Fireworks A Serious Issue

To The Editor: This year on July 4, my neighborhood sounded like a war zone. The fireworks noise continued until four in the morning, shattering any hope of a restful night’s sleep. The fireworks used appeared to be of a professional quality looking at the remains littered on the streets all over this area the […]

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War On Women?

To The Editor: What is all this buzz about the Republican war on women? Is it just a political stunt to gain the female vote? Just recently, there was the “Not My Boss’ Business Act” put forth in the Senate attempting hold a vote on nullifying the Supreme Court’s majority decision in favor of Hobby […]

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Airbnb Commercials Are Misleading

BY COUNCILMAN MARK WEPRIN The other night, while I was watching television, an Airbnb commercial appeared on the screen. The spot, which is part of Airbnb’s new ad campaign, depicts a Brooklyn family sharing their home with tourists visiting the Big Apple. As the cozy group sat at the dinner table and shared stories, I […]

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Changing Qualifications

To The Editor: Chancellor Carmen Farina is requiring school superintendents to re-apply for their jobs. She is also setting a minimum of seven years as an educator as a qualification and reinstating the former stipulation that superintendents be mature adults. Currently, many of the division heads and policy-making executives at the Department of Education only […]

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Tackling The Dangers Of Immigration Takes Two

BY NATHALIE CELY President Barack Obama recently requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to address the influx of unaccompanied migrant children entering the United States. While the financial request aims to increase spending on border patrol agents, immigration judges, and new detention facilities, it does not target the root cause of the problem […]

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Goodbye Driveable Flushing

To The Editor: There was a goundbreaking ceremony at the Flushing Commons site that is replacing Parking Lot Number 1 last week. Many think this new behemoth project is good for Flushing, others are skeptical or are against it all together.  Mayor Bloomberg and developers pushed hard for the project with building renditions of grandeur […]

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Guiding Young Offenders To A More Promising Future

BY QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICHARD A. BROWN When young offenders enter the criminal justice system for the first time charged with non­violent crimes, we have a golden opportunity to impact their lives in a positive way by offering the treatment, services, guidance and support that they need to get back on track. The Queens District […]

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Progress Is Progress

To The Editor: I dread the upcoming 2014 mid-term election should it reflect the disastrous 2010 election, which voted into power the “Do-nothing Congress” of the Regressive Party, setting our country back in time. This was all due to those overconfident no-show Democrats. Shame on them sitting on their lazy butts. However, let us look forward […]

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Open Closed Polling Places

To The Editor: NYC’s Board of Elections cited a low voter turnout for the June primary and a  declining participation rate over the last few years. There’s a good reason why. The BOE closed a number of polling sites because they were deemed inaccessible to handicapped voters under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Sending absentee […]

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