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To the editor,

Stanley Gershbein writes of his friend whose insurance coverage has doubled in cost, due to multiple coverages being added on that he does not need and never will need, compliments of ObamaCare (“ObamaCare, lies, and nicknames,” It’s Only My Opinion, Dec. 6).

His friend asks, “Where do I go to take my vote back?” This brings me to the thought, how did normally intelligent people not see through President Obama, and not only vote for him once (I will forgive that), but twice?

To Stan’s friend Ed, you got exactly what you unfortunately voted for — a president who seems incapable of distinguishing truth from untruth. Too bad we all have to suffer because of your poor judgement.Ruth Weiner

Sheepshead Bay

‘Zip’ Joanna

To the editor,

Why should Oprah Winfrey “zip it,” when you feel free to state your opinion, Joanna DelBuono (“Obama is disrespected because he lies,” Not for Nuthin’, Nov. 29)?

She is an American and an entertainer, and is free to state her opinion. You are a reporter and should be better informed before you state your opinion.

Obama is disrespected because he is black — note the moron waving the Confederate flag in front of Obama’s home. There was another incident involving a certain dumb, female politician, who used the expression “shuck and jive” when speaking about the president.

I think a lie is what the Bush regime told the American public about Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction, and got the U.S. in a costly war, causing the loss of lives and limbs. Become politically informed.Joana Lucas-Henrichsen

Bay Ridge

‘Love’ Britisher

To the editor,

God bless Shavana Abruzzo (A Britisher’s View)! Keep telling it like it is.

We love her column, and always read it.Gloria and Bob Hacken

Trump Village

Bus disservice

To the editor,

I agree with the criticisms regarding the Select Bus Service on the B44 route recently introduced to Brooklyn (“B-44 fuss,” Dec. 6, “Sound off to the editor”).

There are several flaws. The passenger must search for a machine to get a coupon. Often these machines are out-of-service or broken, so what to do? I don’t see how it saves time when passengers can board the rear door and enter at the same time. Accidents and fights will ensue. Many teens board without even paying, so it’s a money-loser. I often miss the bus while waiting for the coupon. Inspectors, who are rarely seen, merely crowd-up and slow the service.

Regular local buses are hard to find. The B44 regular can take up to 45 minutes to arrive, and then is so crowded that it won’t stop. I have counted 10 select buses to one local bus.

This Select Bus Service doesn’t work even in Manhattan on the M34 bus, so why expand it? This is another Bloomberg-inspired fiasco, like closing Broadway to traffic at Times Square and Herald Square so tourists can sit and relax amidst heavy traffic.

Send this incompetent mayor back to Boston where he came from. If he wants something named after him, how about the sewage treatment plant in Manhattan?Myron Shulman

Sheepshead Bay

Artsy Coney

To the editor,

I applaud the fact that Coney Island plans to develop the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center Amphitheater that is slated for the western extension of its amusement area (“Panel approves Beep’s concert hall,” Dec. 6).

As an educator in Coney Island, I would like to see these facilities be strongly committed to the area, with a mission of education and outreach. The amphitheater will be another home run for Coney Island, from local artists visiting local schools to young-people concerts being performed to the public.

When I heard that Community Arts Center was coming to Coney Island, I immediately thought about the BRIC house in Downtown being replicated in our area. BRIC has been the driving force behind a number of Brooklyn’s most widely renowned and beloved arts and media programs. BRIC presents contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. BRIC provides opportunities and platforms for Brooklyn artists and media makers to create and present new works.

This is the recipe for success that is needed for Coney Island community.

Scott Krivitsky

The writer is a teacher at PS 188 in Coney Island.

Speed hogs

To the editor,

The week after Hurricane Sandy, I was biking down Emmons Avenue and became the victim of a hit-and-run accident. I wound up at Kings County Hospital, my leg was broken in two places, I required stitches, and I had concussion.

We often hear about speed cameras, but I don’t think they would be on every street, and let’s say the person who hit me was in a stolen car, how would a speed camera help to catch him?

Too many drivers have their own road rules, which means they do whatever they want — instead of driving around the corner to park, they actually back down the street. Would speed cameras help in that situation? Of course not, they only deal with speeding cars. Jerry SattlerBrighton Beach

No sale

To the editor,

I wish supermarkets would change their advertisements.

Every Thursday the Marketeer is thrown in front of my apartment, filled with sales by local supermarkets and stores. I peer through the fliers pen in hand, ready to circle all the good sales of the following week. However, I get very irritated at some of the advertisements, such as: “Buy one, get one free” (when a price is not stated, I ignore that advertisement); “Must buy four” (heck, I don’t want to have to buy four of the same product if I’ve never tasted or used it before, nor do I have the room to store multiple numbers of large items — I ignore that advertisement, too); “Save $1 on two and get 50 percent off the second same item (why doesn’t the store simply lower the price, but again there is no price, so I ignore that advertisement, as well); “Half price (what’s the original price? I ignore that advertisement, too.)Name withheld upon request

Shambassador Kennedy

To the editor,

The smiling faces of Secretary of State John Kerry welcoming Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy left taxpayers and those in favor of government reform frowning. Kennedy did not obtain her job as by responding to a help-wanted ad or taking a civil servant employment exam.

There are better qualified career State Department employees, business people, educators or ordinary citizens who speak fluent Japanese, live or frequently travel to Japan, do business there, and are familiar with the native culture, domestic, and foreign affairs.

Under President Obama, it is, “Do as I say, not as I do.” He has awarded more career politicians and campaign contributors Ambassadorships than any past President. His promise of “change you can believe in” is true. The 99 percent continues to get whatever crumbs fall off the White House table while the one percent benefit from special favors. These Obama treats include regulatory relief, tax code deductions, exemptions from ObamaCare, contracts, and political patronage jobs, including such plums as ambassadorships.

The appointment of Carolyn Kennedy is a quid pro quo for political support of the Kennedy family. During the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primary, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and other family members’ endorsement — at a critical moment — moved momentum away from former Sen. Hillary Clinton to Obama. President Obama’s nose is longer than Pinocchio’s!Larry Penner

Great Neck, N.Y.

It stinks!

To the editor,

I believe the makers of stick deodorants are cheating customers, making us pay for, let’s say, three ounces of solid deodorant, when actually we only get to use two-and-a-half ounces.

The rest stays within the plastic tube, making it impossible to reach and use, so we don’t get to use all of the deodorant. That bit gets thrown away, discarded, wasted. The customer is getting cheated!

Joan Applepie

Mill Basin

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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