Opinion

U.S. Navy Engineman 3rd Class Olga Valdovinos dances the"Folklorico,"a traditional Hispanic courtship dance for fellow Sailors on the mess deck of the Amphibious Command Ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) on Oct. 12, 2006, during a Hispanic Heritage celebration. (Photo from research.archives.gov)

‘Hispanic Heritage Month: The Misuse of Culture’

Latino, Opinion September 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Writing in Queens Latino, columnist Arturo I. Sanchez discusses the “celebratory ignorance” surrounding Hispanic Heritage Month.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer (Photo by Yeo Ram Choi/Voices of NY)

Opinión: Un trabajo digno merece una paga digna

Government, Immigration, Labor, Opinion August 31, 2016 at 6:23 pm

El Contralor de la Ciudad de Nueva York Scott M. Stringer escribe en este artículo de opinión para Voices of New York sobre los esfuerzos de su oficina para contactar a más de 1.000 trabajadores a quienes les deben $5 millones en salarios y beneficios, los cuales les fueron negados por contratistas financiados por la ciudad.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer, with members of Ironworkers Local 580, at a press conference a year ago announcing his office’s efforts to distribute wages owed workers. (Photo by Rahimon Nasa for Voices of NY)

Opinion: An Honest Day’s Work Deserves an Honest Day’s Pay

Featured Posts, Government, Labor, New York, Opinion August 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer writes in this Op-Ed for Voices of New York about his office’s effort to reach more than 1,000 workers who are owed $5 million in prevailing wages and benefits that they were deprived of by city-funded contractors.

Dominican flags in Williamsburg's South Side (Photo by Bonnie Natko, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: The Challenge for Dominicans, Beyond Adriano Espaillat

Demographics, Dominican, New York, Opinion August 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

This Impacto New York op-ed lists the accomplishments and challenges of the Dominican community in New York, from political and educational successes to a coming demographic downturn.

The notary explained that my parents qualified for a green card because they had been in the U.S. for 10 years and had two children who had been born in the country. While this seemed simple, it quickly became a financial and emotional nightmare. (Photo via El Diario)

Opinion: The 10-Year Myth

Immigration, New York, Opinion August 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm

In this op-ed published in El Diario/La Prensa, a U.S.-born daughter of immigrants tells of the legal ordeal her parents went through when seeking a green card.

(Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Opinion: Questions about Roosevelt Avenue BID Met With Silence

Business, Latino, Opinion, Queens May 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm

For the past six months, Queens Latino has been trying to get a response from elected officers about the status of the planned expansion of the Jackson Heights business improvement district, to no avail.

Mariel Fiori, managing editor of La Voz. (Photo via La Voz)

Opinion: ‘We Need to Hold on to Whatever We Can’

Latino, New York, Opinion, Politics May 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

In this editorial, the editor of La Voz reflects on a recent meeting with congressmen in the Hudson Valley, and says people should “use democracy as it should be used.”

(Photo by Merika Rubinova via The Bukharian Times)

Awaiting an Answer to an Important Question

Crime, Jewish, Opinion, Queens December 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

The Bukharian Times reports on community efforts to protect the community following numerous arsons of homes owned by members of the Bukharian Jewish community in Queens.

(Photo via The Korea Times)

Opinion: Understanding the Bathing Culture of Korea

Culture, East Asian, Metro Area, New York, Opinion December 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

In the wake of a controversy over a Korean spa’s 24-hour service in Palisades Park, New Jersey, an opinion piece in The Korea Times explains Korean spa culture.

NYPD Police Academy graduation ceremony June 2014 (Photo by Diana Robinson, Creative commons license)

Opinion: The Police, Friend or Foe?

Black, Opinion, Police November 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm

The publisher and editor in chief of the Amsterdam News urges that the police once again become community partners.

Aftermath of the 1920 Wall St. bombing, blamed first on Russian bolsheviks and later on Italian anarchists. (Photo via City Limits)

Some Perspective on Admitting Syrian Refugees

History, Immigration, Middle Eastern, New York, Opinion November 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

In the wake of the Paris attacks, some counterarguments to the worries over admitting refugees, in City Limits – and from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

La Rogativa, a sculpture in San Juan depicting the local resistance to the British naval blockade in 1797. (Photo by Oscar F. Hevia, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Time for New Ideas for Puerto Rico

Featured Posts, Opinion, Puerto Rican, Voices' Picks October 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm

In this opinion piece, a member of the Humanities Department at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, puts forward some new ideas for solving the island’s crisis.

Representatives of the Korean community in Palisades Park at a briefing on July 15 following the revocation of the parking fee increase. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Opinion: In Palisades Park, Korean Clout at Work

Business, East Asian, Metro Area, Opinion July 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The Korean community in Palisades Park, New Jersey, has succeeded in getting the mayor to reverse a plan to increase parking fees in the business area, which is dominated by Korean-owned businesses, Korea Daily reports.

(Photo via The Haitian Times)

Opinion: ‘We Are All Immigrants of Some Nation’

Caribbean, Dominican, Opinion July 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

An editorial in The Haitian Times explores the broader implications of the Dominican Republic’s actions against Dominico-Haitians.

The entrance to Queens Theatre in Flushing Park and its director, Taryn Sacramone. (Photos via Queens Latino)

Opinion: An End to Latino Artistic Expression in Queens

Culture, Latino, Opinion, Queens June 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm

In an opinion piece, Javier Castaño of Queens Latino mourns the loss of the Latino Cultural Festival, which comes at a time when city officials say they want to encourage cultural activities in city neighborhoods.