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A Beautiful Rescue

Dear Editor: (In response to A Different Kind of Rescue) I was one of a few lucky beach goers who watch this “rescue” unfold. Without any whistles blowing or rushing towards the ocean, Brian Gillen and Carol Rappaport, slowly and cautiously approach the surf and methodically navigated the waves. What was so touching was the apparent strong bond between the two of them – the love/respect of the ocean and their trust and caring for one another. Brian humbly demonstrated his dedication to his friend of many years and Carol, aged 91, proudly showed us that age is simply a number! It...

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Supporting Supplements

Dear Editor: (In response to Ask the Doc) Disappointed that supplements were dismissed at a time when supporting our immune systems is vital, while being expected to take emergency DNA injections. Using one agency as the source of disparaging supplements at the time that Senator Durbin is trying to pass a law that would mandate supplements to become prescription drugs appears to show a conflict in the industry. Healing through less expensive supplements and off patent generic drugs may not be appealing to Big Pharma profits and doctors trained in the Rockefeller paradigm of the medical profession...

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 Dear Editor:  In regards to the beautifully written recent piece, In The Good Old Summertime, writer Jean Caligiuri McKenna truly captured the essence of teenage life in post-war Rockaway.  Through the selfless sharing of her own personal experiences and touching stylings, the reader is transported to a time of summer fun and first crushes which likely still hold a place in the hearts of every girl still residing in Rockaway. And I’m sure the boys remember those girls well! For the rest of us, it is a wonderful trip back to the simplicity and innocence of summertimes that are so highly needed...

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On Nocebo

 Dear Editor: Good article on the Nocebo Effect (Ask the Doc), where patients can create their dire symptoms psychologically through fear of known side effects. Death is also recorded as a possibility. This is the reason that no medical intervention should be made mandatory and to strictly enforce the right to self-determination. Joseph Mugivan    

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 Animal Rescue

Dear Editor: I would like to thank the firefighters from Engine 268/Ladder137 for saving a momma duck and her four ducklings. The duck family was walking along the barrier on a very busy Beach Channel Drive and Beach 144th Street, when three of the ducklings fell into a storm drain. I placed a call to the firehouse asking for help, and within minutes our local heroes were on the scene. They removed the storm drain cover and  rescued the ducklings . The family of five was then set free safely away from the road and were on their merry way.  V.B.

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 Wild Wild West

Dear Editor: Rockaway is slowly becoming the “Wild West”. It’s 7:15 on Sunday night, July 10.  As I look out my window, I am watching well over 150 ATVs and motorcycles riding in the westbound lane going East popping wheelies on the sidewalks in front of residential homes.  This is NOT the first time. It also occurred last weekend with about 100 vehicles. It is getting considerably larger with each passing weekend. Last weekend about 50 of them came back and parked by the bay road blasting boom boxes, again, across from residential homes.  Hopefully, the 100th Precinct will...

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Less is More?

Dear Editor: Once again the MTA invites travelers to and from Rockaway for a “participatory” trip down a rabbit-hole. Drafters of the latest bus “plan” seem to be claiming is “Less is more”. The main argument in favor of public transportation is that it offers inexpensive and widely available  travel options for the public and that this is the lifeblood of modern urban economic life: it’s what gets workers to and from their jobs, and brings people to medical care, schools, shopping, banking and entertainment.  The MTA has many shortcomings but imagine the City without it… or without...

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Official Praise

Dear Editor: I could not miss the seventh anniversary of our peninsula’s beloved local newspaper, The Rockaway Times, without wishing you heartfelt congratulations! As you stated in 2014, “Print publications aren’t failing in small towns if they reflect the community they serve.” Together with your amazing staff, you have gone above and beyond to reflect and serve our community. Therefore, I am confident that The Rockaway Times will be here to report the news for many years to come. As a free newspaper, The Rockaway Times is the best bargain in town! As one of the local elected officials in...

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