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To the editor,

Everyone knows all too well the “pissing match” between the governor and the mayor. Each man seemingly hates the other and now the governor is slapping the face of the mayor and the NYPD by bringing state troopers to patrol the highways and, yes, now the streets of the city.

State police cars were a staple in the surrounding counties and towns outside of the city, mostly seen pulling over speeders or other violators of state traffic laws.

A few months ago they started making the rounds inside the city, patrolling the various highways and parkways. Just the other day while driving up Flatbush Avenue, the state police were pulling over cars and trucks in the heart of Brooklyn!

I know that any show of police activity even in marginal areas is a good thing. It gives criminals a pause to their nefarious activities when police are around. Though, I wonder, along with thousands of other citizens, if this is just another ploy for votes as our illustrious governor prepares for his future presidential bid.

I welcome our state police brothers and sisters in their tireless efforts to enforce the laws and protect the people of the city along with NYPD brethren. But I wonder when the governor’s presidential hopes are dashed, if these fine men and women will disappear back to the outlying counties, not to be seen again?

Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

Lane the blame

To the editor,

Herbert Hoover wanted “A chicken in every pot...” and Bill DeBlasio wants a bike lane on every block. Why? We understand Hoover, but not DeBlasio. It must be part of the liberal idiocy syndrome.

We understand that in liberal New York City, the Bizarro World is front-and-center, and the questionable needs of special interests supersede the actual needs of New Yorkers, but unless the city can prove that bike lanes are necessary for that stretch of Fourth Avenue, then bike lanes become a mere whim of politicians and activists for capricious purposes, instead of legitimate need.

Along the proposed stretch there are illegally double-parked cars, delivery trucks and pedestrians crossing against the light and in the middle of the street. How would bike lanes alleviate that problem and make Fourth Avenue safer? Show proof with accompanying statistics.

In “Finally! Fourth Avenue to get protected bike lanes” (by Caroline Spivack, online March 17) I read the opinions of “experts,” bike enthusiasts, activists, politicians, but no statistics to support the notion that the addition of bike lanes will improve the flow of traffic and add to the safety factor. There is already ample public transportation along Third and Fifth avenues that run parallel to Fourth Avenue. Have city engineers considered those methods of transportation?

It is sound engineering practice that before any change to an existing system (especially a costly one) is implemented, to demonstrate that the existing system is greatly flawed or no longer applicable. Provide traffic statistics showing locations of jams and bottlenecks, along with the location of dangerous locations and the number of related accidents, and demonstrate how bike lanes would substantially improve conditions. Certainly the photo of Michelangelo Maldonaro on his bike giving the “thumbs up” is not proof. Just curious, is Mr. Maldonaro the typical bike rider that will use the proposed bike lanes? Bike lanes are fine for sparsely populated areas, but not for busy metropolises. For example, bike lanes in Managua, Nicaragua would be great.

Tony Giordano said that this is a David and Goliath battle. No, Mr. Giordano, from all that that I have read, it is an “idiocy and logic” problem – and I doubt that logic will prevail.Elio Valenti

Brooklyn

Health to pay

To the editor,

The congressional Republican health care plan will be a disaster for working families. Their plan will take health care away from 24 million people across the country and impose painful taxes on working people. Budget experts predict that out-of-pocket expenses will skyrocket because companies will shift prices to their employees. That means thousands of dollars less in the pockets of working people.

The proposed cuts to Medicaid will wreck our state budget and hurt people in our community who already are struggling to make ends meet. Their plan weakens Medicare. It takes three years off the life of the Medicare hospital fund in order to give a huge tax break just to people earning more than $200,000 a year. Their plan does nothing to deal with skyrocketing prices for medical care and prescription drugs.

The people cutting America’s health care under the banner of reform have never had to worry about care for themselves or their families. CEOs, billionaires, and right-wing politicians get the best care because cost isn’t a factor for them. The rest of us don’t have that luxury. Congress should focus on expanding coverage for more working people, not putting high-quality care out of reach.

Deborah Lozada

Brooklyn

On the slow track

To the editor,

How strange this must be after the MTA made changes with the fare increase. Since then every morning as I listen to the radio there are more train delays. With all this constant Fast Track work that has been done one would figure the trains should now run on time. The same goes to the Long Island Rail Road. With these daily delays the MTA should offer some type of refund.

It’s a nice thought, but this will never happen!!Jerry Sattler

Brighton Beach

Mystery history

To the editor,

Anyone catch the Bill Maher show this past week on HBO? He had a college professor on who maintained that history is not being taught. As a retired history teacher, I can attest to that fact. Lecturing and talking about concepts is frowned upon and many a teacher has been criticized for doing this. History exams for the most part have been turned into reading comprehension tests and students are spoon-fed answers with so-called interpreting documents.

After that discussion was over, the topic turned to Nazi Germany and both the professor and Mr. Maher stated that Hitler was elected president of Germany in 1933. Both need refresher courses. Hitler lost the presidential election of 1932 but the victor, Paul Hindenberg, was persuaded to appoint him chancellor, which occurred on Jan. 30, 1933. Is it any wonder we need a return to teaching factual history?

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Poor judge-ment

To the editor,

Judge Neil Gorsuch said in his confirmation hearings to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court that if President Trump were to ask him how he would vote as to repeal the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, the judge said he would walk out the door.

