Readers sound off on migrant resettlement, NYC's trees and the oil market – New York Daily News

Bronx: This immigration issue is overwhelming Texas as well as New York. There really needs to be a better system at the border.
These migrants are leaving their homelands for a much better life in America. You cannot blame them, but it has really gotten out of control. There are a lot more people coming into the country at a daily rate, and that is difficult to handle. New York City seems to be the favorite place where most want to live and be able to have a fruitful life — of course, who wouldn’t? But has anyone ever thought about the disadvantages the city will suffer if it becomes overly overcrowded and flooded with people without sufficient housing? There really will be nowhere to place them.
Immigrants arrive on a bus at the Port Authority from Texas Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 in Manhattan New York. (Barry Williams/for New York Daily News)
There are 49 other states in America where these migrants can be distributed equally, so no one city or state will be overwhelmed with this issue. Share the problem. No one needs to be turned away, just take their sights off certain states and let them see that they can get the same opportunities in other places in America.
The land of the free is large enough to offer refuge, only it must be done in a way that does not disrupt the way of life of those of us already here. Arlana Solomon Girven
Belle Harbor: So Voicer Sheila Edwards thinks we should “take possession of any bus or plane” that sends “innocent migrants” to New York. Does she not realize that those sent here by plane were sent not by Greg Abbott or Ron DeSantis, but by President Biden? Perhaps she thinks we should seize Air Force One. Bobby Nelsen
Manhattan: Re: “The misguided push for a federal Rikers receiver” (op-ed, Oct. 20): Joe Lhota is right that a receiver is not a silver bullet — there is none for the utter collapse of the jails we are witnessing in numbers and pictures. Violence is up astronomically (355%) since 2015 when the court found those much lower numbers unconstitutionally unacceptable. More progress is needed than ensuring locking doors by 2027. It requires complete rebuilding of management and staff so that, for example, the most richly staffed jails in the nation can operate decently. A receiver has different powers than the city that the city could shape. As Chicago and California have shown, receivers can effectively remake institutions and then delegate back to the city. It’s time to be clear-eyed about what they have the power (and will) to do. What other solution gives them that opportunity? Elizabeth Glazer, founder, Vital City
Manhattan: Re “Adams: Rip at cops got aide fired” (Oct. 21). So, thin-skinned and feckless Mayor Adams claims he did not fire the City Hall staffer over the man’s remarks about Adams’ ineptitude as mayor, but supposedly because of the staffer’s “anti-NYPD” sentiments caught on the hidden camera of Project Veritas. Give us a break. This mayor not only thinks too much of himself but little of us if he expects us to believe that brain-whacked alibi for canning the guy. Michael Meyers
Bayside: Re City Councilman Robert Holden’s op-ed “Want a better NYC? More trees, please” (Oct. 21): I concur (how about fruit-bearing trees in the parks for a free snack?). However, not at the expense of them not being maintained properly, which is the case now — raised sidewalks, dangling dead branches poised to fall like silent missiles, and encroachment on overhead electrical wires are just a few of the hazardous issues. Nothing is being done to maintain all the city trees that were planted decades ago and clearly forgotten about. Homeowners can’t touch these trees, yet they are responsible for the cracked sidewalks and broken sewer lines from their underground roots. I’ve been trying to get a dead city tree on my property removed for months and not a thing has been done about it! Which loser city agency is responsible for this mess and where is the oversight? Karen Sabatini
Carle Place, L.I.: Anyone who gets into Professor Bill de Blasio’s class should be aware that if the class starts at 10 a.m., they can get there at 11 and still be waiting for class to begin. Rudy Rosenberg
North Bergen, N.J.: If it takes months for Soviet oil to reach our refineries, ask yourself why the price of gas started to go up right away when Vladimir Putin decided to withhold oil. When President Biden decided to release millions of barrels of oil from our strategic reserve to counter Putin’s action, why did the price of gas continue to climb? If it takes months for OPEC oil to reach our refineries, why does the price of gas continue to go up when Saudi Arabia decides to withhold shipments of oil? When Biden decided to release additional millions of barrels of oil from our reserve, why does the price of gas continue to climb? The answers should be obvious: The greedy oil companies thought they had excuses to increase their profits while displaying no concern about harm they were doing to consumers and the American economy. They also get to make Biden look bad. Irving A. Gelb
Brooklyn: Long ago, I realized that the candidates you vote for cannot be perfect but should support some of your core beliefs, especially supporting democracy. If you don’t vote for them, you passively throw support to candidates who grow more radicalized and whose core beliefs defy democracy. Vote for those who have at least some of your interests at heart rather than none. Vote for candidates who support democracy. Don’t sit out this election. In many cases, every single vote will count. Ellen Levitt
Lynbrook, L.I.: What a bunch of hypocrites you guys are. You recently stated that you will no longer endorse candidates for major public office as that is no longer proper. Yet on Friday, your editorial page starts with the following headline in bold print: “Two sides of Zeldin’s mouth” (Oct. 21). You blast him on various issues. Sounds like an endorsement for Gov. Hochul. You can’t have it both ways. Victor Perez
Staten Island: Every year it’s the same thing with Sen. Chuck Schumer: He looks into the camera, which he never passes by, and advocates his annual pledge to increase seating space on airlines. Chuckie, when are we going to see results? So far, none. Now you are asking for our help. You are the man in the Senate so what are you waiting for? Introduce a bill that would mandate airlines to provide a reasonable amount of space and legroom. Perhaps you and your majority have no clout over the airlines or you are just a blowhard looking for camera time. Michael Modafferi
Cincinnati: After a daily deep dive into the dismal science of economics and political shenanigans, it is a pleasure to turn a page and find insightful reports of this or that in the world of the sweaty and the mighty. I was never any good at sports, but I still read and watch and think that I know. Paul Bloustein
Long Beach, L.I.: To Voicer Carol Foley: I am in awe that someone from Australia cares more about NYC shelter animals than our politicians. The public is well aware that Mayor Adams and the City Council play ostrich politics by not firing Animal Care Centers of NYC leadership for the atrocities they commit against shelter animals. Yet, the state Assembly and Senate will soon put the Companion Animal Care Standards Act on Gov. Hochul’s desk. This public duping and cruel legislation (sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.) will bless the killing of fearful shelter animals for “mental suffering.” To all New Yorkers: Please call Hochul’s office and demand she veto this bill, which only protects the deadly sloths who execute with abandon adoptable, defenseless shelter pets. Dana Fuchs
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