36 THE QUEENS COURIER • SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com editorial THE QUEENS VICTORIA SCHNEPS-YUNIS JOSHUA A. SCHNEPS BOB BRENNAN ROBERT POZARYCKI AMY AMATO-SANCHEZ NIRMAL SINGH ALAN SELTZER STEPHEN REINA RON TORINA, JENNIFER DECIO, CHERYL GALLAGHER ANGY ALTAMIRANO, KATRINA MEDOFF ANTHONY GIUDICE ANGELA MATUA, ALINA SURIEL CLIFF KASDEN, SAMANTHA SOHMER, ELIZABETH ALONI ANGY ALTAMIRANO DEMETRA PLAGAKIS CELESTE ALAMIN MARIA VALENCIA VICTORIA SCHNEPS-YUNIS JOSHUA A. 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Looking forward to every part of his visit.” Ann Guidice “It’s going to be a great weekend for the city of New York.” Bryan Geasoe “I’d like to see him address issues of abuse and the role of women in the church. I think the pope is trying to make a difference and seems like a good person.” Marilyn Lawson “I think he’s made some really transphobic comments that have turned me off completely. Not really looking forward to his visit all that much.” Adam Pichardi “I haven’t really been following, but it sounds like the visit will be a positive thing.” Phillip Forte street talk “I’m just looking forward to the positive news coverage that surrounds his visits instead of all the negativity.” Antoinette Ross “I don’t care. I’m Christian.” Timothy Kang ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT? SNAPS QUEENS Visitors to Saturday’s Honey Fest 2015 in Rockaway Beach came face to face with a real bee colony. BY THE QUEENS COURIER STAFF Send us your photos of Queens and you could see them online or in our paper! Submit them to us via our Instagram @ queenscourier, Facebook page, tweeting @queenscourier or by emailing editorial@queenscourier. com (subject: Queens Snaps). Homeless need more than tracking When the Police Department introduced CompStat more than 20 years ago, it was designed to help the NYPD keep better track of where and how much crime was occurring in the city and how best to deploy the resources to stop it. Whether it was a burglary rash in Bayside or a rise in robberies in Ridgewood, CompStat enabled the Police Department to target problem areas and bring crime down to record lows year after year after year. Now the NYPD is trying to apply the same CompStat principles to tracking the city’s homeless population, now numbering at about 60,000. One tabloid demeaningly called the new program “Bum-Stat,” painting every homeless person in the city with the same stereotypical brush. It’s good that the NYPD is working to keep tabs of how many homeless people are in the city; past efforts by other city agencies and nonprofi ts have been hit-and-miss at best. But the Police Department, on top of its many other duties, can’t offer shelter to every homeless person — and cannot be asked to shoulder the burden of resolving the homeless crisis. The NYPD cannot institute affordable housing. The NYPD can’t enact new housing subsidies to keep families in their homes and out of emergency shelters. The NYPD cannot institute various social service programs aimed at assisting those who cannot help themselves and are at risk of falling through the cracks and onto the streets. The NYPD can gather the facts about homelessness in New York City, but the city government — with the support of its people — must fulfi ll its moral and civil obligations toward ending the homeless crisis here. More than 60,000 people now sleep on our streets. We must do more for them. Pope brings grace to the States New York City will be graced in every sense of the word next week when Pope Francis arrives for a brief stop during his fi rst visit to the United States. Since ascending to the papacy in 2013, Francis has done a tremendous job working to inspire change within the Catholic Church while extending a vision of mercy and compassion for the people. His nature is so drastically different to what’s happening in the rest of the world. While he called for parishes to accept Syrian refugees, entire nations are shutting down their borders to keep refugees out. ISIS is imposing its barbaric, medieval will upon an entire region with abhorrent violence. War continues in the Ukraine, North Korea is rattling its nuclear saber against South Korea and questions loom over whether the Iran deal was a genuine agreement or just the prologue for another confl ict. In these troubled times, Pope Francis has emerged as a beacon of hope for many, regardless of their own personal faith, because of his own humility and message of mercy. His visit is indeed welcome here amid all the problems around us. Let’s hope our leaders and each of us follow his example, listen to his message and help make our country and world a better place.
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