Letters to the Editor – amNY

Bus fare skipping is just a symptom
Published on March 3, 2014

What I find shocking is not that people don’t pay their bus fares, but that we live in a city where people can’t afford to pay to get to work.

It’s time to put an end to the rich getting richer on the backs of the poor. The working poor often have to make the tough decisions between paying rent and putting food on the table, keeping the lights on or buying necessary medications.

We need to create pathways for people in poverty to get back on their feet. Until we do, people should try to be sympathetic to the difficult decisions those in poverty face every day.

E-cigs are much less dangerous
Published on December 12, 2013

I was disappointed in the cartoon stigmatizing e-cigarettes and implying that they’re just as dangerous as regular cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are much safer than cigarettes; they are void of harmful chemicals, ash and secondhand smoke. E-cigarettes are a tool smokers can use to quit smoking. Pharmaceutical companies are waging a war on electronic cigarettes because they compete with drugs that also help people stop smoking.

Trains are safest places
Published on March 12, 2013

Have some sympathy. It’s not as though homeless people want to smell bad or ruin your train ride.

Have you ever wondered if you’d have anything to eat for your next meal? Have you slept outside in the rain or snow, with no shelter to protect you?

We should all have sympathy for the troubling situation that so many people are stuck in. Homeless people who sleep on the subway are there because it’s the safest and most comfortable place they can find. The lack of adequate housing for our city’s homeless population is far more troubling.