Jackson Heights: Re “Everyone deserves paid time off” (op-ed, Sept. 6): While well-intentioned, calls for legislation that would require businesses in New York City to provide their employees with two weeks of paid vacation would have a devastating impact on small businesses throughout the five boroughs.
A recent study of over 1,400 New York City businesses conducted by the New York City Hospitality Alliance found that four of five small business owners did not believe they could afford to comply with this unfunded mandate and provide two weeks of paid vacation to their employees.
The study also found that the city’s 2014 paid sick leave mandate prevented 59% of firms from reinvesting in their businesses, and 47% from hiring new personnel. Small businesses are already feeling the pressure of rising labor costs, higher rents and heavy fines for small violations. Another edict from on high is the last thing they need.
As the leader of the oldest and largest business association in Queens — the most diverse county in America — I see everyday the positive impact small businesses are having in every neighborhood. We cannot afford to stifle the growth of these engines of opportunity with more regulations. Thomas J. Grech, CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce
Forest Hills: A statue of Billie Holiday would be meaningless unless it contained a device which would constantly stream her recordings so people unfamiliar with her music could appreciate her greatness. Alan Hirschberg
Whitestone: While we are grateful for the coverage of the situation around New York City honorees, we are dismayed and disappointed by First Lady Chirlane McCray’s refusal to sanction the building of a monument in honor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the patroness of immigrants who once lived in Brooklyn. Of the more than 320 women who were nominated online, Mother Cabrini received 219 votes, the most of any nominee. Another reject was Dorothy Day, the founder of The Catholic Worker Movement. She finished eighth and received twice as many votes as transgender advocate Sylvia Rivera, who, although only 19th, will have a statue in Greenwich Village. Sister Camille D’Arienzo, Sisters of Mercy
Brooklyn: Legislation is pending in Albany that would allow for students to take days off for mental health. You may rest assured that some students would take full advantage of this. How about teachers’ mental health? In far too many schools teachers have to contend daily with disruptive students and administrators who can’t wait to put negative letters in their files. Ed Greenspan
Whitestone: Most mothers are not known to be cruel! However, Mother Nature has been horribly horrendous, creating terrible destruction, injuries, and some deaths to people in her way! Enough is enough Mother! Display, instead, your lovely autumn colors, and very white snow for winter holiday celebrations! We have been penalized sufficiently (a nasty hurricane) by you, Mother Nature! It’s time to change course, and help us to love you once again! Leonore Brooks
New Rochelle, N.Y.: After reading Voicer Kevin Vealey’s letter that stated that Jeffrey Epstein is somehow the victim of anti-Semitism, the only word that comes to mind is....wow. I had to read it several times to make sure I read it correctly. I don’t know what’s more ridiculous — the claim of anti-Semitism or the statement that Epstein was “just an overgrown kid.” I wonder if Vealey would feel the same way if it were his daughter who was a victim of Epstein. As a person accused of the heinous crimes he was accused of, he was exactly where he should have been. Am I happy he is dead? No. I wish he had the courage to face his accusers and give them the day in court they deserved. Tom LaBella
Brooklyn: Trump’s obsession with lies, loyalty and Alabama being in Hurricane Dorian’s path reminds me of Humphrey Bogart’s (as Captain Queeg) obsession with lies, loyalty and strawberries in the 1954 film, “The Caine Mutiny.” There is one significant difference — the viewer has sympathy for Bogart. Peter Magnotta
Bronx: It is outrageous that a child of a U.S. service person born overseas while his or her parent is serving abroad should have to apply for U.S. citizenship. If the law states that life begins at conception or at some period prior to birth, then that child is already serving the country but is not allowed citizenship at birth? This has always been automatic and is as it should be. However, if a non-citizen gives birth in the U.S. that child is a citizen by virtue of the fact it was born on U.S. soil. Does this make sense? This is a twisted mind at work. Anna Maria McCorry
East Rockaway, L.I.: Is it any wonder our children are disrespectful and cannot seem to control their language? Isn’t it enough that sports broadcasters feel they have license to curse and use foul language at will? Does anyone doubt that the F-word, or the many derivatives thereof, is not understood as “the” four letter curse word? Give us a break. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is supposed to do just that: Lead. Do it by example. He should apologize for his disgraceful language at the recent Con Edison public meeting (“Con Ed grid guys grilled by City Council for ‘inadequate and laughable’ response to summer blackout,” Sept. 4). I am not a prude. I am just sick and tired of our leadership bringing conversation (and behavior), down to the lowest level throughout our country. Say it right, or keep your mouths shut. People are listening. David Napell
Brooklyn: Re Giselle Allard’s bill (“Harlem homeowner faces $7 million debt over brownstone she borrowed $100,000 to buy in 1998; forced to sell properties, she may end up on streets,” Sept. 4): She does owe her debt but the original contract should be honored. Many facets of this whole issue stink. Dorothy Collins
Manhattan: I am a senior living on 20th St. and Avenue C near the SBS bus stop. I arrived at the bus stop at 8:45 a.m. (well within “rush hour”) and there was a bus with the front door open. I showed the bus driver my MetroCard and said, “Just give me a second to get a slip.” I ran to the machine that was about five steps away. While I was inserting my MetroCard, the bus driver drove away. During this “rush hour,” I had to wait an additional 20 minutes for another bus. If this was the first time this happened, I would let it go. But this happens frequently. Marilyn Levin