If it ain't broke...
May 06, 2015 | 32 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor: City Council Speaker Mellissa Mark-Viverito proposes to decriminalize six low-level offenses, including public urination, public consumption of alcohol, and jumping subway turnstiles. These broken-windows policies have proven to bring down crime for some of these offenders are wanted or in the process of committing more serious crimes. We need such policies or crime shall reign supreme. Kudos to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton for opposing these changes. Sincerely, Frederick R. Bedell, Jr. Glen Oaks Village
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Jenner confused
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Dear Editor:
 The recent Bruce Jenner interview by Diane Sawyer was quite touching. One cannot conceivably understand, let alone feel, the anguish of living in the body of one sex with the mind and soul of the other. Nevertheless Jenner is not conflicted. He knows that inside, he is a she and will pursue the transition. We wish the best of luck on the journey.
However, one thing I found rather enigmatic is that he professes to be a Republican! Perhaps he has been too busy dealing with the momentous task ahead and not kept current on today's homophobic Republican Party. Or perhaps he would like to challenge the progress he has made and regress to their tried and proven scientific cure of "Pray the Gay Away," if for no other reason than to confirm to himself that he had taken the right path all along.
 He will join a group of Republican women as yet another second-class member of their party futilely denying the obvious. Ms. Jenner it appears, however, to have a leg up....or rather down since she not only enters as a female but one by way of transgender. We still wish her the best luck on her courageous course. She will need it.
 Sincerely,
 Nicholas Zizelis 
Bayside
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To hell with order!
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Dear Editor: The proposed decriminalization of open containers of alcoholic beverages and public urination by the leftist loons in the City Council is just another assault upon law and order to protect miscreants. The present law is fair, with the issuance of a summons and a clearly indicated court date in which one has the right to appeal and even have a payment plan if convicted. Only if one has outstanding bench warrants is one arrested at the scene. Non-appearance for a court date results in the issuance of an arrest warrant for any type of criminal summons. Without this particular law, we shall encourage public drinking and intoxication with its associated crimes and unsanitary streets. But perhaps decriminalization could be acceptable, if and only if it permits open containers and urination in specified public places: such as in front of City Hall and Gracie Mansion. Sincerely, Joseph Manago Flushing
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Not all bad in BID
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Dear Editor: I am responding to comments regarding the stores on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. It has been stated that the proliferation of delis, barber shops, nail salons, pharmacies, furniture stores and or medical/dental offices has changed the appearance of the avenue from previous years. It is important for me to state, however, that the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID) has no control over what stores are rented by the building owners in our community. It is up to the potential storeowner to determine whether he or she can do business in the community and up to the landlord to rent it to these stores. These potential stores and landlords have no obligation to come to the WBID. If the WBID expressed it did not want an additional deli or 99 cent store it could be sued for restriction of trade. All we can do is try to solicit different stores and invite them to come to our shopping strip. We try to entice a variety of stores to come here, and once the stores are here we are very watchful as to how they do business and if we do have complaints we do address them. What I would like to call attention to is the fact that there are over 300 stores on Jamaica Avenue, and all of these individuals are professional and experienced in their services and their products. As we all know it could be better, and we strive constantly to make it better. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (718) 805-0202 or gwdcbid@hotmail.com Sincerely, Maria A. Thomson Executive Director WBID/GWDC
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