Readers listen to senior loans, horns and ‘The Little Mermaid’ – New York Daily News

Warwick, NY: There is a serious problem affecting many seniors (65 and older) who are struggling to pay off high-priced financial debt.

I am 67 years old and I have a $72,000 student loan that I was not able to keep a job on because of this costly education, a Human Services degree. I graduated in my 50s because my husband became disabled and the only way I could get a job that pays enough to support my family was under the pretense of a school counselor that this degree was in the field of “helping people.” “ was asked. Not so much, I found out. You can only make enough money in the for-profit world. Too bad.

Well, family hardships continued, as with many families, and I couldn’t keep up with the payments, indulged, borrowed more, etc.

I’m currently divorced, living in a retirement home on a steady income, working two jobs, dependent on Social Security, and still struggling to make an affordable living. I have always worked. I’m not looking for charity, just practical payments. The President’s $10,000 is a drop in the ocean.

If there are other seniors who are struggling, please write to State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa, your congressman, Senator and President Biden, as I did. Seniors need a break during these difficult times. We shouldn’t have to choose between what we can afford: medicine, food, housing or student loans! Joy Hansen

Manhattan: Does the NYPD still enforce excessive horn blowing? A few years ago, the number of criminal charges for this offense was 75, out of almost 400. What is the current number? A black motorist who honked his horn at every corner said a fine was $300, but the police officer had to appear in court and didn’t, so his sentence was dismissed. The 3am truck horn blast is just noise pollution and the city could use the money. Robert J Katz

Brooklyn: Thank you voicer Gregory Coston for saying exactly what I was thinking. Every day the traffic on the Atlantic and Flatbush Aves increases. there’s snarling like no other in Brooklyn, with agents standing back and watching it happen. To accommodate them, the time at this and all adjacent traffic lights has been changed to further freeze traffic. But I think it’s time for a refresher course! Suzanne Caprio

Wappingers Falls, NY: It’s so obvious that Mike Lupica’s mouth hurts to say anything nice about the Yankees. Even if he’s forced to state the obvious, it’s done in a way that ensures his sarcasm is on full display. Oh, and while I’m at it, do we need to get weekly updates on his family’s comings and goings? It’s gotten to the point where I feel guilty for not sending birthday and anniversary cards. Michael Lanza

Whitestone: No, voicer Frederick Bedell Jr., unfortunately your sincere prayers will not prevent the horrors of war or the wounding and killing of so many innocent people in countries around the world! People must vigorously protest against this terrible threat to humanity, as you have stated. Every person should protest to the politicians they have elected to keep their country peaceful, as well as provide all the basic options necessary to enable them to finally exist in a society that will enable them to to thrive! There is never a winner in a nuclear war! Leonore Brooks

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Jersey City: The move to remove Columbus statues and rename Columbus Day to honor the First Nations of the Western Hemisphere is alarming many Americans. Columbus has been misrepresented as a fearless hero for more than 500 years. However, accurate accounts of him and his ruthless band of conquistadors have now been brought to light. Columbus and his henchmen were not heroes. They were genocidal terrorists. They have subjugated, exploited, brutalized, and decimated Native Americans with their brand of terrorism, atrocities, warfare, disease, famine, post-conquest enslavement, and forced labor. Although the tenets of Catholicism and royal Spanish edicts against the abuse of natives existed, Columbus and his butchers continued their brutality in their quest for glory, fame and fortune. The genocide of Native Americans began with Columbus. How can we continue to honor such a man? Ivan Y Genic

Astoria: Sorry Leonard Greene, you miss the whole point of the backlash against a black woman cast as a mermaid (“Black ‘Mermaid’ Outrage,” column, Sept. 25). White people are just fed up with diversity being forced upon us, largely because diversity itself isn’t diverse — blacks can celebrate blackness, Asians can celebrate their ethnicity, Hispanics can too, and so can any racial designation other than white. Whites are the only racial category expected to be diversified. Would you like to see a similar casting counterplay? Cast a white actor as Shaft – created by a white screenwriter, Ernest Tidyman, by the way. That’s cultural appropriation, right? Bradley Morris

Margate, Fla. Has anyone noticed that the new Botox commercials warn that you can develop ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, if you take Botox? Is it really worth getting a few wrinkles from your brow and dying an agonizing, humiliating, inevitable death from ALS? Richard Sherman

Manhattan: Voicer Richie Degasperi says buy American. Every car made in America today and for the last decade or two has parts made or assembled around the world. The all American made car was bypassed by Americans long ago because the foreign cars (especially Japanese and Korean) were a better buy. Why? Because American unions drove up prices and unions secured jobs for undeserving workers who helped make inferior cars. American union members could learn from non-American non-union workers. There are reasons Americans buy more foreign cars than domestic ones. Mr Degasperi is just talking nonsense. Chris Lee

Long Beach, LI: Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott have both stated that sending migrants to NYC and other Democratic cities is a humanitarian gesture. The rationale is that these are refuge cities and as such are prepared to deal with the influx of migrants. We in New York appreciate doing what is best for the migrants crossing the border. Winter is coming and NYC and most Democratic cities are experiencing a real winter. The temperatures are devastating for the homeless. In the south, where the temperatures are much more manageable, they would have a much easier existence. I suggest we interview our homeless. For those who choose to spend their winters in the South, we give them bus tickets to South Texas and Florida and openly accept migrants who are willing to work and start a new life as viable citizens of our wonderful country and state. Ben Waxman

Tappan, NY: I read voicer Bob Pascarella’s diatribe about the wisdom of governors. The decision by Abbott, DeSantis, and Doug Ducey (aka Moe, Larry, and Curly) to share some of the immigrants with Democratic cities. Since I’m sure Bobby Baby (unlike those Democratic mayors) has ounces (if not pounds) of decency and integrity, perhaps he could offer to provide some of these “tired and downtrodden” guests to the city with a sanctuary in his neighborhood. Unlike Moe, Larry and Curly, we would let Bob know ahead of time. Ray Hayes

Fort Worth, Texas: Wow, Donald Trump is boasting that he’s a stable genius and that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone without losing a voter. But until now I had no idea that he was smart enough to decode top secret documents just by using his brilliant mind. But when you think about how he got away with sexually abusing women, defrauding New York taxpayers, recommending a bleach cure for COVID-19, orchestrating an attempted coup on January 6, bribing a foreign power, misusing government funds and Committing crimes too numerous to list, I have to admit: he really is a genius. Unfortunately, it just seems to be a very unstable one. Sharon Austria

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