Gerrymandering, Musk’s bid to buy Twitter and student loans
Discard the idea of gerrymandering
Oh, the sweet irony. New York State’s Highest Court Says Democrats Illegally Manipulated Congressional Redistricting Maps for Their Benefit [“Top N.Y. court tosses maps,” News, April 28]. “Who believed? It’s called gerrymandering, the same accusation that Democrats have leveled against Republicans for what seems like forever.
It is time to start electing strong leaders who are statesmen and women, whose word is their bond. Not those who will say and do anything to be elected and then re-elected. Elect those who will not deal with special interest groups, but will put aside their partisanship and work together for the good of all of us, New Yorkers and Americans, regardless of partisan distinctions.
John Cilento, Plainview
What’s scary about that decision is that it was 4-3. The New York State Constitution clearly states that redistricting must come from a panel of equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats, which must try twice to reach a compromise before allowing the legislature to vote. ‘State draw maps.
If our best state judges cannot correctly interpret the state constitution, perhaps they should be removed from office.
Thomas Speicher, Levittown
The dangers of Musk’s entry into social media
Elon Musk will control a huge segment of social media [“Twitter, free speech and ads,” LI Business, April 27]. Should he do this? There’s no denying that he’s bright, but by many accounts he’s definitely not social. There are several reports that he is rude and demeaning to employees, which may explain why he is less concerned about people mistreating each other online. He was only on the giving side, not on the receiving side.
Do we want it to allow all the abusers who lost their Twitter privileges to come back? There are plenty online who are just plain rude, responding with insults to anyone who disagrees with them. These are the people who spend time in the “Twitter jail”. But there are also predators and abusers who have been permanently banned.
The First Amendment gives us the right to publicly express our opinions without reprisal. Social media is a private enterprise, with the right to choose who they do business with, as long as their practices are non-discriminatory. A store owner can ban you for abusing their employees or other customers. It’s not rocket science.
Robert Broder, Stony Stream
Elon Musk will spend 44 billion dollars to try to save Twitter, believing he has more freedom of expression [“Musk seals Twitter deal,” News, April 26]. I believe that is a mistake and that it will be impossible to regulate. There are too many fanatics with strange beliefs in the world. He could have done a lot more by buying Boeing. He showed the world that by building a SpaceX rocket, he could surely build a safe plane that will have a better effect in bringing the world closer to travel.
Martin Blumberg, Melville
Not all student loans have to be too expensive
“The price of these loans” [LI Business, April 26] spoke of the struggles of adults who are prevented “from saving for retirement or emergencies, buying a home, or paying off other debts, such as credit cards.” A range of additional hardships were not mentioned: students forced to live with their parents long after graduation; the inability to free up income to buy a car; create a negative impact on its credit rating; and prolonged stress and anxiety that often lead to depression and worse. The situation is exacerbated when many of those struggling with stifling student debt fail to graduate, leaving them without the ability to repay their loans.
For my family – four children, my brother and myself – none of this happened because we chose to start our college education at Nassau Community College. In first year, we took elective courses that allowed us to choose and then prepare for several satisfying and well-paying careers. We all graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree, and some with a master’s degree, without the crippling debt and hardship that comes with it.
Stefan Krompier, Hauppauge
The author is president of the Nassau Community College Adjunct Professors Association.
With all the talk about canceling student loans [“Hints at student loan debt relief,” News, April 26], what about those of us who worked hard to make sure the cost of our children’s colleges was paid for? What about those of us who advised our children on which schools and majors would provide them gainful employment? Why should I pay for people who chose schools they couldn’t afford and majors that had no chance of offering decent job opportunities? Like millions of others, I’m sure, I’m tired, indeed, of feeling punished for doing the right thing.
Rich Corso, by the ocean