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Counterclaim

To the editor: For reasons I find incomprehensible, Robert Ovetz argues that allowing more workers at more unions to skip out of paying union dues would "strengthen" those unions and others besides. …

To the rescue

To the editor:  The Chief’s story on the FDNY's recent Medal Day ceremony at City Hall and its link to the annual FDNY Medal Day Book 2024 gives an opportunity to read about some of last …

The subway and its discontents

The MTA apparently will pay up to $1 million to a psychologist to better understand what motivates turnstile jumpers.  Generally, the condition of society depends on the ethical nature of the …

Terms of surrender

To the editor: On D-Day’s anniversary, while the ceremonies were reminding our nation and France and other nations of the tremendous sacrifices made by the military heroes from the U.S. and the …

Crash-test dummies

To the editor: When decisions are based upon bad information, the consequences can be disastrous. Imagine a vehicle at a railroad crossing and the driver incorrectly believes the tracks are clear; it …

Everything but the truth

To the editor: During his hush money trial, the mendacious Donald Trump exercised his constitutional right not to take the witness stand and testify in his own defense. But outside the courtroom …

Uniformed disgust

To the editor: As a Vietnam veteran (1967-1968) who watched the Memorial Day celebrations and commemorations, there is something I will never understand. That is, how many decorated soldiers could …

Transit jeopardy

To the editor: Is Governor Hochul’s indefinite postponement of the congestion pricing politically motivated? Is it an attempt to protect Democrats running for the State Assembly, Senate and …

Cooperate on Medicare

To the editor: Once again, the city has lost its attempt to throw 250, 000 retirees out of our hard earned Medicare plans into an Aetna  for-profit limited access private insurance plan (“ …

Dishing out context

To the editor: A conservative contributor took issue with data I cited recently, writing “sometimes facts require explanation.” Challenge accepted.  My critic cites Covid-19 to explain job …

Assessments

To the editor: Excellent letter from Joseph Cannisi (" Does Democracy Matter ," May 31). Let me add something a fellow retired transit worker said: "People are spoiled. They have no idea what a …

No man of the people

To the editor: Eric Adams calls himself “a working-class mayor that’s helping working-class people.” He also helps the wealthy and corporations by opposing any increase in their taxes. Adams …

Pretzel politics

There is an adage that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Perhaps that explains Mayor Adams’ decision to appeal the ruling upholding …

Pro-worker mayor needed

To the editor: Excellent letter from Kevin Harrington ( “Pensions falling short,” The Chief, May 24) calling for NYCERS to index pension increases to inflation. He reminds us that the reason …

Does democracy matter?

To the editor: President Joe Biden often says “democracy is on the ballot” this November. So far, that argument has had little impact on Donald Trump’s supporters. Despite social evolution …

Don’t deny opportunity

To the editor: The Stateline story on employment of people with developmental disabilities missed the boat (“Disabled persons can be paid …

Pensions falling short

To the editor: It’s widely known that New York State, and New York City especially, are among the most expensive places to live for retirees. Prices, on average, are about 20 percent higher than …

Do right by EMS

To the editor: The FDNY's disparity in sick leave policy between its two bureaus, fire and Emergency Medical Services, appears to be like their tens of thousands of dollars difference in pay scale - …

No laughing matter

To the editor: Henny Youngman made the point as a joke, “Take my wife … please,” but some politicians use that philosophy to survive criticism and avoid criminal charges. From Fats Domino to …

Called out

To the editor, A recent letter claims another recent letter writer used unsubstantiated facts in a letter about Donald Trump. Claim: "Under Joe Biden, employment is up 15.37 million jobs. Fact …

Wronged

To the editor: The headline for the May 17th Chief article, " Man who tried to kill NYPD officers gets 27 years ," says it all about the insanity of our alleged justice system. You can try to stab to …

Seeing red

To the editor: A recent op-ed, “Wag the Dog Dogfights,” contains falsehoods. This became obvious by the second line: “The city will not install a traffic light until an intersection has racked …

Failing grade

To the editor: The police’s militarized response to campus protests over the war in Gaza, and what students believe is university-funded and Washington-funded …

The silence of the GOP lambs

To the editor: In addition to praising dictators, Donald Trump has found another perceived friend, fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. On May 11, at a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, Trump …

A bad review

To the editor: What I believe Trump’s lawyers don’t know or are ignoring is that Stormy Daniels is an important symbol of the “Me Too” movement. That’s why attacking her for her profession …

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