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To the editor,

Congratulations and copious compliments on your publication. It looks like a million bucks.

The quality of your color reproduction is extraordinary, enhancing the reader’s gratification, and adding emotional depth and humanity to the people, situations, and conditions portrayed.

The recent photo of cops responding to a dead man under the Coney Boardwalk was a deeply evocative and haunting piece of photographic artistry.

Your publication reports on the exemplary, ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity that truly demonstrates the multifarious, munificent, magnanimity that makes Brooklyn a mecca of mercantile multiculturalism.Joseph McCoppin

Sheepshead Bay

Tom’s correct

To the editor,

I was thrilled and surprised, on reading Tom Allon’s column, to find that someone besides me is dissatisfied with our two-party system of government (“Imagine a country with three political parties,” Political Spin Cycle, Nov. 14).

I have wished for many years, during many elections, that I had someone else to vote for besides the candidates the Democrats and Republicans chose to put up for election. Knowing that small-party candidates with far less money have little chance of winning, I have felt forced to vote for whomever the major party I belong to nominated. I have never found a smaller party I would choose to belong to, but I know this could change if — despite the Supreme Court decision — campaign fund-raising and spending could be limited so that smaller parties would not be outspent by the Democrats and Republicans and would be able to compete successfully with the larger parties.

I also favor the elimination of the electoral college, especially since the Gore-Bush fiasco. Presidents should be elected by popular vote, not by states. Tom Allon’s idea of electing legislators for four-year terms instead of two years makes sense because this would give legislators more time to make laws, instead of spending all their time campaigning for re-election.

I wish that politicians already in office would spend some time doing their jobs rather than spending most of their time on the campaign trail trying to get re-elected or trying to get elected to a higher office. In private industry, if you weren’t at work every day, you would be fired. I wish that our elected politicians were required to be at their desks whenever Congress was in session.

It would be far better for our country if our politicians let their accomplishments speak for them, instead of having no accomplishments because they spend all their time fund-raising and campaigning for the next election.Elaine Kirsch


Coney ferry

To the editor,

At the dawn of the 20th century my grandfather left his family behind in his native Dublin. Although only a teenager he made the decision to spend the rest of his adult life working on the sea. Traveling by boat his first glimpse of his adopted homeland of America was not the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, but rather the shoreline of Coney Island, boldly holding New York City’s original skyline. America introduced itself to my grandfather by presenting a seaside resort garnished with three spectacular amusement parks, at the time very well known by all of western civilization — a coastline adorned with piers greeting visitors traveling on ferryboats. He witnessed a playground so extravagant that it would have made modern-day Dubai blush.

During this time there were at least four piers along the immediate Coney Island coastline ushering visitors from 39th Street in Brooklyn, 23rd Street in Manhattan as well as Newark, New Jersey, and other locations. By the summer of 1911, tolls were lifted from the city bridges which along with the advent of this posh new travel accessory called the automobile, hurt the ferry industry.

Today we have a Coney Island which, during the summer months, is congested so badly with automobile traffic that many residents feel like prisoners in their own homes. Bridge and tunnel tolls are so expensive that you are better off purchasing a round-trip ticket from Jet Blue to the Florida Keys. How can we alleviate summer traffic and skyrocketing bridge and tunnel fair hikes? Bring ferry service back to Coney Island.

On June 17, 2013, Capt. Thomas Paladino gave his American Princess Ferry a test run from Battery Park to the Coney Island Creek in 29 minutes. But the creek isn’t the place where the ferry service should terminate. The city needs to build a protective wall or dam to prevent the tidal surge which along with sewage backup was the number one culprit that destroyed the peninsula during Hurricane Sandy. Besides, how would visitors get to the beach and amusement district from the creek? By setting up shuttle buses that would just add to the traffic and congestion?

Bring the ferry right to the door step of the small businesses that need tourist dollars. Bring a ferry to Steeplechase Pier. Give people the option of leaving their cars at home while taking in the majestic sights of New York Harbor and the Narrows. Relieve traffic congestion that community members have been forever complaining about. Start a whole new local industry with the promise of jobs. Let others take in the wonder and awe of Coney Island’s coastline just like my grandfather did more than a century ago. Bring the ferry to Coney Island.Michael Quinn

The writer is secretary at Community Board 13, founder of Coney Island Tours, and editor of

Speed hogs

To the editor,

It has been a week or so since Nanny DeBlasio’s 25-mph speed limit was placed into law. I am happy to report, at least in my Marine Park neighborhood, that speeds are almost down to 40! Drivers, trying to avoid construction on the Belt Parkway, are using Flatbush Avenue, Knapp Street and Avenue U as a high-speed bypass.

