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December 9, 2018

Readers sound off on vaping, parking and yeshivas

November 20, 2018
Adults’ choice. (EVA HAMBACH / AFP/Getty Images)

It’s less dangerous than smoking

Tarrytown, N.Y.: Re your Nov. 17 editorial, “Up in vapor”: As a 30-year, pack-a-day smoker, vaping has been a godsend. I quit smoking and started vaping six years ago. I’m a 54-year-old man, and my lungs have now started to regenerate. A cigarette contains thousands of harmful chemicals that have been proven to be loaded with cancer-causing agents. On the other hand, there is no scientific proof that vaping has any life-threatening consequences, like smoking. Choices like fried Oreos and chocolate sundae are just flavors and not meant to entice kids, just to enhance the vaping experience. Are alcoholic products such as cherry vodka or mango rum strictly produced for targeting kids? Also, stating that the liquids vaped contain toxic ingredients is preposterous. The liquid that I have been vaping actually contains two ingredients, liquid nicotine and artificial blueberry juice. I totally agree that there should be laws and age limits in place. But the laws should not conflict with a person’s right or choice to safely vape. Stephen Talenti

Snow preparation

Rego Park: Re Thursday’s snowstorm: I had a freelance job that afternoon. When I heard there would be one to two inches of snow I contacted my client and rescheduled the job. I’m a good driver, but I do not drive my vehicle when snow is falling. I trust my driving but I do not trust the other drivers on the road. More folks should do the same. Unless you are an emergency service worker, nothing is that important. But the city still should have been prepared! Alan Abriss




Alternate side prep

Kew Gardens: Among the many failures of the city bureaucracy to deal with Thursday’s snowstorm was the lack of a timely announcement of the suspension of alternate side parking for the following morning. Finding ASP still “in effect” for Friday upon arrival home after work around 6 p.m., I had no choice but to join the merry throng of cars navigating the slippery side streets searching for a parking spot. We drivers didn’t need this, and neither did the pedestrians in the area. How much preparedness does it take to send out the suspension announcement while it might do some good? Harvey Wachtel

Parking bonanza

Manhattan: To Voicer Benny DeStefano: The reason alternate side parking is not suspended the Friday after Thanksgiving is simple: It’s a huge money-maker day for the city. I’m willing to bet that no traffic officer is off that day! Felix Baez

Missing Rudy

Manhattan: What happened to Trump’s “useful idiot,” Rudy Giuliani? The past two months have been insane new scandals and conflicts, from Blackout Brett Kavanaugh to the firing of KKKeebler Elf Jeff Sessions. So where is Trump’s loyal “attorney” and janitor, Giuliani? My theory is that he goes back into his coffin deep underground to hibernate for the winter. Janice Amato

Billions better spent

Far Rockaway: I am angry with the mayor and governor giving Amazon billions of tax dollars to move a part of their headquarters to LIC. Since Sandy I have reached out and contacted the mayor’s and governor’s offices, local politicians and Build it Back, and called the Army Corps of Engineers after Sandy and just recently, only to be told that as a homeowner I’m responsible to fix my property; tax dollars can’t be used for individual homeowners and no grants are available. Every storm has gotten worst since Sandy, causing more property erosion. The subway is deplorable. I’ve lost count of daily texts I received for delayed trains. Homelessness is at an all-time high. The schools are overcrowded. The billions of dollars given to Amazon to move to Long Island City can do so much more for the folks already living in NYC. Repair the infrastructure, fix the deplorable subway system and provide more affordable housing for low, moderate and middle-income New York workers. Valerie Kelly

Trim back

Bellerose: Rockefeller Center puts up a tree every year, a tree almost 100 years old, a tree that has been around for years that had to die. Could we not use laser lights instead and have carpenters build a fake tree? Camelia Canepa-Zipprich

Time to go L-ectric

Manhattan: Not only do we lose the L train for months, but we gain vastly increased diesel fumes on 14th St. from the increased fleet of buses bought to handle displaced commuters. This is a big mistake on the part of the MTA. There was plenty of time to buy electric buses, and electric motor transit is the way we must go to fight air pollution and climate change. Transportation is now responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than electricity production, and a major contributor to the lousy air we breathe. Gov. Cuomo has the right ideas, but he needs to push for electrifying New York’s surface transit. Laurie Joan Aron

Painful omission

Jamaica: Why does a major hospital like Mount Sinai on 98th and Madison not recognize those workers who served in the military? They did no form of recognition to their employees. This is a shame. Anna Martin

Yeshiva malpractice

Brooklyn: Sadly and frustratingly, Naftuli Moster’s Nov. 18 Op-Ed, “Undo Felder’s yeshiva shield,” rings true. A professor of English, I am on the front lines of college students whose educational background leaves them ill-prepared for the challenges of academic writing. While my students excel in Talmudic study, many of them are without the fundamental skills required to write an essay, part of the secular education they were ostensibly taught in elementary through high school. Ron Goldman

Pass the pass

Glendale: President Trump revoked the press pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta before returning it Monday. As far as I know, the President did not state that CNN couldn’t have another reporter at presidential press conferences. So why couldn’t CNN just have another journalist at the conferences? I know that being a correspondent at the conferences is a prestigious position, but CNN’s rights were not being violated. Thomas Murawski

Public service announcement

Brooklyn: A crowded place is no excuse for unwanted sexual contact or behavior. Too often people feel helpless when they witness this misconduct. If you witness a sexual offense, be very careful and intervene if you think that it is safe. Saul M. Sylvester

Double voting

New Hyde Park, L.I.: Voicer Vin Morabito doesn’t like Trump’s newest conspiracy theory that some people voted more than once. Although I’m not a dunce, I can tell you I’m registered twice on the voter sign-in sheet, so I’m permitted to vote twice. I have never done so and have requested to have one of my names removed over the last 10 years to no avail. So if I can vote twice, I’m sure there are many others in the same position. Thomas Beck

This play went right

West New York, N.J.: Thank you for the tickets to “The Play That Went Wrong.” It was amazingly funny, even the theatre staff was involved. Eugenia Fernandez

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