Three jeers
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Dear Editor,

Regarding the "No place for vulgarity, malice at parades" editorial in March 10th issue, I do agree that jeering and swearing have no place at a parade, particularly when children are present. But the Rockaway St. Patrick's Parade to which the editorial alludes is not the first time such has happened.

In the past, groups have used the Fifth Avenue Parade as the megaphone for their political agenda. The parade is a cultural event, but has been turned into a political forum.

Likewise, every year at various Columbus Day events, intolerant voices have done the same. They have disrupted and protested to promote their agenda, often with exaggerated claims. Christopher Columbus never set foot on American soil, yet somehow he oppressed American Indians.

But I can understand the anger many in southern Queens have with the de Blasio administration. Ferry service was the reason for the outbursts, and we in southern Queens have more than sufficient reason to be irate.

We live in a part of the city that is severely transit deprived. For a long time, it has been proposed that the idle Rockaway Beach LIRR line be reactivated. It will be the single greatest solution to improving transportation south of Forest Park.

Supporters of the proposal have been boosted by studies showing revival of the line would be both economically and logistically viable. Our ideas are essentially shoved aside. Instead, we have Select Bus Service forced on us.

The politicians must think we are stupid that taking away a lane of traffic and placing passenger booths in center medians will alleviate traffic.

Then we learn that a rail line for northern Brooklyn extending into Long Island City and Astoria is being developed. Those areas have few, if any, transportation woes, yet they get immediate attention while we in the southern portion of the borough continue to be neglected.

Likewise, we get shortchanged for snow removal, potholes and traffic lights. But I suppose money and voting patterns matter more than need.

A mayor who favors some areas over others deserves to be rebuked. Jeers and profanity may not be right, but under the circumstances perhaps many can understand why.

Sincerely,

Edward Riecks

Howard Beach

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