amNewYork Letters to the Editor
Be thankful for extra cash
Re Thanks for nothing, Bam, Feb. 23: Rachel Thomas, a 21-year-old Manhattanite, made a comment regarding the addition of a $65 cushion in the new economic stimulus package. Where do you spend $65 on three drinks? Sixty-five dollars for dinner? When I was 21, I spent $1.50 on a 40 oz. beer and 65 cents on Top Ramen (and that wasnt all that long ago). Its unfortunate that some people cant appreciate an additional $65 in their pockets every month.
Jahn Hall, Brooklyn
Where does increased taxi fare go now?
One reason given for the taxi fare increase was that it was due to the increase in gas prices, which are now lower. Where does the extra money now go? I offer the following suggestions: 1. Index the fare to the price of gasoline. Or 2. save the monies to support green initiatives. 3. Use the money as a subsidy for mass transit. Lets have tax increases that make sense and dont have to last forever.
Â Steve Stulbaum, Manhattan
How can we try children as adults?
It is horrific when an 11-year-old boy shoots a woman in the head while she sleeps, or when children commit murder or other terrible crimes. They are tried as adults, but these are children. And children are simply incapable of understanding the implications of what theyve done. Why then does society say that a 16-year-old cant consent to sex, get married, vote, buy alcohol, etc.? Its time we make up our minds.
John Clemente, Annandale, N.J.