Adams zones out

The author states that “without competent enforcement of existing laws and rules, different uses don’t so much mix as clash,” in regard to rezoning the city so neighborhoods and buildings can be completely changed (“City of . . . Oops,” Nicole Gelinas, May 20).

This is such a bad idea. One hardly knows where to begin. The lovely residential streets of our city would be subject to stores on their corners. As if we don’t have enough grocery stores, restaurants and whatever else already. Adding more would ruin the quiet of these blocks. Buildings being used as farms and food-processing centers? I guess we don’t have enough rats either?

Catherine Adago, Manhattan

Nonsense speech

Once again, Miranda Devine places her pen on the issue of the day (“Stark differences in 3 figures of speech,” May 20).

The divider-in-chief, President Biden, gave a speech at Morehouse, blowing hot air on the embers of racism. Rather than praise the grads for their accomplishments, he again felt it necessary (albeit for votes) to tell them that white America doesn’t respect or value them.

Elsewhere at the podium, Anthony (the fibber) Fauci tried to convince students that we shouldn’t question his science. This from the person who told us masks would prevent COVID, all the while secretly aware that Wuhan was conducting gain-of-function research that unleashed a pandemic on the world.

I hope those who heard Fauci and Biden can see through the lies.

Betsy Flor, Putnam Valley

Honor in defeat

Even away from Madison Square Garden, Knicks fans were packed four-people deep at every sports bar in my Upper East Side neighborhood (“Knicks fought until there was ‘nothing left to give’ in bitter end to captivating season,” May 18).

The fans stayed till the very end to honor the grit shown by this team.

Adam Silbert, Manhattan

Shelter shuffle

I strongly oppose the state’s decision to convert the former Norfolk Prison into a shelter for migrant families without prior notice or community input (“Former Massachusetts prison to be converted to migrant family shelter amid crisis,” May 15).

This move is a textbook example of bureaucratic recklessness, ignoring the concerns and well-being of local residents.

This decision reeks of political expediency, prioritizing short-term fixes over sustainable solutions. We deserve a thoughtful, inclusive approach that considers the needs of all stakeholders, not just a hasty attempt to shuffle migrants out of sight. I urge our local leaders to demand more from the state and advocate for a more considered approach.

Let us work together to find solutions that respect both the community’s concerns and the dignity of migrant families seeking a better life. We can do better than this reckless decision.

Ronald Beaty, West Barnstable, Mass.

Shafik disappoints

The recent “no confidence” vote by Columbia’s College of Arts and Sciences faculty was a start (“New York does not agree with you!” May 23).

College protests are one thing, but the occupation of academic buildings and harassment of fellow students have no place in academia.

Although college protests are less in the news now, we must remember that the college administrators who capitulated to these morons still need to be replaced.

Alan Swartz, Verona, NJ

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