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Local 100 breakdown

To the editor: The once-strong Local 100 union is now the laughing stock of all the unions in the tri state area. Aside from the putrid and subpar contracts, the Transit Authority’s heavy-handed …

Nondisclosure

To the editor: The Municipal Labor Committee has functioned under a shroud of secrecy and unaccountability since its inception. Meeting minutes are not made public. Their rules and regulations are …

The devil’s advocate

To the editor: On Dec. 25, while two billion Christians worldwide were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the reprobate Donald Trump posted a tirade on Truth Social against his perceived …

Divisions

To the editor: The Israel-Palestine war has divided the city in a way that has few precedents. There have been hundreds of protests on the streets and on college campuses, either in support of Israel …

Phantoms and mirages

To the editor: It is apparent that America has a perception problem. I am not talking about the world’s opinion of America; I am talking about Americans’ views of America. The FBI released its …

Third-rail of discourse

To the editor: Is it anti-Semitic to criticize, even condemn, Israel, for dropping hundreds of 2,000 pound bombs on very congested areas of Gaza?   Is it anti-Semitic to criticize Israel …

Zero-sum

To the editor: Michael J. Gorman states that Israel has a right to fight for its survival and existence, but the deaths of so many innocent Palestinians should not be supported and cannot be excused. …

Banks withdrawl?

To the editor: When asked by reporters if he was leaving the Adams administration, Philip Banks III, the deputy mayor for public safety, responded, “When you tell me who you heard it from, I’ll …

MLC hypocrisy

To the editor The hypocrisy of Municipal Labor Committee leadership is exhibited by its selective acceptance of established law. Their moral blindspot voices opposition to privatizing jobs but …

Party on

To the editor:  On the campaign trail in Iowa, GOP hopeful Ron DeSantis said, “I’m sick of Republicans losing.” As a lifelong Democrat, I wasn’t aware we were winning. During my 51 …

Stop the furor

To the editor: On Dec. 16, during a campaign stump in New Hampshire, Donald Trump created another furor by declaring that immigrants are “poisoning the blood” of America. His fanatics applauded …

Excuses and xenophobia

To the editor: Another superb letter from Frank Sterle Jr., this time critical of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim bigots using the Israel-Hamas war as an excuse for their hatred.  There is truly no …

Peeling back the layers

To the editor: When I read The Chief’s headline “DC37 Sues City over Transfer of Union Members to Private Sector” (The Chief, this issue), I momentarily assumed that the story was a satire …

Giving the lie

To the editor: It seems as if we have an honesty problem with politicians at all levels. They keep pushing the fiscal cliff scenario that the economy will collapse even though every economist has …

Six senses

To the editor: Roughly six months into Donald Trump’s presidency, my feelings toward him included dislike, distrust, fear and sadness. Six and a half years later, I stand by all four emotions and …

Fictions and forgeries

To the editor: Statecraft is a hall of mirrors in a fun house. Nothing is what it seems and trusting leaders is a fool’s errand. Governments lie, tell half-truths and contradict themselves to …

The MTA's switch mechanism

To the editor: As a retired transit worker, I have received the letter which officially informs us of the change in our health coverage. Those in the Aetna OPPO Basic Option will be automatically …

Shameful on all sides

To the editor: For many years I’ve been, and still am, a critic of what I clearly see as the maltreatment of the Palestinian people by the state of Israel (i.e. its government and security/defense …

Budget fodder

To the editor: Mayor Eric Adams is proposing massive cuts to all city services despite having a huge surplus. He is saying a recession is coming and that he needs to cut schools, public …

A resounding refrain

To the editor: If college students voted in large numbers, the U.S. vote in the United Nations against calling for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas war might well insure that President Joe Biden …

Storming Rikers’ Bastille

According to a recent New York Times article, the newly appointed commissioner of the city’s Department of Correction, Lynelle Maginley-Liddie, stated a federal takeover is not a “foregone …

Overdue on libraries

To the editor: The recent announcement about reducing library funding and closing some on Sunday is disappointing. This impacts libraries in every borough.  During the many cold winter days, the …

Drive them out

To the editor: Congestion pricing is a money grab, plain and simple. As a policy, it represents cooperation between the two worst people in the city: First, the cowardly and (unsurprisingly) …

Price pressures

To the editor: If one carefully reads the Associated Press article reprinted in the Nov. 24th Chief, it is easy to see why "Americans remain gloomy about the economy despite encouraging signs." …

Extremist positions

To the editor: Both the Israelis and the Palestinians should heed the words of Confucius around 500 BC:  “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves” (meaning one for yourself …

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