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Readers sound off on rent regulations, godly Trump and Di Fara Pizza

2019-08-24

Rent regulations keep communities stable. (Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News)
Louis is wrong about rent regs

Manhattan: Errol Louis declared that it’s time for a “smart conversation” about rent regulation in light of the pro-tenant legislation that passed in Albany (“Rent laws are welfare for the rich,” column, Aug. 15). His irksome “adult in the room” schtick is a tone typical of politicians and journalists whenever real progressive legislation actually happens. Even more typical is his stale analysis drawing on a Paul Krugman op-ed from almost two decades ago. Since its publication, it’s been subject to serious criticism.

Louis filed for intellectual bankruptcy on behalf of establishment liberalism with his throwaway solution that rent-regulated tenants be subjected to means testing. He apparently accepted the claim made by the executive director of a pro-landlord advocacy organization that “20% of rent stabilized units are [rented by] people that make $200,000 [a year] or more.” It’s not hard to envision how a bureaucratic expansion of that magnitude would exceed any current tax burden related to rent regulation, the cost of which is mostly borne by landlords reaping record profits.

More revealing is Louis’s inability to see rent regulation as anything but a welfare program. This is typical of the bien pensants who inhabit our political and media environments. Lost in a haze of their own wonkiness, they never grasp that rent regulation is as much about stabilizing communities as it is about stabilizing housing units.

People who feel secure against displacement are more likely to contribute to their community. If a long-term resident of rent-stabilized housing ends up becoming a success making $200,000 per year, my response is great! Stay in the apartment! Leverage your success to support those still struggling in your community, and no matter what Louis and the landlord lobby may tell you, that apartment is still your home. Graham Ciraulo, tenant organizer, Lower Seaman Tenant Association

False idols

Hope, R.I.: Glory to the TrumpGod! Any Republican who doesn’t immediately bow low and acknowledge Trump as the Second Coming of God, as prophesied on Twitter, is being extremely disloyal to him, also disgraceful and weak, and needs to be primaried from the Alt-Right. And besides, the TrumpGod is much better than the Old God. Hell, it took that guy seven days just to create this dump? Sheesh, what a loser! Trump could have done it in a day and still had time for 18 holes. Acknowledge Trump’s glorious Godhood, GOP worms...or has he finally gone too far? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Merry Trump-mas, suckers! Arthur Hayek

Split loyalties

Howard Beach: Trump said that Jews voting for Democrats are being disloyal to Israel. But Jews voting for Trump are being disloyal to America. Barbara Berg

Tactical Trump

Scranton, Pa.: In one week, Donald Trump insulted American Jews and the Danish — a powerful voting bloc and a loyal U.S. friend. It’s as if Trump wants his reelection hopes to vanish and bring his three-ring chaos circus to an end. Vin Morabito

In bad company

Far Rockaway: I returned to the U.S. in 2013 after about 14 years overseas, and here is my take. Lord knows the Daily News has written tons of articles and editorials about the travesty happening at Battery Park, the latest addition being the editorial in last Sunday’s newspaper (“Losing their Liberty,” Aug. 18). These articles always remind me of the scamming cheats in Bangkok, the capital city in a country that is low on the Corruption Perception Index and expected to be corrupt. But here in the U.S.? That is the travesty. We’re a civilized, technologically advanced, industrialized country with laws that usually are enforced. We’re also much higher up the Corruption Perception Index list from Thailand, yet....My question is, why is this still happening? It’s a blemish on New York City which sees so many tourists flocking to admire our great city, yet who go back home feeling cheated because their boat ride never made it to Ellis or Liberty Island and they had to pay $16.50 more than the people they can see boarding paying $18 for the legitimate boat ride. Who is in charge? Who has fallen asleep on their watch? This is beyond embarrassing. Jim Anderson

Long lost heirloom

St. Johnsville, N.Y.: I recently came across a scrapbook of a trip in 1937 to Sweden and Denmark taken by Harry and Anna Bergquist of 424 Concord St., Mildred Bergquist of 333 Pearl St., and Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Kearns of 186 Lowell St. They sailed on June 5, 1937 on the Swedish American Lines, M S Kungsholm. For me, this would be a treasured family memento, and if possible I would like to return it to any of the Bergquists’ descendants. Robert Taylor

Crackdown

Brooklyn: Why is New York State going after the electronic cigarette companies when it should be going after the stores that are selling them to minors? Melissa Toretto

Family ties

Manhattan: It looks like Gov. Cuomo is trying to stack the deck in the vote for the new license plate, pushing for the design with the bridge. How about if he restores the bridge’s historic name, Tappan Zee, first? Nancy Brenner

All but in name

Norwalk, Conn.: Instead of a pathetic run for president, Mayor de Blasio should be forced to fly into LaGuardia and try and get a cab or car. Three hours from Miami to LGA, two hours waiting for a cab in this misbegotten, moronic, ill-conceived construction zone. Just officially shut the damn airport down — because that’s what’s happened. Stefanie Pont

Brain drain

Sprakers, N.Y.: To Voicer Monica Schultz: No disrespect intended, but I don’t believe you can crack the code of Crossword II everyday. Sometimes I can get it right away, sometimes not. Who has time during a lunch break to figure it out! The puzzles are meant to be a brain exercise, not a frustrating gimmick. If you want that much of a challenge, get the New York Times. Robert Zee

New York slice

Manhattan: Clean up your act, Di Fara Pizza, in more ways than one! Keep current on your New York State tax payment plan, hire an exterminator and you’ll be back in business in no time! Miss your pizza! Vincenzo Simone

Too cheesy to fail

Staten Island: My wife and I have been running two small businesses here in New York City for close to 30 years. We have been following the rules and paying our taxes and doing everything by the book. But it’s nice to know that if we ever decide to take the easy way out and keep the taxes for ourselves that the mayor will step in and bail us out. Victor R. Stanwick