Listen To Scientists

To The Editor: Recently a cliché has been born emblematic of dodging facts or delaying the obvious, or merely just exposing stupidity.  It’s called, “I’m not a scientist but…”. It is not necessary to be a scientist to assume that if 97 percent of scientists believe and make a scientific claim to a scientific enigma, […]

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Barton On The $20 Bill

To The Editor: It is my understanding that there is a growing desire by may Americans to have a woman on our $20 Federal Reserve Note. Not only do I support this movement, I call upon you to join in and support Clara Barton for this high honor. During the Civil War, Clara Barton nursed […]

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TPP: A Bad Deal

To The Editor: At this very moment, in the backrooms of Washington D.C., lobbyists from big, multinational businesses are hashing out a secretive trade deal that will hurt businesses and families right here in Queens. If this deal goes through, here are just a few changes we might see around town: No more “Buy Local” […]

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In Support Of Congestion Pricing

BY SEN. JOSE PERALTA AND COUNCILMAN MARK WEPRIN No one wants to pay more in taxes, tolls or store prices. No one questions that the cost of living, working and operating a business in New York is prohibitively high. However, the traffic pricing proposal that some are quick to reject – the Move NY Fair Plan […]

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Honoring Vietnam Vets

To The Editor: I have just read that our Vietnam Veterans will be honored at an upcoming event. Now that is why I applaud the fact that at this year’s Little Neck- Douglaston Memorial Day parade is to honor the Vietnam Veterans. This parade is reported to be the largest in the country. Vietnam Veterans are being […]

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We Must Do More For Sex Trafficking Victims

BY COUNCILMAN RORY LANCMAN We’ve made great progress in recent years in how sex trafficking cases are adjudicated – and sex trafficking victims treated – in the legal system. Although women were once arrested for prostitution and sent back to their pimps without any help, we now acknowledge that these individuals are forced into sex […]

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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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