Janet Vs. George
To The Editor:
Naughty Janet Jackson; her
breast exposed, for all to see.
Her ploy was to further her
personal agenda and possibly even eclipse her brother’s notoriety. Her
actions will be investigated by a commission: "The Janet Jackson
Notorious George W. Bush;
his hoax exposed, for all to see.
His ploy was to get America
to rectify his daddy’s war by instituting his own. His actions will
also be investigated by a commission: "The George W. Bush
I wonder if Janet will be
allowed to choose her own "Independent" commission as has George
What’s good for the Boob
should also be good for the Boober.
Open Letter To
To The Editor:
As the executive director
of The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), I am writing this letter in
gratitude for the support you – the community – have given to APAC The
Presbyterian Church of Astoria has graciously hosted and encouraged us
Local businesses have
donated services and materials, legislators such as Councilman Peter
Vallone Jr. and Assemblypersons Margaret Markey and Michael Gianaris,
local organizations such as the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Club and the UCCA have
dug into budgets and made calls to provide funding via grants and other
means, actors and technicians have donated their talents and thousands of
hours and local residents and audience members have mailed in
contributions ranging from $10 to $500. I want to thank you all.
It is not an easy endeavor
to create a cultural venue and funding remains a constant struggle. The
hours are long with no salaries attached, but we have been given the
wonderful opportunity of creating reality from a dream. A dream of
creating a "Civic Theater." This is a new term meant to convey
our desire to be for and of the community.
As you may have read in the
press, APAC is looking for a permanent home. Our rapid growth, and
increased demand for more services from the community, has led us to seek
a facility where daytime occupancy is possible. We are still looking.
Currently we share the church’s gymnasium with the All Children
Childcare, a wonderful daycare provider who occupies the space each week
day until 6:30 p.m.
Once we find and move into
a new space, APAC looks forward to being able to expand services by
offering continued professional productions including musical and
non-musical theater, children’s theater and original works, after-school
programming, programs for seniors, support for other performing arts
organizations by creating a consortium of resources and providing a space
to perform and rehearse.
Letters and donations can
be sent to Susan Scannell, APAC, 31-60 33rd St., Suite B-9, Long Island
City, NY 11106.
Again, thank you to the
most wonderful community in Queens.
The Astoria Performing Arts Center
To The Editor:
I just heard that
Councilwoman Yvette Clark and the New York City Council are passing a law
that requires all public bathrooms to have double the amount of female
toilets than male toilets and urinals combined.
Although I appreciate the
fact that women will get more toilets, I know the real victims of bathroom
discrimination are men and boys. Men and boys have to use urinals that
provide very little privacy.
In schools and other public
places, the urinals in the boys’ bathroom are visible to people outside
the bathroom. Young boys have to use the bathroom in an environment that
would make a dog bashful. They might as well replace the urinals in the
boys’ bathroom with fire hydrants and put a sign on the door that says
As if this weren’t bad
enough, female teachers constantly invade the privacy of boys by entering
the boys’ bathroom and seeing the boys going to the bathroom in front of
them. This is a form of child abuse that rivals the Catholic Church child
molestation scandal. Prisoners have more privacy than boys do in school.
I urge all parents to ask
their sons if they are victims of this horrendous form of child abuse. All
parents should contact their child’s teachers, principals and their
elected officials and demand an end to this child abuse.
You can send email to
members of the New York City Council at: email@example.com, the
email for the Board of Education is:firstname.lastname@example.org and you can fax
the Mayor at (212) 788-2460 or email him at http://nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html
‘Send Them Back’
To The Editor:
With all the various
problems our nation is reeling from, how can anyone be so blind as to
propose amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens? These people violated
our laws and are now causing severe drains to our health care systems,
social services, schools and police.
Every day throughout the
United States many of these people are engaged in all forms of illegal
activities. Some of them are organized into very violent gangs that
murder, rape and assault our citizens. To grant these people amnesty is
absolutely insane. They don’t belong here and we don’t need them.
Let’s round them up and
send them back to where they came from. Let’s protect our borders and
only allow legal immigrants into our nation.
To The Editor:
Several major developments
occurring over the past few weeks have been very troubling to many
residents of northeast Queens in both the 19th and 20th Council Districts.
Councilperson John Liu has
been very busy messing up areas not only within his own political turf,
but has been making deals in other neighborhoods as well, without their
consent, much less the elected officials who represent them.
Within Liu’s own 20th
District, unbridled speculative development continues to run unchecked.
Important cultural, historic and architectural sites go unprotected and
are threatened with demolition.
that are zoned incorrectly are ignored and continue to have incompatible,
dense development. Several individual sites stand out:
The Bowne Street Community
Church – Councilperson Liu was against historic landmark designation of
this elegant 1892 Church when the ministers (and not the congregation)
proposed to tear it down and replace it with a 22-story apartment
building. Under pressure from thousands of residents and the Church
congregation, Liu partially reversed his position, supporting the
designation of the church structure.
However, Liu does not
support including the entire site as a landmark, which would allow yet
another overly large, undistinguished (at best) apartment building in
downtown Flushing on the existing parking lot. Including the parking lot
in the landmarked area will not stop its development; however, it will
allow the Landmarks Preservation Commission to regulate any new
development so that it will not overwhelm the historic church.
The former Queens County
Savings Bank – Councilperson Liu stated in a recent article that
"he has mixed feelings about the potential demolition of Queens
County Savings Bank. That is a building that’s part of the Flushing
landscape for decades," Liu said. "On the other hand, the Queens
County Savings Bank decided to leave us so that doesn’t leave a lot of
choice as to what to do with the building."
He went on to say that
F&T Development and Wellington Chen, the owner and consultant for that
building as well as the moribund Flushing Mall, had "grand
visions" for downtown Flushing and that he "applauded anybody
who has some kind of vision." Some kind of vision? There have been
many people with some kind of vision – Robert Moses springs to mind –
who didn’t always see the forest for the trees.
The former RKO Keith’s
Theater – Speaking of "some kind of vision": Two decades of
contention and criminal neglect and destruction of this once grand movie
palace have led to a proposal for yet another glass and steel structure,
not unlike former deputy Borough President Larry Gresser’s and convicted
felon Tommy Huang’s original proposals from the mid-1980s, by
Boymelgreen Developers, the current owner.
The protection of the small
landmarked portion of the building interior (the ticket lobby and grand
foyer) will create visual curiosity at best. Councilperson Liu’s
insistence on the placement of a senior center at one of the busiest –
and dangerous – intersections in Queens during the 2003 election cycle
is at best misleading. Any community facility space incorporated into the
structure can give the developers a floor area bonus and parking
reduction, which is significant for the most important site in Flushing.
Further protection and incorporation of the existing building is necessary
to truly do justice in a redevelopment project at a place that for two
decades has had very little justice at all. A public hearing about the
future of the Keith’s will be held at CB 7 on Monday, Feb. 23, 2004.
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