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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Some Valentines Day gift
from Washington. First it was
the Democrats who doubled
our national debt from $10 trillion
to $20 trillion over eight
years under President Obama.
Now it is the Republicans under
President Trump who
have added $2 trillion more
over the past two years.
Will we ever learn from
past mistakes and attempt to
reduce both borrowing and
long-term debt, instead of allowing
them to grow yearly?
The new $22 trillion federal
debt is only going to continue
growing by $1 trillion
per year. This inheritance
could bankrupt future generations.
Uncle Sam needs to do a
better job with a annual four
trillion dollar budget already
available, rather than pick
the pockets of taxpayers for
even more. It is time for a return
to passing annual fi scal
year budgets on time by Oct.
1, rather than a series of continuing
resolutions to keep
Return to pay-as-you-go
budgeting, means testing for
all government assistance
programs, real balanced budgets
without smoke and mirrors.
Stop hiding spending
under so-called independent
authorities whose budgets are
offl ine with little or no oversight
along with actual surpluses
and down payments to
reduce long-term debt for all
levels of government.
Everything needs to be
on the table, including the
infamous’third rails’ of American
politics — Medicare,
Medicaid and Social Security
along with military spending.
agricultural subsidies and
corporate welfare bailouts.
How ironic that after winning
the Cold War against the evil
empire of communism, it may
be mismanagement of our
economy that defeats us in the
Unless we change our
ways, America is on the road
to losing our status as the
world’s No. 1 superpower. Just
like mighty ancient Rome before
the collapse, we are going
down the path to become the
world’s super debtor.
by parked rigs
Somebody reported recently
to this newspaper about
trucks being parked along the
I-95 service road between Middletown
Road and Pelham Bay
Park. Come the middle of May
until roughly the middle of
September, there will be cars
parked along the same area.
It is not like these trucks are
parked in the middle of I-95 itself
all willie nilly and tying
up traffi c.
Alright, some of the truck
drivers might be from the area
but, the majority of them are
from out of town where forests
are the norm and, Pelham Bay
Park does appear very tempting
because of its forest like
appearance. If you don’t want
trucks or, any for that matter
any other piece of traffi c
parked in that area, you might
as well get rid of Pelham Bay
Park itself and, I don’t see that
happening any time soon. If I
were you, I would use extreme
caution while driving through
the area you mentioned. What
difference does it make what
is parked in this area?
Joseph P. Wall
Something has to be done
with these parking meters. On
Crosby Avenue half of them
are never working which
forces you to walk a full block
or more to the next working
meter, during which time you
get a ticket. Yeah you get the
# of the meter, fi ll out the not
guilty part, make a copy of
the ticket and parking stub for
your records, pay 49 cents for
a stamp and mail it.
I have better things to do
with my time. My time is valuable
Getting to a meter is bad
enough, depending on how far
you parked from the it. If it’s
raining, snowing and if you’re
old it can be downright dangerous.
The problem becomes
much worse when they are not
The old meters were much
better. They were right there.
The meters have gone up.
Now 25 cents gets you 12 minutes
instead of 15 minutes.
It’s a joke. We pay more and
the meters are still aggravating
and inconveinient. And
I’m sure Crosby Avenue is not
the only location where this is
As Stated offers an array
of news breaking commentary
from our elected political
leaders every week. Feel
free to share your thoughts
about their views offered in
this week’s installment.
Congressman José E.
Serrano’s statement in response
to President Trump’s
plans to issue a national emergency
declaration to reallocate
funding to use on a Southern
border wall....“We thought we
had averted a crisis by signing
a spending bill to keep
the government open but instead
President Trump is going
forward with his decision
to manufacture another one
by declaring an emergency
in order to build a wall. The
emergency declaration will
take funds away from some
of our most sensitive programs
and emergency relief
efforts.... As a member of the
I will do everything in my
power to prevent this from
Assembly Speaker Carl
Heastie statement on the appointment
of Félix V. Matos
Rodríguez as Chancellor of the
City University of New York.....
“As a City University of New
York graduate, I would like to
offer my warmest congratulations
to the newest CUNY
Chancellor, Félix V. Matos
Rodríguez – the fi rst Latino to
lead this great institution.
as director of the Center
for Puerto Rican Studies
at Hunter College, president
of Eugenio María de Hostos
Community College in the
Bronx, and in his current role
at Queens College are proof of
his commitment to ensuring
a quality education for the
students of New York. I look
forward to seeing him put his
long history of leadership in
higher education to work as
chancellor of the CUNY system.”
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