2010-07-16 / Letters

Commentary About CBB Discussion

Dear Editor,

I was absolutely baffled at Howard Schwach’s opinions regarding the Rockaway Resident discount program. He bought Jay Walder’s halfbaked line completely. While it is true that some areas of the city have seen bus and train service reduced, no one lost their service completely. I expect to see an increase to my monthly budget of over $100 because of the reduction of the discount.

No one in any other part of the city is getting hit that hard. What he misses completely is that Rockaway businesses will also lose. Why should I pay over $2.00 to go pick up Chinese? Or my dry cleaning? Or my groceries? Or go to my pharmacist/my doctor/my dentist? I won’t. I’ll go to the mainland or shop online. I live in Broad Channel. Most people here use the bridge several times a day, with more than one EZPass per family. My kids attend school on the peninsula. If my kids have sports practice – I pay; a school play – I pay; parentteacher conferences – I pay. And since I work in the city, I not only have to suffer worse service on my commute, but when I reach home after the lousy public transport options offered by the MTA, I often take my car to join the family, who are already in Rockaway at these events. I will have to pay a toll again. So my family gets to pay the toll twice! My response to Mr. Schwach’s inane rhetorical question “Which is worse?” is simple: My deal is far, far worse!


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