Dear Editor:

 Friday, February 21, was the last day at work for outgoing NYC Transit Authority President Andy Byford. It will be interesting to see if interim NYC Transit Authority President Ms. Sarah Feinberg and her permanent successor will be successful in preserving both funding and implementation of projects and programs championed by Andy Byford’s Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize NYC Transit subway and bus system. Let’s hope that $19 billion worth of funding support in the current $51 billion MTA 2020-2024 Five-Year Capital Plan remains in place.

We will have to wait and see if the $19 billion balance of funding needed to complete this plan will be approved in the next MTA 2025-2029 Five-Year Capital Plan. There will be some clues of what the future holds when the MTA releases the updated MTA 2020-2040 20-Year Long-Range Capital Needs Plan. It was supposed to be released in December 2019.

Why has the MTA delayed release for two months? Are they waiting for it to be approved by Governor Cuomo before making it public?

Sincerely,

Larry Penner

 Dear Editor:

 For what it’s worth, here is my take on the election. I have always felt that we have an unhinged demagogue as president. We, as Jews, should know better than to follow a lying low-life demagogue. His rallies remind many of us of other rallies in other countries. Since when does America have such vitriolic rallies for one man?

 Dear Editor:

 You will recall that we stated publicly that the Queens Jewish Link will not accept letters that are not civil in tone about any of the writers. Today in shul, a young man in high school came to me to complain about the letters critical of Warren Hecht. He said they were nasty in nature.

 Dear Editor:

 Drip, drip, drip, watch your tax dollars go down the drain. Have you also seen all the “Don’t Let Tax, Water, or Repair Charges Come Between You and Your Property” full-page ads in many daily and weekly neighborhood newspapers? It deals with New Yorkers who owe real estate tax, water, sewer, emergency repair, or other property-related charges “the City of New York may sell a lien on your property” advertisement. Is this the best way the NYC Departments of Finance and Environmental Protection, along with Housing Preservation and Development, can spend taxpayers’ dollars?

 Dear Editor:

 With the rise of the Radical Right and the Far Right, you not only have the growth of Survival-of-the-Fittest Social Darwinism ideology in today’s Republican Party, featuring their desire not only to cut and reduce spending on all of the social safety-net federal government social programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, College Student Loans), you also get their growing cold-hearted desire to totally abolish them.

Dear Editor:

 I enjoyed Warren Hecht’s columns lately about the Siyum HaShas and his travel escapades through Spain. Perhaps he turned over a new leaf. However, his last article was disappointing. I am not going to comment on everything from his most recent column, but just some highlights, or more aptly termed “lowlights”!