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Letters to the Editor — December 11, 2022

Fine nix library

“A Beautiful Mess” (David Kaufman, PostScript, December 4) misses our decision to eliminate late fees.

Although the author can part with a “wad of cash” for his children’s latest books, others don’t have that luxury. The branches with the most “blocked” cards were all in low-income communities; although there is no evidence that the fines encourage returns, they have clearly deterred our neighbors who could not afford to pay.

In addition, those who do not return their books at all must still pay a replacement fee and lose their borrowing privileges.

As expected, most New Yorkers return their books on time, as they did before the policy change. We want our customers to feel responsible towards each other, without fearing the fines that only some can afford.

Anthony W. Marx, President of the New York Public Library


Unparalleled solution

Your columnist, Bob McManus, was on the right track in stating that the solution to farebeating is not a new turnstile, but simple law enforcement and prosecution in the books (“Just Enforce,” PostOpinion, December 7).

It’s theft of services to avoid paying for the fare. Period. The new turnstiles are an expensive attempt to quickly and easily stop the problem. But there’s no quick and easy answer, other than having police at stations arresting farebeaters and asking the district attorney to prosecute. A trip through the criminal justice system will do more to deter a farebeater from doing it again.

The blame lies with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who said the farewell was too small to prosecute. The result is that criminals steal $119 million in free rides from the Transit Authority. It’s death by a thousand cuts.

The governor could have used political capital to compel the district attorney to do his job. She does not have. New turnstiles are not the answer; a governor with guts is.

Marc Seitelman


women in blue

As a woman of conviction, I applaud Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell for her heartwarming and motivational speech (“Sewell Shoots NYPD Sexism from the Hip,” December 4).

I’ve been a civilian member of the NYPD for just over 49 years now – a little weird to some and boring to others. Yet, because of words like those spoken sincerely by Sewell, I remain strong. Stronger, because I’m really part of a legacy of women with the NYPD. My great-grandmother was one of the first five women hired in 1891.

The way we have been treated by others over the years has, yes, sometimes been an embarrassment. Yet there are those who applaud our strength and tenacity in working alongside our male counterparts. I have been harassed by the worst of them and applauded by the best.

Now we have a strong leader in Sewell to guide us all and keep us safe. Let the commissioner do her job, which in my experience, my knowledge and my family history, is excellent.

Sharon Cesario


Choose Zeldin, GOP

I’m not a Republican, but I agree with the Post’s editorial “Lee Zeldin for GOP Chairman” (December 2).

Zeldin was certainly close to defeating Governor Hochul. I think if he had cut all ties with former President Donald Trump, including Trump’s endorsement, he could very well be the current Governor of New York.

It’s time for the Republican Party to get some new blood for national leadership, and I think Zeldin is the man for the job.

Thomas Foulan

Miller Square

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