Tragedy all around
Aug 27, 2014 | 11428 views | 0 0 comments | 371 371 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

The recent death of Eric Garner, which may have been related to a police chokehold, did not have to be. Blame the economy for forcing Eric Garner, like thousands of other out-of-work New Yorkers to sell street-corner cigarettes known as "loosies" to make ends meet.

Excessive taxes on cigarettes have resulted in a growing market for those in poor neighborhoods to purchase cigarettes one or two at a time.

Citizens have more to fear from murder, arson, rape, muggings, robberies, or auto and identity theft than individuals who sell loosies.

Law enforcement authorities should pursue those who commit real crimes against citizens and property rather than enforcing insane laws outlawing the sale of individual cigarettes.

That said, not one elected official stood by Patrolmen Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch at his recent press conference to comment on the growing controversy concerning the late Eric Garner. Too many members in local government automatically genuflect every time Al Sharpton speaks. The rest are too afraid of speaking up, fearful of Sharpton's sharp tongue!

Next time you are mugged, suffer a home or car robbery, don't call 911, call for Al Sharpton instead. See if he can do a better job than the brave men and women in blue.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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