I enjoyed looking at the old picture of Curley’s Hotel in your Feb. 15, 2018 issue of The Rockaway Times. Growing up I heard many stories of the great Curley’s as both my mother and grandmother worked there in the late 1940’s and early 50’s. Mom’s family hailed from the Upper West Side, but during the summer months they rented a room in a house on St. Mark’s Place (which I don’t believe is around anymore either). Mom used to tell me of the many happy summers she spent working at the hotel as a “locker girl” where she assisted beach-goers who would rent a locker for the day.
Thanks for the memories!
After another school shooting, it is encouraging to see young people getting involved in the issue of gun control. Some gun owners say protect the Second Amendment at all costs and any kind of regulation is a slippery slope. The First Amendment has a regulation we can all agree on. You cannot yell ‘Fire!” in a crowded theater just because you have a right to free speech. And if you spread lies you can be sued for libel or slander, and saying you have freedom of speech is not an excuse. There are limits to the First Amendment. There should be limits on the Second.
There should be background checks. You shouldn’t have an arsenal unless you can make the case why it’s needed. Maybe the law enforcement failed to follow up on tips in Florida but that doesn’t mean controls are useless. Some people say give guns to teachers. Well, not to the teachers I had!
William L. Riley
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