2012-04-06 / Letters

Thoughts On NYC Government

Dear Editor,

Does the New York City Charter assign any responsibilities to the Council Speaker to organize boycotts of restaurants? Recent pictures of NYC Council Speaker and aspiring 2013 Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn handing out flyers near McDonald’s on West Third Street in Manhattan urging citizens to boycott the local McDonald’s made a great photo op for her, but missed the bigger picture. It is not the legal responsibility of any business to patrol and protect citizens on public streets outside their establishments. They would be subject to legal liability and potential litigation if their employees violated the civil liberties of citizens on a public sidewalk.

My wife and I periodically shop and dine at a number of restaurants in the Village. There are many other establishments that customers patronize used as a base of operations for illegal activities. If the consumption of marijuana and prostitution were both legalized, there would be fewer “incidents” at this McDonald’s. With our regular police force already overstretched, it might make more sense to ask for Auxiliary volunteer police officers to patrol periodically outside this McDonald’s.

Mr. Carmen Paulino and other Mc- Donald’s franchise owners are actually role models for others to emulate. They have assisted our community, which faces an 8% unemployment rate. This does not count the 7% of New Yorkers who have given up looking for work. Each new McDonald’s provides work for construction contractors and their employees. The Mc- Donald’s in NYC provide jobs for thousands of New Yorkers and more for suppliers. All pay taxes and are our neighbors. Working and middle class residents along with students and retired people have a reasonably priced place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. Many New Yorkers also own stock in McDonald’s.

More than anyone else, Mr. Paulino is interested in a crime free safe store. Why would he want to drive away potential valuable customers?

The free enterprise system has made our nation great.

Economic growth and the creation of wealth come from millions of small businesses such as his, without the assistance of “Stimulus” taxpayers dollars

NYC has a municipal budget of $65 billion with over 200,000 employees. This is greater than most states and many nations.

Ms. Quinn has never built a business, created jobs, met a payroll, reduced the municipal $60 billion long term debt, found jobs for 8% of New Yorkers out of work or managed any significant agencies with large numbers of employees.

Her ego, like those of predecessors Gifford Miller and Peter Vallone Sr. is using this office as a stepping stone to run for Mayor. She brings no real qualifications for the second toughest job in America.

Perhaps Ms. Quinn should try her hand at managing an evening shift at McDonald’s to see what life is like in the real world instead of grandstanding for political gain.

To those who would dictate to women manner and means for living their private life, a message: Leave women alone.

Let Susan rest in peace.

LARRY PENNER

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