Both morning and evening rush hours conditions are worse as harried motorists ignore the new posted speed limit, and carelessly hurry to work and home again. Children and families going to and from the Marine Park Nature Center take their lives in their hands crossing Avenue U, as impatient drivers speed by.

It’s time for cops to set up visible speed traps and start making money for the city coffers. Maybe it will slow things down to a reasonable 30 mph.Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

Bus fuss

To the editor,

It seems that bus service is returning to the way it was in the 1980s. In those days, the wait for a bus was so long that many times I waited for more than half an hour. Then a few buses came together as a caravan.

The same thing is happening now. On the B1, B3, B6, B49 and B82 lines it has been happening with increased frequency. Sometimes this happens near the beginning of the line, meaning the buses are running late. This is absolutely ridiculous.

In the 1980s new management came along and fixed the problem. Is there anyone at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority willing to fix the problem now? Neither I nor anyone else wants to wait for the bus in the cold for long periods of time.Ronald Cohen



To the editor,

The Islamic State is getting stronger everyday. They are recruiting more and more evil ones everyday, and they are getting more vicious and more cocky everyday. These thugs, these monsters, need to be annihilated — as soon as possible.

The air strikes alone are not enough. Nobody wants boots on the ground — not even one more American — because we cherish life and do not want any of our soldiers hurt. I’m sure these terrorists too don’t want our boots on the ground, for other reasons of course, but it may be something that should be considered. The president should also refrain from telegraphing our plans for the terrorists to see.

The torture and beheadings of innocent people is horrific. Innocent children, who should be enjoying a fun and happy childhood, are being made into murderers. This has to stop now, these monsters don’t belong on this earth or breathe the same air anyone else does. Let’s not make this go any further. We must do whatever necessary to end these monsters existence.Emma Stellabotte

Park Slope

‘Punks and thugs’

To the editor,

I got off the R train recently at around 4:20pm on 86th Street and Fourth Avenue. As I was walking down 86th Street I was horrified. It was a surreal experience. They were all over. Thugs, punks, and literally “n-spewing” blacks in front of every store, walking up and down the blocks, coming out and going in every store.

After the “feel” of that stroll through the neighborhood, I won’t go there at that busy time (or hardly ever anymore) and put myself through that nightmare again. It was a harrowing, sickening, scary, disturbing experience. I wonder if I was the only one “seeing” these things and feeling this way. Name withheld upon request


To the editor,

Our neighborhood youth needs to be scrutinized everywhere, not just on our school campuses. It is the responsibility of all people besides law enforcement to put a stop to those trouble-makers who incite others with their wicked ways.

All sensible adults must make a pledge to condemn kids who are disruptive in our communities, wherever the disruptions occur.

We must also nix all forms of harassment, and adults must set the tone for acceptable behavior. Some adults, unfortunately, lack human feeling for others and teach their children incorrect behaviors, including using foul language, demonstrating bad manners, and being bigoted. People need to be respectful and be treated with respect.Amy Kaye

Sheepshead Bay

Taxpayer strike

To the editor,

A Daily News headline read, “Thanks, Obama! Prez’ plan halts deport for millions.” All Americans should protest by not paying taxes. Why the hell should my hard-earned money pay for their cushy life in America? Oh, there’s more to the article — “parents could also get work permits.” We should not pay taxes if Obama opens the gates to illegal aliens.J. Brown


Mayor DeDozio

To the editor,

New York Republican Committee chairman Ed Cox suggested the Mayor DeBlasio will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. That reminded me of the commercial that Hillary ran in 2008 in her bid for president: “Your kids are safe and asleep and the phone rings at 3 am in the White House, etc.”

I could only imagine if DeBlasio was president and the phone rings at 3 am while he is asleep, the phone would just ring and ring, and he would turn over and pull the covers over his head and continue to sleep.

Peter G. Orsi

Marine Park

Weed screed

To the editor,

I would like to congratulate Mayor DeBlasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton on their prudent and informed decision to stop arresting people found with less than 25 grams of marijuana. They should not be left with a criminal record that will follow them around for the rest of their lives.

