40 THE QUEENS COURIER • OCTOBER 8, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com editorial THE QUEENS PUBLISHER & EDITOR CO-PUBLISHER ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF VP, EVENTS, WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA ART DIRECTOR ASSISTANT TO PUBLISHER ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR ARTISTS STAFF REPORTERS CONTRIBUTING REPORTERS WEB EDITOR EVENTS MANAGER CLASSIFIED MANAGER CONTROLLER PRESIDENT & CEO VICE PRESIDENT 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. SCHNEPS Schneps Communications, 38-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361 718-224-5863 • Fax 718-224-5441 www.queenscourier.com editorial e-mail: email@example.com for advertising e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Entire Contents Copyright 2015 by The Queens Courier All letters sent to THE QUEENS COURIER should be brief and are subject to condensing. Writers should include a full address and home and offi ce telephone numbers, where available, as well as affi liation, indicating special interest. Anonymous letters are not printed. Name withheld on request. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, AS WELL AS OP-ED PIECES IN NO WAY REFLECT THE PAPER’S POSITION. No such ad or any part thereof may be reproduced without prior permission of THE QUEENS COURIER. The publishers will not be responsible for any error in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Errors must be reported to THE QUEENS COURIER within fi ve days of publication. Ad position cannot be guaranteed unless paid prior to publication. Schneps Communications assumes no liability for the content or reply to any ads. The advertiser assumes all liability for the content of and all replies. The advertiser agrees to hold THE QUEENS COURIER and its employees harmless from all cost, expenses, liabilities, and damages resulting from or caused by the publication or recording placed by the advertiser or any reply to any such advertisement. How far do you think the Mets will go in the post-season? The Mets are doing pretty good. They should at least make it to the playoffs before the World Series. Hopefully they’ll even make it to the World Series. -Peter Gouber BY BROOKE SMITH I predict they’ll win against the Dodgers and then against the Cardinals, but they have absolutely no chance of winning the World Series. -Vinny The Mets are going to win it all! They have to. We have a lot of money on it. -Danny and Gary from J&J Barbershop The Mets look great. Everyone’s gelling really well. This is a team with no superstars. There’s no leading batter or RBIs. At any given time any player is able to perform. -Bart They’re definitely going to the World Series if not win it all. -Mike I think the Mets will make it to the second round. I’m hoping the Yankees won’t make it at all. -George street talk We are defi nitely going to win. I’m looking forward to having a Subway Series at Citi Field. -Rob Lockfeld Of course, we’ll take it far. I have no doubt they’ll win the series. -Paul Kane SNAPS QUEENS Colorful fabric decorates the corner of a Jackson Heights shop on 37th Avenue Photo by Anne Wu 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 email@example.com (subject: Queens Snaps). Brother, can you spare $3.2 billion? This year, transit riders saw their fares increase by about 4 percent throughout the MTA system. It was the fi rst of two planned MTA fare hikes; the other is expected to happen in two years. Everyone grumbled about it, but paid the price anyway because, warts and all, this city’s public transportation system keeps everyone moving. But higher fares could soon be the least of problems for those who rely on the MTA to get around. The authority has a $32 billion fi ve-year capital plan for service improvements and upgrades, but is about $9.8 billion short in funding, according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Who pays for this? With the state picking up the difference, the MTA suggests that the city contribute $3.2 billion more to the authority, but that number is about $2.5 billion more than the de Blasio administration originally planned to provide. Reportedly, de Blasio is looking to kick in another $1 billion under certain conditions, but even so, that’s nowhere close to the city’s suggested contribution. New York City’s subways and buses are relied upon more than ever before in this era where people are moving away from cars and more toward biking and public transportation. The MTA must provide the people of this city with a reliable working system that serves the most people possible. Maintenance and expansion projects cost money, and like it or not, we’re going to need to pay for it, either directly with higher fares or indirectly with tax revenue. Last year’s city budget topped more than $70 billion. The MTA is seeking $3.2 billion from the city over the next fi ve years — that’s $640 million a year, or 0.9 percent of an annual $70 billion budget. It seems diffi cult to believe that the de Blasio administration couldn’t fi nd room in the upcoming budgets to pay the MTA what it requires. Go get ‘em, Mets! It’s been nine long years, but the Mets are fi nally back in the postseason, having captured the National League Eastern Division crown. Anything and everything bad seemed to be thrown the franchise’s way since they last reached the playoffs in 2006 — an agonizing postseason loss on a called third strike, two season-ending collapses, a Ponzi scheme that affected the team’s fi nances, injuries to key players and losing season after losing season. Still, the fans of the Orange and Blue stayed true through it all. Under the guidance of manager Terry Collins, the Mets’ fortunes made a rapid turnaround this year on the strength of four terrifi c young starting pitchers and critical trades made by general manager Sandy Alderson that brought in key reinforcements. They stormed past the preseason Eastern Division favorites from Washington and left them in the dust by season’s end. Now the Mets have to get by the Western Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series if they want to play for the National League pennant and — dare we say it — a potential World Championship. Let’s cheer on our home team and let’s see how good they really are. Let’s go Mets!
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