Please Fix it, Mr. President!
Illegal immigrants flood the southern border, families split up, hardships created, fix it Mr President!! The US government is criticized for cruelty and politicians look bad! Unfortunately the news media misses the 2 key issues. First, the illegal aliens trying to break through our borders should have the same rights as someone trying to break into your house. They are lucky that US border officers don’t shot them. They should simply go back home and apply for visas into the US like the other 75% of immigrants do through the normal processes at their local embassy or consulate. Secondly, who are these illegal aliens anyways? Approximately 400,000 are apprehended at the US border and perhaps 200,000 get through unnoticed. Again, who are they?
I can only guess that 80% are Latin American Christians, seeking better jobs or better safety net benefits than they have in their country of birth. But who are the remaining 20%? Again I must guess: members of drug trafficking organizations, members of transnational criminal organizations, and members of Political Islam terror organizations. Within the segment financed by Political Islam terror groups, perhaps one third are cultural terrorists, one third are narco terrorists, and one third are physical terrorists. Do we know how to separate the 20% from the 80%. Probably not. Therefore we really should not want any of them to enter in this illegal fashion. Therefore we need a fence/wall along the southern border. We have not realized yet that we also need a fence with Canada too. Every country has a right and responsibility to protect its border and its culture. We have nothing to apologize for!
The Future of the Print Media
I’m still a little stunned after reading “Future for Print Media in Question After NY Daily News Axes Staff.” I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised though after other recent layoffs in media, even cases of entire outlets being shut down. I worry about the future of local reporting, especially as I write a letter to a local and smaller paper in southern Brooklyn. I don’t know what we would do without the services all this media provide.
I hope the future is bright, and as I read in another related article in your paper, it looks like a nonprofit model that’s been successful in Texas could make its way here. I’m all for anything to make sure we know what’s going on in our neighborhoods and can hold public officials accountable. It seems pretty obvious that the large corporations like Tronc don’t have the readers’ interests in mind and only care about the bottom line. Hopefully the nonprofit model would eliminate this issue and allow for a much more free press.
Getting More Cars Off the Road
Your article “NYC Could Be The First City to Curb Services Like Uber” touches upon some important issues that have been boiling over for quite some time now. It’s about time we stop ignoring the obvious transit issues that have arisen from ride shares and start thinking of solutions.
Action by the City Council would make New York the first major American city to put limits on ride-sharing vehicles, something which other parts of the world seem to be doing already. Mayor Bill de Blasio has spoken about the need to take a look industry and properly regulate it, and hopefully the City Council is serious with its proposal.
There are tens of thousands of extra vehicles traveling around the city now, polluting our air and clogging our roadways. The drivers tend to barely make money and work long, grueling hours, all while the money funnels up to the wealthiest. We should pool the money together and use it to fix our roads and transit systems. The subway system works much more efficiently than thousands of cars. More incentives to walk and bike would be great too. In the end, there will still be a lot of people who want to drive to make money, like the taxi and livery drivers who once held coveted medallions. I don’t know what the solution is for them, but maybe massive infrastructure projects that would create jobs for decades to come would be one way to start.
Stop Corruption in Local Government
After reading your article “New Push for MTA Ethics Reforms After Joe Lhota Scandal,” it really makes me wonder how such blatant conflicts of interest can be allowed. It’s a mystery to me how so many issues around here seem to have such obvious solutions. While one single thing can’t fix the city’s subway crisis, modernizing the signals and train communications technologies is a complete no-brainer, and yet the MTA drags its feet. I guess it wouldn’t be a surprise then to see that such a no-brainer like making sure the MTA head doesn’t have conflicts of interest is something that doesn’t happen.
It’s bad enough that we have to put our trust in the seemingly faceless agency that is the root cause of so many of New Yorkers’ frustrations. Now New Yorkers have to worry about not just train delays and station closures but whether or not the people at the top are looking out for the public’s best interest or their own personal interests. The entire situation feels very undemocratic, with political appointees and lax oversight. Where is our say in these matters? Do the people get more of a voice than just hoping officials like the mayor and governor will put the right people in charge, especially when political favors can sometimes almost be given out like candy.
Maybe it’s about time we start making these problems campaign issues. Ethics on the ballot in 2018. Who’s with me?
The Fall of Sheldon Silver
I’ve been reading your articles chronicling the fall of Sheldon Silver, the former speaker in Albany. While I’m happy to see justice, assuming he doesn’t win his second appeal of his second conviction, it makes me sad to be reminded of how corrupt Albany actually is. Maybe even worse than that is how I feel as a Jew, especially after reading about Silver going to synagogue recently in downtown Manhattan.
Of course not every single Jew is good, and some are crooked, but it especially hurts to see it in action. There’s something about having that shared faith, having those supposedly shared values, even though we now know he was a man abusing his power and the public trust for his own enrichment. It’s just an embarrassment, not too different from the way I felt when it was discovered that Bernie Madoff was running the largest Ponzi Scheme ever. One of the biggest problems with these high-profile cases is the stoking of anti-Semitism. It’s all-too easy for bad-faith actors to cherry-pick these terrible people and hold them up as representations of the entire Jewish community, which of course is ludicrous.
Nothing but bad comes from corruption, with the fallout sometimes being even uglier, but if we’re ever going to get somewhere in cleaning up Albany and having our representatives be people who make us proud and not ashamed, it does need to start somewhere, even if what we see isn’t pretty.