Recently, the rag Times Ledger subtly tried to dismiss the historic awful quality of life issues that have been going on for decades in Jamaica, that the powers that be and elected officials have been ignoring and dismissing for so long and attempting to change the narrative to one of illusion and dismissing criticisms as “occasional grumblings”.
Excerpt from Times Ledger recent article, Vacant Jamaica storefronts turned into art galleries, included this potshot at Clean Up Jamaica Queens and some local activist like Pamela Hazel and Amy Anderson who have been calling out powers that be for doing nothing about major quality of life issues.
Despite occasional grumblings by some locals about the state of things in their neck of the woods, the Jameco Exchange folks have taken a positive attitude, drawing inspiration from the retail vernacular of their two-story storefront and the cobblestone pedestrian mall in which it is situated, as well as the social culture of Jamaica Avenue and the histories of the community.
Well, the truth and reality seems to have pissed off a clueless from Astoria (?) or a friend of the writer or whomever:
Okay. We get the picture! Enough already! All these comments really show is how ignorant and paranoid some people can be and how DISGUSTINGLY POLITICIZED everything has become!
This well-written article and the other great story about JamaicaFlux are supposed to highlight ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS…period. They’re written in a positive light because they are NOT HARD NEWS STORIES!! DUH.
Community activists should be applauded for all their hard work and yes, Jamaica does have tough issues that must be dealt with and resolved. But don’t take your frustrations out on writers who are just trying to do their jobs!
Are you trying to malign and BULLY people by demanding that they write in a way that fits YOUR AGENDA?? Hmmm…? Not a wise thing to do.,,
Why not put your energies to better use and stop the BS already. All you’re doing is turning people off. Your rants are probably hurting struggling businesses, stores and eateries in the area. Is that what you want?
Yesterday, 7:25 pm
REALLY, my “rants” ( is that what we are now calling legitimate quality of life issues being ignored) is want is huring struggling businesses, stores and eateries in the area. WOW, I have that kind of power. Could not possibly the disgusting garbage and litter that are spread out all over the downtown area and elsewhere that turn quality people and potential businesses off. Could not possibly the shootings and crime that have increased in the area that have turned quality people and potential businesses off. Could not be all the poor customer service businesses and eateries that are a mess that have turned off the people and potential businesses from coming in.
Clueless from Astoria I nor anyone else is politicizing anything nor are we being paranoid and ignorant by exposing documented TRUTH for years.
BUT WHEN Times Ledger writes an article about a arts endeavor, then do just that as opposed to what this writer did slyly by dismissing resident’s very real and very major issues in Jamaica by stating them as ” occasional grumblings by some locals about the state of things in their neck of the woods”, they are the ones that decided to politicize and dictate the narrative of Jamaica. They could have easily just left that UNTRUTH out or even questioned that and stuck to the story at hand, but they chose not to and be unethical about it and not be truthful and dismiss legitimate issues.
Why don’t you STOP YOUR BULLS**T and stick to your overdeveloped area of Astoria which has plenty of issues for you to focus on as opposed to speaking about an area, you more than likely know so very little about. Are you even from Astoria (since you are hiding behind ANONYMOUS) or are you a friend of the writer, some Jamaica PR person or some predatory developer who are known for changing narrative by sighting “next hot hoods”.