas are embodied in the American Flag. We should do this also to show honor and respect for all our brave men and women who are serving our nation in the military and in civilian life as police officers and as firefighters. And also all those over the years, who gave their lives to preserve our cherished freedoms. Our American Flag is the fabric of our country, and by flying the American Flag we can be reminded that we can prevail against any adversity. So please fly the American Flag on June 14 and remember this too: these colors of red, white, and blue don’t run. Now God Bless America!

Frederick R.Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village

An Abomination

To The Editor:

I am appalled at the idea of taking children away from their families at the border; this is what the Nazis did during the time of Hitler. This is an abomination—a cruel, and vicious act.

Christ the King High School hosted a presentation by a Holocaust survivor for children to realize the suffering these people endured. It was wonderful for them to learn; this is living history.

I am glad that our borough president did honor veterans on Memorial Day at Borough Hall. They deserve much, much more. A veteran was deservedly inducted into the Hall of Fame from Queens; and in addition I am glad that a memorial will be placed at Ground Zero for people who volunteered to clean up after the Twin Towers went down. These people had cancer or other bad illnesses as a result.

It is really wonderful that you advertise small business since so many of the mom and pop stores, so to speak, were disappearing and now it is email shopping or from a catalogue. I am glad that the Astoria Book store is selling books, since so many books are e-books on the Kindle. It is so wonderful to hold a book and to hug it, to turn its leafy pages and to cherish reading. I have a machine that reads print books by scanning print to speech; it is called the Reading Edge machine. I was featured in the New York Times and in Time magazine in December 1999 using that machine. It is 222 years old already.

I also am glad that children were honored for writing papers for African American History Month. And that Crowley honored an African American woman.

Finally, regarding school buses, they all must have seat belts.

Cynthia Groopman
Little Neck

Transit Funding

To The Editor:

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed $89 billion July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 fiscal year budget is missing funding for many transportation projects commuters desire.

The list includes but is not limited to the following projects or proposals:

Many NYC Council members are supporting the $212 million “Fair Fares” to assist 800,000 residents earning $26,000 or less per year with 50 percent discounted Metro Cards.

Some Queens residents are looking for $231 million to fund Phase 2 of the Woodhaven Blvd. Select Bus Service. More may be necessary since NYC DOT to date has been unable to secure $97 million in Federal Transit Administration New Starts funding.

Others will continue to lobby for $2.2 billion to construct light rail between Glendale and Long Island City on the old Montauk LIRR branch; restoration of LIRR service on the old Rockaway LIRR branch at $1 billion; Triboro X Subway Express (new subway line connecting the Bronx, Queens & Brooklyn) for $2 billion; Main Street Flushing Intermodal Bus Terminal $100 million; reopening the Woodhaven Blvd. Atlantic Branch LIRR Station $40 million and the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Street Car Connector at a cost of $2.8 billion. This would connect various neighborhoods along the waterfront from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria.

Manhattan residents dream of finding $4.3 billion outstanding balance needed to fully pay for the $6 billion Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 project. What about finding $800 million to build the new 7 subway station at 10th Avenue & 41st?

Staten Island residents will continue looking for up to $600 million for the North Shore Bus Rapid Transit. Don’t forget $1.5 billion for West Shore Bus Rapid Transit along with new ferry services.

Mayor de Blasio’s earlier “One NYC” Master Plan called for construction of the Utica Avenue subway originally proposed in 1910. The MTA programmed $7 million to initiate a feasibility study for this proposal. The concept would construct extensions for both the 3 and 4 lines, originally part of the IRT subway lines, in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. It would be built along Utica Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Avenue U. Costs for both the first phase of Second Avenue and 7 subway line extension averaged $2 billion plus per mile. One can only imagine how many billions would be required to do the same along Utica Avenue.

Many neighborhoods are looking for the introduction of either Select Bus Service (SBS); Bus Rapid Transit (BRT); Limited Stop Bus to Subway or Express Bus Service to Manhattan. There is still the need to bring many of the 471 NYC Transit subway, 21 Long Island Rail Road, 13 Metro North Rail Road and 23 Staten Island Rapid Transit stations back up to a state of good repair. Don’t forget the need for additional subway, LIRR, Metro North and SIRT stations to become fully compliant with the Americans for Disability Act (ADA) by construction of elevators.

Where does de Blasio think the MTA and NYC DOT will find the cash for all these projects? The Federal Transit Administration and Albany may be possible funding sources for some of these projects, but clearly the city will have to contribute some significant funding if many of these projects will ever see the light of day.

Larry Penner
Great Neck

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