How can LIRR riders plan December commutes?
The Long Island Rail Road is rushing to open the new Grand Central Madison station [“LIRR scrambling to finish East Side access,” News, Nov. 21]. So, how does the railroad expect riders to buy their December monthly tickets? Many of us do not know where we are going or which trains we are taking to get to and from work.
With the drastically proposed revisions to the Oyster Bay line’s morning schedule, along with the limited and unfavorable evening schedule, I do not know what to do if those timetables take effect in mid-December. Coupled with the elimination of the direct transfer at the Jamaica station to the Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal, after 11 years of LIRR commuting, it will no longer be a viable option for me to commute to work.
With many unknowns and no updated timetables since June, all we have to plan are the poorly proposed timetables.
It seems like a poorly planned and unfair way to spend $11.1 billion on a project that was supposed to improve commuting to New York City.
Ian Siegel, Glen Cove
Pelosi a better role model than Trump
A reader wrote that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contributed to the split in this country [“Pelosi used her role to spread the divide,” Letters, Nov. 21]. No one divided the nation more then former President Trump. The reader says that Pelosi was a bad influence on the youth by ripping up her copy of Trump’s State of the Union speech. What examples did Trump provide to our youth? That it was OK to poke fun at disabled people? Or say that Sen. John McCain was not hero because he was captured by the enemy? Or making fun of Asian Americans? I don’t condone Pelosi for ripping up Trump’s speech, but Trump was a far worse as a role model for our youth.
Joe Rella, Farmingdale
Feb. 4, 2020 will be remembered as a great day in American history by those who can differentiate statesmanship from dangerous demagoguery. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up her written copy of former President Donald Trump’s speech after he read his State of the Union harangue, she was speaking for all Americans who recognize Trump for the undesirable presence that he is.
When he attempted to bribe Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Trump tore up our Constitution. Pelosi responded by tearing up his speech in a gesture of due righteousness.
Let us move forward and emulate her grace, dignity and integrity.
Nicholas Santora, Roslyn Heights
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