Letters to the Editor – January 26, 2023


The problem: shopkeepers in The Bronx who hire private security guards to protect their businesses.

It was only a matter of time before these retailers had to hire private security guards to guard against crime in our city (“The Bronx is turn,” January 25).

I have to give a lot of credit to these shop owners for coming together to protect their business. But the responsibility stops with Mayor Adams. He follows in the footsteps of his predecessor.

So all I can say is Mr. Mayor, you don’t need to go to other cities to make your face known. It does not matter. It was also a waste of time to go to the Texas border to witness the disaster that was going on there. That’s not your problem. It’s from President Biden.

Stay in your city and do the right thing to help stop all this crime. That’s your job.

Robert Johann


If they have to hire their own services (security in this case) because the city and state aren’t doing their respective jobs, this should result in the store owners either billing the city/state agencies or running out dollar-for-dollar. – pocket expenses deducted from their taxes.

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It’s ridiculous that local policies have left the shopkeepers to fend for themselves.

Dave Mortensen

Fairfield County, Conn.

Store owners are forced to hire security guards not only to protect their stores, but also to protect the citizens who walk on the sidewalk.

Members of the NYPD are leaving in droves – many are retiring and many are simply quitting.

Many young men and women do not want to take the job because of the way our officers are treated – with total disrespect.

You can’t blame them. Our current society has completely turned against any form of law enforcement and that is a pity.

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The same elected officials who call for defunding the police are the first to call them when they are in trouble. What’s wrong with that picture? We need more police, plain and simple.

Kim Cody

White stone

As a former resident of New York City and specifically the South Bronx at one point, I applaud all efforts to fight back against crime and the scourges that result from it.

Since we’ve seen too many incidents of people watching and just observing criminal activity, these patrols should make a positive difference.

As for Curtis Sliwa’s criticism that they are unarmed and therefore ineffective, aren’t the Guardian Angels unarmed?

Sharon Wylie

Westport, Conn.

The Issue: Matt Palumbo’s piece on how George Soros contributed to criminal justice reform in cities.

The George Soros piece is excellent work (“Pro-Criminal Soros Empire,” Matt Palumbo, Jan. 23).

I never knew the extent of his efforts to undermine our judicial system. This should be a lesson to voters about vetting candidates.

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I wonder if Soros or his accomplices ever considered the impact of their philosophy. Perhaps they should visit a local detention center and hear about the crimes and damages they contributed to.

Greg Raleigh

Washington, DC

George Soros has corrupted the American justice system.

He has done untold damage through his support of prosecutors who pledge not to prosecute crimes to use his money to buy their way into office.

Soros does not live with the people most affected by his actions – the minority communities in all the cities where his followers collect their salaries.

These minority communities are often victims of these unprosecuted crimes.

Bob Madden

Jupiter, Fla.

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