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To The Editor:

Why are posters of a woman with missing fingers in my face all over the subway

She lost her fingers fron her smoking. Well, “sob, sob.” The dangers of smoking have been echoed loud and clear since 1964 to the point where one would have to be living in a cave on Mars not to know about the risks.

Yet, this woman smoked for years, of her own free will, and lost her fingers because of it, and now she wants to preach to me by being in my face all over the place. Give me a break!

There is a warning label on every pack of cigarettes. Just because she ignored that warning, and it took the loss of her fingers to wake her up, does not mean that I, and everyone else, is as stupid as she is.

I want her out of my face.

To The Editor:

Re: Favoring federal stimulus funding for Atlantic Yards (AY).

Amid raucous rants of those, who do not want to be inconvenienced by a sound proposal calling for federal stimulus funds to bring future economic muscle and tax revenues for our city and state, a good number of us fully favor the use of such funds for the AY housing development and a sports arena in Downtown Brooklyn.

A succession of court cases has supported the validity of the AY proposal. The transportation hub is ideal for an arena. Does not Manhattan thrive with major revenue production each night of the week, via inflows of people at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Greenwich Village, and so on, and so on

New housing with an allotment of affordable units will benefit residents of our city. Jobs, including potential for, presently, under-represented African-Americans in Downtown Brooklyn, can materialize via construction and other labor needs.

For those who say the arena would bring only menial jobs, do they ask who will care for the heating systems, air conditioning, electrical systems, building maintenance, ticket sales, food vendors and their suppliers Those are not all just menial labors.

Basketball is not an evil enterprise. Many parents welcome the idea of seeing their children proceed with athletic ability. Moreover, an arena can be used for other cultural events when the sport season is over.

For these, and many other reasons, I urge you and New York State legislatures to pursue stimulus funding for AY and its arena.

To The Editor:

Now that the Coney Island boardwalk will be repaired, it’s time to turn our attention to the railing that runs along it.

Some years ago, the boardwalk and railing were rebuilt. The railing was in good shape, as it had been for many years. I believe it was cast iron, and nothing was wrong with it.

The new railing is modular with certain pieces fitting into other pieces. Not long after its installation, it started falling apart, and continues to. There are many gaps in it.

I think it should be rebuilt in a way, which will not fall apart, not just for appearance’s sake, but for safety especially for children.

To The Editor:

We are faced with a decision. Do we support our students, or not&&&&?;;;;

I think the answer is pretty easy. We need to vote to renew mayoral control.

Our kids deserve the right education, and the system deserves accountability.

As a parent, I ask our legislators to renew mayoral control.

To The Editor:

In 1929, a subway ride to Coney Island was a nickel, a hot dog at Nathan’s was a nickel and the Sunday edition of The New York Times was a nickel.

This month, you will be able to take the same subway ride for $2.25 (a 4,500 percent increase), eat the same hot dog for three dollars and read the same, slightly fatter, newspaper for five dollars (a 10,000 percent increase).

Gary Madovoy, Brighton Beach

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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