Monroe, NY: Many people talk about homelessness as if it were a tragic consequence of a successful society. They call them “the unfortunate” and “the unlucky”. The truth is that the problem has very little to do with chance and much more with the deliberate imbalance of our society.
Looking only at our national agricultural production, we should be living in a post-scarcity society. We produce more corn, potatoes and beef than we could ever eat, not to mention the amount of food and other supplies available for import. For all intents and purposes, we have everything we need. So why do we have homelessness? It’s because we want it, because we need it.
Early capitalist philosophers such as David Ricardo argued that capitalist society would need a permanent underclass. These are the people supposed to do most of the work for shards of his product. For centuries, this ideology has allowed economists, politicians and businessmen to view the problems of the poor as necessary evils. However, this philosophy was built on an idea called Malthusian population theory, which is the idea that eventually population growth will outpace agricultural production and there will be mass mortality.
Our total agricultural product is far beyond what we would ever need and some of it is wasted, so the need for a suffering underclass of workers is invalidated. Gavin O’Sullivan
Brooklyn: Singer Michael DeSouza hit the right note with Queen Bee’s talent, or more accurately, lack thereof. ‘Baby Love’, ‘Stop in the Name of Love’, ‘Theme of Mahogany’ and ‘The Happening’ are just a few of Diana Ross’ many hit records. Other than shaking her prodigious behind, I don’t know what the queen has to offer. Ron Goldman
Manhattan: The check cashing location on W. 23rd St. is asking people to enter this store to sign petitions to keep it open. We all love this store. This is a neighborhood establishment, having been in the neighborhood since 1987. We need this store covered. Helen Murphy
Warwick, NY: The article “Bronx rowdies insult officer” (August 3) describes a scene where a large group of men surrounded several NYPD officers who were making an arrest, throwing bottles and throwing punches at the cops. These cowardly individuals then fled the scene after injuring at least one of the officers, and the Daily News considers them thugs? How about calling them what they are: criminals who assault the men and women who protect this city for no reason other than the uniform they wear. Shame on you for minimizing the abuse our agents endure day after day! Mary Mooney Cassidy
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Rarely do you hear of a fatal car accident where an official reported that the deceased “went home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” On August 3, that’s what happened to Republican Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who died in a head-on collision with another car. It’s tragic that this happens to anyone. But in his death is found one of the great promises of the Bible: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). All who have trusted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who die will be with Him forever. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and colleagues, but she rests peacefully and will one day be reunited with her husband. jim black
Sedro-Woolley, Wash.: I hope everyone grabs a donut and raises a glass of hot coffee or chocolate to Lindsey “Boss Lady” Boylan on August 10. She lived the dream of many members of the Democratic Party. As another strong woman, Margaret Thatcher, said, “If you want to say something, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman. These two iron ladies couldn’t be more at odds on the economy, but without Attorney General Tish James and Boylan, an autocrat would still hold power in Albany. I am grateful that she made the choice to put the country first and be true to herself rather than corrode her soul for the sake of a borough presidency. A real hero. Joe A. Kunzler
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Manhattan: While Governor Hochul racks up frequent flyer miles at a staggering rate and Mayor Adams occasionally points to increased crime due to bail reform, they make no effort to team up to tackle the problem against officials in Albany, especially the thugs. district attorneys. Perhaps they should consult with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who on Thursday announced he was suspending a Democratic state attorney for refusing to enforce Florida criminal laws, as well as the ban on abortion recently enacted in Florida. It just takes willpower. John Brindisi
Plainview, LI: I’m 85 years old. The Daily News has been a part of my everyday life for at least 75 years. However, our relationship may be coming to an end. With all due respect to Voicer Alycia Bacon, her insane mouth in reference to President Biden and his problem solving and unifying our nation while not abusing his position to enrich his family and himself. even insults the intelligence of any thinking human being. Biden, his son Hunter and his brother Jim managed to support a politician for life on government salaries – $16 million richer while “serving” the country. I often wonder where the people in the 33% who praise President Biden come from. Obviously, the intellectual readership of my Daily News is in decline. Death Grossman
Manhattan: If you recall, President Biden promised to eliminate double taxation from the state and local tax deduction cap (the SALT cap), or at least increase it from $10,000 to an amount higher. This was to relieve the middle class in high-tax states that vote Democratic, such as New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. What happened? Why was this new spending bill designed more to help the rich get richer through the so-called “deferred interest” tax deduction for hedge fund billionaires? Leonard Smoke
Princeton Junction, NJ: I had a good laugh when Voicer Tom Scott compared Donald Trump to Winston Churchill. The last thing our country needs is Trump back in power. I can just hear Trump saying, “We’ll fight on the golf courses.” Which he does, come to think of it, with the PGA. Judith L. Cabral
Manhattan: In 1924, the Hearst Newspaper Syndicate offered Sigmund Freud $1 million to write a psychological profile of “thrill killers.” Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. Freud replied that no one could do such a thing from afar; he would have to sit with them, face to face, and interview them for months to make an assessment of their personality. Hearst then offered to pay for Freud’s trip to Chicago, but Freud said he was too ill to travel. Here we are now in 2022, and Voicer Scott Thompson imagines he can make assessments of the personality and psychology of the writers based on their very brief letters to the Daily News. I have only two words for Thompson: you are ridiculous! Sam Katz
Bronx: Did it occur to anyone other than me that when the founders wrote the second amendment, it was very hot in the summer and they wanted everyone to have the right to have bare arms? Marion Friedman
Pine Plains, NY: In the interest of selling cheap goods in American stores, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars have been shipped to China. This has been a huge contributor to income inequality and devastated manufacturing in the United States. Vladimir Lenin said: “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them. We ignore the fact that China is a communist country that would willingly destroy our system and replace it with its authoritarian dictatorship. We happily continue to buy our cheap sneakers and fly swatters in China as they become a growing threat to our democracy. Our freedom is anathema to the communists’ need for control and subjugation. America should immediately begin to disengage our economy from our greedy tormentors. Joseph McCluskey