Dear Editor:

 Katie McFadden's eulogy (RT 9-2-21) was a beautiful, heartfelt tribute and celebration of her mother Patricia's life. The process of writing it, reminded me to be mindful of our present life and the people in it. Katie captured the essence of her mother’s life. I am sure it was cathartic for her as well as for the readers. I am a devotee of eulogies and obituaries having eulogized my father, mother, sister and brother. I have read the New York Times Book of the Dead. It is an anthology of 250 eulogies. Some are of famous people. Others were just ordinary people who contributed to society in their own extraordinary way. Mrs. McFadden was a nurse, a noble profession. Her main focus was, however, her family. I actually felt

 Dear Editor:

 Good morning!  IT WAS NOT!  Tuesday September 7. We were already a little bummed out that our summer was over, save the lifeguards being on duty until Sunday September 12, thank goodness for that.

Then the bulldozers arrived. 8 a.m.  Unannounced. Started tearing apart and levelling the sand dunes and sand grass with extraordinary speed - center line 116th Street, then to the east and west.

Who told us? Why, or should I add, why weren't we forewarned? So much for democracy. Do

 Dear Editor:

(Sent to Gerald Walsh, CEO St John’s Episcopal Hospital)

I am writing this letter to acknowledge the incredible care I received at St John’s Episcopal Hospital’s Emergency Room. I had misfortune of taking a fall last week that required surgery to my arm to repair some tendon damage. After arriving home following the surgery, I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia sending me into anaphylaxis shock. After several unsuccessful attempts to reach the Surgical Center Orvis and

 Dear Editor:

(Regarding The Lazer Speaks column, 08-19-2021) I'd like to make a comment on the column re gardens and gardeners.

While I'm unsure if this is still in effect, my former now-retired gardener, and a neighbor whom did not use his services, told me that the assorted gardening and landscaping services seem to have some sort of gentlemen's agreement. If you wanted to change services, you couldn't directly switch from service 1 to service 2. Instead, you'd have to stop service 1 for

Dear Editor:

 One day last week, while waiting to cross at the corner outside of Pickles & Pies, a deranged homeless man attempted to attack

me for no reason whatsoever. I ran into the middle of the street waving my arms for someone to help me. No one did. The man proceeded to pick up a huge green garbage bin in front of Sweet Sixteen corner store and throw it at me.  I ran into Kings Pharmacy where I was told that "this goes on all day every day."  I understand why no one helped.  Fear

 Dear Editor:

Reading Kami-Leigh Agard’s heartfelt and thought-provoking column (“A Cure For Autism?”, 8/26) reminds me of why we as a community need voices like hers and designated columns in papers like yours.

A monolithic view that autism must be cured denies the complexity and variability of neurodiverse individuals, negates their potential, and dismisses the contributions such individuals can bring to their community and the world.  The only thing that needs “curing” is the ignorance and

 Dear Editor:

Thank you for the front page picture showing a “ramp to nowhere.” Beaches that normally get the biggest crowds and need the most lifeguards have been forgotten about.

Please continue to put a spotlight on this. Once summer is over, people might forget about this dangerous condition. I pray the ocean doesn’t serve as a reminder. For all the many things that Rockaway could use improvement on there is nothing that is more important.  Thank you.

Marge Conlin

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