Dump the chaplain
Jan 15, 2014 | 5130 views | 0 0 comments | 171 171 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Sanitation Department chaplain Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. outraged New Yorkers by calling our city a "plantation."

The media focused on his tasteless remark, but ignored a bigger outrage. Why does the Sanitation Department need a chaplain? Unlike cops and firefighters, sanitation workers don't put their lives on the line when they do their job.

Collecting garbage is a grueling job requiring strength, endurance and a strong tolerance for bad odors, but those who do it usually don't risk sudden death or

life-threatening injury.

They return home safely. Does Rev. Lucas administer Last Rites to lower back pain victims or bless those suffering from torn ligaments? His job must be thrown out, just like the garbage his employer collects.


Richard Reif


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