Dear Editor:

When I turned to page 3 of the July 20th edition of your paper and looked at the photos of beach goers happily destroying the sand dunes meant to protect, as much as possible, the beach and inland property from inundation the first thing that came to mind was Albert Einstein’s comment, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” Sadly, he is so correct.

If anything, these photos reveal an example of human stupidity that questions the scientific nomenclature of the term, Homo sapiens (wise man). There is no acceptable reason for what these people are doing. To “get away from the crowds” is no reason to destroy protective structures meant to protect others. Perhaps, they

Dear Editor:

I’m a lifelong Rockaway resident. My father was born in the Rockaway hospital, I feel as though this is my place. There’s a lot of problems we’re having lately. Between the terrible roads we seem to be cursed to drive. Or the walking dead homeless that have been forced upon us. But another issue of mine is the extreme cyclists. I despise these people. They act like they have the right of way in every situation. All dressed up in their goofy skin tight bright yellow gear. All

 Dear Editor:

The president of the United States tweeted a picture of himself wearing a face mask, suggesting that “patriotic” Americans like himself should follow suit. Later he said, in no uncertain terms, that the COVID-19 outbreak will probably “get worse before it gets better.” So, to everyone still refusing to wear a mask: you’re finally out of excuses.

Wear a mask.

As of this writing, nearly 150,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Cases are on the rise nationwide. These are facts –

Dear Editor:

I am a resident of Rockaway since 1980 on the beach block of 133rd Street. Simple questions to your staff, politicians, neighbors and/or anyone in a position to help. Our beaches are eroded to a dangerous point. Any beach downtown that has rock jetty is protected and not eroded. Forget Schumer/Cuomo/de Blasio for any help.

My question is: can we privately fund this effort? Can we get the insurance companies to help? Why are we waiting for the next disaster?

Gerald A. Ruggiero

Dear Editor:

I’m a 70-year-old Covid-19 survivor with underlying conditions who had to self-quarantine for 14 days while sick as hell.

The experience makes me look at matters differently these days. I listen to the “backyard happy hours” that go on too late, especially on weekends! Short walks in the early morning replace my beach time because of overcrowded, unmasked, flip floppers. My gourmet skills are getting better because some bars/restaurants do not follow all proper safety

Dear Editor:

 Great 2020 Summer Guide. I even found some restaurants I didn't know about. Now if they could only open for inside dining. 

However, there are two items that caught my eye. You mention Bernie Madoff several times. True he graduated from Far Rockaway High School but he was not from Rockaway. In the years surrounding his time there, students were bussed in from Laurelton and Rosedale and I believe Bernie was from Laurelton. As a matter of fact, he graduated with a friend of

Dear Editor:


I hate to speak poorly of a great service but our beloved NYC Ferry, specifically the Rockaway Route, needs to do a better job with customer service and helping Rockaway commuters.

Since the boats have been in operation and always in Summer, myself and many other commuters are stranded and left behind on the dock during the work week. These are all Rockaway locals just trying to get home after a long day at work. We end up either waiting another hour (at best) or running

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