Manhattan: We agree with the op-ed by Chris Quinn and Kiana Davis concerning the SNAP program (“SNAP out of it, Mr. Mayor,” Sept. 18). Local 1549 represents many of the employees in the NYC Human Resources Administration, including eligibility specialists (ES) who determine eligibility for SNAP, Medicaid and HASA. We signed onto the letter that was mentioned in the op-ed.
The shortage of ES positions is the main reason for waiting times in the above-mentioned programs. The city and HRA administrations allowed the ES headcount to go down by 300 (a nearly 20% reduction) over a three year period.
Closing centers adds to the problem. We believe that the only reason for closures is the present administration’s attempt to reduce budgets by cutting rental costs. This policy began under the Bloomberg administration and continues today. It is about money and not servicing.
Last spring, Local 1549 leaders and members testified at the City Council about the shortages and adverse effects on staff and clients. The Council’s response was to hire more social workers, which is fine. Social workers assist clients but do not determine eligibility so they do nothing to reduce wait times or expedite service.
Our union and advocates for the poor have requested an increase of servicing for ES positions. There are city residents on the current civil service lists waiting for these decent jobs and chance to serve residents in need. Sadly, the city powers have not listened. Eddie Rodriguez, president, Local 1549
West Islip, L.I.: To Voicer Ora Reed: Not on this planet. Anyone who says Republicans are the do-nothing, spineless, corrupt party has to be wearing blinders. This country is thriving under Trump and will continue to in 2020. All the Democrats in the swamp are going to jail. Tell me something the Democrats have done for their voters in the past two and a half years. God willing, we win the House and Senate and put this country back where it was before Obama sold our country out. Carmel Harrigan
Manhattan: I am ecstatic that the climate change summit received so much worldwide notice. We all still need to do a lot more on the local level. Someone should tell Bed Bath & Beyond, down here in Tribeca, to put back their recycling bins. They were taken away weeks ago for no good reason. I know, I’m here all the time. Howard Goodman
Waldwick, N.J.: The number of spelling, punctuation and just plain absurd errors is growing day by day. But if there’s one thing I can’t abide, it’s people who don’t know how to use the word “myriad.” Just for the record, you don’t put “of” after myriad — it’s “myriad typos” or “myriad articles that don’t make sense.” If your writers and (non-existent) copy editors don’t know this, tell them to simply use the word “lots.” Jacqueline Robb
Hempstead, L.I.: I agree with Voicer Mary Ellen Carney. I did not like the “Between the Lines” comic about the caged mouse who thinks it is being chosen for its “forever home” but instead was chosen to be fed to an animal. I do not like jokes at an animal’s expense and it was just sick, mean and not funny. Leslie Feldman
Ridgefield, Conn.: Thank you, Voicer Mary Ellen Carney. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought “Between the Lines” mouse comic was sick. Did you notice that Max Garcia’s next few comics were also about death? Sorry if Garcia was experiencing a low point in his life, but if so, then the Daily News needs to block out that space in the comic section. Not nice to drag others down with that macabre so-called sense of humor. Comics should be funny, a bit sarcastic, but not morbid. “Between the Lines” is more often not funny to begin with, so I guess it’s time to cross that comic off my list. Karen Pickering
Clearwater, Fla.: I dare say that the Emmys have overlooked one outstanding actress. What about Felicity Huffman’s contrite performance before a judge, which resulted in a lesser sentence of only 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal? But if nothing else, Huffman deserves a standing ovation. Bravo! JoAnn Lee Frank
Bronx: Voicer Joseph Valente dismisses Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal’s demand for anti-bias training for medical residents who treat pregnant black women. Believe it or not, she has a point. The maternal mortality rate in the United States is entirely too high. Women should not die because they give birth. And whether you like it or not, Mr. Valente, the rate for black and Hispanic women is higher than that for white women. Are other factors involved? Of course. But the No. 1 reason is race and inherent bias impacting minority women. The assumptions that are made about patients — that they don’t follow instructions, don’t understand what we tell them, are single mothers, have no support network, etc. — influence how the women are treated. The councilwoman is correct to want to begin to help young doctors recognize their biases and start to acknowledge what and how they think since their beliefs determine their actions and can influence life and death. Claudette Mobley
Brooklyn: Timothy Cardinal Dolan has publicly come out calling for the closure of Rikers Island. They should build the new facility next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This way the cardinal would not have far to go to comfort and console the prisoners. If he wants to involve himself in politics, he should have his tax exempt status revoked. Charles F. Beehn
Norwalk, Conn.: I want to explain to you why I will be canceling my online subscription of your newspaper. It is because of your abysmal coverage of the Rangers and hockey in general. Actually, abysmal might be the wrong word because it assumes that there was any coverage at all. As far as I can tell, the Daily News has had one article since June 21, and it was about an ex-player. The Rangers signed the No. 1 and 2 free agents, all-stars Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba, and The News wrote nothing. The Rangers have assembled a young, exciting team and again nothing. For the past three months, I checked for articles about the Rangers and saw nothing. That nothing is the same amount of money that I will be spending on your online edition in the future. Ken Eisner
Manhattan: To Richard Cohen (“Lucky life of a newspaperman,” column, Sept. 24): Thank you very much. I will miss your column. Best of luck in your future. God bless you. Juan Urena