Readers talk about workers, student loans and Donald Trump – New York Daily News

Jersey City: The labor movement has improved working conditions, created workplace democracy and encouraged active participation in union-management decision-making. The many benefits, protections and rights that workers enjoy today would never have existed without the commendable efforts of unions. There have been initiatives designed to downgrade labor standards, weaken unions and erode workplace protections. These efforts would have diminished the bargaining power and political influence of organized workers.

Therefore, we must support candidates for political office who are committed to preserving our workforce. Specifically, we should support candidates who strongly agree that treating workers as irritating speed bumps along the road to higher incomes and higher profit margins is unconscionable.

As we celebrate Labor Day today, pay tribute to the American worker and honor labor leaders committed to social justice and equal economic opportunity for all. John Di Genio

Bayside: Amazon and Starbucks are still fighting to keep working families from having a union. Do these companies know how much money union families spend with them each year? They should think about it and then ask themselves if they still don’t like unions. Bill Caramico

Staten Island: I recently saw Joe Biden with a big smile, declaring that the MAGA crowd has no idea the power of women’s suffrage, but is about to find out. To that I say, ladies, Roe, Roe, Roe your vote! Ellen Settanni

White Plains, NY: While many Americans don’t like Trump, at least when he was president, we didn’t have to rely on others for our energy. We weren’t in a recession either. In my opinion, we are in a recession and inflation is sky high because President Biden and his administration have spent billions of dollars and pushed our national debt so high that many future generations will struggle to pay it off. Biden’s only way to solve problems is to spend and that’s why we have problems we are in. Joan Cocurullo

Bronx: Comedian Michael Quane wants to know why he “should pay $2,000 in taxes to pay those who graduated from high school and needed loans?” A priori, it will not be. No one pays a penny more in tax because of this student loan forgiveness. This policy is unpaid and will increase the national debt, without causing an immediate increase in taxes. Even though it adds to the debt, there have been debt reductions and the new bill that was just signed contains debt reduction which over time can be a washout of the cancellation of student debt. Plus, there’s a good chance that many of these loans will be in default anyway. We really need to go further and reduce the cost of college education. Allowing people to renegotiate their interest rates is another thing that can help people get out of debt. Many of these loans are at exorbitant rates. Carol Webb

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Staten Island: I have an idea: there should be a compulsory class for all high school juniors that covers the cost of going to college. This would have them do a business proposition exercise starting with the cost of their school of choice, the degree they aspire to and the average salary for that career/industry, type of loan, interest rate, term of the loan, how long it will take to repay, etc. Not only would this provide real education in financial affairs, but perhaps they would be better informed before taking out that student loan and choosing a school they can afford. Gina Otrando

Manhattan: Regarding congestion pricing: Has anyone considered the hiring difficulties it presents for hospitals in the congestion area, particularly the VA, Bellevue and NYU Langone along First Ave . ? How will they be able to compete for recruiting doctors, nurses and other competent staff in the evenings and at night? These hospitals are not directly accessible by metro. Many of their employees (again, evenings and nights) come from outer boroughs and drive. Memorial-Sloan Kettering, NewYork-Presbyterian and other uptown hospitals are unaffected and will not have overnight and emergency staffing issues, while those below 60th Street will not be able to compete. Paul Weismann

Scarborough, NY: Any suggestion that congestion pricing aims to reduce air pollution is a joke. This is yet another ploy to fund the MTA’s terribly bloated budget. If politicians were serious about clearing the air, they would pass a law requiring all MTA buses, taxis and car services to install electric motors by 2025. Congestion pricing will fail because people who don’t have coming to Manhattan won’t. . And theaters, restaurants and concert halls, which employ New Yorkers, will take the hit. Thomas F. Comiskey

Monroe Township, NJ: I totally agree with Voicer Stan Rosenson on congestion pricing. Until recently, I spent the last 65 years as a resident of New York City and still travel there five days a week by public transportation. The addition of private transportation companies that add a huge amount of cruise vehicles to Manhattan is a major source that adds to congestion. Additionally, they create difficulties for owners of medallion taxis, who have paid a large sum for their medallions only to be overshadowed by the number of competitors roaming the streets seeking to illegally pick up street hail. Finally, the way the streets of the city have been carved up for the benefit of cyclists also adds to the congestion. As a realist, it’s hard not to be cynical. I have a lifetime of experience reading and wondering how the money collected in this way is used and prevented from falling into a deep bureaucratic hole. Steven Bellish

Maspeth: I followed the political decisions and the media coverage of the evolution of the regulations concerning access to abortion. It seems that the phrase “women’s right to choose” is now used instead of the word abortion. This sentence bothers me because it implies that women have all the rights and responsibilities regarding the choice to have an abortion. There are certainly situations where women bear full responsibility, but I suspect that in most cases the man responsible for impregnating the woman would like to share the rights and responsibilities. I’m sure there are sensitive, compassionate men who would be horrified to learn that their sexual partner aborted their baby. I think we should replace the phrase “women’s right to choose” with simply “right to choose”. Sarah Carlson

Ashburn, Virginia: We must all recognize that former President Trump is a champion of working men and women and of the rural community. He has received praise for pushing federal bureaucracy to rush COVID vaccines to the public. Conservatives praise him for appointing staunchly conservative federal justices and Supreme Court justices. There has been rejoicing every time Trump thumbed his nose at the elites of both political parties and every time he threw his critics under the bus. But it’s different. He recklessly stored highly classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence and they may have been compromised. It’s a step too far, a step that should not please any American: to protect himself, Trump threw us all under the bus. Mike Barrett

Chicago: I had a dream the other night, it was actually a very scary nightmare. It was Election Night 2024 and Donald Trump was declared the winner without a single ballot being counted anywhere. There, on the balcony of his Florida estate, stood the most polarizing figure in all of human history. He was in full military gear, looking just like Fidel Castro, minus the cigar or the masculinity. Unsurprisingly, Trump’s first order of business was to grant himself a full pardon, followed closely by the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His acceptance speech was even darker and darker than the one he gave at his inauguration in 2017, but no one expected less. Additionally, the whole affair was covered by the new “Trump All the Time” network. God keep us all. Bob Ory

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