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June 25, 2019

Readers sound off on parking placards, carriage horses and immigration

January 11, 2019
For actual official business. (Jeanne Noonan for New York Daily News)

Let traveling public servants park

Rockaway Park: During my years as a New York State parole officer, we were issued each year a New York City parking placard, which was an invaluable tool in performing our jobs, since we spent three to four days most weeks in the field. The new placard was only issued upon the return of the old placard and there was a penalty for not returning the old placard; if it was lost or stolen, that had to be reported to the police. Making copies of the placard was a criminal offense. Most officers used the placard to park temporarily in areas of the city where parking was scarce. I never parked in front of fire hydrants, bus stops or blocked private driveways (unless maybe it was the house or business I was visiting).

When I did park or double park in places where I could have been issued a ticket, it was usually for a short period of time, not for hours. Agencies that need placards in order to perform their jobs should not be punished because city officials who give them out as perks to people who have no business having them chose to do so. Punish the officials who issue them. Stop issuing placards to those people who spend the majority of their days doing office work. No field work, no placards. Anthony Johnson

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Horse nonsense

Manhattan: Mayor de Blasio’s latest plot against Central Park’s carriage horses is his most nefarious yet, because he has gone through the Department of Transportation to do it. The carriage horse industry is one of the most beloved and safest businesses in New York. Why are the horses suddenly being moved off Central Park South into the park after being in that spot for over 100 years? The reason is the de Blasio knows that splitting the hackline into three lines and making it less visible to tourists will help slowly kill the business. This has always been the goal of the mayor, and his real estate cronies who want the carriage horses gone for good. Olga Humphrey

Still with us

Bloomfield, N.J.: These working horses shall remain a part of NYC’s landscape. They built this great city and deserve to earn an honest day’s pay just like the rest of us working class! Sandra Graham

Smell the trees

Manhattan: Dear Xmas trees: I just passed a whole many of you, still green and all bunched up on the sidewalk waiting for the mulch truck to proudly take you to your next job. Goodbye and thank you for the last whiff. Suzy E. Sandor

Quality of life crisis

Brooklyn: Re “Remove cuffs & I’ll fix MTA” (Jan. 8): So our governor needs to have his “cuffs” removed in order to fix the MTA? How about removing the “cuffs” from NYPD officers and letting them do what needs to be done to fight crime and keep on top of quality-of-life issues such as dealing with ever-brazen drug users leaving syringes all over the place, criminals walking around with weapons because they lost their fear of being frisked and an increasing number of marijuana-related offenses? Robert T. Mruczek

Truer tests

Yonkers: Voicer Robert Lobenstein implies in his response to my Op-Ed that blacks and Latinos have cultures that do not value education. He doubles down on this statement by inviting me as a black man to take the specialized high school exam that he passed in the 1970s. This is the racist dog whistle and implicit bias that I mention in my article that leads to the backlash against black and Latino students’ entry into the city’s specialized high schools. Intelligence is diverse and academic excellence can be displayed in a variety of ways. One single measure does not create the learning spaces that improve the intelligence of all students. I am not arguing for lower standards; I am arguing for a portfolio-based assessment that includes GPA and standardized test scores where applicable. I will not accept the challenge to take the specialized high school test because I do not have the time to test prep for the math portion of the exam in particular, as I am in the process of preparing to defend my dissertation at the end of January. Jamaal Bowman

Emergency alert

St. Albans: The only national emergency is that a narcissistic baby was voted in as the President of these once United States. He cares about no one but himself. He is holding 800,000 Americans hostage, having them worry about their livelihoods. Americans are burned out of their homes and towns, and Trump cries out: No FEMA help for you! I pray they will remember in 2020 that Trump and the Republican Party are the ones that gave them the finger. Tenley Mitchell Franklin

Brrrrr

Ledgewood, N.J.: The #MeToo “movement” is missing its targets. First, it tried to take down now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh upon nomination without any concern for Kavanaugh’s qualifications for the court. We know what transpired, but now, the rancor is directed toward a little song that became a hit 70 years ago: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” recorded by Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams for the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter.” This song supposedly exemplifies sexual predation. A radio station in Chicago had even refused to play the song in an effort to appease the complainers. I think the song is cute and catchy, and that it exemplifies courting. Courting is not predatory. #MeToo is now looking a lot like the Parents Music Resource Center brouhaha from the 1980s. Those who had paid any attention at that time know what happened there. Will #MeToo have the same fate? We’ll see. Mike Lyga

Bail on the jail

Richmond Hill: Queens DA Richard Brown is spot on regarding the plan to move hardened convicts into local jails in the boroughs (“The ‘Close Rikers’ mistake,” Op-Ed, Jan. 9). I live next to Kew Gardens. Every work day, my husband uses the Union Turnpike subway station. There is also a school in that general area. The last thing we want is a huge jail with these convicts in it. A jail like that does not belong in the middle of such a busy area. No matter how well built the facility might be, there is always the possibility of a convict escaping — it’s happened at Alcatraz, Devil’s Island, and, more lately, Dannemora! We had a holding jail for people going to court; that was enough. Jails for hardcore criminals belong in areas where there are no other people around. We are entitled to be as safe as possible. De Blasio is totally wrong on this. I regret having voted for him two times. Billie M. Spaight

Slaves by another name

Manhattan: I want to congratulate Voicer Richard L. Caroselli on an astute observation about our easy immigration laws. Slavery is happening in plain sight. These are desperate people escaping terrible conditions that can be easily exploited by the employers and the Democrat political class that will dole out the benefits to these people at taxpayer expense, getting the party these desperate immigrants’ votes. Thus we have a Plantation System that works both in the North as it is in the South. The Democrat Party has long had a shameful history of supporting slavery in all its forms. Tim Quilter

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