50-50 Evaluation Flawed

To The Editor: The proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for 50 percent of a teacher’s performance evaluation to be determined by State- and City-approved measures of student cognitive development vis-a-vis standardized test results, and 50 percent in-class peer evaluation, is seriously flawed since the most significant factor in intelligence as a person’s capacity for goal-directed […]

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Go Solar This Spring

To The Editor: With the start of the new season, sunny skies are ahead of us. Spring is all about renewal and regrowth. We should start spring by renewing our commitment to solar energy and growing the industry here in New York. Our solar industry added 2,100 jobs in New York in 2014, according to […]

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MTA’s Legal Money Drain

To The Editor: To re-phrase an old adage, whatever goes up must rise even higher. The MTA’s new fare and toll hikes are a perfect example. We keep paying more and getting less. But how much of our money funds litigation instead of transportation? The MTA has a large legal staff but outsources much of […]

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See Our Schools

To The Editor: The teachers union and the charter school industry fight hard and often. Especially about “co-location.” That’s the widespread practice of muscling private charters into crowded public school buildings and awarding these for-profit business entrepreneurs the lion’s share of resources and preferred space at no cost to them. You, the public, pays. The […]

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Do We Need The EDC?

To The Editor: Is there real reason to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary for creation of the New York City Economic Development Corporation? New York City prospered and successfully grew prior to creation of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and it’s predecessor, the NYC Public Development Corporation, created in 1966. In 1991, the NYC Public Development […]

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What’s Wrong With Our Kids?

To The Editor: The recent incident  in a Brooklyn McDonald’s, in which several teenagers attacked and repeatedly beat, punched and kicked another teenager, is yet another stark and ominous reminder of how it seems that young people today have lost all respect for others, and that they know no bounds. What is happening to our […]

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RIP Your Eminence

To The Editor: Edward Cardinal Egan,  Archbishop emeritus of the New York Archdiocese, has gone to his eternal home. Egan loved the people of New York so much, he adopted New York City as his home. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, an organization dedicated to helping those in need with […]

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Go Further On Fracking

To The Editor: A new Environment New York report highlights fracking’s dirty track record. The analysis of the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania shows that all types of gas fracking companies are prone to infractions of environmental and public health protections. Over a nearly four-year period, the top 20 violators of regulations included Fortune […]

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Bus Service Adequate

To The Editor: “More Bus Service Eyed For NE Queens” (Daniel Offner) & “Make The Money Worth It” (Opinion – March 5) concerning the ongoing MTA northeast Queens bus study championed by numerous elected officials is nothing more than a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available […]

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