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Readers hold forth on metropolis retirees’ rights, Thanksgiving and NYC Correction – New York Every day Information

Floral Park: Re “ ‘Healthy’ rebuke to Eric” (Nov. 23): The Medicare Benefit plan is a medical insurance mannequin confirmed to foster corruption, supply fewer supplier decisions and place revenue forward of high quality care through the use of prior authorization protocols to delay or deny companies that medical doctors deem needed.

I labored for the town for 35 years. I performed by the principles. I wasn’t a celebrity however I used to be a diligent and devoted worker who obtained the job completed. I strongly imagine I earned and deserve the advantages awarded to me once I retired almost 10 years in the past. Altering the principles now to remove a profit I and each different retiree had been promised and earned was unfair, unethical and evil when the previous mayor tried to do it. For my part, will probably be simply as unfair, unethical and evil if achieved by way of the adoption of what Mayor Adams and lecturers union chief Michael Mulgrew are actually advocating.

Like virtually each retiree, I’m sympathetic to the aim of higher controlling the price of healthcare advantages. However I don’t imagine the pursuit of that aim ought to fall so instantly and closely upon retirees. That our well-earned and justly awarded advantages are being thought to be a burden on the town that should be shed is reprehensible. We did what we had been requested with the intention to earn what was provided. We need to be revered, to have the commitments made to us honored, to proceed having our vital healthcare selections made by our medical doctors as a substitute of a plan’s directors and to be left alone to get pleasure from what time we now have left. Walter A. Czwartacky

Manhattan: It’s so fascinating to match Mayor Adams’ speeches earlier than he was elected to what he’s doing and saying now. Has he been influenced by former Mayor Bloomberg, who he considers his mentor? Like Bloomberg, he has no respect for the lecturers within the non-charter colleges and has no issues chopping positions and funds there. No concern for the constitution colleges getting enough funds as a result of they can get funding from the millionaires/billionaires who’re joyful to take action. Earlier than his election, Adams expressed his issues for the general public colleges however now has no downside with firing lecturers and elevating class sizes. Additionally, he acknowledged earlier than he was elected that as a civil servant, he realizes how tough it might be for Medicare recipients to lose their protection. Want I say extra? Marilyn Levin

Cincinnati: Many Democrats see all social phenomena by way of the prism of sophistication wrestle. Many reject the concept of merit-based stratification of society as a petty bourgeois concomitant of capitalism, which itself is an unfair and unjust financial system due to its competitiveness — and they aren’t going to take it any longer as a result of, nicely, they know what is true and you don’t. Ditto the onerous proper as a result of they’re simply as harebrained, rash, impulsive and stuffed with righteous indignation about their points. So, after the midterms, we conclude that one political gang basically canceled the opposite. Hey, that’s high-quality by me. Paul Bloustein

White Rock, British Columbia: The next verse was written with a honest consideration of the numerous hungry souls worldwide for whom there’s nothing to be grateful: I say cross me the vacation turkey, peas / and the scrumptious stuffing flanked / by buttered potatoes with gravy / since I’ve mentioned grace with loads ease / for the great meals acquired I’ve thanked / my Maker who’s discovered me worthy. / It appears that evidently in contrast to the various of these / within the unfortunate Third World nations / I’ve been discovered by God deserving / to not need to endure the terrible woes / and the stomach-wrenching hunger / suffered by them with no dinner serving. / So hand me the succulent corn / the cranberry sauce, fresh-baked bread / since for my grub I’ve praised the Lord / but I needn’t hear about these born / whose meal I’ve been granted as a substitute / as they obtain naught of the grand hoard. Frank Sterle Jr.

Carle Place, L.I.: Re Metropolis Councilwoman Julie Received: Received received or Received misplaced? Pleased Thanksgiving! Rudy Rosenberg

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Lackawaxen, Pa.: No, good riddance to you, Voicer JoAnn Lee Frank, in your lame-brained commentary on Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stepping down. Sing alongside, in the event you can, with Bob Dylan/Joan Baez: “The machine weapons are roaring / And the puppets heave rocks / And fiends nail time bombs / To the fingers of the clocks / Name me any title you want / I’ll by no means deny it / However farewell, Angelina / The sky is erupting / I need to go the place it’s quiet.” You imagine GOP management of the Home “is trigger for celebration.” However they’ve already used up all their good concepts — privatizing Social Safety; waging 20 years of conflict towards nations that had little to do with 9/11; giving tax cuts to the rich, who already had found out the best way to evade taxation; COVID is rather like the flu; local weather change is a hoax. Perhaps it is best to try larger floor in Tampa or St. Pete! John A. MacKinnon

Bronx: Yo, Voicer Josh Greenberger: If smash-and-grab turns into authorized? That’s the stupidest letter I’ve ever learn. Richie Nagan

Forest Hills: The ever present TV and radio spots for sports activities betting platforms all finish with the compulsory disclaimer: “Playing downside? Name 1-800…” Yeah, we’ve obtained a playing downside — the shills in your silly adverts preserve pressuring us into making what they know are horrible bets! Promo code: SUCKER. Alan Hirschberg

Bronx: To Voicer Sara Ross: How are you going to inform the place individuals come from? And, you suppose the bank card is for meals stamps? You make a number of assumptions and, as everyone knows, whenever you assume, you make an ass out of u and me. W. Twirley

Brooklyn: On Monday, the NYC Board of Correction held its month-to-month assembly. Not like on the earlier month’s assembly, members of the Division of Correction hierarchy attended (final month they didn’t even hassle). Nonetheless, fairly than wait and listen to the testimonies from the general public and people in NYC custody, the DOC members left, together with Commissioner Louis Molina. Nonetheless, it was not solely the testimonials of the justice-affected and previously detained that he skipped out on. He didn’t hear three of his personal officers present testimony. So not solely does he have little to no regard for the humanity of the detained and their households, he has no regard for his personal officers. As commissioner, he ought to have stayed and listened not solely to these of us with lived expertise as previously incarcerated individuals however for his personal employees. Goes to indicate you the place his and his lackeys’ priorities lay. Eileen M. Maher

Stamford, Conn.: Voicer Miriam Applebaum and our resident statistician, Voicer Michele P. Brown, each miss my level. I by no means blamed Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg for the wretched prison historical past of the person with 60 arrests. However I’m blaming him for his comfortable stance on crime and willingness to maintain the revolving door of justice in movement. Is Applebaum forgetting about Bragg’s employees memo that he circulated days after he took workplace? And Brown demonstrates a scarcity of appreciation for the forces governing legislation enforcement. When cops arrest petty criminals solely to observe them be launched, it chills the motivation to arrest. And to name a petty thief a mere annoyance — I ponder if Brown would change her tune if her mobile phone, pockets and bank cards had been swiped from her bag by a proficient pickpocket. Tolerance for low-level quality-of-life crimes creates an environment of lawlessness that shortly escalates right into a crime-ridden society. Peter Janoff

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