Columnist David Marcus’ front-page plea in Thursday’s Post — that the lockdown has served its purpose and it’s time to open up New York again — brought in a flood of letters from both sides.
Here, a selection of readers’ responses, from praising Marcus to saying that he doesn’t understand the dangers.
PRO: YES, LET’S OPEN
Thank you, David Marcus! You’ve not only spoken for the working class of New York City, but for the working class of New York state.
The collateral damage caused by the continued New York state lockdown (and staged reopening nonsense) is far greater than the viral threat.
At a steady pace, working-class New Yorkers are losing their sense of purpose in life.
Veronica Hanley, Massapequa
Hear! Hear! David Marcus needs to shout this louder for the fools in the back. We New Yorkers are done with this dumpster fire of leadership politicizing and weaponizing a virus. Enough is enough.
From being locked down, to taking away our right to attend Mass and walk on a beach, to having to stand in a line to gain entrance to a market — this has gone on for far too long.
I want to be able to hug my sister and spend time with her. I want to be able to wander The Book Review in my hometown and buy a book and walk along Main Street. I’m a hugger. I want to hug my peeps. I want to be able to receive Holy Communion with my niece and nephew and my godchildren, as they make their First Holy Communion. I want to stand beside my son and his uncle as he makes his Confirmation. All things I cannot do because they are put on hold indefinitely.
I want my community to thrive and be up and running — not closing down.
We are all essential. We are all important. We all need to get back to our lives. We also need to rethink who gets our vote. We need to remind these clowns that they serve at our pleasure, and not the other way around.
Theresa Caso-O’Brien, Melville
Apparently, the Democrats believe by installing their draconian rules, the populace will hold the president responsible and turn against him. We are too smart for that.
We watched Democrats and their media co-conspirators call our president a racist when he wisely, promptly stopped admitting people from China while it was dealing with the virus. And he took it further by stopping Europeans from entering the United States once they started to deal with the pandemic. We watched in horror when Democratic governors sent infected patients into vulnerable nursing homes, causing the unnecessary deaths of thousands, in spite of the fact the president had provided the USS Comfort, the USS Mercy and hundreds of beds at the Javits Center.
Democratic politicians are gambling with our lives while they live the high life on our dime. This has to end. Our jobs and our very lives depend on voting the Democrats out of power.
D.M. Diana, Greeley, Pa.
David Marcus hit a grand slam in “It Needs to End Now.” All New Yorkers need to wake up and understand we have three politicians who are idiots. Gov. Cuomo blames President Trump for more than 5,000 nursing home deaths, Mayor de Blasio closed all the city beaches and told residents to go to Long Island, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Amazon to scram as if we didn’t need 28,000-plus jobs.
More people are leaving New York every year because it’s expensive to live here. Get ready for more increases in taxes and tolls. Thousands today are working remotely. Why would corporations stay in buildings in Manhattan with expensive leases while the employees are working from home? These corporations will leave, and Cuomo will raise taxes, transit costs and tolls. He needs to go, along with the other two imbeciles.
Owen Kelly, Valley Stream
I couldn’t agree more with David Marcus. Instead of Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio grandstanding every day in press conferences and adding to the already increasing anxiety of the public, they should be moving ahead at warp speed to resuscitate the city.
They’ve essentially decapitated small businesses, and people are starving. While you’ll always have a handful of those who don’t follow protocol, give the majority of us a little credit. We get it. We’re wearing masks, gloves, social distancing and scrubbing our hands raw. Pretty soon, we’ll be seeing tumbleweeds blowing through Times Square.
Judy Petillo Eggert, Long Branch, NJ
This title of Marcus’ column is ridiculous. New York isn’t locked down. We can go out, we just have nowhere to go.
In another bungled move, Cuomo and de Blasio did not lock us down to supposedly slow the spread. Anyone who was inside any grocery store or subway was a transmitter. They just killed an economy and nursing-home victims, and displaced every child unable to go to school. New York has lost its edge and will to fight.
Jackie Toboroff, Manhattan
Lockdown measures were imposed to flatten the curve. They were supposed to help our hospitals deal with surging COVID-19 caseloads and preserve limited ventilator resources. This was intended to be only temporary. Yet the goalposts were moved. New reasons to keep them in place included inadequate testing and the spread of the virus.
After two months of social distancing, millions of lost jobs and far fewer hospitalizations and deaths than the experts predicted, it is obvious that these lockdown measures were a mistake. Even if they were once justifiable based on limited or inaccurate information, it is now very clear that continuing this path will damage our population worse than the disease itself.
