Letters to the editor — Jan. 3, 2021
bill de blasio
NYC teachers worry about school safety as COVID-19 cases spike
Parking scofflaws, rejoice!
NYC shuts down truck-filled tow pound
‘Tone deaf:’ Critics blast De Blasio’s dance display in empty Times Square
NYC motorcycle, car deaths spiked in deadly 2020
New York City’s sidewalk chaos is nothing new (“Blame BLM for NYC’s Sidewalk Chaos,” Jonathan S. Tobin, PostOpinion, Dec. 29).
Illegal street vendors have been a nuisance for several years, especially in Mayor de Blasio’s backyard, where I lived for many years.
The streets are full of knock-offs, fish remains and spoiled fruit. The sidewalks are shrinking, and no one gets ticketed. Why make rules if they are not enforced?
The police will execute a raid every so often — but the sellers are back in business the next day. This city is a disgrace. Garbage is thrown out of car windows, along sidewalks and roads. Hopefully the next mayor will bring back the quality of life to all boroughs of the city.
M. Musolino, Staten Island
Amazon’s no hero
Rich Lowry praising Amazon as a “hero for American workers” is laughable (“3 Cheers For Amazon,” PostOpinion, Dec. 29).
Lowry praises Amazon for offering high-school graduates $15/hour as if Amazon is doing a favor for Americans without access to college degrees.
My starting salary in a warehouse in 1990, out of high school, was comparable to the average pay for an Amazon warehouse worker today — that’s unacceptable.
A GAO report with a small sample size of Amazon workers showed 6,196 Amazon workers relied on SNAP, Medicaid benefits or both. Bloomberg reported warehouse wages tend to fall in communities where Amazon opens warehouses — that’s not heroic. The company admitted in a skewed analysis in October that nearly 20,000 workers had contracted the virus. Also not heroic.
Amazon is a threat to the livelihood of logistics workers supporting the middle class. Amazon’s workers are the true heroes, risking everything while Amazon profits from the pandemic.
Randy Korgan, Director, Amazon Project, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Yucaipa, Calif.
Dem city disorder
As someone who was a police officer for over 28 years, I have watched in amazement at how violent 2020 ended up being (“Liberals Learn the Hard Way,” Editorial, Dec. 30).
While our elected leaders for the most part mishandled their response to COVID-19 by destroying our once-thriving economy, these so-called leaders went AWOL on defending our law enforcement.
Instead of making the streets safe for all, too many governors and mayors curried favor from the mobocracy, played identity politics and seemingly denied the violence clearly seen while calling it all peaceful protesting.
Violence is up everywhere because our leaders seek to be seen as on the side of those angered by a number of disturbing police shootings. It seems many liberal Democrat politicians found it easier to bash cops than to uphold a lawful society.
Sal Giarratani, Boston, Mass.
Vax crowd danger
It is likely that the California ER nurse who got COVID-19 after getting vaccinated was exposed to the virus while getting vaccinated (“California ER nurse tests positive for COVID-19 a week after getting vaccine,” Dec. 30).
In fact, it is likely that her story will be repeated over and over again. Why? Because vast numbers of people enter a closed space to get vaccinated, and the sick among them infect everyone else.
Vaccinations should be by appointment only and when possible outside. Ideally, vaccination would be door-to-door, and people would not congregate to get vaccinated. There is no point in getting COVID in order to get the vaccine.
Gamaliel Isaac, Manhattan
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