Category Archives: Editorials

Editoral: Public Notices: NOT Antiquated

At The Forum, we’ve been trying to move (perhaps somewhat belatedly) into this century by updating our computers, internet speed, and website. Spoiler alert: we’re also hoping to soon unveil a new way of delivering news, classifieds, and event listings to our readers using modern technology in an easily accessible form. These plans aside, though, we are very aware that a lot of our readership does not have computer access, or the interest or wherewithal to use the internet. Therefore, … Continue reading

Editorial: Jon Stewart: Not Faking It

Last week the editorial focused on Brian Williams and his problematic, evolving recollections of time in an Iraqi helicopter during the war.  In the midst of the controversy surrounding his suspension from NBC, his good friend Jon Stewart announced he’d be retiring from The Daily Show by year’s end.  Only moments separated the two events.  For those of us who liked the guys, it was a 1-2 punch. Jon Stewart has been hosting the show since 1998.  Steve Carell, renowned … Continue reading

Editorial: Brian’s Perfect Brain

Most people seem to agree that Brian Williams has been a good journalist, at least in terms of his adventurous spirit, articulate manner, sense of humor, and diplomatic sensibility. He does interviews in a way that makes and keeps us curious. At The Forum, we like him, and we’ve been debating internally about how to view his six-month suspension from NBC. The question we keep coming back to is: do we really think that there was ill intent involved in … Continue reading

Measles Outbreak a Warning

Before 1963, when the measles vaccination was first introduced, an estimated three to four million people contracted the disease per year in the U.S. alone, resulting in thousands of hospitalizations and around 500 deaths annually. In 2000, the virus was declared eliminated in the United States. That doesn’t mean we can’t still get it; in fact, it’s a dangerous bit of data, because people have become complacent about vaccines and, when it’s an option, often decide they’ll forgo having their … Continue reading

Editorial: Snowpocalypse Forecasts End with a Flurry

It’s hard to believe in the weather. Or rather, the weather reports, which are so important to so many people, and which have become so elaborate and newsworthy that they seem to be the entity known as “THE WEATHER” itself. This week, that very weather consumed and cut through primetime programming with reckless abandon. We went to bed on Monday night (thankfully, The Bachelor was left intact) haunted by numerous emergency reports and press conferences featuring mayors and governors warning … Continue reading

When Moore is Less

On the heels of the Oscar nominations and the various controversies that came out of those announcements, it wasn’t altogether surprising that a movie like American Sniper exited the fray a target of criticism. “Pro-war,” and “anti-Muslim,” or even nuanced critiques of Bradley Cooper’s “lack of range” in the lead role may well be justified comments on the film and its weaknesses, but to categorically call snipers “cowards” as Michael Moore did this week is ignorant at best; at worst … Continue reading

Freedom to Offend

A journalist goes to work in the morning and is the first to arrive at the office. She turns on the lights and fires up her computer. The familiar hum of fluorescents, electronics, and the heater is an odd comfort at the early hour, as is the thermos of coffee which warms her. Familiarity, warmth…independence. Alone, she doesn’t feel lonely. Just ready for the work at hand. She will be writing today. That is a gift and one she is … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Sandy: Still Beating on Us, but Not Breaking Us Down

The Forum has spent the last couple of weeks reviewing 2014 and reflecting on some of the big stories that have impacted our community over the course of the year. As many do, we use the new year to look at what happened in our past and how it might affect our future. When we have the chance to actually see the year in articles and photographs, laid out before us in a distinct timeline, the perspective is somewhat enhanced. … Continue reading

Promise Me This

Making New Year’s resolutions is like making promises – to yourself or to a higher power – that you rarely, if ever, keep. No one likes a promise-breaker. It’s comparable to lying. The practice of making resolutions dates back to ancient times, when promises were made to gods for realistic, achievable tasks like vowing to return borrowed farm equipment. When is the last time you heard a friend say he planned to return the tractor he borrowed — or even … Continue reading

The Policeman

In 1970, radio legend Paul Harvey wrote a newspaper column titled “What Are Policemen Made Of?” He also recorded the piece for his radio audience and called it “The Policeman.” Harvey’s father had been a cop, shot in the line of duty when the boy was only three years old. In reflecting on the events of this past weekend, and in honor of our brother journalist and our fallen NYPD heroes, we at the Forum thought it appropriate to share … Continue reading

Dangerous Distraction

Is anyone else finding it a shame that the NYPD is marking another year of record low crime rates – particularly in the area of robberies, which are down another 15 percent from last year’s already-low numbers – and yet, the Eric Garner controversy, the stance of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and even some of the Mayor’s statements have increased divisiveness in what was already a fragile relationship between cops and the public? Both sides seem to have a legitimate … Continue reading

Giving Thanks

Be thankful for what you’ve got. In the past seven days alone we’ve written about a sickly dog being tossed from a moving car as if it were garbage; a 13-month-old boy treated like a rag doll, suffering severe head injuries allegedly at the hands of his mother’s ex-boyfriend; families affected by Superstorm Sandy being victimized again, this time by the federal government; a doctor, who swore an oath to do no harm, allegedly bilking insurance companies out of thousands … Continue reading

In the Dark About the Park

What happened to Gateway National Recreation Area? That’s what we’d like to know. But good luck trying to get an update, or even a morsel of information on anything. And we’re a news organization. One cyber stroll to their antiquated website—nothing works and it obviously hasn’t been updated in what appears to be years—and you’ll quickly realize that the poorly managed public-information portal only reflects the poorly managed park. Tuck The Forum under your arm as we walk down Memory … Continue reading

Editorial: After Failing Miserably, It’s Time for the City to Give Us a Reason Not to Give Up

Writing the paper this week, it almost felt like it was The Forum: The Build It Back Edition. Amy Peterson, who was appointed as the city program’s new head a little more than one month ago, came to town twice over the past week, once last Thursday to speak with Howard Beach homeowners and then Tuesday for the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic meeting. On top of that, we went to the Build It Back office in Breezy Point and watched as … Continue reading

Editorial: Holding Onto Our History

For the thousands of people who came from all over to take a tour this week of the once-majestic New York State pavilion – a place that, on April 22, 1964, opened to throngs of people waiting with bated breath for the arrival of the World’s Fair – the reasons they stood in line for hours to see a glimpse of a now-decaying structure were incredibly varied. There were the specific memories that drew them back – the desire to … Continue reading