Charles Michael Sitero, Ormond Beach, Fla.
CON: TOO DANGEROUS, TOO SOON
Marcus’ claims of our “preparedness” were insulting to read as a health-care professional. I am a critical-care registered nurse. I am a New Yorker. I realize we’re all entitled to our own opinions; however, it disappoints me that The Post chose to highlight this man’s opinion when it so clearly seems like a slap in the face to the health-care workers of the city.
I worked in COVID ICUs in both Brooklyn and Manhattan during this crisis. My response isn’t based only on my personal experience, but those of fellow critical-care nurses working at separate facilities around the city.
Marcus states: “In mid-March, we were told we have to endure a lockdown to ensure that hospitals didn’t get overrun. We did. The hospitals were not overwhelmed.”
I’m sorry, David: Did you walk into a single COVID ICU in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn in the month of April? There is absolutely no way any sane person could make this asinine comment after witnessing what I saw during COVID’s peak in New York City.
ICUs citywide experienced doubled to tripled patient-to-nurse ratios. On a normal, prepared day pre-COVID, ICU nurses typically have one to two patients to care for, pending the patients’ severity. During the COVID peak, patients who would typically be a one-on-one were assigned to a nurse who also had to care for two other patients, sometimes those who were equally as sick. This is unsafe.
We worked the hardest we could to keep these people alive under the circumstances. I had ICU patients squeezed into rooms together because there wasn’t enough space in the hospital. With three patients, I took the time to FaceTime families from my personal phone because they could not be in the hospital with their loved ones. I heard people say goodbye to their loved ones via telephone and FaceTime. I held their family’s hands because they couldn’t.
There was not enough room in the morgues for the amount of fatalities we were facing on a daily basis. How dare you say that the cities hospitals were not overwhelmed?
Both of the hospitals I work at received ventilators that were government-distributed. We were running out. New York was saved by the government’s graces.
At one point, one of the hospitals I was working at only had two ventilators left in the entire hospital. That’s not two for just COVID. Those two ventilators would be fought after for any trauma, heart attack, mother who had a complicated childbirth or any potential medical crisis that happens on an average day that may require life support.
The critical-care teams had to decide which patients would make for the “best” candidates as not everyone who would typically get dialysis right away was able to receive it.
To clarify, I understand the side effects that come with our city forever being shut down, and I am not writing to state we should never reopen. I don’t think our economy can continue on the way we’re going, and I unfortunately don’t know what the solution is.
However, what I do know is that our hospitals and health-care systems weren’t the least bit prepared, and the only reason it slowed down is because people underwent lockdown.
Erica Sheehan, RN, Manhattan
Columnist David Marcus says a good rant is sometimes all a writer can offer. He wants the lockdowns to end now.
He’s right, New Yorkers are sick of masks, gloves, social distancing and being isolated indoors. But almost a third of the 94,000 coronavirus fatalities in the United States were in New York City.
Marcus makes his case for returning to normal with erroneous information. He says the hospitals were not overrun. They were. He says the Javits Center and the Navy Comfort ship to treat New Yorkers were not needed. Yes, they were. Hospitals were overwhelmed while Javits Center and the Navy ship sat nearly empty because of Cuomo’s reckless order to send many infected patients back to nursing homes.
A second wave of the virus has been predicted. Return to normalcy has to be done in responsible steps, not based on emotional rants.
Manny Martin, Manhattan
I was surprised to see The Post’s front page. Dr. Anthony Fauci claims that if we end lockdowns, social distancing and other initiatives that have been taken over the past two months, we could have a second wave and many more deaths.
If New York state and New York City take the advice of The Post and open prematurely, and if employees of New York City, visitors and residents start getting sick and dying because they did not listen to the warnings, should the city and state leaders be liable legally for those deaths? They are on notice. Almost 23,000 New Yorkers have already died of COVID-19. I don’t want public officials to make political decisions that could lead to the deaths of tens of thousands more.
Paul Feiner, Greenburgh
Marcus’ rant is so factually inaccurate as to make it laughable if he did not have The Post’s front page as his soapbox.
If one takes the decline of COVID-19 cases from New York state away from our gross national figures, the remaining statistics show a continual rise in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout the rest of our country. New York state is doing it right.
I am a resident of Florida. The number of cases in Florida was rising before the state started to reopen, and continues to rise as of last night. Not enough time has passed to know the real effects of reopening on the number of cases here. It takes about 14 days for the disease to incubate and for people to start showing up at hospitals.
Even the president warned Georgia’s governor that he was reopening too soon.
Joseph Harnett, Naples, Fla.
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