Prof takes former student to task
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A couple of weeks ago, there was a major shake up in the Queens County Republican Party. Former congressman Bob Turner, who has served as party chairman since 2005, was voted out at the party’s re-organization meeting, replaced with district leader JoAnn Ariola. It’s not unusual for a chairman to be replaced, but Turner was supposed to serve as a unifying figure for the fractured party, which has been plagued by infighting going back decades. The split has resulted in the party losing a number of state and city legislative seats in the borough. The only prominent elected official from the GOP in Queens is Councilman Eric Ulrich. And there’s many in the party who see his handiwork behind Turner’s ouster. Once strong, the relationship between Turner and Ulrich soured over the years, and some insiders see Ariola’s ascension to chair as a move by Ulrich to take greater control over the party. At least those are the hints behind the scenes, or in the case of one candidate for City Council in Brooklyn, the outright accusation. Following news of the Queens County GOP vote, Bob Capano, who lost a four-way Republican Primary in September for the chance to represent the GOP on the ballot to replace outgoing councilman Vincent Gentile in Brooklyn’s 43rd District, issued a statement denouncing Ulrich. Noting that he was Ulrich’s professor in the early 2000’s while the councilman was a student at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, Capano had this to say: “If Eric Ulrich thinks putting his hand-picked puppet in as chair of the Queens GOP helps his 2021 mayoral ambitions, he is sorely mistaken. Queens residents know what an honorable public servant Bob Turner is, and for Eric Ulrich to initiate this coup just to centralize his own power is disgusting. Bob Turner was unifying the Queens GOP and bringing consensus to the party. It is very sad that Eric cares more about his own power than respecting the public service of a true gentleman in Bob Turner and the cohesion of the Queens Republican Party.” You get an “F” Eric! All kidding aside, it’s a pretty strong denouncement from Capano, considering party politics is pretty much all about relationships, backroom deals and petty power grabs anyway, whether we like it or not. But just so you know, even though Republican voters in the primary rejected Capano, he’ll still be on the ballot this November as the Reform Party candidate. Party affiliations and allegiances only run so deep when there’s an election on the line.
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Some small facts
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Dear Editor, A “liddle” history lesson for our self-proclaimed, high-IQ president, who reportedly thought Senator Bob Corker (5’7”) was too short to be Secretary of State. Fiorello LaGuardia (5’2”) is generally considered the best mayor New York City has ever had. James Madison (5’4”), fourth president of the United States, is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution." Audie Murphy (5’5”), Medal of Honor winner, was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. Winston Churchill (5’6”), whose indomitable spirit saved the entire world from Nazi tyranny, was the indispensable person of the 20th century. With apologies to Dr. Martin Luther King (5’7”), the measure of a man is not his stature, but the content of his character. Sincerely, Robert Berger Bellerose
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Scouts for all
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Dear Editor, The Boy Scouts of America has made the decision to allow girls to join, a most historical decision. There are disagreements from the Girl Scouts, but I believe we live in a different world now. Don't we have women in the military defending our country next to men? Scouting teaches young boys and girls the importance of serving their community through acts of charity. May the good of scouting survive all these changes for the many that need what scouting has to offer. Sincerely, Frederick R. Bedell, Jr. Glen Oaks Village
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Hill's side
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Dear Editor, In addition to violating her employer's rules and guidelines, ESPN's Jemele Hill started a one-woman divisive campaign that only serves to advance her personal agenda of bashing public officials. The purpose of the program SportsCenter is to report sports events and not promote disrespectful conduct on the playing field, specifically during the National Anthem. Hill's injection of politics into sports will only result in fan backlash that will hurt not just a particular team, but the whole NFL. It is obvious that the latter is already feeling the consequences, and ESPN is already seeing reduced viewership. By bashing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his stand on the issue, Hill is doing exactly what she is complaining about, except his stand doesn't disrespect anyone. It is time for other team owners in all sports to follow suit before they lose fans that may not come back. I think that Ms. Hill should be permanently suspended. Sincerely, Jacques Hakim Bayside
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