To the editor,
In addition to having proven himself to be a man of integrity and fine character, Councilman Deutsch is an excellent public servant who has worked hard and done much good for our community. One issue that he, in concert with his colleague, Councilman Treyger, has committed himself to, is preserving a true wood Boardwalk and having appropriate and timely maintenance be performed so that it is safe for people to enjoy. Thus, I was pleased to read, in the article entitled” Brighton Beach Boardwalk Repairs,” that he was able to “put a lot of pressure on the Parks Department, and ... they came out to this part of the Boardwalk to do these much needed renovations.”
The next paragraph, wherein the Parks Department spokeswoman declares that “the Parks Department often does routine maintenance work to tighten up some of the loose ends and ensure it’s safe for walkers,” caused me to be convulsed with paroxysms of laughter at what I can only assume is a part of a standup comedy routine that she is practicing.
Nobody, especially not an ostensibly knowledgeable Parks Department spokesperson, would seriously suggest that the Boardwalk is maintained so that it is safe. Other than the small area that the Parks Department was pressured by business interests and a politician into fixing, the other 99 percent of the Boardwalk, as anyone that lives here knows, is in a deplorably dangerous condition. Despite community outrage, the Parks Department continues to inflict its devastatingly destructive one-two punch to the Boardwalk: it insists on running its heavy vehicles at high speeds on a Boardwalk slated for pedestrian use, thus loosening and destroying boards and creating the dangerous conditions that have existed for many years and presently predominate, and second, it does little to no maintenance to ameliorate and address the destruction that this very Department that is tasked with overseeing the care of the Boardwalk has itself caused!
I’m glad that Councilman Deutsch was able to facilitate getting the Parks Department to fix the small amount of Boardwalk that was repaired. Now let’s see if he and Councilman Treyger have any success in getting the Parks Department to stop its destructive actions and address making the other 99 percent of the Boardwalk safe, rather than pathetically declaring that their only solution is to pave it over and make it a sidewalk!Rob Burstein
To the editor,
During Father’s Day weekend, our Transit Museum ran it’s fleet of 110-plus year-old Brooklyn Rapid Transit (BRT) wooden elevated cars, the old BMT Standards along with the unique BMT “Triplex.” Rounding off the parade of trains was the old Duke Ellington–Billy Strayhorn “A” train of the early 1930s. And nary a mention in any publication.
Thousands of smiling train enthusiasts and children with their fathers and mothers enjoyed the sights and smells of these old cars and experienced a ride from Kings Highway to Coney Island that few have had for over a half a century.
I am curious if the Courier had a heads-up about this annual ride, open to the public. If not, I will make sure the public relations of our museum includes your paper in its press releases concerning these special events for families in Brooklyn.
Robert W. Lobenstein
To the editor,
Mayor DeBlasio is correct in wanting to retain control of the New York City school system by having a commissioner who is responsible to the mayor and not the governor. When the State Legislature enacted legislation in 1976, for example, for 21 percent of the city’s budget to go for education from 17 percent, Gov. Carey’s veto was overridden after New York City almost defaulted because this would have come out of the city’s pocketbook and not the state’s. I would have been less indignant if it came out of the state’s pocketbook.
While I do not favor statehood for New York City like some left wing politicians did, such as Bella Abzug and former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., if residents are dissatisfied with the way the public schools are run, the buck should stop with the mayor and the City Council. People are free to elect a new set of city officials.
The state cannot consistently act as the city’s parent, especially New York State to New York City. As it stands, if the city acts like an obedient child and behaves itself, it will get more revenue whether it deserves or not. As it is, the city is being bribed.Elliott Abosh
To the editor,
While I enjoy Tom Allon’s columns because he inadvertently outlines the flaws of liberal thinking, I prefer to read the way-out-in-space columns of Lenore Skenazy and I’m rather disappointed that her column was not published this week.
In “Now is the time for universal day care in NYC,” Mr. Allon prefers to confuse those readers who lack knowledge of our economy in the 1980s. President Ronald Reagan (consulted by economist Arthur Laffer) and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (consulted by economist Michael Boskin) instituted a series of tax cuts, while controlling spending and relaxing regulations. “Reaganomics” (supply-side economics) resulted in economic growth and in an increase in family income by about $4,000. Reagan’s trickle-down economics resulted in private investing, expansion of businesses and increased hiring. In essence, the initiative revived struggling economies on both sides of the pond.
The feminist issue is a different story and Mr. Allon is mostly correct in his assessment. Simply put, women must — and I emphasize “must,” receive equal pay for equal work.
For the day care issue, Mr. Allon conveniently groups all women in the same bundle. There are skilled and unskilled women. There are women who have small children but cannot work and there are women with children in tow, another in the stroller and still another in their belly — and in about a year, will produce another tax deduction. Are these the women that Mr. Allon includes in his master day care plan? Would the latter type of women get jobs if the city babysat for their children?
At one time I was in favor of government subsidized “day care” for all, for the same reason that Mr. Allon mentions, but after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, where liberals allowed irresponsible people with little or no skills into our country and expanded the public assistance program, I changed my position to fit the reality on the ground. My current position is that subsidized day care should be limited to those families who do not receive public assistance. The argument that those on public assistance will find work if someone would care for their children is weak because if members of these families had marketable skills and would eventually obtain jobs and get off public assistance (highly improbable), they might not be able to claim the Earned Income Credit on their federal taxes. Besides, why work when the government already supports the family? Liberal politicians want to keep people on public assistance for votes. Ask yourself “How many people on public assistance vote for conservative politicians who advocate workfare?”
The situation is difficult for either position and I don’t think that Mr. Allon understands the negative implication of his position. One thing is for sure: Mr. Allon’s position would be stronger if mommy, daddy and the clan of kids wouldn’t parade around the neighborhood in the middle of the work day.
Of course liberals usually offer examples of socialists programs and Mr. Allon chose France, a liberal socialist country that allows many of its workers to retire at age 55 and has proposed lowering the retirement age to age 50. So who is working? Where does France get money for day care and pre-K programs? How about intricate medical care? Rich individuals and politicians come to the U.S. for intricate medical care. Where does France get its money for its defense budget? France can make some targeted strikes, but cannot sustain a long-term conflict. Thank God for the U.S.
Comrade Bill advocated and succeeded in implementing pre-K programs for all. Why? Because without evidence, he said that pre-K would prepare 5-year-olds for college. What?
It doesn’t make sense to me.
Mr. Allon defends the mayor’s pre-K initiative for totally a different reason than the mayor does. I wish liberals would get their act together and stop trying to fool the public.
I find it laughable that liberals are following George W. Bush’s advice “You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.”