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June 25, 2019

Readers sound off on horse carriages, congestion pricing and grocery stores

January 10, 2019
Put ’em out to pasture (Jefferson Siegel / New York Daily News)

Trot this ‘industry’ into retirement

Manhattan: Why does the Daily News consistently bolster the antiquated, cruel horse carriage industry? What purpose does a horse carriage ride serve? These are not the pre-automobile days of the early 20th century. We are an industrialized, modern city. Horses do not belong on the busy streets, period. Let’s join other great cities like Toronto, Paris, London and Beijing, and sunset this so-called “industry.” At the very least, let’s get them off the city streets and into car-free Central Park! Kirk Miller

Buck convention

Manhattan: It is time that horse carriage drivers stop falling back on tired, old and outdated arguments. It is 2019 and it is way past time for changes to be made. If we can move the horses off of chaotic 59th St. traffic, if we can give them more time in a car-free environment, and if we can give them some small relief, why wouldn’t we want to at least try to make their sad lives just a little better? This is not capitulation; this is the right thing to do. Linda Mann

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Can’t make us drink

League City, Tex.: Mayor de Blasio is now going behind the backs of New York voters and the City Council in a bid to destroy the carriage horses. He is using the Department of Transportation to change rules in a way that will create animal welfare issues and most probably spell the end of these iconic horses. Carriage horses have been a part of NYC for 160 years. These new rules will require the horses to follow unfamiliar routes, which will be stressful for them. One of the new stands has stone paths on either side and is too narrow to safely remove a horse and carriage whose shift has ended or to get to water. Additionally, the new hackstand at Seventh Ave. is on a fairly steep slope, which isn’t a problem for intermittent use, but for long-term, day-in and day-out use puts a significant amount of extra strain on the horse. Judith Barnett

How the ballot bounces

Little Neck: How can I disagree with Voicer Joe Ametrano more? I can’t! Sir, you have just disenfranchised at least 80% (that’s my made up number) of the people who now vote, along with a major number of local and national elected officials, including our current President. I am a 57-year-old female who was born here but did not serve in the military. So according to you, I can’t vote? I follow the candidates’ stances, watch debates, read the newspapers, watch different television news and I make an informed decision when I cast my vote. I have been voting this way ever since I was legally old enough, have not missed voting in a primary or main election except when I was in the delivery room having my preemie daughter. Can you say that you do the same? Hilary McKeon

For whom the tolls toll

Long Island City: Congestion pricing is progressive (“Progressive pricing,” editorial, Jan. 7)? Ha, it’s anything but! Per the IRS, “user fees are considered regressive because they take a larger percentage of income from low-income groups than from high-income groups. These include fees for licenses, parking, admission to museums and parks, and tolls for roads, bridges and tunnels.” More to the point, in your lust for congestion taxation, you lament the fate of the taxi driver but pay no mention to those who use trucks in their businesses, who would be banged up to $25 per trip. Further, you fail to mention that the $1.1 billion will not go to fix the subways; it will go to borrow an additional $15 billion for an agency that is already $38 billion in the hole. How progressive is that?! Zach Miller

Driven to extremes

Pleasantville, N.Y.: To Voicer Alan M. Schlesinger: The relentless push for congestion pricing needs to end now. Outside of where the planned zone is, this idea has been opposed by both residents and politicians alike for the past 15 years. Many of them see congestion pricing as nothing more than a regressive tax for those who can’t afford it as well as a punishment for having a little to no viable alternatives for getting around. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of those who back congestion pricing don’t drive on a regular basis. Please understand that the boundaries of New York City aren’t where the subway lines end, and transit deserts do exist even within city lines. Until better transit is provided for those areas, those who live or work there will need to drive to get around. Tal Barzilai

Good for the gander

Eastport, L.I.: In his column “Placard abuse, a gateway drug” (Jan. 8), Errol Louis discusses what he sees as the city’s practice of allowing municipal workers to park their vehicles by their places of business (police precincts, firehouses, etc.) wherever they want. When I was an NYPD officer there were several occasions where I encountered an illegally parked vehicle with a press placard (such as the Daily News) on its dashboard or “NYP” (New York Press) license plates. Television news trucks and vans constantly park in bus stops and school zones, and block fire hydrants. Will Louis also call for all press, media and television placards and plates to be done away with as well? Bernard J. Ryan

Bigger ain’t better

Franklin Square, L.I.: With the takeover of King Kullen by Stop & Shop, once again a family-run and more importantly a familiar business has been devoured by a corporate giant. When did it become more important to fall in line with the crowd than to enjoy the idea of seeing the same folks, full- and part-timers? When did the mantra become throw it in the cart and run back to your car? David Lean

Hart of the matter

Jackson Heights: Re “Comedy and redemption” (editorial, Jan. 7): It’s certainly commendable that Kevin Hart has apologized to the lesbian and gay community for his derogatory comments. However, why is it that nobody seems to have objected to the other aspect, his child-rearing practice? Jesting about breaking anything over a child’s head is basically advocating child abuse. How about he apologize for that as well before he too readily is re-offered the Oscar hosting job? Judith Natkins

Dividends, please

Manhattan: Has anyone heard what the state and city plan on doing with the money saved now that the minimum wage has gone up to $15 per hour? Clearly, less money is needed to support social services, so why haven’t we been told how this money is being reprogrammed or why it isn’t being returned to taxpayers? I would suggest that the savings be put toward lowering or eliminating the taxes and fees on phone and cable services, which is something that can benefit all New York State residents and are, quite frankly, way too high. David Moretti

Up in smoke

Deer Park, L.I.: Voicer Allen Neuwirth’s ideology will create a nation of stoners. Yes, alcohol legalization was a response to the fact that prohibition failed. Since legal pot became available in Colorado, the police are responding to more car accidents and more family disputes. The police have enough to do without having to chase stoned-out drivers. Larry Nekola

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