Readers sound off on no confidence votes, new jails, and failure to yield
We vote no confidence in Pat Lynch
Tarrytown, N.Y.: While the New York City Police Benevolent Association takes a no-confidence vote against the mayor and the police commissioner, black people and conscious black law enforcement have voted no-confidence in the NYC PBA leadership as well.
Time and time again, the black community and even black law enforcement have been bombarded by Pat Lynch’s Archie Bunker-style rhetoric when it comes to accountability of officers violating policy and procedures against black and brown residents of New York City. As black law enforcement professionals, we have responded multiple times to his inflammatory remarks.
The Garner family and supporters call for oversight and accountability of those who claim to protect and serve. Even black NYPD officers have complained of the double standard when they have been racially profiled or mistaken as suspects when in plain clothes or off duty. Lynch has failed miserably to bring any solutions to the table or to address the disproportionate arrests of black and brown citizens.
In order to have true transparency, Lynch’s divisive rhetoric needs to stop. Law enforcement professionals go to work every day to enforce the law without violating their departments’ policies, procedures and training. When we violate them, we must be held accountable. As civil service officers, it is our duty to uphold the laws of our local, state and federal governments. Damon K. Jones, New York representative of Blacks In Law Enforcement of America
Public school parent
Brooklyn: My two children were in elementary school back in the 1980s. One was accepted into the gifted and talented program and bused to a school outside my area. My other child did not get in and went to the neighborhood school. What did the gifted program have that my neighborhood school did not? It had resources for enrichment — teachers for computer, music, foreign language, art. If New York City gets rid of G&T programs, there are ways to teach each child based upon that child’s educational needs, even in a class or school that is not “gifted.” But in order for this change to be palatable, New York City will need to provide enrichment programming across the board for all children. And please, do not make parents pick computers over music over science over art over foreign language. We want it all. Fran Silverman
Leaping over ULURP
Kew Gardens: I read with interest the opinion piece by Mitchell Moss titled “Slow the jail-building rush” (Aug. 27). What the city has rushed through the process is a “concept.” In a blatant disregard of ULURP, the city maintains that it is the concept that must be approved, and only after approval can the design be started and firm plans drawn up. This is what is supposed to be done as part of a ULURP, not done as an add-on after the fact. The city is rushing the project because it is afraid of what would come out in an honest hearing reviewing concrete plans. There is no cost estimate because there is no design. There are no financing plans because there are no cost estimates. The City Council should not vote on this project but should reject it and send it back to square one. Dominick Pistone
Richmond Hill: “Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either incompetent or corrupt,” said the 2-year-old in the White House. This is coming from the same man whose advisers were indicted for various lies to law enforcement. Among them George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. But, oh yeah, they want us to believe that Trump did nothing wrong and that he was unaware of their wrongdoing. Francheisko Perez
Waste of time
Oakland Gardens: Let’s get rid of the cumbersome parking meter system in New York City. I have actually seen a driver get ticketed while she was putting money in the machine. I also returned to my car to find a ticket although I still had time on the receipt. It turned out that the wind had blown my receipt upside down when I closed my car door. Once used, these small pieces of paper have no other purpose and wind up as litter in the gutter and on the sidewalk. If E-ZPass and electronic readers can be used to monitor traffic in other situations, I’m sure the city can come up with similar ways to address parking. Catherine Leibowitz
Manhattan: What must be remembered is that the pickup truck that struck 67-year-old Melissa McClure as she crossed the street with her visiting sister reportedly was turning into their crosswalk (“Woman, 67, dies after pickup truck rams into her and her sister in Chelsea,” Aug. 16). Thank you for running this tragic story. Somehow this joyful reunion turned so terribly tragic. The city must make failure-to-yield a number one target for enforcement, with punishment to fit the deadly crime that it is. Street warning stencils and signs are most urgently needed. Melissa McClure, who so loved her adopted New York City, must not be forgotten! Bette Dewing
Rockaway Beach: The mayor is so busy building bike lanes, why doesn’t he make them learn the rules of the road as cars do? And while he is at it, pass a law that anyone who is riding a bike, skateboard or any device with a motor must wear a helmet? Carol Flaherty
New Hyde Park, L.I.: Joe Biden screwed up some details in a story about a war hero that has no effect on anyone or anything, and the news reporters are all over it. Our president tells blatant lies every day that affect our country, our national security, and every person living here and the media brushes it off as “that’s just the way he is.” Give me a freaking break. Bob Wiecezak
Forest Hills: I couldn’t agree more with Voicer Devorah Helfich’s letter. The 9/11 Memorial on the World Trade Center site is sacred ground and should be treated with respect and awe. Now if only they could get rid of the mob of schlock vendors that surround it. Elaine Wohl
Fair Lawn, N.J.: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “Those of us who lived through the Cold War...” She needs to check her facts. She was 2 when the USSR collapsed. Jay Hirschhorn
(Not on) timetables
Fresh Meadows: To answer Voicer Antoinette Giovino as to why the MTA found it necessary to remove the time schedules from each bus stop: It has been my experience at various bus stops that they were so inaccurate, they were useless. Ernest Windschauer