Open up the streets of As­to­ria

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As­to­ria: The re­cov­ery of our restau­rants, bars, cafes and small re­tail ser­vice busi­nesses should be our num­ber one eco­nomic pri­or­ity in As­to­ria. Close streets, like Dit­mars, 30th Ave. and Broad­way that have a high den­sity of restau­rants and cafes to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic tem­po­rar­ily in the evening so de­liv­er­ies will be avail­able dur­ing the day, and lo­cal re­tail will not be neg­a­tively af­fected.

Busi­ness own­ers can en­force so­cial dis­tanc­ing rules, as they know ig­nor­ing them can lead to their clo­sure. There was push back at a Com­mu­nity Board 1 meet­ing be­cause they did not want to close a bus route. We feel a tem­po­rary route change is a small price to pay. When one weighs the pos­i­tive of in­creased eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity plus more ef­fec­tive so­cial dis­tanc­ing against the in­con­ve­nience of los­ing park­ing for a few hours or hav­ing to walk a block to get a bus, we think the con­clu­sion should be ob­vi­ous. Dur­ing the quar­an­tine, we have shown a will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice for the greater good. This is a tem­po­rary ex­ten­sion of that at­ti­tude.

Richard Khuzami, pres­i­dent, Old As­to­ria Neigh­bor­hood Assn.

Frank Ar­cabas­cio, pres­i­dent, 30th Ave. Busi­ness­man’s Assn.

Man­hat­tan: We agree with Michael Hen­drix (“Let din­ers spill onto the streets,” op-ed, May 18). New York City needs to start re­open­ing and help those most dev­as­tated by the COVID shut­down. Many of our mem­bers are small re­tail busi­nesses and restau­rants who had to sur­vive on crumbs. Only a small per­cent­age of the CARES Act tril­lions made it back to Main Street. If the city al­lowed restau­rants to use the streets, we could get cus­tomers back. Re­duc­ing den­sity with other safe­guards is how su­per­mar­kets and phar­ma­cies stayed open. It’s the restau­rants and small shops turn. Mark Jaffe

pres­i­dent and CEO, Greater New York Cham­ber of Com­merce

Gather round

For­est Hills: Gov. Cuomo just talked about 750 New York State test­ing sites and told any­one with even the slight­est of symp­toms to please go and get tested. He said many of the sites are not test­ing near their ca­pac­ity. With all the med­i­cal ex­perts em­pha­siz­ing the ma­jor im­por­tance of test­ing, and the fact that many peo­ple are asymp­to­matic, why isn’t ev­ery­one be­ing al­lowed to get tested?

Mel Moskowitz

Rat race

South Ozone Park: Okay, King An­drew, enough about so­cial dis­tanc­ing at bar­ber­shops, beaches, re­tail stores and restau­rants. What is the plan to bring thou­sands of of­fice work­ers, stu­dents and tourists back to Man­hat­tan ev­ery day? You keep ig­nor­ing this ma­jor block­age to restor­ing the econ­omy. How do you stay six feet apart on a com­muter bus or rail­road or the sub­way at rush hour? Have you for­got­ten the lines at cof­fee shops and build­ing lob­bies as those work­ers go to their jobs? Or,

God for­bid, the el­e­va­tors at any sky­scraper? What is the plan for this? Bob Car­bonell

Na­ture’s boun­ties

Sea Cliff, L.I.: The old say­ing to “stop and smell the roses” cer­tainly rings true these days. While out­side for a walk, the many col­or­ful blooms on trees, cheer­ful tunes of our feath­ered friends, and fresh, fra­grant plant­ings here and there caught my at­ten­tion. For a few mo­ments, in­stead of feel­ing stressed and anx­ious, I felt peace and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for one thing that hasn’t changed dur­ing these crazy times. The calm­ing beauty of mother na­ture costs noth­ing to en­joy and the ben­e­fits we re­ceive are price­less.

