The Issue: The Post editorial calling for an end to requiring vaccinated riders wear masks on public transit.
With all the problems facing New York City, why focus on this mask mandate (“Let ’Em Breathe,” Editorial, July 8)?
Wearing a mask on a crowded bus or subway gives an extra layer of protection. This is especially important for the elderly.
Even if the risk is minimal at this point, it is not negligible in a crowded, enclosed space. It is not comparable to electing to go into a store or restaurant. A person usually has no choice but to take public transportation to get to work, the doctor, or other places. Let’s concentrate on real problems for a change.
Fully vaccinated people can go into restaurants, stores, banks, movie theaters, houses of worship and to sporting events unmasked, but they still have to wear masks on all forms of public transportation, which is totally illogical and asinine.
Fully vaccinated people are protected from the virus. Those who have yet to be vaccinated should do so for their own personal health and safety, but that is their choice.
In the meantime, let’s remove the mask mandates for fully vaccinated people on all forms of public transit.
The Post’s opinion on the wearing of masks in the subway is misguided and just plain wrong.
Drawing a contrast between the recent parade and the need to wear a mask in a subway car is fallacious reasoning.
As is well documented, the COVID virus does not spread easily, if at all, in the outdoors.
Conversely, it spreads exponentially in the warm, stuffy environs of a subway car, now crowded once again with riders whom none of us can feel comfortable are vaccinated, including homeless people.
Describing wearing a mask as a “burden” can be labeled as no more than sophomoric. Just slip on the mask as you go into the subway, and remove upon egress. A burden?
I take vigorous exception to The Post’s cavalier attitude toward COVID.
I lost one of my best friends in the world to COVID in April 2020, and while I don’t dress in black and walk the hills in grief and mourning, I miss him terribly.
The vaccine is no guarantee you won’t get COVID. There are documented cases of people catching it anyway, despite being fully vaccinated.
I am not in favor of people wearing masks forever. But they should for now.
The Issue: Eric Adams’ victory in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City.
I was delighted to hear that Eric Adams won the Democratic primary and is on his way to becoming our next mayor (“It’s Adams!” July 7).
I will not congratulate him until a year after he assumes office. Getting elected is one thing, being a great mayor is a different story.
When Bill de Blasio became mayor, he wanted to rise to the greatness of Fiorello La Guardia. Instead, he became the dunce of all mayors.
Adams’ first job will be to deal with the gun violence that is a scourge to our great city. The other problems New York faces will be just as challenging.
The law-and-order candidate won by only 1 percent. This, after seven years of mayoral misrule that opened the streets to criminals.
And for the last two years, the city has been a shooting gallery.
New Yorkers must be dumber than rocks.
John Van Devender
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