Remembering Frank
Sep 01, 2015 | 211 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor, It was with sadness that I heard about the passing of Frank Skala, Bayside’s unique champion. I served on Community Board 11 for many years with Frank. During that long period of time, many land use cases and other community issues came up for discussion. Frank always had an opinion, which he voiced with great energy and vigor. Although some people felt that Frank could be too argumentative and cantankerous, he was actually a highly principled man and a fighter for his community. This was just his way. Frank was a teacher for many years and devoted to his church, but probably his most important role was as a loving father and grandfather. Frank had a softer side that may not have been evident to all who knew him. I was so pleased when State Senator Tony Avella honored Frank just a few short weeks ago with the New York State Liberty Medal for community leadership. Frank was so proud and happy to be receiving the recognition for his lifetime achievements on behalf of his community. Isn’t it great that he was honored while he was still alive and could enjoy his special moment? Rest in peace, Frank. Sincerely, Henry Euler Bayside
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Trump changes his tune
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Dear Editor, Music has always accompanied campaigns to both schmooze, amuse and enthuse watchers, as well as an introduction theme for purposes of gathering support. Neil Young rejected the nebulous honor for a candidate contrary to his personal values and political ethics and immediately withdrew the unauthorized use of his "Rockin In The Free World" being misused by Donald Trump as part of his Kingly-Koronation. Perhaps Trump with his Morton Downey-esque ravings should in the future be accompanied by Queen's "We Are The Champions." Less modest than Neil Young's song perhaps, but more to the point. I can see it now, a gigantic "The Trump Whitehouse" emblazoned as a crown in neon lights above our famous American presidential citadel, now newly painted a color to suggest gold. How long will it take for his angered and desperate supporters to realize that his constant simplistic huckster diatribe is conning them? Sincerely, Nicholas Zizelis Bayside
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Light rail or LIRR?
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Dear Editor, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's "Light rail could revolutionize travel in the outer borough" op-ed (August 10) sounds great on paper. As always, the devil in the details that don't exist. Ms. Crowley's belief that construction costs would be well under $100 million doesn't add up. New Jersey Transit's Hudson Bergen Light Rail cost $1.2 billion and Newark Elizabeth Light Rail cost $694 million 15 years ago. Clearly costs would be far greater in today's dollars. The proposed route will traverse several neighborhoods impacting thousands of people living nearby. How will they react to potential noise and visual impacts? New York City Transit conducted a feasibility study during the 1980's to convert this LIRR branch to a subway. Intense vocal local community opposition killed this project before it progressed beyond a planning study. Councilwoman Crowley's belief that "the cost of light rail cars is about the same as a city bus" is incorrect. The average cost of a standard 40-foot transit bus is $500,000 while the cost of a new Light Rail car averages $2 million. Rather than spend several hundred million dollars to build a Light Rail system which could take a decade or more, why not ask the LIRR to resume service on this corridor? They could run a two-car scoot service reconnecting Long Island City, Glendale and Middle Village with other communities, including Richmond Hill and other intermediate stops to Jamaica. Queens residents traveling to jobs and colleges in Nassau and Suffolk counties would have access to all LIRR branches except the Port Washington line. Ditto for those traveling to the Barclay Center and downtown Brooklyn via the LIRR Atlantic Avenue branch. Sincerely, Larry Penner Great Neck
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Improving the Q44
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Dear Editor, Regarding your August 13th article on steps to improve Q44 bus service, another way to make that bus line faster and more efficient would be to restore the Q74 the MTA eliminated a few years ago. The Q74 followed a similar route, picking up riders at the Union Turnpike subway station and taking them along Main Street to Queens College, easing the load on the Q44's Main Street run. Queens College students must now board the Q46 and transfer to the Q44 or Q20, a huge inconvenience for them and other riders. Sincerely, Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills
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