Protect Regents Whistleblowers

According to published accounts, an e-mail from a Richmond Hill High School assistant principal allegedly points to a Regents exam re-scoring scandal of which the public would have been none the wiser had it been kept secret.  But one or more staff members, with discreet anonymity, apparently brought it to the media’s attention. If it is true, whoever […]

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Anti-Pirating Laws Don’t Work

This past June, a new law passed in Australia that made it a requirement for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ban websites designed for uploading and downloading copyrighted content, or “pirating.” We can only hope that a similar law isn’t passed in the United States, due to the controversial and somewhat awkward kinks in Australia’s […]

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RIP Omar Shariff

To The Editor: We saw his star at its rising in the Middle East, and today we remember the excellence of his artistic performance in such memorable films as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and my favorite, Funny Girl (1968): Omar Sharif. Mr. Omar Sharif was born Michel Demitri Chalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt […]

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Victory For The People

To The Editor: Congratulations to New York State Senator Tony Avella and other petitioners and supporters who worked so hard to prevent parkland near Citi Field to be given to billionaire developers, The Related Companies and Sterling Equities. With the reversal of the lower court’s decision, it becomes apparent that there are some judges in […]

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Enforce Fireworks Ban

To The Editor: It has been a year since I wrote a letter to the editor and our elected officials regarding the problem of fireworks being used throughout our community on July 4th. This year, I saw no improvement in the enforcement of the law against those who choose to blow up dangerous and extremely […]

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NYC’s Solar Star Is Bright

TO THE EDITOR: We already think of cities as centers of business, fashion, and the arts. Now, thanks to a nationwide solar energy boom, cities are increasingly becoming centers for clean energy production, and New York City is right at the center of it. A new Environment New York Research & Policy Center report, Shining […]

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End NYS Health Tax

TO THE EDITOR: My recent hospital bill had an asterisk at the bottom noting, “includes New York State surcharge tax” so I decided to investigate. I was shocked to discover that since 1996 New York State has imposed a 9.63 percent surcharge on patient care from licensed heath care providers. Every time we go to […]

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Pomonok Memories

TO THE EDITOR: Re. Carmine Carcieri’s 7/2 story: “Tales Of Early Life In The Projects.” I look forward to seeing the “Pomonok Dreams” documentary. While I never lived in that housing project, I saw it nearly every day during my time as a Queens College student. But one shining moment stands above all the rest […]

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Public School Successes

TO THE EDITOR: Outrage! That’s the bitter reaction of a prominent pro-charter school group to what decent, thoughtful people regard as upbeat news that the number of public school students forced to repeat a grade in 2014 was slashed by more than 50 percent. Further aggravating to the foes of public education is the fact, […]

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