The punishment should fit the crime. The new guidelines call for a $100 fine for first offenders and a $250 fine for second-time offenders, which is as it should be. The city also needs a two-tiered prison system because we need to keep low-level offenders out of jails where hardened criminals may influence them and induce them to meet with their connections out on the street upon their release. Frank D’Amico, Sr.


War heroes

To the editor,

When I read that soldier Brent Grommet’s German shepherd was taken from him when they returned from war, it made me very sad and as mad as hell. This young soldier and his dog, Matty, were together from the beginning at basic training to deployment in Afghanistan. Both were injured by a roadside bomb.

Specialist Grommet suffered traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This soldier who fought for his country, sustained serious injuries, and was almost killed only wants his partner and best friend back with him. This is not only a very small price to ask for, but it is also the law. Robby’s Law passed in 1990 and was signed by Bill Clinton.

This hero was told by higher-ups not to speak to the media about Matty the dog or he would wind up in Leavenworth. Talk about loyalty. These two want to be together again and deserve to be. Didn’t the government already do enough to disrespect and harm our veterans with the Veterans Administration scandal? I’m not holding my breath for the return of the dog to his best friend, after we saw the way the U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was held in a Mexican prison for more than 200 days, but I sure will be praying that Specialist Grommet and Matty are reunited. I would hate to think some bigwig took the dog home to his family and won’t give it back or worse. This is the very least we could do for one of our hero’s who was willing to put his life on the line for us.

I think those monsters being held in Gitmo are being treated better than we treat our own veterans. Our president authorized the release of five monsters for the return of one army deserter. Mr. President can’t you authorize the release of one dog for a hero?Rosie Boxer

Rockaway, N.Y.

Credit gas-bags

To the editor,

I went to a gas station expecting to use my VISA card to fill up my tank. Imagine my horror when I was told that by my using VISA to pay for the gasoline, the price would be 13 cents more per gallon! Yes, $3.45 cash per gallon versus $3.57 VISA per gallon. Outrageous.

I always knew VISA to be 10 cents more per gallon, but now it’s 13 cents more per gallon if one uses a credit card. Aaarrrgh.

Joan Applepie

Mill Basin


To the editor,

I saw in the paper that so many children were absent more than 10 percent of the time during the last school year. This doesn’t take into account the students who are marked present and then proceed to cut classes and cause mayhem during the day.

My favorite was when parents would come to school and inform me and other teachers that they were going on vacation for 10 days to two weeks and demand that we give them the work in advance so that their child wouldn’t fall behind. This is absolutely ridiculous. If the child was not there when the work was being taught, the best the teacher could do was to give them pages to read and questions to answer from the texts. The supervisory staff should have stepped up to the plate to remind the parent that school was in session and that these vacation days were totally illegal. This was never done because principals fear parents.

Years ago if a child was absent excessively, the child was not promoted. This would never occur today, as supervisors look to get rid of children who are chronic discipline problems and whose absences are a relief both for them and the teacher.Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Blott Stringer

To the editor,

Comptroller Scott Stringer is a spoiled child having a temper tantrum. Perhaps he needs a time out. Who knew that taxpayers are paying for members of the NYPD Intelligence Division to serve as his personal security detail. Stringer recently fired four of New York’s Finest from this security detail because they were late in picking him up from his expensive Manhattan home one morning. Is anyone aware that Stringer is the target of any terrorist groups which would merit this level of protection? I seriously doubt that al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Islamic State or any other terrorists are even aware of his existence.

Municipal employees could never get away with the same abuses. They could not use city vehicles during work hours to chauffeur spouses around town. At a minimum, they would have to reimburse the city for the costs of all these personal trips. The Department of Investigations needs to take a look at this serious potential waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayers dollars.

Let Stringer assign one of his several hundred staff members to serve as his personal chauffeur. Better yet he could set an example and follow Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick’s bill requiring employers with 20 or more workers to sign up for transit checks. Stringer could do likewise and give up both his free parking space at City Hall and his special police parking permit. He can use his transit check to purchase MetroCards. This will afford Stringer the opportunity to join several million constituents who use public transportation on a daily basis and also contribute to a cleaner environment. Stringer talks about being a friend of the 99 percent, yet he prefers the perks of a one percenter.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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