Play on the field, protest off it!

To the editor,

I, along with millions of other Americans, stand with the President’s harsh comments about unpatriotic sports players. These “spoiled millionaires” want to make a statement about our country? Good. Make it behind the stadium where the media hounds can follow and exalt them. Let the stadiums be a venue where sports and only sports are played.

And to those who make up the pandering management of these teams, allowing this disgraceful behavior to continue, grow a pair! Stand up for two minutes to salute this country that has allowed you and your players to live in luxury with your expensive homes and exotic cars. Our national anthem, along with the Pledge of Allegiance, was forged in our hearts with the blood of forefathers. If you find you can’t support our land, I am sure that North Korea and other dictatorships would love to have you as citizens.

As for me and now literally millions across America, we have turned our backs on certain sports teams as evidenced by the radically declining numbers watching on television, and the vast openness of unsold seats at the stadiums.

We have also decided to not buy goods from sports team’s official sponsors as we make our own statement. “Keep politics off the field and Play Ball”!Robert W. Lobenstein

Marine Park

Town squall

I take issue with Martin Samoylov’s letter “Town Halls can bring solutions for all.” (Letters, Sept. 22) Samoylov claims these town halls have been a fantastic step in transparency. Although I have not attended them, this administration has been anything but transparent. There is also a difference between talking to local people and listening to their concerns. This administration has not listened.

First, DeBlasio is spending more than $13 million in taxpayer funds for his personal legal bills. While apparently not illegal, it is unethical. The virtually entirely democratic city council has remained silent on this. Only DeBlasio’s challengers have made this an issue with little press coverage. Sal Albanese and Curtis Sliwa have launched a lawsuit. DeBlasio’s only explanation was that it is more prudent for the taxpayers to pay these bills. Where is the transparency in that?

Another example is Select Bus Service. Community concerns have been continually disregarded. Despite multiple requests, Department of Transportation has refused to install a stop at Avenue R and Nostrand Avenue with the closest stop a half mile away. Seniors are being forced to walk up to three quarters of a mile to use faster service, or have a slower trip than they had before with the Limited. In Queens, the city told the Woodhaven community they are still getting Select Bus although 100 out of 101 people stated at a meeting they did not want it as it was presented. Where is the transparency in that?

Now we have the proposed B82 Select Bus Service Samirov speaks of. Although it has been rejected by most, the department is not changing its plans. The agency’s own data shows the B82 moves at an average speed of over 20 mph where Kings Highway is three lanes wide in each direction. In its continuing war against the automobile, Department of Transportation’s solution to a non-existent problem is to create an exclusive bus lane that will only create traffic congestion where none exists now.

Unless there is a tremendous outcry, the B82 plan will go into affect as proposed.

At a Plumb Beach Civic Association meeting, the community offered to set up a meeting with community representatives and DOT to discuss an unwanted traffic plan for the area. DOT flatly refused and implemented their plan anyway. Mr. Samoylove, it doesn’t matter how many Town Halls are held if the administration refuses to listen. Allan Rosen

Sheepshead Bay

Down on DeBlasio

To the editor,

I would like to comment on the op-letters of Martin Samoylov (Town Halls can bring solutions for all) and Elliot Abosh (Care about stairs) in the Sept. 22 issue.

Gentlemen, all of the seemingly positives by Bill DeBlasio are fodder for votes. I hope you realize that savvy politicians give carrots to unsuspecting voters in return for votes. Former State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. distributed fruit to voters in exchange for their vote. It worked for a while until Espada was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to a federal penitentiary. Espada also gave no-show and unnecessary jobs.

Conversation involving the DeBlasio administration should revolve around corruption and the abuse of power. The federal government opened an investigation into Bill DeBlasio’s corruption, but you conveniently left that out of your op-letter and worry about The “B82 Select Bus Service” and “subway stairs” along with other unimportant things when compared to corruption and abuse of power. About the 17,000 jobs provided by the DeBlasio administration … did the administration cite “new jobs?” New Jobs means that 17,000 unemployed individuals were put to work with permanent jobs, where in fact, the required work of 17,000 people was temporary work distributed among union companies in exchange for votes.

We can go on and on with the schemes of crooked politicians — and apparently those schemes work, as evidenced by your op-letters. It is unfortunate that eliminating corruption and the abuse of power takes a back seat to fixing buses and subway stairs. If you are aware of the corruption and abuse of power and still think that Bill DeBlasio needs four more years to entrench his way of life upon the once-greatest city in the world, then vote for Bill DeBlasio and feel content to have a working B82 Select Bus and a new subway stairs.

New York City is more corrupt now than it has ever been in its post-WW II history. It has had incompetent administrations (John Lindasy’s and David Dinkins’s), but no one as corrupt as the current administration. Add a corrupt Council and our government loses the checks and balance system that our Founding Fathers designed.

If you’re a Democrat, aren’t you worried that Mayor DeBlasio is using former Republican President George W. Bush’s strategy? “You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” Sorry … I suppose if you’re fooled, you’re not aware of it; how silly of me!

Your reasons for liking DeBlasio reminds me of the reason that my father liked former mayor Ed Koch “He fixed the pothole in front of our house.” Nothing else, dad? That’s the only reason why you like Koch? No, Mayor Koch was not crooked. In fact, he was an honest and effective leader and I also liked him, but for different reasons. I simply wanted to provide an example of irrelevant reasons to support a candidate.

If an honest mayor (say, David Dinkins) had resolved both the humongous catastrophes of the “B82 Select Bus Service” and the “subway stairs,” then I also would applaud, but we have more serious matters on our hands. After four years, how could you have missed the “City Hall For Sale” sign?

Certainly, you must agree that in our current New York City, criminals and sleaze have the upper hand over honest New Yorkers.

Elio Valenti


Voting’s a duty

To the editor,

Everyone talks about low voter turnout but nothing is done to ameliorate the situation. We have to pay taxes by law. We have to serve on jury duty by law. How about making a law stating that everyone must vote unless they are mentally ill or physically unable to do so, an example being a person who is comatose?

Mandatory voting would force people to pay attention to the issues of the day. Those who would not be around on election day would be made to get absentee ballots.

Everyone complains about incumbents and it is those same people who never bother to cast a ballot. Incumbents just adore low voter turnout. They have well oiled machines and with county chairman’s endorsements, they just sail to victory time after time.

I don’t like that people such as David Yassky are using the excuse that a yes vote regarding the constitutional convention would allow for political change and corruption to end. The real reason why Yassky and his cohorts want this convention is that would raise havoc regarding public employee pensions. The general public should be aware of this. Our servicemen gave their lives for this country so that others could vote. We owe it to them to visit our polling places on primaries and in the general election to participate.

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

Yikes for bikes!

To the editor,

During the past several years, the bike path on Ocean Parkway, which goes from Church Avenue to Surf Avenue, various sections had been repaved. Yet the section from Avenue R to Avenue Y had not. There are places that are so badly broken up, upraised, etc., that bike riders have to resort to riding in the grass between the path and the road, making their own path. The section just north of Avenue W and between Avenues W and X are especially bad. There are a couple other spots along the way just as bad. I had spoken to Community Board 15 a couple years ago but so far nothing has happened. (Yes I know it takes time and money.)

What does it take to get someone to pay attention before some bike rider is seriously hurt?

Ronald Cohen


Reach James Harney at (718) 260-2529 or e-mail him at jharney@cnglocal.com.

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