Editor’s note: Anyone paying attention to this page will know that readers Elaine Kirsch and Allan Rosen have been waging a war of words over Ocean Parkway traffic changes and transit in general. But after weeks of heated debate, the two appear to be coming to a truce. Rosen extends an olive branch in this week’s missive:
To the editor,
Well it appears after some back and forth, Elaine Kirsch and I share much agreement (“Common Ground” in “Sound off to the Editor,” published Jan. 13). I would like to thank Courier Life for permitting us to have this exchange. Ms. Kirsch speaks of crowded buses and trains, questions if there is room for those drivers who want to switch modes, and the need for additional handicapped accessible stations.
The MTA supposedly uses service-planning guidelines to determine the level of service we receive. I find that these guidelines are used more to justify service cutbacks than to add additional service when required. There is no excuse for sardine-packed subways on the weekends or late at night when guidelines call for most to have a seat. The same is true of buses to a lesser extent.
Service improvements cost money, which explains why more stations are not handicapped accessible. However, some money is not being spent wisely. Select Bus Service, which has been painted as a panacea, is a prime example. It costs more to operate, and in most cases, has resulted in lower ridership. Twenty SBS routes could cost $60 million more to operate each year — plus capital construction costs in the hundreds of millions.
Ms. Kirsch asked if I have any ideas for better policing. Sorry, but that is not my area of expertise. Perhaps other readers would like to offer ideas. I can only say that in my over 45 years of driving, I have never seen an aggressive driver changing lanes six times in 10 seconds being pulled over. But when I was out in Utah, someone who passed me at a speed too high for that road was pulled over a mile later.Allan Rosen
Circus leaves town
To the editor,
The announcement has been made that the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus will play its last event under the big top this May. This circus, with its traditional animal acts, has been a fixture in American culture for almost 150 years. Thanks to the crazed PETA protesters and other politically correct groups who can finally say that they won a great victory, destroying the viewing pleasure of millions of “normal” Americans.
My sister and I were at the circus in the ’50s, our children were there in the ’80s and ’90s, and I was truly hoping to take my grandsons one day — though it seems that day will never come.
It is a crying shame to see how these nuts dictate to the rest of us what we can and cannot do or see. Hopefully, during the next few years, people will stand up and tell these low-life groups where to go.
The late and great crying clown, Emmett Kelly, is shedding his final tears as they break the tents and roll away into the distant mists of history.Robert W. Lobenstein
To the editor,
I have a series of questions in response to Tony Tsang’s “Labor secy a flop” op-letter (“Sound off to the Editor, Jan. 13). Do you know what the objective of running a business is, Mr. Tsang?
The objective of running a business is to provide quality service and/or products and, in turn, satisfied customers will provide return business that will provide a healthy profit.
What is the greatest expenditure in running a business?
Normally, the greatest expenditure in running a business is the cost of labor. Increase the cost of labor and some businesses will downsize, relocate to other countries, use robots, or cease operations.
Do you know what a minimum-wage job is?
A minimum-wage job is exactly that — a minimum-wage job. It is neither a position that individuals aspire to nor a position that will allow individuals to support their families.
I have seen many minimum-wage individuals protest and complain that they cannot support their families on their current wages — even when they add government subsidies. Of course not. This is not the purpose of minimum-wage jobs. For these people, minimum-wage jobs are default jobs. Certainly, if they were capable of obtaining higher-paying jobs, they would do so.
Most of my friends and I had minimum-wage jobs when we were in school. We learned the value of earning money, structure and work ethics, and then moved on. I didn’t expect to support a family on $10 a week.
About Andrew Pudzder for Secretary of Labor… Mr. Pudzer is the CEO of CKE Restaurants. He has degrees in history and law, and his business practices are within the confines of our laws. I suggest that those who complain about minimum wages learn a new trade and stop complaining. Mr. Pudzer and other business owners did not come to your home and force you to work in their establishment. You applied for the job knowing your stipend.
The important question should be “Why are there minimum-wage workers at age 30?” Whatever the answer, we as a society must insure that today’s children do not suffer the same fate, and it is our responsibility to teach them skills that will pay livable wages.Elio Valenti
To the editor,
I have lived in Brighton Beach/Sheepshead Bay my entire life.
Sheepshead Bay, as everyone knows, is increasing in volume on a daily basis. Why on earth do we not have proper garbage cans on Sheepshead Bay Road? Do you still want to see the vermin and smell the garbage in the summer months? We need the canisters that separate recyclables from garbage.
Also what about the parking signs? On E. 13th Street between Avenues Z and Y, you cannot see “anything” printed regarding the dates or times.Pamela
To the editor,
I read your article about the historic Coney Island and “the creek” (“Historian creates self-guided tour for Coney Island Creek” by Caroline Spivack, online Jan. 3).
The gentleman who built the “yellow submarine” as it is known to Coney Islanders was Jerome Bianco, a lifelong resident of Coney Island and one of the first families to settle year-round in Coney Island in the early 1900s. Prior to that, Coney Island was only a summer resort. He was a pipefitter — not just a welder — at the Navy Yard.
The sub did not run aground, but was impounded by the Coast Guard when they found out he was going to search for the “Andrea Doria” [An Italian ocean liner that sank off the coast of Massachusetts in 1956] and conduct salvage operations.
Incidentally, there aren’t any cruise ships ay the bottom of the creek!
Not being a resident of Coney Island, the only history you are exposed to is “revisionist history” which is geared to destroy, denigrate, and forget any contributions to Coney Island by Italians and Italian-Americans.
The Italian-American community would be greatly appreciative and honored to give mention and credit where it is justly due.
Jo a no-go
To the editor,
Sore Losers? Would Joanna DelBuono (“Dems the breaks: Sore losers need to get over election” by Joanna DelBuono, online Dec. 28) have called German Jews, who woke up one day to find Hitler head of government, sore losers too?
Trump wants to do to Muslims what Hitler did to the Jewish people, and she’s telling us to “get over it”?
Of course it is wrong to attack Trump’s children for what he has said. But has DelBuono anything to say about all the hate coming from Trump’s side?
Fox News has no credit once they fired two TV reporters: Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, and the courts ruled they had every right to be fired for not obeying Fox News by telling lies about a news story.
If that’s whom she depends on for news, she can have it.
As for the liberals, as she calls it, where are they?
All I keep coming across on TV, radio, and news print — in most cases — are people like her. Yes, there are magazines, but how many people read them?
The facts about Trump are out there. And if DelBuono can’t understand why people are so upset over this election, it is because she does not want to know why.
In 1933, people would have called her “a good German.”