amNewYork Letters to the Editor
MTA needs to accept responsibility, not bailout
Re Ellis Henican, Pony up, D.C.: Bail out the MTA, Nov. 14-16: Im not happy about the large government bailouts, yet I understand realistically that maintaining these large companies may protect people nationally and internationally. However, as an NYC resident who rides the subway every day, I would never expect the countrys taxpayers to bail out our transit system. The MTA is a local problem, not national. Unfortunately, the bailouts seem to be raising the expectations of some who would prefer to take government handouts, rather than assuming responsibility caused by poor management and mishandling of funds and actually fixing it.
Monica Shane, Brooklyn
Wheres the money? MTAs books need inspecting
Can New Yorkers believe anything the MTA says? How soon we forget that a few short years ago, the MTA was caught red-handed with a $1 billion surplus when they said they were broke. No more bailouts. Its time for businesses like the MTA to open their books for the public to inspect on a weekly basis. I dont know about you, but I am seeing record numbers of people riding public transportation. Wheres the money?
Tom McLaughlin, Hicksville
Nativity scenes in school: Avella fights a good fight
I would like to applaud Councilman Tony Avella, who plans to force the City Council to review its ban on nativity scenes in public schools. Now the Department of Education allows religious symbols like the Islamic crescent and star, the Menorah and the Christmas tree, but not the baby Jesus. I guess there is no room at the inn, as well as in our schools. I hope Avella succeeds.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks Village