Volume 20, Number 41 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | October 6 - 12, 2010
Letters to the Editor
Thanks, Mr. Mayor
To the Editor:
I agree with the Mayor and your editorial in September 22-28 Downtown Express. I own a car and recently bought four new tires. I guess if I didn’t buy the tires the tire company wouldn’t make money and pay taxes. They wouldn’t need workers, which means less jobs and less taxes paid by workers. I also bought a new battery. If we auto owners don’t buy batteries these companies wouldn’t need workers and these companies would have to lay off workers and no one will be paying taxes. If I didn’t buy gas or oil these companies would probably go out of business and less jobs and taxes. How about mechanics and their shops and workers — no jobs and no taxes. What about auto part stores and their workers — no jobs, no taxes.
We could also save money at parking meters and parking lots. What about insurance companies and their workers. Lastly, what about the DMV for drivers’ licenses and plates. Oh, and let’s not forget our friends the meter maids. So I guess if all of us motorists sold our cars and bought bicycles a lot of people would be out of work and there would be no tax money. Thank you very much Mr. Mayor.
I guess all of these out of work people could get jobs in bicycle shops and you will be putting in car lanes in our streets (for the people who still own one) so that they could drive next to all of the bicycles.
p.s. What about revenue from our bridges and tunnels. New York is a big city. There is supposed to be a lot of cars and people. The hustle and bustle make New York City a great place to live.
Does not ring true
To the Editor:
The content of the Letter to the Editor regarding the replacement of St. Vincent’s does not ring true to me. I would hope at least one of five politicians who signed the letter would answer the following questions:
1. Why does a hospital that existed for 160 years require a needs assessment? Did all of the people in the catchment area disappear? Don’t the St. Vincent’s medical records provide the profile of the community needs (weren’t there 60,000 visits in 2009?)?
2. Since Long Island Jewish wants to be part of the medical services provided to the West Village, isn’t there a conflict of interest with Long Island Jewish conducting a major part of the needs assessment?
3. Is the needs assessment a stalling tactic? Those holding out for this and delaying emergency services to the people of the West Side appear to be acting as a “death panel” for those requiring immediate care.
Isn’t it time for the elected representatives of the people to start acting as such, rather than as politicians who could be furthering their own agenda?