2009-07-31 / Letters

Bloomberg Not Helping Us

Dear Editor,

I voted for Mayor Bloomberg and used to admire him. Over the years he has accomplished many good things, but under his leadership many things have gone seriously wrong as well. I keep seeing all these commercials about what Mayor Bloomberg is doing for our schools— he's building our school system and city like it's his own private property and it has to stop.

Bloomberg only has his cronies around him; he answers to no one. Whatever happened to the New York State lottery going toward the schools? Whenever anybody inquires about the school or city budget, they're made to feel as though it's none of their business.

Bloomberg's method of giving students robotic tests isn't helping them; they are only getting through due to memorization techniques, not because they are actually learning or retaining anything. The mayor never addresses really important issues, such as lack of English being taught in our schools as a first language to all children of newly immigrated parents.

I feel like Bloomberg isn't for New York or America anymore; the last thing Queens needs is more project housing. That money going toward the new project housing should have gone to the MTA to give us New Yorkers a break in transportation hikes. Instead, Mayor Bloomberg waits until after the MTA fare hike, then announces the buying of property in Long Island City—and who is the city buying this property from? The MTA!

Mayor Bloomberg's suspicious tactics might work well in his own business conglomerate, but this is our city and he needs to be stopped. Since Mayor Bloomberg doesn't care, neither will New Yorkers at voting time.

COLLEEN DOCHERTY

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