Flushing: Mayor de Blasio’s new blended plan for opening the schools in September does not help parents (especially those with more than one child in school, if those children have different schedules). Nor does it help students, who will be stuck learning remotely at least half the time. Nor does it help teachers, who will have to expose themselves to possible infection while teaching in-person.
A better solution would be if everyone entering the school building (students, teachers, staff, etc.) is tested for COVID with a rapid-result test each morning. Once they are cleared, they cannot leave the building until the end of the day. The reason it has to be done every day, is because the test is a snapshot of just that minute. Once they have been cleared, social distancing is not necessary, since no one allowed inside is infected. Schools could be opened to full capacity.
Since NYC has the largest school system in the nation, with more than a million students and employees, testing all those people every day will cover a large portion of NYC’s population, and will help get the COVID numbers down in general, as contact tracers find the pockets of infection and quarantine them. The only possible issue I can see is getting enough test kits to implement it. C. Weissman
Bronx: The plan to return children to school this fall is ridiculous. How are parents supposed to arrange their work schedules? We spend bundles of money on other things, so why not set up kiosks at the entrance to every school? They could take children’s temperatures, mist them with a mild disinfectant, and spritz sanitizer onto their hands. If this makes entering the building take longer, schools could stay open a little later in the afternoons. This, mandatory masks and increased janitorial services will keep the school as hygienic as possible, and allow students to learn in-person, five days a week. Denise Summo
Bronx: The hybrid model of one to three in-person school days, plus remote classes, puts everyone at some risk of infection and doesn’t allow the parents of young children to go to work. Why not turn high school buildings over to the lower grades? With the additional space, elementary and middle school students can come in every day. These are the students most at risk of having their academic careers jeopardized by interrupted education in reading and math, not to mention socialization. High school staff can double-down on their efforts to provide a sound education remotely. High school students’ younger siblings wouldn’t be home to distract them, and their parents could go to work. Valerie Kaufman
Manhattan: Will Ivanka’s and Melania’s children return to school this September? Marilyn Levin
Manhattan: The Trump administration has delayed the rollout of congestion pricing by “roughly a year.” In the meantime, city officials ought to do whatever they can, without federal approval, to discourage driving into Manhattan’s central business district. They should start with curbside parking reform. We must convert some of the free or cheap parking spots lining our curbs into bus lanes, protected bike lanes, loading zones and restaurant seating. Today, drivers spend hours searching for a rare parking space. Take away that possibility, while giving people more transportation alternatives, and they’ll be much less likely to drive into the central business district in the first place. Waiting another year for congestion pricing is a setback, but since we have the time, let’s make the most of it. Danny Harris, executive director, Transportation Alternatives
Jamaica: Someone tell me please why if a white man uses black makeup on his face, it’s racist, but if a Black man, such as Eddie Murphy or Greg Morris uses white makeup, it’s art? Maggie Heinsohn
Brooklyn: To Voicer Linda Rousseau, who wrote about the lack of attention paid to the health of New York inmates during the coronavirus: What fantasy world are you living in? Why don’t you just ask for chambermaids, room service and day spas in these prisons? Educational programs, you say? I don’t think they’re interested in that. Many of these inmates get arrested again once they’re released. Andrew Feinstein
Woods Cross, Utah: In the early days of Christianity, church people felt it was their duty to help stop plagues circulating around the Roman Empire. Times have changed. Far too many of today’s Christians won’t lift a finger (or actually, a mask) to help others. They have become so selfish and libertarian, they say masks infringe on their constitutional rights. Does it curtail freedom of speech, because words get a little jumbled speaking through a mask? Does it offend the right of assembly that people must be 6 feet apart? Kimball Shinkoskey
Queens Village: Why do people like Voicer Cecily Carrigan direct their frustration and anger at us who are for animal rights? We’re not causing you problems. We are just stating our opinion! When we see an animal suffering, or being badly beaten in front of us, we’re not asking you to feel the same way as you do when looking at your picture of the sonogram. We’re just speaking for animals, as you are speaking for babies! Joan Silaco
Fort Lee: The Supreme Court ruling on President Trump’s financial records, including his tax returns, was to send the matter back to lower courts. This means the information will not likely be available until after the November election. It also means that local prosecutors will find it easier to request the records of Joe Biden, if he wins. Almost certainly, someone will want to get his financial records and tax returns, as well as those of his son Hunter, if they can. Arthur Horn
Manhattan: Voicer Bob Pascarella: If you’re so bothered by the Daily News “constant, unabated insults and criticisms” of the president, stop reading. You confuse “hatred” with honest reporting. Nothing reported by The News is untruthful, and the only pathological person in this election is Trump. He is the one who has proven, over and over, that he is unfit for office. Your concern for Joe Biden’s “mental stability” is heartwarming though. Michael Udolf
Edgewater: So, the U.S. attorney general encourages former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of NY, Geoffrey Berman, to take a new job heading the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division — so Berman can stop investigating the president’s accomplices in his current job. Barr says that the new role would be a good résumé-builder that would help Berman once he returned to the private sector. Is this straight out of the president’s drain-the-swamp handbook? Jay K. Egelberg