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June 18, 2019

Readers sound off on Eric Garner, rain gardens and overtime

May 15, 2019
Eric Garner is pictured in his final moments in Staten Island in July 2014.

Chokehold or not isn’t the point

Hartsdale, N.Y.: Re Bo Dietl’s Op-Ed (“The ‘chokehold’ that wasn’t,” May 13): The Garner family is obviously being victimized a second time by its legal team Following misguided media direction regarding a “chokehold” is bound to lose the case. Did Officer Daniel Pantaleo contribute to Eric Garner’s death? The answer is, yes. Does it mean that what he did was malicious? Not necessarily. But if your question is, “Did Officer Pantaleo use a banned chokehold on Eric Garner?” the answer is no. It’s a case of asking the wrong question. I am no fan of Dietl, but in this case he was right, the Daily News was wrong, and the Garner family is that much further from any penalty that might be assessed against Pantaleo. Norman Gaines

Brooklyn: Bo Deitl asks us to look closer and instructs us that we will not see a chokehold. Are you kidding? Look closer and you see even more recklessness and wrongdoing! NYPD jumping on their victim, Eric Garner, as he stands by a glass window, which is an additional danger, even to the cops! Eric’s crime: selling a cigarette! Suzannah Troy

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Pompton Plains, N.J.: I didn’t major in math in college, but I’m pretty sure that the Eric Garner tragedy is going to cost the city a whole lot more than what they were losing on Eric selling those untaxed cigarettes. Joseph Brown

Rain, rain, go away

Brooklyn: The city is proposing installing rain gardens in front of people’s houses in residential areas in Brooklyn. If they put a green mark in front of your home that means you could be getting a rain garden. They say the homeowner has no say in the matter. Yet when they handed out tickets for failed sidewalk inspections, those homeowners had to pay to get their sidewalks repaired. If we have no say in the rain gardens, then why didn’t the city pay for those sidewalk repairs? These rain gardens will do more harm than good. People parking their car could trip and fall as they get out of the car. No doubt dogs will do their business there, and will the city worker be there to clean it up? John De Angelo

Piggy banks are full

Flushing: Can anyone tell me why overtime payments should be counted towards pensions? In my opinion, the elimination of this particular perk that unions managed to insert into the contracts with the various agencies, would go a long way towards saving the taxpayers’ money. In many cases, people who work at the various agencies, knowing that the overtime will count toward eventual pension payments, work unnecessary overtime in order to build up their retirement fund. Pensions should be based on base salary, not on overtime. Overtime should be used sparingly, only when an emergency that needs to be immediately dealt with crops up outside of normal working hours, and it should not count towards pension payments. Chaya Wiesman

Bumpy road ahead

Cambria Heights: Thank you, Voicer Willie Maldonado, although I am sure you are not the first person to realize that the entire speed camera program is all about the money, not the safety of pedestrians, school children or others. I heartily agree that speed bumps around schools and in high-pedestrian traffic areas would work better than the cameras. The cameras are extremely beneficial on high vehicular traffic roads such as Queens Blvd. Speed cameras on local streets in the outer boroughs are undoubtedly pointedly designed to snare unsuspecting motorists. There will always be outlaw motorists who will speed no matter what, but I believe the overwhelming majority of motorists are considerate of the safety of all pedestrians. Terri Gilbert

High alert

Brooklyn: To Voicer Nick Portantiere: I, too, have witnessed and almost struck a cyclist while driving. It was a scary, eye-opening experience that left my heart racing knowing that I could have killed him because of his stupidity. Let’s not forget all the scooters, electric bicycles, and all those who drive them with no plates, no insurance, and no regard for the rules of the road. I witnessed one nut cross a multi-corner intersection on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic with a passenger on the back. I wish I had a camera on my car. When will they be held accountable for these types of violations? Dorothy Collins

We’ve got it all

Fleischmanns, N.Y.: In response to the article about the film production of the “The Dead Don’t Die” (“The dead are wide awake in sleepy Hudson Valley village,” May 12). Fleischmanns is a fun Catskill destination all year round. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Belleayre Ski Center, it’s also a beautiful place for hiking, biking, fishing, tennis, art and cultural events with a variety of lodging and dining options — a good break from urban life. Plus, a great place for media production too! Marilyn Ringel

Constant roadblocks

Brooklyn: According to some Trump supporters, President Obama “did nothing” in response to the Sandy Hook shooting incident, a tragic event that some on the right believe to be a hoax. Well, Obama tried to enact stricter gun control legislation but this was blocked by a Senate beholden to the NRA and gun lobbyists. Obama also called out the NRA for their dangerous “guns for everyone” stand, however, when the Trump-adoring, gun-nuts say they do not have a “selective memory” on this issue, I must agree. The problem is they never remembered the facets right to begin with. The fact is, Trump and his supporters turn a blind eye to gun violence and the tremendous toll it is taking on America, and they expect the rest of us to be as willfully ignorant as they are. Bill Lambiase

Get it together

Jackson Heights: If our elected officials stopped wasting time investigating, tweeting, grandstanding and acting like spoiled children, and worked together to devise methods for how we can economically manufacture goods here instead of importing them from China, everybody would win. Glenn B. Jacobi

Mueller’s witch hunt

Staten Island: When Bob Mueller was first presented as the most honorable prosecutor to investigate the supposed crimes of our president, he definitely was seeking a negative outcome for our commander-in-chief. Radicalized Democrats told us that Mueller would “get to the bottom of this,” if I remember correctly. I have to think that their most trusted investigator did not like what he found at the “bottom.” Mueller has, however, proven that he wasted a lot of time and taxpayers’ dollars to shirk his responsibility. His admission that he could not determine whether criminal conduct occurred is not such a great selling point for his competency. His conclusion of “I still don’t know” just leaves the door open for more doubt, which is where he started from. Why do we have to hear from him anymore? If he did leave something out in his 400-page report, it surely wasn’t his bias. Carolyn Friedman

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