Opinion | ‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

To the editor:

Regarding “Biden Signs Bill to Strengthen Infrastructure” (Page 1, November 16):

While all the news we are digesting looks bad, we finally have something to celebrate, the signing of the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Act, a long-overdue initiative that, despite firm promises, was not enacted by President Biden’s predecessor.

The bill brings important improvements to our country and provides something for every community. It will create countless good, well-paying jobs as critical infrastructure work that should have been started years, if not decades, is being done.

The bill enjoyed such widespread bipartisan support that working with those on the other side of the aisle became more likely to be condemned. Today, Republicans who cooperate with Democrats on anything are labeled traitors and risk being expelled from power.

Nevertheless, the measure garnered the support of enough Republicans to push it over the finish line. Those members of Congress who wish to promote its benefits to their constituents will now be able to show how they brought bacon home for the benefit of their district or state.

As a realist, I don’t expect more significant victories for this president in an environment where those on the other side of the aisle seek to destroy his presidency, but I am grateful that he now has one piece of legislation so important to him. credit.

Oren Spiegler
Peters Township, Pennsylvania.

To the editor:

The infrastructure bill just signed includes a provision that would expand access to high-speed internet and help narrow the country’s digital divide. However, once this digital infrastructure is established, many new broadband subscribers will be exposed to online frauds, privacy breaches, computer viruses, malware and social media misinformation that are unfortunately enabled and accelerated by high speed internet.

Rather than simply hooking up people who haven’t had much prior experience with broadband and letting them take care of themselves, the Biden administration should develop and distribute training materials to all these new subscribers on how to navigate the Internet safely, responsibly, and securely to ensure that this expansion does not result from broadband. Also an increase in digital dysfunction.

Lloyd Trovelman
Katona, New York

To the editor:

Regarding “Men Should Talk About Family Vacation” (Opinion, November 12):

Jessica Gross wrote that it’s “full of anger” because people tune into new mothers’ stories. I get it. I still get angry when I think about my experience, even though I’m a grandmother now.

I disappeared from my little girl to the hospital when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my second child. The doctors stopped my contractions and instructed me to lie on my back until the baby was born. When my daughter was finally allowed to visit, she cried, “Please, don’t give me away, Mom!” When visiting hours are over.

My son was born five weeks premature during an emergency caesarean section. I spent the sixth week in the hospital recovering from surgery. Once I got home – with a premature baby and a toddler I haven’t lived with for the past month and a half – I was expected to go back to work! Maternity leave was largely exhausted during my hospital stay.

Parents don’t have to choose between losing their jobs or looking after family members. We all have a vested interest in the well-being of children, and that begins with paid parental leave.

Susan E. Anderson
Chicago

To the editor:

Regarding “To End the Crisis at Rikers, Close the Prisons” (Guest Opinion Article, November 12):

Jonathan Lipman, the former chief justice of the state of New York, is right to condemn the deplorable conditions and the unacceptable number of deaths on Rikers Island. His recommendations on how to reduce the prison population should be implemented so that they are finally closed.

There is another procedure to be adopted that will have a significant impact in solving the problems it identifies. Many people spend long periods in prison awaiting trial because there are not enough judges to conduct trials.

The state constitution requires judges appointed in New York to retire when they reach the age of 70. This requirement, enacted when the age of seventy was considered obsolete, has no meaning in the modern world and results in the loss of scores of experienced judges who could handle the backlog fairly and efficiently.

Until the constitution is amended to remove this outdated barrier, the legislature should provide for the reappointment of these retired jurists as emergency judges empowered to preside over criminal trials and rapidly reduce the number of defendants in prison.

Gerald Harris
New York
The writer is a retired New York City Criminal Court judge and former president of the city’s reform board.

To the editor:

Re “To your door in minutes, but questions on the way” (news article, November 10):

The main reasons we choose the foods we eat are taste, convenience, price and health. Although the new super-fast delivery services tick many boxes, I’m also afraid of it less People will flip packages and read food labels more than ever, because most won’t see the labels until they get their food at home.

Bonnie Taub Dix
New York
The author is the author of Read It Before You Eat It – It Takes You From Poster to Table.

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