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Brooklyn Eagle readers sound off on half-price MetroCards

March 7, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn Daily Eagle editors welcome opinions, both pro and con, on all subjects affecting our daily lives, as well as responses to the articles and opinion pieces published in this paper.

Here is a selection of some of the more insightful and engaging comments from the last week. They have been lightly edited for clarity. Want to contribute? Use Disqus at the bottom of the Eagle’s articles.

Re BQX streetcar backers showcase other urban trolleys to build support (March 6)

“There are better places in the city to build a trolley than the waterfront and there really is no point in building a line that isn’t on dedicated routes avoiding the delays of street traffic.” — MANDY DUCKEATER

“Talking city streetcars in Kansas City/Oshkosh/Smalltown is all fine enough. Brooklyn, our country’s third largest city, has become very busy. BQX must have exclusive use of 35 feet in the center of our narrow streets: end of story.” — TREVOR HARRIS

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Re Half-price MetroCard program to be expanded (March 6)

“There are many families and individuals in Flatbush and East Flatbush on cash assistance and food stamps who still have not received any notification on where to pick up their fair fare MetroCards.” — ANTHONY BECKFORD

“The subway is a vital utility for New Yorkers. The current fare system is a regressive tax and should be replaced. Government supplies sidewalks and streets, why not transportation?” — LEN BERMAN

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Re Italian-American history is Brooklyn man’s passion (March 4)

“My family has been in Bushwick since the 1890s — it was a large Sicilian neighborhood for decades. Most everything that was the strong markers of the Italian community is long-gone. St. Joseph’s, Circo’s [and] Tony’s remain. A bit more persists just over the border in neighboring Ridgewood and Williamsburg, but everybody moved out — with them immeasurable history. — STEPHEN FLANIGAN

“Great article. Our family was mixed, but a big part was Italian. We grew up in Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and went to school there (now closed). It was wonderful. My brother and I played accordion and were in an all-accordion band that practiced in the community center of Regina Pacis Parish. Great, great times!” — CHARLIE

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