Lynne Larsen

Furry friends

North­port, L.I.: More than one mil­lion dogs are im­ported into the U.S. each year ac­cord­ing to the CDC, yet only about 1% are screened for se­ri­ous diseases. We would not tol­er­ate this lack of over­sight for cat­tle, poul­try or swine ar­riv­ing in the U.S., and we should not tol­er­ate it for the an­i­mals who are our clos­est com­pan­ions. The U.S. dog im­port sys­tem is bro­ken! Ra­bies, ca­nine flu and bru­cel­losis, screw­worm, and a host of other se­ri­ous diseases, par­a­sites, and vec­tor-borne diseases al­ready have been im­ported by dogs. Please sup­port the Healthy Dog Im­por­ta­tion Act - HR 6921. Pro­tect our pets, Amer­ica’s live­stock, and the peo­ple who live and work with an­i­mals.

Ef­savia Hu­ber

Bramhall fan

Brook­lyn: Bramhall is “not clever,” ac­cord­ing to Voicer Ron Gold­man? His agenda is “den­i­grat­ing the pres­i­dent”? Sorry, but Trump does that all by his lone­some. Like Trevor Noah said, he “has turned the pres­i­dency into an episode of ‘Jack­ass.’ ” Some of Bramhall’s car­toons are suitable for fram­ing, and a fu­ture book col­lec­tion would be an in­stant #1 best­seller.

Re­al­ism

James D. Young

Freeport, L.I. Re Voicer Ron Gold­man’s let­ter: That ma­jor dis­in­fec­tant and clean­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers need to is­sue a pub­lic dis­claimer ad­vis­ing against the use of their prod­uct for medic­i­nal pur­poses due to sug­ges­tions by this pres­i­dent is an in­dict­ment in it­self. The pres­i­dent has done all the “den­i­grat­ing” on his own, Bramhall is only il­lus­trat­ing what it looks like.

Kevin Reed

Ev­ery which way

Brook­lyn: Voicer Joseph Mc­Cluskey: Check out the Amer­i­can flag’s his­tory and you will find that fly­ing it up­side down is a part of mil­i­tary code, as a sig­nal of dis­tress. There are 13 rules for fly­ing the flag. The first one is the use of fly­ing it up­side down. The stu­dents of the 1960s, and I was one, took up this prac­tice be­cause of the Viet­nam War. The govern­ment was send­ing young Amer­i­cans off to Viet­nam at an as­tound­ing rate. Can you see why they flew the flag up­side down? Dis­tress. More than 50,000 sol­diers died in that use­less war Nixon kept go­ing so he could win re­elec­tion. Learn the his­tory be­fore blam­ing the peo­ple for how they protested. Greg Ahl

Daily sup­ple­ment

BARRY WIL­LIAMS FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS May 20). That’s def­i­nitely a big step up for her given that she vi­ciously ripped up his State of the Union speech. Of course, that sick ges­ture tick­led the hearts of all the Trump Re­sis­tance psy­chos who don’t con­sider him their pres­i­dent. In their warped un­pa­tri­otic minds, I’m sure they wish he were tak­ing a daily pinch of ar­senic in­stead.

James Hy­land

Beech­hurst: In crit­i­ciz­ing Trump’s pre­ven­ta­tive use of hy­drox­y­chloro­quine, at least Speaker Nancy Pelosi re­spect­fully re­ferred to him as “our pres­i­dent” (“Don’s bit­ter pill,”

Sign of the times

Hicksville, L.I: Pres­i­dent Trump is re­fus­ing to keep with tra­di­tion by wel­com­ing Pres­i­dent and Mrs. Obama to the White House for the un­veil­ing of the of­fi­cial por­trait of the ex-pres­i­dent. I un­der­stand that in this era of COVID-19, dan­ger­ous mis­in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­nated by White House of­fi­cials and Fox News, more than 90,000 Amer­i­cans dead from the virus, and id­i­otic Trump sup­port­ers clam­or­ing to re-open states be­fore ad­e­quate test­ing is in place are all more scan­dalous than the is­sue of the White House por­trait. How­ever, it does serve to il­lus­trate, once again, that Barack Obama has more class in his lit­tle pinky fin­ger than Trump has ex­hib­ited in his en­tire life.

Steven Mali­nof­sky

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