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November 16, 2018

Readers sound off on marijuana legalization, commuter-train woes and MS-13 ‘animals’

May 25, 2018
Maybe more blacks and Latinos complain (David Zalubowski/AP)

An inconvenient truth about pot

Brooklyn: There seems to be a possible explanation of the disparity in black/Latino vs. white marijuana arrests that is not being considered.




With complaints being one contributing factor leading to arrests, isn’t it possible that predominantly black and Latino communities are simply less tolerant of their neighbors dealing in or smoking marijuana than their white counterparts? If so, then this is more of a social-tolerance disparity than a racial one.

And I disagree in part with the Daily News Editorial Board’s assessment about countless adults “harmlessly” touching this drug in the privacy of their own home (“End the war on pot,” May 17). If it is in their own home, with no other tenants, then that’s their business. But in an apartment dwelling with multiple tenants, some of whom do not want to have the stench making its way into their own residence, that’s not harmless — that’s being both intrusive and obnoxious.

Nonusers are not causing anyone any harm, but the reverse does not hold true in the same way that tobacco smoking causes harm to others, thus the current crop of laws governing where you can smoke tobacco. Robert Mruczek

A little help here

Bayside: In the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington line service-change announcement covering Jan. 8 to May 25, they removed the 5:50 p.m. express train as part of the next phase of critical repair work. For five months, we have been taking the crowded 5:56 local, which has extra cars, meaning the train doesn’t fit at most station platforms, causing further delays as people move up or down at each station. Rather than six minutes, I am constantly getting home over 20 minutes later (25 minutes when there’s a Mets game). This has been an extra two hours of commuting every week. There hasn’t even been a $1 reduction in our fare. I expected the work to complete in these five months. Now, I am very disappointed to see the new timetables for May 21 to July 20 still have not restored our train. That’s another two months of delays. Rather than simply complaining, I strongly urge the MTA to add a Bayside stop to the 5:44 Port Washington express, so it would go Bayside, then Great Neck, etc. This would greatly remediate the delays for me and my fellow commuters. Michael Rossman

Racing to judge

Manhattan: In the first sentence of Graham Rayman’s article “Sarge gets trolled for boss gripe” (May 16), he immediately suggests that race was an underlying factor in a lieutenant yelling at a sergeant. Rayman writes, “A black NYPD sergeant” and a few lines later writes, the lieutenant, “who is white, cursed him out.” Unfortunately, Rayman’s article doesn’t provide the actual reason for the reinstruction provided by the lieutenant to the sergeant. Nor, conveniently, does the story mention that the precinct commander, who conducted an internal investigation into the matter and refused to discipline the lieutenant, is also black. Perhaps Rayman neglected to report those facts because they would have negated the racially charged, manufactured and false premise of his story. Louis Turco, president, The Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association

Good riddance

Springfield Gardens: To all you Voicers who write in their “resignations” as former loyal Daily News readers because you don’t like truthful articles written about your President, just quit reading! We won’t miss you. Bye. And I bet you’re reading this right now. Lynne Savage

You can’t quit us

Bradley Beach, N.J.: I love it when Voicers say they won’t buy the Daily News ever again and then you see them write in again. Sometimes the truth hurts, but we love your paper. Patrick Freeman

A child of abortion

Brooklyn: Voicer Alan Greenstein seems to think that no abortions occurred before 1973’s Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. In fact, most women traveled for the procedure, or had it done illegally. One of those women was my mother, who would never have met my father 10 years later and had me if it hadn’t been for that abortion. Abortion allowed her to happily have children when she was ready to do so. Kate Clifford

To the dogs




Long Beach, L.I.: I read countless stories of people who dump their dogs at Manhattan or Brooklyn Animal Care Centers for the most superficial reasons: too big, too old, barks, etc. How heartless and cruel, to send the four-legged friend you failed to death row. Their are numerous New York City rescues that would definitely find a better home than what you obviously provided. New York City needs to go no-kill immediately. When the most innocent and faithful creatures are disposed of due to human disregard and lack of empathy, we as a city have lost our humanity. Dana Fuchs

We’re all animals

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Lawrence O’Donnell missed the point in his rant against calling gang members “animals,” arguing that they are “superior” to animals. They — and we — are all animals; we are classified as the human animal. The animal vs. human dichotomy encourages a mindset which is the basis for the worst cruelty: Our flawed need to be superior to other beings — the physically different, mentally challenged, elderly, etc. — has caused a world of suffering to both human and especially nonhuman animals, who are intelligent, feel pain and joy just as we do, and are just as deserving of decent lives as we are. Kiley Blackman

Obama’s greatness

Port Jefferson Station, L.I.: Voicer Linda Carriero couldn’t be more wrong when she claimed President Obama did nothing. While Obama didn’t shine on the international front, he did great things for the U.S. domestically. Have we forgotten that there were more than 10 million people unemployed when he started? That he saved the auto industry, preventing a much greater financial disaster. which easily could have morphed into another Great Depression? That even with the Republicans trying to make him a one-term President, that he persevered and got people medical coverage? And unlike our current leader, he was all class, not a bombastic self-promoter. People as uninformed as Carriero are a terrible drain on this country. Bob Cavaliere

Rank revisionism

Glen Oaks: I am tired of hearing “Obama did nothing” during his presidency. Please try to remember that there was 65 months of growth and 56 months of private-sector job growth during the Obama presidency. Unemployment fell from 10% to 5%. The budget deficit was reduced by two-thirds. Fewer American soldiers were in harm’s way in war zones. There was record stock market growth, from 8,000 in 2009 to 19,000 in 2016. Freddie Mac paid back bailout money plus a surplus of $27 billion. President Obama signed the Recovery Act, which saved millions of jobs and taxes. Osama Bin Laden was captured and killed. Foreign leaders respected our country. Let’s remember our history. Pat Ryan

Whole lotta nothing

Rego Park: One old quotation and an old English proverb come to my mind when I watch what is going on with the investigation of the so-called “Russian collusion.” The old quotation belongs to Confucius, who said, “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.” And after Mueller’s team obtained the information about the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, we can say, “A small fish is better than an empty dish.” Victor Maltsev




Spies like us

West Islip, L.I.: Donald Trump is correct about having spies embedded in his presidential campaign. Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Carter Page and others were allegedly spying for Russia. The fact that they were under surveillance by the FBI is perfectly appropriate. Peter Rosenthal

Priorities

Hillsdale, N.Y.: To Voicer Cindi C. Williams: I think most white people, including myself, couldn’t care less about African-Americans sitting in Starbucks or other common areas. On the other hand, most white people, if not all, have deep concerns about the many white children killed by white kids. I think you should really concern yourself about the many young black children being killed by black children, since they probably outnumber white children killed by young white kids. Phil Antico

Simple rule

Woodside: Years ago I spent most of a summer in Amsterdam. The Netherlands was a fun country with lots of pot. But in that whole time, I doubt that I saw one person smoking on the street. Legal, illegal, whatever. Don’t smoke on the streets, don’t drink on the streets, don’t pee on the streets. Richard Tobiassen




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