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To the editor: Mayor Eric Adams has promoted his shift in the health-care coverage of the city's 250,000 retired employees to an inferior for-profit plan on financial grounds. The mayor has …

Not necessarily sunny

To the editor: The lawsuit brought by retirees to preserve their current health-care benefits contains several allegations. One is that the respondents, including city officials, the Office of Labor …

Taken for a ride

To the editor: Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Richard Davis says the Medicare Advantage plan in the just-approved contract is better than the plan New York City Mayor Eric Adams is …

Whose war, at what cost?

To the editor: Recently it was revealed that private citizens (former top American national security officials) and high-ranking Russian officials met to discuss negotiations to end the horrific war …

Big wheels keep on turnin'

To the editor: Senator Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Alabama) refusal to agree that “white nationalism” is a racist term is not different from someone saying that the “N-word” is not necessarily a …

Malign direction

To the editor: The revelation that President Joe Biden might cut subsidies for Medicare Advantage answers my question. The subsidies are a result of a presidential policy. Now, it's bad enough that …

One for all

To the editor: Shades of Bacchus, municipal retirees are furious over the city's effort to enroll them in a cost-cutting Medicare Advantage Plan. For two years, the municipal government has tried to …

Doublethink

To the editor: It seems there are no limits to which extremists within the GOP will go. Case in point is the Louisiana “freedom of speech” lawsuit barring anyone within the Biden Administration …

‘Sometimes I get a little mad’

I hail the temporary restraining order from Judge Lyle Frank preventing the city from forcing 250,000 city retirees off Medicare and into a private Medicare Advantage plan. He stated "retirees have …

A loose affiliation

To the editor: Justice Lyle Frank has wisely paused the effort by the city and Municipal Labor Committee to force retirees into a Medicare Advantage plan. This is a defining moment in New York labor …

Dis/Respect

To the editor: Mayor Eric Adams was challenged by a fearsome adversary, 84-year-old Holocaust survivor  Jeanie Dubnau and he couldn’t take the heat. He lost his cool and pulled the race card. …

Civil manners

To the editor: While many disparage efforts by the State Senate and Assembly regarding reforms to bail, discovery and criminal record sealing laws, I do not. To my mind, reforms are vital if we are …

Housing interests

To the editor: New York has a toxic inequality problem, although it’s unlikely you’ll hear anything about this subject from Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams. The city, in terms of …

Time for a new workers' party?

To the editor:  What nobody touches upon in Duncan Freeman's June 30th article, " Bagels vs. life-savers : EMS union leader rips raise for "deliverestas," is that $20 an hour is not a decent …

Broken promises

To the editor: Of course there is a labor shortage at city agencies and the MTA because the word is getting out that promises made to provide Medicare to retirees are not being kept. Lower salaries …

Code red

To the editor: An old adage goes “where you stand on an issue depends upon where you sit. The city and Municipal Labor Council plan to shift retirees onto Aetna Medicare Advantage proves this …

No reverence here

To the editor: The Rev. Al Sharpton said that the manslaughter charge against Daniel Penny is just the first step in getting justice for Jordan Neely. As in the past with incidents, including the …

Dirty slate

To the editor: Anyone who has arrested or prosecuted career criminals knows that New York’s “Clean Slate Act” is misguided and dangerous. As former Governor David Paterson said this week, …

Bad faith

To the editor: The state legislature has passed a budget that requires $400 million in “efficiency savings,” in other words, concessions from the union, in the middle of contract negotiations …

Color coded

To the editor: The immediate savings from Mayor Eric Adams’ cuts to supportive housing initiatives, meals on wheels for seniors, after-school and summer programs, programming for inmates and the …

Medicare chicanery

To the editor: Mayor Eric Adams and the Municipal Labor Committee's deal to privatize retirees’ Medicare is a corrupt deal as 1) Unions cannot by law represent retirees; 2) The history of NYC …

Getting it done

To the editor: While campaigning in Iowa, Ron DeSantis urged his supporters to help him oust President Joe Biden because “he can’t get anything done.” Rich stuff coming from a guy who still …

Aetna's losses, and retirees'

To the editor:  How can Aetna and the City of New York “force” retirees into a plan we don’t want? The City Council was inundated with complaints about the taking away of traditional …

Faulty judgment

To the editor:  Governor Kathy Hochul recently filled 19 vacant judgeships which had been vacant for months. Her nominees were notified two days in advance. State Senators were notified one day …

Not all equal under the law

To the editor: Donald Trump, a sociopath and demagogue, pleaded not guilty to 37 federal counts, 31 of which are violations of the Espionage Act. The Trump indictment should not distract Americans …

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