Profit-making groups have always paid the city for use of public school space ["De Blasio chides Lhota's 'Republican playbook,' " News, Oct. 16]. Most charter schools are extremely lucrative operations. They are "public" schools in the sense that the public is forced to fund them through involuntary donations known as taxes.

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New Yorkers should get to pick their own charities. For my money and yours, there are far worthier causes than charter schools.

Ron Isaac, Fresh Meadows