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Bus Sense

Dear Editor: Is it too early to send a letter to Santa? I wish Santa would give some of the bus drivers on the Q53 buses more brains or the MTA to get its act together and fix the mess on the corner of Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. When three buses are sitting on Beach 116th Street and a bus comes west on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and tries to turn right onto Beach 116th, many times it can’t finish the turn and blocks traffic on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from moving past Beach 116th Street. It also blocks Beach 116th as well. And if he can make the turn, he has no place to park...

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Election Day Headaches

Dear Editor: My wife and I had a new voting experience this year. For many years, we voted at PS 225 on the Boulevard and Beach 110th St. Then, redistricting sent us to PS 114, and again we voted there for many years. Both facilities were roomy, airy, and had accessible parking. This year, our voting site was changed again, this time to the Public Library on the Boulevard and Beach 117th St. Conditions there were abominable. There was no nearby parking. All voting activities were stuffed into a room not much larger than 12 ft by 24 ft. The room was stifling hot with no air circulation. Into...

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Kudos to Katie

Dear Editor: Katie’s article on Veteran James Cavanagh was spot on – thank you for sharing “Jimmy the Kids” amazing life with your readers. It was so well written that I felt I personally knew this wonderful gentleman. Ann Lundon

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Dear Editor:

Katie, thanks so much for the most enjoyable article about James Cavanaugh. Excellent! Your writing and stories are always cohesive and well-researched and, most importantly, you capture the subject.  Now I know him. You provide a needed lift for me and others in the community. Maureen McNelis

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Positive Review

Dear Editor: I was recently hit with a recurring ailment. Sorry to say I didn’t follow my doctors’ advice on previous bouts. In severe pain, I went to St. John’s Hospital. I know as a 60-year resident of the beach St. John’s hasn’t had a good reputation in Rockaway overall. However, I was really surprised at the level of care I received. Everyone from the admitting staff to the  ER and then to the doctors, nurses, and support staff upstairs to where I was taken were great.  I saw vast improvements throughout the hospital. I finally opted to have surgery by Dr. Jason Grotus. I’m home and on the...

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Erratum

Dear Editor: There was a misunderstanding regarding two stories published in Rock Away Pens Sandy Stories Part II: “We stood a moment so in a strange world …” and Miguel. The submission was not approved by the author, however Rockaway Times is not responsible for the changes. To clarify: “That’s not funny Michael. Your morbid sense of humor is like your father’s fascination with death.” My husband is not fascinated with death and my son’s name is not Michael. For the record, both their senses of humor would be much better described as playful. “Doorbells stopped ringing when the news carried...

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Boots On The Ground

Dear Editor: With our streets, subway, and buses now under constant siege at the hands of violent criminals, there is another resource that could be tapped to put more law enforcement boots on the ground. Inasmuch as the MTA is a NYS Public Authority, then have the Governor sign an executive order transferring each and every one of the purported ‘State Police’ or ‘TBTA’ officers who patrol our roads, bridges and tunnels (who were assigned by former Governor Cuomo as a slap in the face to former Mayor de Blasio) and return highway patrols to the NYPD. Then immediately re-assign all of these ‘State...

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Missing Meeks

Dear Editor: While reading your paper on October 27th I came across a full-page ad by Gregory Meeks. The guy hasn’t been heard from in over ten years and 12 days before the election he advertises?? TIME FOR A CHANGE. Kate Patterson

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Rally for Rails

Dear Editor: Thanks for your coverage of the Rally for Rails held on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk on Sunday, October 9.  It was gratifying to see all the elected officials and community leaders who showed up to express their support for better public transit for the Rockaways and all of Queens. It’s crazy that we have to fight for the reuse of an existing railroad right-of-way in the middle of a transit desert, but that’s what happens when politics and special interests get in the way of common sense and the democratic process. Whether you believe in better access to efficient transportation,...

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