Letters to the Editor, Mar. 30

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Making Stuyvesant Cove flourish

Re: “Spring is here: The proof is in the park,” T&V, Mar. 23

Kudos to Liza Mindemann, park manager at Stuyvesant Cove Park, for her work at the park and her T&V article about the park. And our thanks to her for mentioning that the park exists today because of sustained community advocacy.

Members of our community, some now gone, led the fight that succeeded in defeating the planned over-development that would have blocked access to the waterfront. It is so easy for this effort to be forgotten when area populations and demographics change as much as our neighborhood has over the last several decades.

Many people know the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association as the group responsible for presenting the free concert series in the park each summer. But the SCPA has a long history of assisting Solar One by recruiting volunteers, purchasing mulch, providing funds to replace plants swept away by Hurricane Sandy or paying for fencing to protect those plants as they took root and established themselves.

In 2016, a new financial arrangement was put in place and the SCPA agreed to pay a fee to Solar One for each event we held at the park. These fees would be used by Solar 1 in their work to continue to maintain and beautify the park and the SCPA applauds the plan to bring more native plants to the site.

The 2017 Free Summer Concert Series is currently being planned giving folks one more reason to visit this very special oasis… come to stroll along its paths, revel in the explosion of colors and maybe even dance! There’s so much to do at Stuyvesant Cove Park.

The Board of Directors of the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association, Inc.:
Martin J. Barrett, Gary Papush, Arnold S. Lehman, Jo-Ann M. Polise, Frank Gribbon, Ellen Imbimbo, Frank Scala, Charles G. Sturcken

Suggestions for a new health care plan

The proposed American Health Care Act eliminated the mandates in our present Affordable Care Act. However, that new bill required (dare I say mandates) people to “maintain” coverage in order to avoid a penalty. The mandate was still in the wrong place! If we must have a requirement – just one requirement – shouldn’t it be to require people to actually have an appointment with a personal care physician at least once a year? Shouldn’t the whole idea behind health care be to protect the general population from communicable diseases? We require drivers to pass a test and carry insurance – to protect all Americans – so why should health care be any different? We can establish the best way to provide affordable health insurance for all, but what difference does it make if people are walking around spreading tuberculosis, West Nile, Zika, etc., because they’re not required to actually see a personal care physician at least once a year?

I’m a firm proponent of personal liberty, and usually stand against government mandates unless absolutely necessary. That said, in addition to the mandate I suggested above, I’d also be comfortable with maintaining two of the requirements of our present Affordable Care Act – to have health insurance, and to require insurance companies to provide minimal essential coverage. Both of these components help spread the costs of healthcare over a greater universe of Americans, thus driving down the premiums of the more-expensive-to-insure. However, as a staunch fiscal-conservative, I like these two additional mandates because (by driving down the cost of premiums) they reduce the government subsidies necessary to make insurance affordable for all; and that helps control our budget deficit and reduces our national debt – which makes me happy!

If you agree with any of what I’ve said, please contact your elected federal officials – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer – and exercise your voice.

Robert Ardini


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