The Issue: The Post’s suggestions on how the city can recover from the pandemic and residents moving away.
Conspicuous in its absence from The Post’s advice to heal Gotham is the issue of people working from home (“How new leader can heal Gotham,” Editorial, April 8).
For good or bad, the pandemic caused the flight of commuters from the city. The trickle-down economy that once flowed from the Midtown office workforce has paused, and there’s little evidence of a comeback.
If this exodus is not addressed, the entire economy of New York and other cities will be turned upside down, not unlike what e-commerce has done to the retail sector.
Richard J. Carhidi
The enforcement issues delegated to the NYPD is one of several items highlighted in The Post April 8 editorial.
No doubt, ineffective governing at all levels has resulted in legislation and guidelines that negatively affect the personal performance of NYPD officers and have contributed to the debacle.
Reduced membership, funding and the imposition of restrictive guidelines have affected job performance.
The City Council’s vindictive attitude is evident in its elimination of qualified immunity for the NYPD.
The fix for New York City doesn’t begin with more police, better schools or lower taxes, although that’s all needed — it begins with an electorate that realizes those whom they elect will determine what changes happen.
Voters can’t continue to elect and re-elect Democrats, like Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and those who dominate the state Legislature.
It’s like going go to a “Dr. Feel Good” who tells you to eat two Twinkies every day, instead of going to a medical specialist who tells you that you need to make changes in your lifestyle to live longer.
The public listens to the lies of the Democrats because they’re a tasty Twinkie, but The Post knows better.
If the mayor of New York, or a candidate for mayor, wants to save the city from decline and darkness, he or she has to focus on and commit to just one thing: fighting crime — crime on the streets immediately, and eventually crime behind closed doors (meaning corruption) as well.
I am not being cute or simplistic. All those other things — education, housing, transportation, more — are important and not easy to fix, but people from all walks of life will come forward to address them if the mayor will commit to fighting crime.
It will not be easy to fix overnight, but it will be simple and achievable in a surprisingly brief period of time. But you’ve got to want it.
The Post article covered the main points on what’s needed to turn around this great city.
I would add that communities must be involved with policing their neighborhoods, and the teachers union needs more accountability, among other things. Yet these are just a couple of fine points.
But The Post hit the nail on head with its comments on the “crazy progressives.” They are the real culprits for most if not all the madness going on right now. They are but a small faction dictating to the masses.
I think most people will agree with The Post’s assessment: Time to flush them out with the dirty water.
I couldn’t agree more with your solutions to heal Gotham, especially addressing the issue of the homeless, which includes not allowing public sleeping and living.
In Central Park this week, I saw a homeless woman go into the flowerbed bushes to do her business. The people sitting on benches to enjoy the beautiful spring flowers were treated to the smell and a hunk of nasty, used toilet paper blowing away.
It is too bad if they don’t want to go to a shelter to sleep. It’s often a mental illness and drug or alcohol problems.
And pulling all NYCThrive funding is a great idea.
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