Harry Truman said when you appoint someone to the U.S. Supreme Court, you lose a friend for life. Mr. Truman wasn’t wrong. When his successor Dwight Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren Chief Justice of the United States, Ike later said, “this was the biggest damn fool mistake I made in my life.”

Elliott Abosh

Brighton Beach

Make them choose

To the editor,

Let’s face it. No one likes Albany. It’s a cold place, and do not get me started with the murky politicking that goes on there. Albany culture is so bad that many Assembly members have decided to run in local New York City Council elections. The pay is better and the commute is shorter.

Here’s the catch: they do not have to give up their current seats to run. It’s a win-win! Now, the Governor keeps on talking about ethics reform, and we have seen no results. My suggestion to the Governor and the New York State Legislature is simple: pass a law that compels current elected officials to vacate their seats should they want to run for another position.Samuel Rubenstein

Sheepshead Bay

Fear about care

To the editor,

The current trajectory of the Republican Party is to tear down the infrastructure of the working class. That includes the Affordable Care Act, which stands to be replaced by a dangerously weak substitute. The people see its danger. Please help to make it known. Thank you!

Dave Ross

Brooklyn

Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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James Donohue from Long Island says:
April 2, 2017
In my 149,000 miles of Bicycling, I’ve learnt a few things. I know from experience that 99% of Drivers pass my Bicycle with seven to ten feet of clearance. Bike Lanes were built to handle the “other one percent”.
I want to thank the 99% of drivers who pass properly. We all know about the “other one percent” .
When I first looked at the picture accompanying this article, I did think the Bike Lane was a bit wide, but then I read further and it says the speed limit is 45. Or, if it was lowered to 40, there will still be some drivers going 5 over, or 45 anyway. Given the speed, and the need for cyclists to go around debris and other bicycle riders, the Bike Lane might be a bit narrow in places . (I looked at the Google street view; there are parts of the Bike Lane that are narrower than the stretch shown in the picture).
Cycling as a Sport, and Bicycling as a form of Transportation are two completely different entities. Cycling is mainly taught as a Sport, by a Physical Trainer , a Gym Coach, or a Physiologist. Cycling requires many months of training rides, before any race. Speed is emphasized, and the number of gears the bike has is paramount. Timing of shifts is important, as is drafting in the aerodynamic wake of other cyclists, and any truck or van that may be passing by. Cyclists on training rides typically aim to ride about 60 miles in a day , in under two hours, without stopping. Any red lights or stop signs would make it difficult to do the 60 miles in under 2 hours. That is Racing. Enough about Racing-
Touring Bicyclists carry camping gear and are going hundreds or thousands of miles. Coast to Coast typically. Some do the Southern Tier one year and the Northern, following the Canadian border a year and a half later. Touring is still a Sport, but it’s quite different than Racing.

Transportation Bicycling – When I started Bicycling in 1972, there were No Helmets (There were Helmets, but they were only available in California…) With the lack of Helmets, I campaigned to get Helmets. We couldn’t get Helmets on the East Coast, so I suggested we should wear Football Helmets, at least. “Whatever your for, I’m against it.”, must’ve been their battle cry. People were actually against Helmets at first. Nowadays , everybody says “wear a helmet” …
Tail Lights are important, but back before the LED Lights of today, a Tail Light would eat up batteries. Most people could only afford to have a headlight, because of the batteries going dead. You could Not rely on a Tail Light to stay lit, and if the batteries went dead, you wouldn’t know , because you couldn’t see it. At least with a Headlight, you can see when the Batteries die. Some Cyclists used a Generator for the Lights, instead of Batteries, But there were two drawbacks, 1) If you stopped, the Tail Light would go out, and you’d get hit from behind by a car, and 2) It wouldn’t work on “knobby” tires, you needed smooth-tread tires, which didn’t have any traction in mud.
Rear View Mirrors are great, but we didn’t have any until 1994. In 1991, Cyclists started using Video Camcorders to watch their rear. Then someone must’ve asked why they don’t just use mirrors? Someone figured out that there was a market for Bicycle Rear-View Mirrors, because if they are willing to spend $1,000.00 on a camcorder , there would surely be people willing to spend $40.00 on a Mirror, and save $960.00. Do some math, you’ll figure out how people make money…

Cell Phones are a great advantage for Cyclists, because it can be used to call the Police. Just dial 911 and report a drunk driver. Maybe the call will be ignored, but if 7 or 8 cyclists call 911, all reporting the SAME car, they will send some officers out looking…

My best advice is Pace Yourself. If you pedal all-out fast like the racers, doing 60 miles in 2 hours, you rely on your speed to prevent getting hit from the rear. The main problem is that one percent of drivers who show no consideration for anyone else , ingrates… They don’t appreciate the Effort being put into keeping a Bicycle moving at 30mph. And the cyclist is leaning too far forward over the handlebars to see the rear-view mirror, if he has one.

Get a convex Rear-View Mirror, and rely on the Mirror to keep yourself from getting hit from behind. Don’t rely on your own speed.
My2¢
April 2, 2017, 1:08 pm
JD from Brooklyn says:
" How would bike lanes alleviate that problem and make Fourth Avenue safer? Show proof with accompanying statistics."

You mean like this?

http://nyc.streetsblog.org/2014/09/05/new-dot-report-shows-protected-bike-lanes-improve-safety-for-everybody/

or like all of this?

http://www.peopleforbikes.org/statistics/category/protected-bike-lane-statistics#safety-benefits
April 2, 2017, 2:32 pm

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