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What's Your Opinion?

QUESTION: The principal of a Coney Island school recently banned the singing of a patriotic song, “God Bless the U.S.A.” for her kindergarten class at their “moving up” ceremony because she felt it “offended other cultur More...


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Letter Writer Has Second Thoughts

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View From the Middle

View From The Middle

Apathy: Another Enemy In The Fight Against Gangs

How many times within the past few years (too many) have we heard and read of shootings, nay, killings, attributed to “gang warfare?” And how many times has this description of the cause been just dismissed as, well, commonplace, because More...

Special Sections

Residents Say Vacant Canarsie Home A Sore Sight And Hazard

A messy and unsightly abandoned house at 8717 Avenue L is affecting the quality of life for residents on that block – with overgrown bushes and rats that have infested the property as well as adjacent homes.  More...

Residents Urged To Vote In Tuesday’s Important Primary

The lines have been drawn between the two Democratic candidates vying for Congress in next Tuesday’s primary election.  More...

Other News

The Silence Of The Marchers Was Deafening

Thousands of protestors did not lend their voices, but instead silently marched down Fifth Avenue last Sunday to rally against the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) controversial stop-and-frisk policy. More...

Cash Reward Offered In E. 96th Street Robbery

Officials from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad have released a photo of a suspect in a robbery and assault of a teenager in May and a reward of $2,000 in cash has been offered in the case.  More...

Students Learn Of Canarsie’s History In Curator Program

Students from P.S. 276, The Louis Marshall School, came up with some interesting finds after they researched and dug into Canarsie’s past as part of an afterschool program recently. More...

Telling It Like It Is

Telling It Like It Is

Some Educators Don’t Want You To Name That Tune

When I turned on the news one Monday morning, I heard that Greta Hawkins, the principal of P.S. 90 in Coney Island, refused to let students sing Lee Greenwood's “God Bless The U.S.A.” at their graduation. More...

A Hometown View From Albany

A Hometown View From Albany

Lawmakers Welcome End of State Legislative Session

During the waning days and hours of the 62-day legislative session, which began in January and is expected to wrap up today, state lawmakers are happy to get home to their districts to focus on constituent gripes, complaints and of course, run for re More...

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