In New York City, a woman was attacked in the subway and died from head injuries (“Fury At Dancin’ ‘Schu,’ ” Aug. 23). A man using an ATM was attacked with a hatchet. Every day bullets fly and people die.
The police are handcuffed, and the judicial system is hog-tied while armed and dangerous criminals are free to roam the streets and brazenly attack people with no fear of reprisal.
In spite of all this, Mayor de Blasio can shrug his shoulders and organize a massive virus-spreader event in the form of the Homecoming Concert, and Sen. Chuck Schumer and Stephen Colbert can shake their booties and have a gay old time. Personally, I’m not in the mood to do any celebrating.
Defense of Gen-Z
Todd Farley’s article, “Zombie Nation,” (PostScript, Aug. 22) was extraordinarily disappointing to read as a Gen Z-er myself.
Farley raises some important concerns — the attention to celebrities over politicians, rates of mental illness and so forth — but his overall tone comes off condescending to young people (the title of the article is a good indicator of this) and therefore counterproductive.
There are also some corrections to be made. For one, we are not less educated. As pointed out by the Pew Research Center, Gen Z is actually (pandemic aside) on track to become the most well-educated generation.
We might be glued to our phones, but we are also frequently messaging family and friends. We have created our own communities in digital spaces. We are far from being “a generation living solitary lives.”
Rather than “hollowed out,” I would discuss young people as being highly disillusioned and for a lot of good reasons: the student debt crisis, climate change, and a recent economic recession, just to name a few. To insinuate my generation is without values is to confuse the disappearance of values with their change over time.
I am astounded at the statement put out by Sony, saying the company had no idea that Mike Richards made the most disgraceful, demeaning remarks, about women, Jews and little people (“What is Jeopardy,” Aug. 21).
Sony needs to take some ownership of this disgusting man’s behavior, by virtue of the fact that they employ him and promoted him, but apparently this giant organization didn’t seem to have the resources to properly vet this person.
I am shocked, I don’t believe a word Sony is saying. In this electronic age, there are no secrets.
We were all watching Jeopardy, and everyone was constantly encouraged to lovingly remember Alex Trebeck and even to vote for our favorite new host — and then they hired this moron to take their “icon’s” place. It’s unbelievable.
The story “Raccoons terrorize Bronx NYPD tow pound” (Aug. 21) encapsulates many of New York City’s problems, most of which are self-inflicted by the creaky, bureaucratic decision-making that is now the hallmark of what was once a great city.
There are three choices in solving the raccoon problem: Kill them by poison or shooting, trap them and release them in the Catskills or, lastly, wait and do nothing until an employee or civilian gets bitten, needs treatment with rabies prophylaxis and sues the city. At that point choice No. 1 or No. 2 kicks in.
Why not ask the mayor for advice? He’s usually right on top of things.
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